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News For BBRY;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
16:06 EDTMSFTNetSuite names Fred Studer Chief Marketing Officer
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15:21 EDTBBRYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:29 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December 10 straddle priced for 7.9% movement into Q3
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14:00 EDTBBRYEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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12:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Blackberry December call option implied volatility is at 143, January is at 72, March is at 58; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 19.
11:49 EDTMSFTOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to sell MixRadio service to LINE, terms not disclosed
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06:50 EDTMSFTGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports
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December 17, 2014
12:42 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises after Classic launch, BGC upgrade
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are rising after the company unveiled its new BlackBerry Classic smartphone and research firm BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: Blackberry Classic features a browser that is three times faster than BlackBerry's Bold 9900 device, along with 60% more screen space and 50% more battery life, the company said. The device's QWERTY keyboard enables fast typing by eliminating pressure points and providing carefully calibrated feedback, the company stated. BlackBerry Classic features a new operating system that includes the company's first digital assistant and gives users the ability to access content from the smartphone when they are on other devices. ANALYST UPGRADE: BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded BlackBerry ahead of the company's third quarter results, due to be reported on Friday. BlackBerry is in the early stages of turning itself around, but the company has increased its credibility with investors, partly by reducing its costs, focusing on its core strengths, and launching strategic partnerships, Gillis believes. Meanwhile, the company's Passport phone, a device launched by the company in September that targets business users, has been well-received by that group, Gillis said. The Passport should increase the company's profit margins and may help its Q3 results beat expectations, Gillis stated. Given BlackBerry's relatively low valuation of $5B, any success in the market could significantly boost its share price, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the shares to $12.50 from $11. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BlackBerry rose 3.7% to $9.86.
11:41 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY VXX
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10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
10:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Classic has same security as other BlackBerry phones
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10:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry Classic says new OS has battery saving modes
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10:35 EDTBBRYBlackBerry expands enterprise application portfolio
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10:34 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Web browsing on Classic 3x faster than on Bold
The Classic will support unlimited Web tabs, the company added.
10:33 EDTBBRYBlackBerry launches Classic smartphone with QWERTY keyboard
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10:32 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Classic has hub to manage communications
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10:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry: Classic keyboard eliminates pressure point, enabling fast typing
The company added that the feedback of the keyboard on the Classic was very carefully calibrated to enable fast typing. BlackBerry added that conventional keyboards reduce mistakes versus virtual keyboards. The company made the comments at the Classic launch earlier today.
10:14 EDTMSFTHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
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