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News For ATVI;EA;GME;MSFT;SNE;NTDOY;THQI;ZNGA;COOL;TTWO;GLUU From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTMSFTCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:50 EDTZNGAZynga to bring back Zynga Poker Classic, will have two Poker games
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09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
18:38 EDTSNESony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:00 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with SunTrust
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06:30 EDTMSFT, SNENPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTSNE, MSFT, NTDOYSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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05:39 EDTTTWO, GME, ATVI, EASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
07:48 EDTSNESony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
12:58 EDTSNESony has 40% upside potential, Barron's reports
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10:11 EDTGMEGameStop expands layaway program for 2014 holiday season
GameStop announced that it will expand its 2014 holiday layaway program to include more products. In addition, through its new PowerUp Rewards credit card, GameStop is offering special financing. For a limited time, PowerUp Rewards Pro credit cardholders will receive zero percent interest on purchases of $500 or more for six months, GameStop announced.
09:40 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Hilliard Lyons
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
05:51 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; DRYS ZNGA
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October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTSNESony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 10, 2014
10:49 EDTGMEHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTEAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:59 EDTEAElectronic Arts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
Benchmark Co. upgraded Electronic Arts to Buy with a $42.50 price target saying the company's upcoming Q2 results will likely beat expectations and drive share upside.
07:04 EDTSNEAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
11:15 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTSNE, MSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFT, SNEAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:06 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard files response to Noriega lawsuit
Activision Blizzard, filed a response to Manuel Noriega’s opposition in the lawsuit brought by the former dictator and convicted murderer. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani, will argue as co-counsel beside Munger, Tolles & Olson at the October 16 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in support of Activision Blizzard’s motion. Activision Blizzard is moving to strike Noriega’s lawsuit on the grounds that the minor inclusion of a Noriega character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is protected free speech. The motion to strike was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 22. The legal action seeks to dismiss Manuel Noriega’s complaint at the outset under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Lawyers for Manuel Noriega filed a response to the anti-SLAPP motion on October 2. The Superior Court will consider the matter at a hearing on October 16.
07:57 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile short report riddled with inaccuracies, says Cowen
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTSNE, MSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSNEIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTSNEMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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10:48 EDTGLUU, ZNGAGlu drops despite Benchmark optimism about Kardashian game
Research firm Benchmark Co. upgraded digital video game maker Glu Mobile (GLUU) to Buy from Hold, based on optimism about the company's upcoming third quarter earnings report. WHAT'S NEW: Glu may report higher than expected third quarter sales and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization on October 29, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note to investors today. The company may also raise its fourth quarter guidance, Hickey believes. Glu's results are being lifted by the success of the company's "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, the analyst believes. He has a $5.90 price target on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking the opposite view on Glu Mobile in an article yesterday was a short-selling blog, TheStreetSweeper. The blog said it "wouldn't be surprised" if the company cut its Q4 guidance, as Kim Kardashian and other Glu games "are fading fast." Company insiders are "selling huge chinks" of the company's shares, added the blog. Northland Capital analyst Darren Aftahi yesterday countered by accusing TheStreetSweeper of "acting as a megaphone" for shorts in the name, trying to drive down the stock in a weak market, and producing an article that is "full of conjecture." The analyst said he thinks the company could beat Q3 revenue expectations by a large amount, potentially producing a "massive short squeeze." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other digital video game makers include Zynga (ZNGA) and King Digital (KING). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glu dropped 4% to $4.56.
10:00 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:20 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
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06:13 EDTSNE, MSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
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