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January 29, 2015
13:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
13:10 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google down more than 5.7% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $7.11 on revenue of $18.46B. The consensus range is $6.39-$7.97 for EPS, and $17.95B-$18.99B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported third quarter EPS of $6.35 against estimates of $6.53 on revenue of $16.52B against estimates of $16.57B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% and Q3 average-cost-per-click down 2%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B and Q3 Network revenue $3.43B. NEWS: In the past quarter, Google acquired Firebase, RelativeWave and Revolv, while also developing a business relationship with PwC. Google partnered with PwC to bid for a Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems contract. Google's YouTube launched a Music Key Beta monthly subscription service after negotiating music licensing deals with thousands of independent labels in November. YouTube also said it plans the launch of original content initiative by the end of 2015. Operationally, Google has shut down its news service in Spain and engineering operations in Russia. A Wall Street Journal report said Google was near a $1B investment in SpaceX and a Financial Times report said Chromebooks overtook Apple's (AAPL) iPads for the first time in U.S. schools. STREET RESEARCH: Google was downgraded at BofA/Merrill, Stifel and Atlantic Equities, citing a lack of product catalysts, search maturity, margin pressure from investments, and challenges due to an ongoing shift to mobile. The company's price target was also lowered at JPMorgan, citing slower organic growth, the strength of the U.S. dollar, and the company's ongoing investments. Citigroup, on the other hand, is upbeat on the company. Citi analysts say Google has underperformed its Internet index, but believes the worst case scenario is largely baked into Google shares at current levels. Citi also says Google's total worldwide search revenue is expected to be $51B in 2014 with $12B coming from mobile devices. Bernstein said Google shares are undervalued and concerns for apps that could derail Google's search engine are overdone. SunTrust also said the company's risk/reward is compelling, and Google could potentially create a positive surprise by initiating a dividend. Ahead of earnings, BGC Financial believes Google should be bought. BGC Financial expects Google to report Q4 paid click growth of 17% and a cost-per-click decline of 2%. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have fell more than 5.7% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. In Thursday afternoon trading ahead of Q4 report, Google shares are down a little over 1%.
11:53 EDTSSNLFQualcomm sinks after cutting outlook, confirming being dropped in Galaxy
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08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, VMware collaborate on enterprise public cloud
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07:51 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:20 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
05:57 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to invest $84.23M in smartphone factory in India, Digitimes says
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05:39 EDTSSNLFNokia sees FY15 net sales to grow year-over-year
Nokia (NOK) continues to expect Nokia Networks' non-IFRS operating margin for theFY15 to be in-line with Nokia Networks' long-term non-IFRS operating margin range of 8%-11%. Nokia expects Nokia Networks' net sales and non-IFRS operating margin in Q1 to decline seasonally compared to the Q4. Nokia continues to expect HERE's net sales to grow on a year-on-year basis for FY15. Nokia now expects HERE's non-IFRS operating margin for FY15 to be between 7%-12%, based on HERE's leading market position, positive industry trends and improved focus on cost efficiency. This compares to Nokia's previous outlook for HERE's non-IFRS operating margin for the FY15 to be between 5%-10%. Nokia continues to expect Nokia Technologies' net sales to grow on a year-on-year basis for FY15, excluding potential amounts related to the expected resolution the ongoing arbitration with Samsung (SSNLF), which is expected to be concluded during 2015.
05:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees stong DDR4/LPDDR4 demand to continue in Q1
In the semiconductor segment, Samsung expects strong DDR4/LPDDR4 demand and solid SSD demand to continue despite low seasonality in Q1. In Q1, the company expects S.LSI volume ramp of 14nm; supply for customer’s new set product to begin while demand for existing applications to slow down under seasonality. Expect solid server DRAM demand growth to continue in FY15; Mobile DRAM demand to increase driven by new OS and higher resolution display adoption in smartphones. Expect earnings to improve driven by 14nm FinFET supply and sales of high value-added products. In the Display Panel segment, Samsung sees OLED shipments to grow as demand increases for new products; focus on enhancing profitability. Expects OLED shipments to increase due to expansion of customer base in FY15; Focus on earnings improvement Secure future growth driver by increasing flexible panel sales. Expects solid supply and demand condition to continue for LCD led by trend towards UHD and larger size panel in FY15. For IT & Mobile communications, expect decrease in smartphone and tablet demand under weak seasonality in Q1. Expects smartphone competitions to intensify amid the demand growth driven by LTE and emerging market in FY15 - expects tablet growth to continue with mid to low-end demand. For Consumer Electronics segment, Expect TV demand to decrease quarter over quarter entering weak seasonality in Q1. Expect TV demand to grow driven by UHD expansion and competition over new display technology in FY15.
05:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q4 revenue KRW 52.73T vs. KRW 59.28T last year
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January 28, 2015
17:49 EDTSSNLFQualcomm says seeing heightened competition in China in low, mid tiers
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13:51 EDTGOOGAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTGOOGAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
05:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung look to expand DRAM capacity in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung will look to expand its DRAM capacity in 2015 with its new Line-17 fab that will process 60K wafers monthly, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the expanded DRAM capacity may create uncertainty for the industry bit supply growth and pricing. Reference Link
05:58 EDTSSNLFSharp estaimtes LCD TV shipments to reach 6M in FY14, DigiTimes reports
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTGOOGApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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14:08 EDTSSNLFApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Google Fiber coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, two other cities
Google said in a blog post, "It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on... Today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds." Google adds, "We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year." Reference Link
08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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05:47 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, DigiTimes says
Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, reports DigiTimes. According to a Korean-language Edaily report that cited sources familiar with Samsung's operatives, the production lines will be able to roll out 900K smartphones a month and will be made specifically for the Indonesia market. Reference Link
January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTSSNLFApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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13:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Preview: Corning sees year-over-year sales, earnings growth in Q4
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
11:33 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; PBR BBRY
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10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
06:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTBBRY, SSNLFMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:36 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; PBR BBRY
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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09:34 EDTBBRYBlackBerry up 1.5% in early trading as Reuters correct prior story
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08:07 EDTGOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:22 EDTSSNLFApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
05:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung OLED handset pricing to reach parity with TFT LCD in 2015, DigiTimes say
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05:52 EDTSSNLFGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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05:51 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY UPL
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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15:04 EDTBBRYSamsung still weighing BlackBerry deal, Financial Post says
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:56 EDTSSNLF, BBRYBlackBerry off highs after Evercore said to deny prepping Samsung report
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) remain up 8% near $10.74 in afternoon trading, but are off their earlier session high of $11.11, after BNN's Amber Kanwar reported that Evercore (EVR) tells BNN that Samsung (SSNLF) has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." The BNN report follows an earlier story from Canada's Financial Post that claimed that Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry on behalf of the Korean smartphone maker.
14:52 EDTBBRYEvercore says Samsung not a recent client, BBN reports
Evercore (EVR) tells BNN that Samsung (SSNLF) has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord," said BNN's Amber Kanwar on Twitter. Reference Link
14:45 EDTSSNLFQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
12:28 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:42 EDTSSNLF, BBRYBlackBerry jumps after report says Samsung analyzed takeover
An investment bank hired by Samsung prepared a detailed analysis of a potential acquisition of all or part of BlackBerry (BBRY) by the South Korean company, The Financial Post reported. WHAT'S NEW: In the fourth quarter of last year, Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry, according to The Financial Post. The document also laid out various strategies that Samsung could use to make such a deal, and obstacles that could prevent the deal from occurring, the newspaper stated. Acquiring a minority stake would have many advantages for Samsung, the newspaper quotes the document as saying. However, it questions whether Samsung could achieve its key objectives if it only holds a minority stake in BlackBerry. The Canadian company's software appears to be complementary to that of Samsung, but further analysis must be conducted on that issue, Evercore stated, according to The Financial Post. The document suggested that Evercore could ask Fairfax Financial (FRFHF), a major BlackBerry shareholder, to help facilitate a deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After attending meetings with BlackBerry CFO James Yersh, Wells Fargo estimated that BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary, which develops software for automobiles, is already generating about 40% of the $500M of total annual software revenue that BlackBerry has targeted. Many analysts have questioned whether BlackBerry could meet this target. The firm also stated that BlackBerry will unveil "an iconic device" in early March. However, Yersh acknowledged that Q4 would be a transition quarter, while many investors remain cautious about BlackBerry, Wells stated. The firm has a neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BlackBerry surged 8.5% to $10.80.
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:28 EDTBBRY, SSNLFBank document shows Samsung still pursuing BlackBerry, Financial Post says
Samsung (SSNLF) continues to pursue acquisition of BlackBerry (BBRY), reports the Financial Post, citing an investment bank document and a source with knowledge of the plan. Prepared by Evercore Partners in 4Q14, the document hints at only a partial takeover, notes that Lenovo (LNVGY) may compete with Samsung for the company, cites BlackBerry's operating system and Messenger as potential divestitures, adds that Samsung could offset $50M in taxable income, and suggests Samsung start by approaching Fairfax Financial about acquiring a minority stake. Reference Link
08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
05:56 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBRY ARNA
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
14:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 likely to have wireless charging, BGR says
Among the expected features for Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming new flagship Galaxy S6 phone, BGR said it expects the device to feature built-in wireless charging. The Fly notes that Integrated Device (IDTI) is a supplier for wireless charging components. Reference Link
11:34 EDTGOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:39 EDTBBRYBlackBerry off lows as Chinese language report on suitors circulates
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09:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
08:13 EDTSSNLFQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBRY ARNA
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05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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13:56 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports 3.4% passive stake in SunEdison
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering stock split, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBRY ARNA
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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07:45 EDTSSNLF, BBRYSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
Samsung shares could rise 30% and investors who can acquire shares could be rewarded, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTBBRYMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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12:26 EDTBBRY, SSNLFBlackBerry CFO again denies rumor, but Oppenheimer says company may be in play
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10:27 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:09 EDTGOOGYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
07:38 EDTBBRYBlackBerry could become takeover target, says Oppenheimer
After meeting with BlackBerry's management, Oppenheimer noted that the company denied that it had received a takeover bid. The firm says that there could be interest in an acquisition of BlackBerry, but does not expect anything to occur immediately. Oppenheimer continues to believe that FY16 will be another transition year for the company and keeps a Perform rating.
07:33 EDTGOOGAlign Technology near-term risk/reward less favorable, says Credit Suisse
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung names Lee Don-tae as global design team leader, Korea Joongang says
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06:12 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Globalfoundries secures majority of A9 orders, DigiTimes reports
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06:10 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBRY ARNA
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BlackBerry (BBRY) 63, Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) 86 according to iVolatility.
06:10 EDTSSNLFGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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January 15, 2015
16:20 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
14:52 EDTGOOGGoogle investment Magic Leap files new patent, Business Insider says
The startup Magic Leap, which raised $542M in an October 2014 funding led by Google, filed a new patent that indicates a device that is "head worn component" and according to Business Insider "looks like an intense version of Google Glass that works with a belt pack." Business Insider added, "All we really know for sure so far is that Magic Leap is creating some sort of augmented reality — which it calls 'cinematic reality' — that the company believes will provide a more realistic 3D experience than anything else that's out there today." Reference Link
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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11:19 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY AMD
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10:29 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTBBRYActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:08 EDTGOOGLendingClub and Google partner for new business financing program
Lending Club (LC) announced a new pilot program in partnership with Google (GOOG) to facilitate low-interest financing to eligible Google partners. The program allows Google to purchase the loans, thus investing its own capital in its partner network to drive business growth. Lending Club will service the loans.
09:05 EDTGOOGGoogle and PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to bid for DoD healthcare program
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06:33 EDTSSNLF, BBRYSamsung says BlackBerry rumors 'not true,' Yonhap News reports
In response to media reports that Samsung (SSNLF) is in talks to buy BlackBerry (BBRY) for up to $7.5B, a Samsung spokesperson says "It is not true," Yonhap News reports. BlackBerry also denied rumors of a potential deal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6 for own processor, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF) may dump Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, reports DigiTimes. According to other industry sources, Samsung's Galaxy S6 may have two versions using either Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Samsung's own Exynos chips. Reference Link
06:04 EDTBBRY, SSNLFBlackBerry turned down multiple takeover offers, Globe and Mail reports
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05:47 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY FCX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; BlackBerry (BBRY) 68, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) 57 according to iVolatility.
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