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December 17, 2014
10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
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10:14 EDTMSFTHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Tech signs contract with Buffalo and Ford Erie Public Bridge Authority
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09:16 EDTMSFTDigital River renews pact with Microsoft
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06:44 EDTMSFTGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
December 15, 2014
11:09 EDTMSFTSkype app to enable real-time voice translation, The Verge says
A new app from Microsoft's Skype enables voice calls in English or Spanish to be translated to the other language in real time, according to The Verge. The app will be available as a preview starting today, The Verge added. Reference Link
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06:06 EDTMSFTFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
16:19 EDTADBEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:04 EDTADBEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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13:00 EDTADBEShutterstock falls after Adobe buys competitor Fotolia
Shares of Shutterstock (SSTK), a provider of commercial digital images, are falling after Adobe (ADBE) announced that it would buy one of the company's privately held competitors, Fotolia. WHAT'S NEW: Adobe said last night that has struck a deal to buy Fotolia for about $800M in cash. Adobe expects the deal to be neutral to its profits in fiscal 2015, but predicts that the acquisition will increase its profits in fiscal 2016. Both Fotolia and Shutterstock provide photos and videos to commercial customers. Investors may believe that Fotolia will become a tougher competitor for Shutterstock after it becomes part of Adobe. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Shutterstock tumbled 12.5% to $62.71. The shares are down 24% in the last month.
12:10 EDTADBEAdobe hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:13 EDTADBEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Adobe (ADBE), up 5.5% after reporting first quarter results and that it will acquire Fotolia for approximately $800 in cash. ALSO HIGHER: ChemoCentryx (CCXI), up 107.1% after Phase II clinical trial in diabetic nephropathy with CCX140 met its primary endpoint... Oncothyreon (ONTY), up 15.8% after announcing exclusive agreement with Array BioPharma (ARRY)... Talisman Energy (TLM), up 24.4% after a report that Repsol (REPYY) is preparing to make a C$6.00 per share bid... GoPro (GPRO), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. LOWER: Emerald Oil (EOX), down 18% after cutting fiscal 2015 guidance, naming new COO, and providing an updated fiscal 2015 development plan... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), down 8.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at JPMorgan... MEI Pharma (MEIP), down 3.9% after 10M share Secondary priced at $4.00... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI), down 6.6% after 3.1M share Secondary priced at $10.00.
08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $57 from $53 at FBR Capital
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. The stock closed yesterday up 27c to $47.17.
05:34 EDTADBEAdobe price target raised to $90 from $83 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Adobe shares to $90 citing the company's "strong" Q4 results. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
18:14 EDTADBEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:08 EDTADBEAdobe says marketing cloud growth 'well ahead' of 30% target
Says on track or ahead of long term goals set a year ago. Says nearly $3B of contracted revenue on books. Says expects to grow total subscriptions approximately 70% YoY in FY15. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
16:55 EDTADBEAdobe sees Fotolia acquisition neutral to FY15 adjusted EPS, accretive in FY16
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16:50 EDTADBEAdobe exits Q4 with over 3.45M creative cloud subscriptions
16:44 EDTADBEKKR to sell Fotolia to Adobe for $800M
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16:26 EDTADBEAdobe expects to exit 2015 with approximately 5.9M creative cloud subscriptions
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16:25 EDTADBEAdobe sees Q1 adobe marketing cloud revenue down sequentially
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16:24 EDTADBEAdobe sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.05, consensus $2.07
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16:23 EDTADBEAdobe sees Q1 adjusted EPS 34c-40c, consensus 39c
Sees Q1 revenue $1.05B-$1.10B, consensus $1.1B.
16:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to now accept bitcoin
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16:14 EDTADBEAdobe up over 5% following Q4 results
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16:10 EDTADBEAdobe to acquire Fotolia for approximately $800 in cash
Adobe announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34M images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. The acquisition of Fotolia cements Creative Cloud’s role as a vibrant marketplace for creatives to buy and sell assets and services as well as showcase their talent to a worldwide audience. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of Adobe’s fiscal Q1 2015, is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The potential financial impact to Adobe of this transaction is not reflected in financial targets Adobe has previously provided, or new targets disclosed as part of Adobe's financial results, released on December 11, 2014. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Upon close Fotolia CEO, Oleg Tscheltzoff, will continue to lead the Fotolia team as part of Adobe’s Digital Media business.
16:08 EDTADBEAdobe reports Q4 cash flow from operations $400M
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16:07 EDTADBEAdobe reports Q4 creative ARR revenue $1.676B
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16:06 EDTADBEAdobe added 644,000 net new creative cloud subscriptions in Q4
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16:05 EDTADBEAdobe reports Q4 adjusted EPS 36c, consensus 30c
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15:13 EDTADBENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Adobe Systems (ADBE), consensus 30c; Quiksilver (ZQK), consensus (11c); Nordson (NDSN), consensus $1.13; Dominion Diamond (DDC), consensus 27c.
14:59 EDTADBEAdobe December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Adobe December call option implied volatility is at 45, January is at 31, April is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
14:43 EDTADBEAdobe technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to reveal Windows 10 features at January 21 event, Re/code reports
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13:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
10:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires HockeyApp, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTMSFTCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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08:53 EDTMSFTBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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December 10, 2014
09:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 12 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:20 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs agreement with Albermarle County Service Authority
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed an agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes implementation and related professional services, support, and training.
08:00 EDTADBEAdobe December volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Adobe December call option implied volatility is at 46, January is at 29, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on December 11.
December 9, 2014
07:24 EDTADBEAdobe December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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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.
December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTMSFTGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTMSFTChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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11:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says gaming business is 'thriving'
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06:20 EDTMSFT2015 PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14M, 11M respectively, DigiTimes says
Sony (SNE) is expected to ship 14M PlayStation 4 consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5M units and Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to ship 11M Xbox One consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 23.7M units in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U shipments in 2015 will be 2M units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29M. Reference Link
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