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May 28, 2014
07:30 EDTEPAM, WWE, MSFT, P, CTXS, YELP, SGI, INAP, ACTG, T, TWTCCowen to hold a conference
42nd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference to be held in New York on May 28-29 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 28 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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November 17, 2015
09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:16 EDTPPandora acquisitions suggest core business weak, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Pandora's recent acquisitions indicate that its core business has " impaired operational leverage." Additionally, the firm does not think the acquisitions improve the company's long-term profit potential. It does not recommend owning the stock.
07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:43 EDTPPandora acquisition an attempt to expand platform, says Canaccord
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07:25 EDTPPandora transaction positive, says Stifel
After Pandora announced that it had acquired key tech assets of Rdio and would launch an on-demand service, Stifel says that Pandora obtained the high quality assets at a lower price than it had previously thought possible. The firm thinks that Pandora's high quality "music discovery" will enable it to differentiate its on-demand product from that of the competition. Stifel keeps a $27 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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06:01 EDTACTGAcacia Research subsidiary enters into settlement with Huawei Technologies
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05:22 EDTPStocks with implied volatility movement; P PFE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Pandora (P) 104, Pfizer (PFE) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 16, 2015
19:50 EDTPPandora management to meet with Northland
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17:02 EDTMSFTPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:36 EDTEPAMEPAM Systems acquires Alliance Global Services
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16:34 EDTEPAMEPAM Systems sees FY15 EPS at leat $2.66, consensus $2.58
Sees FY15 revenue at least $905M, consensus $903.56M.
16:09 EDTPPandora to acquire key assets from Rdio for $75M in cash
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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10:43 EDTPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:36 EDTYELPYelp management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on November 16 hosted by Sterne Agee CRT.
09:44 EDTPPandora management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Toronto on November 17 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:50 EDTCTXS, PUBS to hold a conference
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07:36 EDTTBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
November 15, 2015
19:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays, possibly kills tool to translate Android apps, Re/code says
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