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February 11, 2013
07:12 EDTADBE, MSFT, APLApple, others ordered to explain pricing to Australian parliament, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) has been ordered to appear before Australia's parliament with Microsoft (MSFT) and Adobe Systems (ADBE) to explain why local consumers pay so much for their products, despite the strong Aussie dollar, reports Reuters.Reference Link
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March 2, 2015
05:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft introduces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
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March 1, 2015
18:28 EDTMSFTBlackBerry expands cross platform strategy
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February 27, 2015
17:24 EDTAPLAtlas Energy, Atlas Pipeline Partners complete merger with Targa Resources
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05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 26, 2015
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
07:30 EDTAPLJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 23, 2015
08:00 EDTADBEAdobe shares recommended at Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt believes Adobe continues to execute and will report Q1 earnings and revenues slightly ahead of consensus estimates of 40c/1.09B and for new sub adds and Marketing Cloud billing to be above expectations.
February 20, 2015
11:46 EDTAPLTarga Resources shareholders approve share issuance in merger with Atlas Energy
Targa Resources (TRGP) announced that the stockholders of the company approved at a special meeting of stockholders held today the issuance of shares of common stock of the company in connection with the company's proposed merger with Atlas Energy, L.P. (ATLS). Approximately 76.15% of the shares of the company's common stock that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the share issuance, and approximately 91.50% of the shares of the company's common stock that were voted approved the share issuance. A special meeting of ATLS unitholders was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger. Approximately 52.83% of the common units of ATLS that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22, 2015 approved the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger, and approximately 99.28% of the common units of ATLS that were voted approved the ATLS Merger Agreement. A special meeting of unitholders of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (APL) was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with Targa Resources Partners LP's (NGLS) proposed merger with APL. Approximately 54.84% of the common units of APL that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the merger agreement in connection with the APL Merger, and approximately 98.21% of the common units of APL that were voted approved the APL Merger Agreement. The approvals by the shareholders of the Company and the unitholders of ATLS and APL described above satisfy three of the conditions required to finalize the Atlas Mergers. The consummation of the Atlas Mergers is still subject to certain other conditions, including the previously announced spin-off by ATLS of its non-midstream assets. Each of the Transactions is contingent on one another, and the Transactions are expected to close concurrently on February 27.
11:38 EDTAPLAtlas Energy, Atlas Pipeline approve mergers with Targa, Targa Partners
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 17, 2015
09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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