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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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October 21, 2014
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
06:09 EDTFBTwitter initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook sues laywers who represented Ceglia, Re/code reports
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05:51 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; TLM BBRY
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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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12:03 EDTFBKing Digital launches Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide on Facebook
Earlier today, King Digital Entertainment (KING) announced that Candy Crush Soda Saga, the sister title to hit game Candy Crush Saga, has launched worldwide on Facebook (FB). Candy Crush Soda Saga is the next iteration in the Candy Crush franchise, set in the world of the Candy Kingdom. Fans of the original hit can now switch and match their way through new dimensions of gameplay with exciting new graphics and features including game modes, candy combinations, gameplay mechanics and more. Candy Crush Soda Saga is set to launch on mobile in the coming weeks.
11:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on Lenovo may make bid report
Blackberry October weekly 10 and 11 calls are active 38K contracts (8K puts) on Lenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 75, November is at 63, December is at 61; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB DAL
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11:10 EDTBBRYLenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:04 EDTBBRYAcacia Research subsidiary enters into agreement with BlackBerry
Acacia Research announced that its Cell and Network Selection subsidiary entered into an agreement with Blackberry Corporation and Blackberry Limited (BBRY). The agreement resolved litigation that was pending between Cell and Network Selection and Blackberry in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
06:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 51 at lower end of index mean range
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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
October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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