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April 17, 2014
18:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 311,000 Xbox One units in March
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16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Fire TV's voice search partners with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime Anytime
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10:20 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TSLA
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTAMZNNearly 1,000 Amazon workers in Germany expected to strike, WSJ reports
Amazon workers in Germany are expected to strike today, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments from services union Verdi. The union believes 400-500 employees will strike at two locations over wage levels. Reference Link
April 16, 2014
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:53 EDTAMZNSeveral e-commerce stocks look positive into earnings, says Pacific Crest
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08:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:30 EDTAMZN, MSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFT, AMZNAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTAMZNNBCUniversal planning digital video push
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06:17 EDTAMZNAmazon testing handheld grocery ordering device, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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12:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com pauses near session lows, levels to watch
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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07:59 EDTAMZNAmazon exec hired away by Square, Re/code says
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com rejects bitcoin, doesn't rule out payment network, Re/code says
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Amazon Fire TV out of stock until April 21
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05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
17:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, WSJ reports
According to sources, Amazon.com plans to launch a smartphone during the second half of 2014, with shipping likely to begin by the end of September, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com plans to launch smartphone in 2H14, Dow Jones reports
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12:44 EDTAMZNHedge funds initiating shorts on Priceline, Amazon, Twitter, CNBC says
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12:04 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN GILD
Amazon.com (AMZN) May 380 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 43, Gilead (GILD) August 77 call option implied volatility decreased 15% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO says more than 1M subscribers joined Prime in 3rd week of Dec. alone
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06:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com May volatility elevated into Q1 and profit outlook
Amazon.com April call option implied volatility is at 39, May weekly is at 59, May is at 48, June is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on late April 24.
06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 50 at upper end of index mean range
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April 10, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to acquire digital comic book company comiXology
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services CTO says ARM CPUs may be considered, The Register says
Amazon (AMZN) Web Services chief technology officer Werner told The Register that the company is “always looking for efficiency” and may consider using ARM (ARMH) CPUs in the future. Vogels said another processor architecture AWS has considered is IBM's (IBM) Power, the report noted. Reference Link
12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO confirms plans to expand Amazon Fresh offering, Re/code reports
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the company is planning to expand Amazon Fresh beyond its current three markets, Re/code reports, citing the CEO's 2013 letter to shareholders. He commented that "We’ll continue our methodical approach – measuring and refining Amazon Fresh – with the goal of bringing this incredible service to more cities over time." Bezos also commented on drones, saying "The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8." Reference Link
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon unclear about limits of Fire TV voice search, BI says
Amazon (AMZN) claimed to have addressed user annoyances when it detailed the voice search features of its new Fire TV system last week, but the company was unclear about the fact that voice searches only present results from Amazon's Instant Video library and Vevo and exclude other services like Netflix (NFLX), said Business Insider. The company also was not upfront about the way voice searches are saved as recordings of users' voices, the report added. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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06:07 EDTAMZNRovi sell-off on patent ruling unwarranted, says Brean Capital
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06:01 EDTAMZNRovi sell-off on patent ruling a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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April 8, 2014
16:21 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:02 EDTAMZNRovi issues statement in response to court ruling in Amazon case
The U.S. Court of Appeals issued its decision in Rovi’s (ROVI) patent infringement litigation against Amazon (AMZN). Rovi had sued Amazon for infringing the two patents at issue in the decision. The appeals court sided with Amazon and found that the District Court’s interpretation of the claims of the patents was correct and therefore Amazon did not infringe these patents. "We are disappointed by this decision," said Rovi executive VP Samir Armaly, worldwide intellectual property and licensing. "It should be noted that this decision relates to only two patents in our extensive portfolio. We believe that our portfolio is even more relevant to Amazon today and going-forward than when the present litigation began in early 2011. Since that time, Amazon has continued to expand its video and over-the-top offerings through new products like the recently announced Fire TV. As illustrated by various recent agreements, Rovi’s patent portfolio continues to be recognized by leading companies looking to deliver compelling video experiences across multiple screens. We plan to continue to pursue Amazon going-forward to take the necessary licenses under our patent portfolio, not only to protect our rights but also the rights of our existing licensees in this space."
13:27 EDTMSFTGoogle, Citrix to collaborate on Chromebooks
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12:12 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTMSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
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11:48 EDTAMZNRovi down over 7% after appeals court ruling with Amazon
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11:25 EDTAMZNAppeals court upholds ruling that Amazon did not infringe Rovi patents
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11:07 EDTAMZNCourt rules Amazon.com did not infringe on Rovi patent, Bloomberg says
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS grew 26.2% in March, eBay SSS up 17.8%, says ChannelAdvisor
Amazon.com's (AMZN) SSS grew 26.2% in March and eBay's (EBAY) SSS came in at 17.8% for the month, according to ChannelAdvisor. eBay's growth rate was the highest since August 2013, the blog post noted. Reference Link
07:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com May volatility elevated at 43, shares near five-month low
Amazon.com April call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 43, June is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results in late April.
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon Fire TV takes top spot on Amazon's best sellers list, TechCrunch reports
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon believes Fire TV will fill gap in mid-market games, Re/code reports
Amazon Games VP Mike Frazzini said the company's Fire TV will provide an outlet for mid-market games made by teams of five to 30 people, reports Re/code. In an interview with Re/code, Frazzini believes it can fill a "gap in the middle" and several of its games can be seen as "complex games in their own right." Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
18:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Japan to sell alcoholic beverages, Nikkei reports
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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12:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests Friday's session lows, levels to watch
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10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces launch of Amazon Dash
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06:41 EDTAMZN, MSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAMZNGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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14:21 EDTAMZNYahoo plans to acquire bigger budget TV programming, WSJ says
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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTAMZNMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:30 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:21 EDTMSFTCourt reverses parts of lower court ruling in DataTern suit with Microsoft, SAP
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09:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downside continues, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:43 EDTMSFTBaidu market leading search share in China rose in March, Marbridge Daily says
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07:28 EDTMSFTNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
April 3, 2014
18:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft options look like moneymakers, Barron's reports
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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12:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls through support, selling accelerates
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10:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
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09:30 EDTMSFTApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com media revenue to benefit from Fire TV, says JMP Securities
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07:55 EDTAMZNNuance seems to be powering Amazon Fire TV voice search, says Wedbush
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07:25 EDTAMZNAudience voice processor used in FireTV, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates the Amazon (AMZN) voice-activated FireTV uses Audience's (ADNC) latest generation voice processor. The company adds that a teardown of the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone reveals that Audience's latest voice processor is in the device as well. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on Audience shares with a $14.50 price target.
06:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to stop charging fee for Windows for some smartphones, WSJ reports
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