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April 29, 2013
10:04 EDTAAPL, SNE, NOK, GOOG, MSFT, IBM, ORCLFitch 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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July 9, 2014
06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:39 EDTSNEGlobal LCD TV shipments to increase to 210.8M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTAAPL, GOOGFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOG, AAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFT, GOOGGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
July 8, 2014
17:10 EDTSNESony announces DeVon Franklin will transition to first-look producing deal
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 8, 2014
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13:12 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's sapphire screens likely in both new iPhones, says Stifel
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11:42 EDTAAPLUber poaches Apple's Chris Blumenberg, The Information reports
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10:39 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook leave net neutrality fight to startups, Bloomberg says
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10:24 EDTAAPLApple could be impacted by Chinese subsidy cuts, says UBS
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLApple to invest $55M in North Carolina solar farm, Hicorky Record reports
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM begins major collaboration with China's education ecosystem
IBM announced it has embarked on a major collaboration with China's education ecosystem focused on addressing the Big Data and Analytics skills opportunity in China. Dubbed IBM U-100, IBM will donate a range of IBM BD&A software worth $100M and provide expertise to support 100 universities in China.
07:47 EDTMSFT, GOOGThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
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07:34 EDTAAPLLeak points to sapphire screen for 4.7" iPhone 6
A newly posted YouTube video supposedly shows the screen that will be used in Apple's (AAPL) upcoming 4.7" iPhone 6 and claims that the part confirms that the smaller new model will have a sapphire display, not Gorilla Glass from Corning (GLW). The video adds that the existence of the part dispels rumors that only the larger, 5.5" iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire display. Note that Apple has a sapphire contract with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). Reference Link
07:32 EDTGOOG, MSFTSemiconductor Equipment & Materials International to hold a conference
SEMICON West to be held in San Francisco on July 8-10.
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