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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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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTMSFT, AAPLOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $950 on business momentum at BTIG
BTIG raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $950 from $600 citing business model momentum. The firm's analyst believes Netflix can grow substantially beyond 50M domestic subs. In addition, as the MVPD bundle unravels, BTIG expects consumers will have money to spend on Netflix and other SVOD services. As the price/value of Netflix grows, the firm believes there is substantial upside potential to its ARPU estimates. BTIG expects Worldwide streaming subs to expand to over 108M by 2017, up from 101M, compared to 57M at year-end 2014. Furthermore, BTIG believes Netflix could reach 140M global subscribers by 2020.
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
14:07 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility: NFLX CI TRIP AET
12:46 EDTAAPLApple denies coercing artists into Apple Music deals, Rolling Stone reports
An Apple spokesman has denied allegations that it is threatening to remove music from its iTunes store by artists who do not sign up for the Apple Music service, reports Rolling Stone. A company spokesman said "It will not be taken off". The comments came after musician Anton Newcombe went on Twitter, alleging that an Apple representative threatened to take off their music if he didn't sign on. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPL, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Azure its key to the cloud, says UBS
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07:51 EDTMSFTGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:30 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $800 from $610 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein raised his 12-18 month price target for shares of Netflix to $800 from $610. The streaming service closed yesterday up $3.30 to $663.20. The new target reflects the company's plans to enter Japan, Cuba, Spain, Italy and Portugal, all in 2015, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Helfstein's revised model assumes global subscribers of 239M in 2020, equaling 32% penetration of broadband homes, which the analyst says is consistent with Netflix's 2015 rates in older markets. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to offer more Lumia phones through U.S. carriers, Re/code reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will be offering more of its Lumia smartphones through U.S. wireless carriers, Re/code reports. Beginning next week, the company’s Lumia 640 XL smartphone will be available through AT&T (T) for around $250, the report says. The Lumia 735 will begin selling through Verizon (VZ) at around $200, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple Music unable to secure rights to '1989' album, BuzzFeed News reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
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