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August 20, 2014
08:42 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $30 from $24 at Argus
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:28 EDTGMEGameStop says CEO underwent unexpected surgery for tumor
GameStop disclosed in a regulatory filing that late last week Paul Raines, its CEO, underwent unexpected surgery during which a "very small, cancerous tumor was identified and successfully removed from an easily accessible part of the brain." The company added, "Because it was found very early, his doctors have advised him that his prognosis for a full and complete recovery is very good. The next step is for Paul to undergo preventive chemotherapy. Recovery from this process is expected to take about six weeks. This regimen will restrict his travel during that period, but will not interfere with his continued leadership of the Company." Daniel DeMatteo, Executive Chairman, said, "Speaking for the Board, we have every confidence in Paulís continued leadership and wish him a speedy recovery. While he recovers, our highly-tenured executive team will ensure that our business continues without interruption."
06:11 EDTGMEGameStop FY14 guidance likely in-line, says Piper Jaffray
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05:52 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; GTAT ZNGA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; GT Advanced (GTAT) 76, Zynga (ZNGA) 52 according to iVolatility.
August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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06:03 EDTSNEAUO continues to see curved TV orders from Sony and Samsung, DigiTimes says
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August 15, 2014
10:09 EDTSNESony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:39 EDTSNE, MSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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06:01 EDTATVI, GME, EA, TTWOJuly NPD video game software sales fell 15%, says Piper Jaffray
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August 14, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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13:25 EDTSNESony enters into car sensor industry, Nikkei says
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08:12 EDTSNESony Pictures Entertainment, T3Media announce partnership
T3Media announced an expanded agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony, to allow T3Media to manage the licensing and distribution of the entire SPE stock footage archive. In addition, T3Media will expand its technology services offering to include enhanced automated metadata creation, additional storage capacity, digital distribution, and use of T3Media's industry leading temporal metadata toolsets. Starting in September, more than 140K clips SPE's stock footage archive will be available for the production community to license via T3Licensing.com. With a direct sales team and a global network of sub distributors, T3Media is ideally positioned to provide access and value for the SPE stock footage archive.
07:25 EDTZNGACLSA to hold meetings
Silicon Valley Meetings consisting of meeting with various companies in the Silicon Valley area will be held on August 14-15.
07:15 EDTZNGAKing, Zynga look to attract 'hard-core' gamers, WSJ reports
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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTSNE, NTDOY, MSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
05:23 EDTSNEPlantronics announces partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Plantronics (PLT) announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SNE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.
August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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10:29 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 8, 2014
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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12:49 EDTSNEChina chosen as first market for Sony 4K curved TV's, Nikkei reports
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10:00 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:37 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:47 EDTZNGA, GLUUNorthland recommends buying Glu Mobile aggressivley on weakness related to Zynga
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08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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07:43 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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06:50 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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05:45 EDTZNGAZynga price target lowered to $3 from $4.50 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray lowered its price target for Zynga shares to $3 after delayed game launches drove the company's Q2 miss and reduced outlook. Piper says it is taking a "wait and see approach" on Zynga's entrance into two new game genres with the NFL and Tiger Woods. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
August 7, 2014
18:41 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:10 EDTZNGAZynga drops 13% to $2.55 after lowering 2014 outlook
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16:10 EDTZNGAZynga says continues to make 'significant investments'
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16:09 EDTZNGAZynga enters Sports category, signs agreement with Tiger Woods
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16:08 EDTZNGAZynga reports Q2 monthly active users 130M vs. 187M last year
Zynga said Q2 Monthly Unique Payers in Q2 were 1.7M, compared to 1.9M last year. Daily active users in Q2 were 29M, compared to 39M last year. Monthly active users in Q2 were 130M, compared to 187M last year.
16:05 EDTZNGAZynga lowers 2014 EPS outlook to (1c)-0c, consensus 2c
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16:04 EDTZNGAZynga sees Q3 EPS (1c)-0c, consensus 1c
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16:03 EDTZNGAZynga reports Q2 EPS 0c, consensus 0c
Reports Q2 revenue $153.2M, consensus $191.2M. Generated bookings of $175M, adjusted EBITDA of $14M.
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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15:33 EDTZNGA Notable companies reporting after market close
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10:28 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard management to meet with CRT Capital
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06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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August 6, 2014
10:59 EDTGLUUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTEAElectronic Arts extends agreement with Premier League until 2019
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09:28 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $27 from $21 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Activision Blizzard after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. The firm thinks the outlook for sales of the company's games is positive overall and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:23 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $26 from $22 at RW Baird
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06:38 EDTMSFTAccenture says complying with SAIC in Microsoft probe, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTMSFTSAIC enacts fresh raids on Accenture, Microsoft, Reuters says
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its website that it conducted fresh raids on Microsoft (MSFT) and Accenture (ACN) after the firm noted last week that Microsoft is being probed for anti-trust crimes, according to Reuters, citing an e-mail statement from a Beijing-based Microsoft spokeswoman. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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