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December 12, 2012
10:00 EDTALNY, PC, ACI, ANR, ABM, CSTR, LXP, DDD, TW, TTWO, STL, PB, MSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alnylam (ALNY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Sterling Bancorp (STL) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Towers Watson (TW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Lexington Realty (LXP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Coinstar (CSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland Securities... ABM (ABM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Alpha Natural (ANR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Arch Coal (ACI) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Panasonic (PC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Standpoint Research.
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August 25, 2014
08:01 EDTTTWO2K says WWE SuperCard exceeds 1.5M downloads in first week
2K (TTWO) announced the larger-than-life, action-packed collectible card game, WWE (WWE) SuperCard, was downloaded more than 1.5 million times during its first week of release.
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
16:46 EDTMSFTChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
14:09 EDTMSFTAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
17:01 EDTTWTowers Watson raises quarterly dividend, announces $300M share repurchase plan
Towers Watson announced that its Board of Directors has approved the purchase of up to $300M of the company's class A common stock and has terminated the existing share repurchase authorizations. Under this new authorization, the company will continue to offset share dilution as a result of stock based compensation programs and may make opportunistic repurchases of common stock from time to time through open-market purchases, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The amount and timing of any purchases will depend upon a number of factors, including the price and availability of the company's shares and general market conditions. No time limit has been placed on the duration of the share repurchase program, and it may be discontinued at any time. The company also announced that its Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of 15c per common share for the quarter ended June 30. This represents a 7% increase. The dividend is payable on or about October 15 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30.
11:59 EDTMSFT, TTWOGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTMSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:16 EDTALNYAlnylam to hold a roundtable webinar
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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August 20, 2014
08:07 EDTALNYAlnylam receives USPTO notice of allowance for new patent
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for claims in the Tuschl et al. patent application 13/725,262. The ’262 patent application includes newly allowed claims directed to compositions that mediate RNAi, and comprising a double-stranded molecule with up to 25 base pairs and at least one nucleotide analogue. Specifically, the newly allowed patent application broadly covers small interfering RNA molecules of various designs, including so-called “dicer substrate” RNAi triggers (Amarzguioui et al., Nat Protoc. 2006;1(2):508-17; Rose et al., Nucleic Acids Res. 2005 Jul 26;33(13):4140-56) and double-stranded, RNAi-mediating molecules containing moieties that include “unlocked nucleobase analogs” amongst other naturally or non-naturally occurring nucleotide analogues. The allowed claims of the Tuschl ’262 patent application, as well as other granted, Alnylam-owned or -licensed patents, in aggregate broadly cover compositions, methods, and uses of RNAi therapeutics.
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:50 EDTALNYAlnylam to hold a roundtable webinar
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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