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March 27, 2014
14:27 EDTBBRY, FRFHF, MSFT, FBEarnings 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%.
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July 15, 2014
16:51 EDTBBRYBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
09:31 EDTMSFTSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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09:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy cybersecurity start-up Aorato, WSJ says
Microsoft is in talks to buy Israel-based cybersecurity start-up Aorato in a deal worth around $200M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter who noted that the pact could close within the next two months. Reference Link
09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Nomura
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08:35 EDTMSFTCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) 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 will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
07:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTFB, MSFTFortune to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says many readers upbeat about new phone, Re/code reports
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
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