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March 27, 2014
14:27 EDTMSFT, FRFHF, FB, BBRYEarnings Preview: BlackBerry shares up sharply since Q3 report
BlackBerry (BBRY) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings on Friday, March 28, with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. BlackBerry is a wireless solutions provider that manufactures the BlackBerry smartphone and operating system. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of (57c) on revenue of $1.11B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is ($1.04)-(25c) on revenue of $860M-$1.79B. LAST QUARTER: BlackBerry reported Q3 adjusted EPS of (67c) against estimates for (45c) on revenue of $1.19B against estimates for $1.59B. The company announced non-cash pre-tax charges of $4.6B for the quarter, associated with assets, inventory and supply commitments, and previously announced restructuring and strategic review actions. In January, the company announced that Fairfax Financial (FRFHF) agreed to buy an additional $250M worth of debt in the company in addition to the $1B Fairfax purchased in November. Also in January, the company announced it would divest the majority of its Canadian real estate holdings, and earlier this month the company confirmed the plans. In February, BlackBerry announced plans to bring its mobile messaging service, BBM, to Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone and Nokia X customers. The company also announced plans to launch new enterprise products, which are expected to be available by year-end. Earlier today, the company announced that it received “Full Operational Capacity” from the U.S. DoD. COMPANY NEWS: In January, Citron Research, which typically issues short theses on stocks, said it was long shares of BlackBerry and put a “minimum” price target on shares of $15. In mid-February, BlackBerry shares gained about 3% after noted investor Dan Loeb’s Third Point reported in its latest 13F filing with the SEC that it had taken a new 10M share stake in the handset maker. Following Facebook’s (FB) announcement that it would acquire messaging application WhatsApp for $16B, shares of BlackBerry advanced nearly 4% as investors speculated on the potential value of the company’s BBM messaging service following the deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analyst commentary on BlackBerry was mixed during the quarter, with the most recent rating change on shares coming from Societe Generale, which cut its rating on the stock to Sell from Hold. Earlier this week, Citigroup raised its price target on shares to $8 from $4, but maintained its Sell rating on shares. Earlier this month, CLSA raised its rating on BlackBerry to Underperform from Sell while raising its price target on the stock to $9.50 from $6. Other notable rating actions on BlackBerry shares during the quarter include a January upgrade to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital, and a January downgrade to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. PRICE ACTION: On the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of BlackBerry gained 97c, or 15.52%, to close at $7.22. Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of BlackBerry have gained more than 45%, but for the 52-week period ended with yesterday’s trade, BlackBerry is still down more than 35%. In afternoon trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q4 report, BlackBerry is down over 3%.
News For BBRY;FRFHF;MSFT;FB From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
06:11 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 43 at lower end of index mean range
April 14, 2015
11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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06:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 43 at lower end of index mean range
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
06:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 42 at lower end of index mean range
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTMSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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