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February 5, 2014
04:55 EDTAMCC, AMCC, IPHI, IPHI, MSFT, MSFT, MOSY, MOSY, SNPS, SNPS, XLNX, XLNX, CAVM, CAVM, MU, MU, FSL, FSL, EZCH, EZCHThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Data Center Conference 2014 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 5-6.
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December 8, 2014
07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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07:32 EDTAMCCRaymond James to hold a conference
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06:19 EDTEZCHEZchip management to meet with Benchmark
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on December 8 hosted by Benchmark.
December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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13:55 EDTMUMicron CEO said to be upbeat on DRAM pricing, CNBC's Lee reports
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10:00 EDTFSLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTFSLFreescale upgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI upgraded Freescale to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded shares based on expectations for better top-line growth in 2015/16 given seasonal strength in Auto and strength in general purpose MCUs. Price target raised to $30 from $20.
07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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06:51 EDTFSLFreescale upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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06:21 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: DRAM spot prices hit 7-month low, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTMUMicron management to meet with Wedbush
Meeting to be held in New York on December 8 hosted by Wedbush.
December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
07:25 EDTSNPSSynopsys price target raised to $49 from $46 at RBC Capital
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06:25 EDTMUPowertech Technology and Micron announce agreement for services in China
Powertech Technology and Micron Technology announced that they have entered into a series of agreements forming the basis of a long-term strategic relationship for assembly and packaging services in Xi'an, China. Under the agreements, Micron will complement its existing test and module manufacturing operations in the Xi'an High Tech Zone through the construction of a new assembly and packaging facility. Upon its completion, PTI will occupy the assembly facility and provide Micron with assembly and packaging services for a period of several years. Reference Link
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