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April 9, 2012
12:15 EDTITMN, GOLD, AOL, CNC, CALL, MOH, MSFTOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at mid-day, in a delayed reaction to Friday's disappointing jobs report. Investors and analysts continue after the long weekend to try to connect the dots to determine whether this report is a sign of a slow down in the economic recovery or if it indicates a pause. The move today is broad based, as all of the S&P sectors are lower and at one point 99% of all the S&P 500 stocks were lower. The averages have shown virtually no improvement since the open and continue to drift. The lack of economic data today has left investors with nothing new to focus on to move past the jobs report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little of note was on the economic calendar, leaving investors to react to the disappointment from the the 120K increase in nonfarm payrolls reported Friday while the equity markets were closed. Internationally, the Nikkei was down and the Hang Seng and the European markets were closed... COMPANY NEWS: AOL (AOL) shares surged over 45% after the company agreed to sell over 800 of its patents to Microsoft (MSFT) for a bit over $1B. Microsoft's stock was down close to 1% near noon following the announcement... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were magicJack (CALL), after it provided guidance above the Street's view and said it will look to increase its stock buyback program, and Randgold (GOLD), after the company said its gold production and 2012 production guidance were not affected by a coup in Mali. Noteworthy losers included Molina Healthcare (MOH) and Centene (CNC), after the state of Ohio did not renew its Medicaid contract with the two companies. Also lower were shares of InterMune (ITMN), following a downgrade to Sector Perform at RBC Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 138.38, or 1.06%, to 12,921.76; the Nasdaq was down 34.41, or 1.12%, to 3,046.09; and the S&P 500 was down 16.86, or 1.21%, to 1,381.22.
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April 17, 2015
11:20 EDTMSFTGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:19 EDTMSFTAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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10:00 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:04 EDTCNCCentene's Nurtur receives full URAC accreditation
Centene announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness subsidiary, received full Disease Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.
07:15 EDTMSFTYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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07:05 EDTAOLAOL initiated with a Buy at Axiom
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06:33 EDTMSFTChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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10:00 EDTGOLDRandgold upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS (pre-open)
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
07:02 EDTAOLAOL launches ONE by AOL
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
10:58 EDTMOH, CNCCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTMOH, CNCJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
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