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February 3, 2014
12:57 EDTMSFT, AAPL, LLNW, AKAM, NFLX, LVLTAkamai down after report says Apple building CDN
Akamai (AKAM) shares are trading lower after a report by StreamingMedia said Apple (AAPL) may be building its own content delivery network, or CDN. WHAT’S NEW: StreamingMediaBlog.com said Apple has been hiring employees for a group tasked with building a new CDN for external use. The report says Apple has traditionally relied on CDN providers like Akamai and Level 3 Communications (LVLT), but performance issues with its iCloud product have partly motivated the construction of an independent CDN. The report also notes that Microsoft (MSFT) and Netflix (NFLX), which both took their CDNs in-house, still use Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight Networks (LLNW) for much of their content delivery needs. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, analysts at Wells Fargo said the risk to Akamai’s overall revenue from an independent Apple CDN is likely “fairly minimal.” The firm, which maintains an Outperform rating on the stock, said there are too many unknowns regarding Apple’s long-term CDN strategy and that Akamai would be unlikely to see any impacts to its revenue until 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Akamai opened the session higher but fell sharply following the report. Shares are down more than 3% in early afternoon trade amid a broad market sell-off. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Akamai peer Level 3 Communications are down about 2.2% in early afternoon trade, with shares of lightly-traded Limelight Networks down 0.2%.
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:38 EDTAKAMAkamai management to meet with Pacific Crest
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11:29 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% to $342.44. At that price next support is at $340.05. Resistance is at $345.45.
10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:28 EDTAKAMFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:56 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $370.
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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11:23 EDTNFLX, AAPLOption volume leaders
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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