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February 3, 2014
12:57 EDTAKAM, AAPL, LVLT, LLNW, MSFT, NFLXAkamai 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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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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13:44 EDTNFLXNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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11:00 EDTMSFTWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:56 EDTAKAMAkamai call activity on attributed to takeover speculation
Akamai June 60 and 60.5 calls are active on total call volume of 4,100 contracts (200 puts) on renewed takeover speculation. July call option implied volatility is at 41, July is at 34, November is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:41 EDTAKAMRumor: Akamai strength attributed to takeover speculation
10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
09:35 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
08:31 EDTMSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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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
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC 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 EDTMSFTGoogle 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.
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