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July 31, 2015
15:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighing Uber investment, Bloomberg says
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15:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says may change financial reporting segments
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06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says over 14M people already using Windows 10
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July 30, 2015
18:56 EDTMSFTFacebook plans drone test later this year, AP says
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16:27 EDTMSFTBlucora subsidiary Infospace signs distribution agreement with Bing
Infospace, a subsidiary of Blucora, (BCOR), announced it has signed a deal to distribute Bing (MSFT) search results and advertising content through the Infospace network of Web search properties and partner websites on desktop and mobile. The three-year search and advertising agreement forms a partnership through July 31, 2018.
12:23 EDTMSFTGoogle loses patent royalty battle with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
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11:26 EDTMSFTAppeals court affirms lower court judgment in Microsoft, Motorola patent suit
The 9th Circuit Appeals court affirmed the judgment of a district court in a patent lawsuit between Microsoft (MSFT) and Motorola, which is now owned by Google (GOOG). In its ruling, the appeals court wrote: "With the parties’ consent, the district court conducted a lengthy, thorough bench trial on the RAND rate and range. The court analyzed that evidence in its exhaustive findings of fact and conclusions of law, in a manner consistent with the Federal Circuit’s recent approach to establishing damages in the RAND context. The court’s factual findings were properly admitted at the jury trial. The jury’s verdict was supported by substantial evidence, and its damages award was proper." In a tweet after the ruling was released, Markman Advisors, which specializes in patent law, stated that Microsoft, Qualcomm (QCOM), InterDigital (IDCC) and others will be affected by this ruling, which it characterized as "tough for licensors of standard-essential patents."
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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July 29, 2015
05:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 available for download
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.
July 28, 2015
09:38 EDTMSFTSalesforce announce new version of Salesforce1 for iOS
In a corporate blog post, Salesforce (CRM) announced a new version of Salesforce1 for iOS, which it said brings a "brand new way to access and edit documents in external repositories such as SharePoint and OneDrive for Business and also seamlessly edit them using Office iOS apps." Salesforce added that the release is the "latest in a series of milestones based on our strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT)." Reference Link
July 26, 2015
17:16 EDTMSFTChina to repeal restrictions on videogame consoles, WSJ says
China will end its restrictions on manufacturing and selling videogame consoles within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing statements from China's Ministry of Culture. The report notes that foreign console makers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), and Nintendo (NTDOY) were previously limited to operations in just the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, but will now have access to the entire country. A Sony spokesperson remarked, "This is great news for us." Reference Link
16:42 EDTPSOPearson in talks to sell stake in Economist Group
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13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could rise 50% in three years, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
17:33 EDTBKSS&P announces changes to S&P 400, 500, and 600 indices
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16:30 EDTMSFTStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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08:52 EDTPSOPearson sale of Financial Times positive, says Bernstein
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05:43 EDTPSOPearson expects to return to more normal levels of restructuring expenditure
Expects cyclical and UK policy related factors to stabilize in 2015. The US policy environment remains uncertain. In North America, the company expects growth in online higher education services and VUE and, with more stable college enrollments and a slower new edition year, courseware to be broadly level. In School, the company expects greater stability in courseware and assessments with growth in virtual schools.In Core markets, the company expects trading conditions to stabilise in the UK, growth in inside services to broadly offset declines in courseware in Australia, and sustained share in Italy following share gains in 2014. Pearson expects the Financial Times to continue to benefit from, and invest in, its digital transition. In Growth markets, the company expects good growth in China in our English Language Learning adult and test preparation businesses and continued stability in courseware; in Brazil, it expects a better year in our sistemas business and good growth in the English Language Learning franchises; and in South Africa Pearson expects modest declines in the school courseware and lower enrollments in higher education.
05:40 EDTPSOPearson backs FY15 adjusted EPS 75p-80p
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05:39 EDTPSOPearson reports interim 2015 adjusted EPS of 4.4p compared to 4.7p last year
Reports interim 2015 sales up 1% at CER to GBP 2.2B, reflecting growth in North America, Brazil and China, and strength in digital and services, including Connections Education and Pearson On Line Services. This was partly offset by a smaller new textbook adoption market in US schools and the phasing of school textbook expenditure and lower college enrolments in South Africa. Reports interim 2015 deferred revenue from continuing operations up 3% at CER to more than GBP 750M as a result of further good progress in our digital and services businesses partly offset by lower deferred revenue in UK testing and in South Africa, due to lower college enrollments.
July 23, 2015
12:59 EDTPSOPearson's FT sale gives way for education deals, Bloomberg says
Pearson's sale of the Financial Times to Nikkei allows it to pursue acquisitions in educational publishing, Bloomberg says, citing an analyst at Panmure Gordon & Co. “Pearson’s direction of travel has been clear,” said media analyst Jonathan Helliwell. “This deal gives them the flexibility to do some education mergers and acquisitions and help toward restructuring costs." Reference Link
11:13 EDTPSONew York Times becomes Bloomberg's best target after FT sold, Re/code says
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10:49 EDTPSOPearson trading resumes, shares up 33c to $19.21
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10:17 EDTPSOPearson: Deal does not include 50% stake in The Economist Group
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10:16 EDTPSOPearson to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc for GBP844M
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10:15 EDTPSOPearson to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc for GBP844M
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10:13 EDTPSOPearson trading halted, pending news
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10:11 EDTPSOPearson sells FT to Nikkei for $1.29B, MarketWatch reports
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10:11 EDTPSOAxel Springer says will not acquire Financial Times from Pearson
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTPSOPearson in talks to sell FT Group to Axel Springer, FT reports
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06:17 EDTPSOPearson says in advanced talks to sell FT Group
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05:56 EDTPSOPearson will sell FT newspaper to digital news company, Reuters reports
Pearson will sell The Financial Times to a digital news company, a source tells Reuters. The source says an announcement is expected to be made "shortly." Reference Link
July 22, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:02 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:06 EDTMSFTCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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09:19 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill says Microsoft battling license declines with Cloud and Hardware
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09:07 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares still have downside, says Citi
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07:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hurdles remain but still an attractive story, says UBS
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05:55 EDTMSFTQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $37 from $39 at Jefferies
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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO: Office 365 now in 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 enterprises
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16:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says strengthening U.S. dollar had 'significant impact' on Q4 results
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16:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft returned $6.7B to shareholders in Q4
During the quarter, Microsoft returned $6.7B to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.
16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft down about 3% following Q4 results
16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says has 75,000 partners transacting in company's cloud
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 Commercial revenue grew 4% to $13.5B
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined13% to $8.7B
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 56c
Reports Q4 revenue $22.2B, consensus $22.06B.
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:11 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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15:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 47 straddle priced for 5% movement into Q4
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15:02 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
On a long-term basis the stock has a potential double top pattern that would be confirmed on a breakdown below $40. In a shorter time frame the stock is range-bound between $45 at the low and $50 at the high. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $45 would put the shares on a path for a test at that $40 support. A breakdown below $40 would see next support at $39.27 and then at $38.56. The downside target from the double top would be to the $30 area over time. If the news is a bullish surprise, a breakout above $50 would see next resistance at $53.13 and then at $55. Both are levels not seen since the year 2000.
09:56 EDTMSFTSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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07:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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09:29 EDTPSOPearson receives interest in Financial Times from suitors, Bloomberg reports
Pearson is sounding out potential bidders for the Financial Times after receiving interest in the newspaper, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. There is no formal process under way, but a sale, if pursued, may value the business at as much as $1.6B, added the report, which noted that FT could draw interest from media companies such as Axel Springer. Reference Link
09:21 EDTPSOPearson weighing sale of Financial Times following approaches, Bloomberg says
09:04 EDTMSFTGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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08:33 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Nook Consumer business president Verrina to leave company
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08:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble names Frederic Argir as Chief Digital Officer
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July 19, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Adallom for $320M, Globes says
Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Adallom for roughly $320M, reports Globes, without naming sources. Reference Link
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