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April 17, 2014
06:08 EDTSNESony says PlayStation 4 sales surpass 7M units worldwide
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03:35 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; WLT ZNGA
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April 16, 2014
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 EDTMSFTVMware, 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 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTSNEFormer Sony chairman to take place on Time Inc's board, NY Post says
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06:20 EDTSNESamsung, Sony Mobile, HTC to release mini smartphone models, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) Mobile and HTC are expected to launch mini versions of their flagship smartphones by end of Q2, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, Samsung will release a Galaxy S5, Sony Mobile will release the Xperia Z2 Compact and HTC will release a HTC One mini. Reference Link
06:10 EDTSNESony, Hydro-Quebec form JV for large-scale energy storage system for power grids
Sony Corporation and Hydro-Québec announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June. The new company will utilize Sony's control technologies for highly safe, reliable, olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and highly scalable module systems, together with Hydro-Québec's operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology. By combining these strengths, the new company intends to research and develop a highly safe and reliable system for large-scale applications, as well as battery material technology suitable for use within electric power systems, and explore their use in a wide variety of applications, such as meeting excess demand during peak times, and the integrating renewable energy sources into power grids.
April 15, 2014
18:22 EDTSNESony looks to revive TV business with 4K technology, Nikkei reports
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16:04 EDTCOOLAtari, Pariplay announce worldwide long-term strategic partnership
Atari and Pariplay, part of a joint venture with Majesco Entertainment, announced a strategic partnership to launch Atari's video game brands across real money gambling formats, including iLottery, social, online and mobile platforms. In addition, Pariplay will distribute Atari branded games throughout the Pariplay network. Slated for launch in Q4, the Atari real money gambling web site will feature games from the company's portfolio of iconic properties, including arcade classics like Centipede, Asteroids, Tempest, Pong, and Missile Command, among others. Furthermore, all games will be available in the Pariplay network for operators to run these games through their sites. Pariplay designates several of the most successful Atari brands to its iLottery network enabling lotteries to host the next generation of fixed-odds and predetermined outcome games.
15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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10:31 EDTGMEGameStop to host two day investor day
Two day investor day will be held in Dallas on April 21 at 7 pm and on April 22 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:34 EDTSNEHighpower subsidiary selected by Sony as battery supplier
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
11:11 EDTSNEVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTSNESony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase to four times in 2014, DigiTimes says
Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase by four times in 2014 as it targets a 10% global share in LCD TV shipments, reports DigiTimes. The company is targeting 20M LCD TV shipments in 2014 with Ultra HD TV sales in the China market increasing six-fold. Reference Link
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
13:01 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
12:42 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
08:15 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $35 from $32 at Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Electronic Arts citing the continuation of the console cycle, improved visibility on new titles, and the entrance into strong seasonality. Shares are Outperform rated.
07:59 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard could be pressured by lock-up expiration, says Argus
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06:52 EDTSNESony warns customers of Vaio PCs battery fire risk, Reuters says
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06:25 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:12 EDTSNEDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTZNGAZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTSNE, MSFTSony 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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April 8, 2014
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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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.
08:16 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile to create James Bond game with EON Productions, MGM Interactive
Glu Mobile announced that the company will partner with EON Productions and MGM Interactive to create a new free-to-play mobile game based on the James Bond film franchise. Scheduled for initial release in summer 2015, the game is inspired by the franchise's rich history, themes, characters, and narratives. Glu's Bond game will be available to mobile audiences worldwide across all major mobile platforms.
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
06:07 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
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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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.
08:15 EDTSNECisco, Sony collaborate on live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content
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07:46 EDTATVITurtle Beach reaches licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment
Turtle Beach, the gaming audio brand of Parametric Sound (PAMT), announced a new multi-year licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (ATVI) around the Heroes of the Storm multiplayer game. As part of the agreement, Turtle Beach will develop PC gaming headsets for players.
07:18 EDTZNGAZynga added to Best Ideas List at Wedbush
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft 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 4, 2014
16:46 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard files to sell 41.5M shares of common stock for holders
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16:17 EDTZNGASAC Capital lowers passive stake in Zynga to 3.9% from 5.3%
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11:21 EDTMSFTCourt reverses parts of lower court ruling in DataTern suit with Microsoft, SAP
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10:02 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Mylan (MYL), up 6.8% after report of desire to buy Swedish rival Meda, which confirmed it had been in talks with Mylan but rejected the company's takeover offer. Shares of Mylan were also upgraded to Buy this morning at Citigroup... Mercury Systems (MRCY), up 8.8% after Reuters said Boeing (BA) is considering a takeover bid of the supplier..Micron (MU), up 3% after reporting earnings and revenue that topped expectations... Align (ALGN), up 6% after winning patent case against ClearCorrect... GameStop (GME), up 2.8% following upgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch... Potbelly (PBPB), up 4.6% after upgrade at William Blair.... SYNNEX (SNX), up 18.5% after earnings report. LOWER: CarMax (KMX), down 3.3% after reporting earnings and revenue that fell below expectations... Halozyme (HALO), down 33% after announcing temporary halt of Phase 2 trial enrollment for PEGPH20... Ocean Power (OPTT), down 15% after 3.8M share Spot Secondary priced at $3.10.
09:04 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $24 from $21 at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee increased its price target on Activision Blizzard as the firm thinks the company's 2014 EPS could beat expectations by a large amount. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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
06:24 EDTSNE, EAElectronic Arts hires Sony developer Amy Hennig
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06:12 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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April 3, 2014
18:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft options look like moneymakers, Barron's reports
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09:30 EDTMSFTApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:28 EDTGMEChecks indicate GameStop won't be threatened by Wal-Mart, says BB&T
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06:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to stop charging fee for Windows for some smartphones, WSJ reports
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