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March 27, 2014
14:27 EDTFRFHF, FB, BBRY, MSFTEarnings 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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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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12:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Fuji Xerox announce patent agreement
Fuji Xerox and Microsoft (MSFT) announced a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing pact, the agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s patent portfolios and accelerate research and development, the companies said. Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM (FUJIY) and Xerox Corporation (XRX).
11:07 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range; shares at fresh life high
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 23, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares trade at fresh life high.
11:02 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Blackberry March weekly call option implied volatility is at 85, April is at 66, May is at 58, June is at 54; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large April price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on March 27.
06:55 EDTFBCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
05:57 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:50 EDTBBRY, MSFTMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
05:42 EDTFBeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
11:24 EDTFBeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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10:01 EDTMSFTPolycom and Microsoft announces new series of video collaboration solutions
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $46 on rising headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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06:01 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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