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April 30, 2015
06:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO sees $20B a year from cloud business by 2018, Re/code reports
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told financial analysts at a meeting that he believes that the company will get $20B per year from its corporate cloud business by "sometime" in FY18, Re/code reports. The company currently gets about $6.3B per year from the business. Reference Link
06:00 EDTAMZNSource says Alibaba the 'mystery investor' in Jet.com, Re/code reports
Alibaba (BABA) was the "mystery" strategic investor in Jet.com, a startup that is building a marketplace it says will offer shoppers "the lowest price on the Web for each of the millions of products it sells," a source tells Re/code. Alibaba invested in the $140M round, though the size of the investment is unclear. Jet.com would compete directly with Amazon.com (AMZN). Reference Link
05:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, IBM, Oracle rumored as potential Salesforce.com suitors, Re/code says
Potential suitors for Salesforce.com (CRM), which is said to have hired financial advisers to handle takeover inquiries, may include Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reports. Hesseldahl notes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended a dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday night, ahead of Microsoft's Build conference. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN NFLX
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05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon buys ClusterK for $20M-$50M, VentureBeat reports
Amazon has bought ClusterK, a startup that can "run apps on Amazon Web Services at 10% of the regular price," the company confirms to VentureBeat. Marc Parrish, an investor in ClusterK, says the purchase price was in the $20M-$50M range. Reference Link
April 29, 2015
17:16 EDTMSFTSalesforce could be worth $100/share in a takeover, says JPMorgan
After Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Salesforce has hired bankers to field takeover inquiries, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy told investors that he believes the stock could be worth $100 in a buyout. Shares closed the trading day up $7.76 to $74.65. A deal would be the largest in software history, and only a short list of companies could pull it off, Murphy wrote. Those companies are Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and SAP (SAP), he believes. After pointing out JPMorgan has "no conclusive evidence to confirm or dispel the speculation," Murphy noted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was sitting in the front row of the Microsoft Build Conference this morning and that Oracle just raised $10B of debt. The analyst calls Salesforce a "rare asset" and the "pioneering leader of the cloud computing." He has an Overweight rating on the shares.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 29, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 47c to 21.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN C MCD BAC CRM BIDU WYNN according to Track Data.
15:01 EDTMSFTTrimble partners with Microsoft on HoloLens wearable holographic technology
Trimble (TRMB) announced that it is working with Microsoft (MSFT) to develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10, which are intended to improve quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures. When used by architecture, engineering and construction, or AEC, professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change, Trimble said.
14:58 EDTMSFTSalesforce hires bankers after approach by potential buyer, Bloomberg says
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14:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services
Microsoft (MSFT) announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS to Windows 10. At the company's annual Build developer conference, the company declared its ambition to have 1B active Windows 10 devices by FY18. New features for Microsoft Edge, the new browser for Windows 10, were also unveiled, offering developers better discoverability of their apps and future extensibility with JavaScript and HTML. Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.
14:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft: Android, iOS apps can easily transfer to Windows 10, TechCrunch says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced that Google (GOOG) Android and Apple (AAPL) iOS app developers will be able to easily translate applications to Windows 10 devices, reports TechCrunch, citing comments made at Microsoft's Build developer conference. Microsoft noted that developers can "reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code" in Android apps, while iOS developers will be able to reuse Objective-C code. Reference Link
13:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Windows 10 running on 1B devices in 2-3 years, TechCrunch says
Microsoft expects that the upcoming Windows 10 operating system will run on 1B devices in two to three years, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made at Microsoft's Build developer conference. The company is planning to offer Windows 10 to current Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users for a year free of charge. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAMZNTime Warner sees 40c drag on adjusted EPS from FX headwinds in 2015
Time Warner (TWX) says Turner had highest operating profit in its history in Q1. Says to have eight new series later this year. Says original programming helping to boost CNN ratings. Says HBO has seen "positive response" in usage, subscribers. CEO Jeff Bewkes says there will be more ways to get HBO "soon." For 2015, sees mid-teens growth in adjusted EPS. Says "feels really good" about underlying trends in company's business. Sees drag in Q2 of about 300bps from increasing FX headwinds, absence of NASCAR programming. Sees Q2 total advertising revenue flat to up low single digits. Expects total subscription revenue to reaccelrate well into double digits in 2016, 2017. Sees "very strong growth" in adjusted operating income in 2015. Sees another year of growth at HBO's international networks. Sees Q2 domestic subscription revenue growth at Turner in the Q1 range. Sees subscriber growth, revenue benefiting modestly from HBO Now. Sees 2015 as another year of healthy cash generation. Says committed to capital allocation plans. Says FX headwinds "even more significant" than previously communicated. Sees 40c drag on adjusted EPS from FX headwinds in 2015. Sees Warner's adjusted op income down in Q2. Says in discussions with Amazon (AMZN) on size, scope of relationship, could have impact on Q2. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Time Warner is up 0.33% to $85.26 in late-morning trading.
10:25 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft awarded patent for emotion detecting eyewear, WSJ says
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:12 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Microsoft (MSFT) 18 according to iVolatility.
06:10 EDTAMZNHulu said to land 'Seinfeld' streaming rights, WSJ reports
Hulu, which is owned by Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA), has reportedly landed a deal to stream all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld," The Wall Street Journal reports. Though terms of the deal have not been disclosed, a source believes that the per-episode value of the show would be around $700,000. Amazon (AMZN) and Yahoo (YHOO) were also bidders for the streaming rights to "Seinfeld," and Netflix (NFLX) expressed interest initially, but later signed a deal for streaming rights to "Friends." Reference Link
05:39 EDTMSFTAdobe, Microsoft announce strategic partnership
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April 28, 2015
19:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may allow Android apps on Windows 10 devices, Thurrott says
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