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April 29, 2013
10:04 EDTMSFT, SNE, ORCL, GOOG, AAPL, IBM, NOKFitch says Apple rating would likely fall in high single 'A' category
Fitch Ratings said it has not released a public rating on Apple (AAPL); such a rating would likely fall in the high single 'A' rating category. Fitch said, "We rate a handful of U.S. technology companies in the high 'A' or double 'A' range with a Stable Outlook, including Microsoft (MSFT) at AA+, IBM (IBM) at A+, and Oracle (ORCL) at A+. All three of these companies benefit from substantial recurring revenue from enterprise software and/or long-term IT services contracts, which typically carry high switching costs...For ratings in the 'AA' category, we would insist on higher visibility and a longer time horizon regarding the sustainability of a company's business model...Consumer product companies such as Sony (SNE), Nokia (NOK), and Motorola Mobility (GOOG) have proven the risks related to ever-changing consumer tastes, low switching costs, and a highly competitive environment. Each has historically had a dominant market position and strong financial metrics, only to falter over a relatively short period of time. Apple's better diversification and the stickiness of its iTunes ecosystem clearly make it a stronger credit that would likely be at the highest end of the 'A' category."
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April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFT, AAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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15:56 EDTAAPLApple interface head rumored to be exiting, AppleInsider says
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15:21 EDTAAPLApple weighing 'dramatic' overhaul of iTunes store, Billboard says
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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11:51 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Jefferies
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10:39 EDTAAPLJudge says certain WiLAN patent claims are valid in litigation vs. Apple
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10:39 EDTAAPLLogitech has risk of increasing competition from Apple, says UBS
UBS notes that Apple (AAPL) filed a patent with the USPTO for an electronic device/tablet cover that seems to include a keyboard. UBS believes Apple could introduce its own branded keyboard cover, and other branded peripherals, in order to grab market share from its highly loyal consumer base. The analyst believes competition for Neutral rated Logitech (LOGI) will accelerate, significantly impacting growth prospects.
10:33 EDTORCLConstant Contact surges after preliminary Q1 revenue beats consensus
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle Q1 results should beat expectations, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna is bullish on Google heading into Q1 results on expectations of continued website growth from mobile share gains, PLAs, early benefits from Enhanced Campaigns, and YouTube. The firm sees the company beating Street revenue estimates by 1% and earnings by 5%. Shares are Positive rated with a $700 price target
08:24 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle, Apple have considered acquiring Square, Re/code reports
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07:54 EDTAAPLSamsung, Apple pushed to make high-end phones less costly, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTGOOG, AAPLAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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07:22 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Zurich/Milan on April 9 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:20 EDTGOOGGoogle adds more photos, reviews to hotel business, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple seeks $2.2B in damages from Samsung in patent infringement, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTAAPLFlexible PCB samples delivered for Apple iWatch validation, DigiTimes says
Flexible PCB suppliers have reportedly delivered FPCB samples for use in Apple's iWatch devices for validation, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch wearable devices in September. Reference Link
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