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February 24, 2014
11:29 EDTCCOI, CMCSA, NFLX, AAPL, EBAY, YHOO, MSFT, VZ, LVLTCogent retreats after customer reaches deal with Comcast
Shares of Cogent Communications (CCOI) are sinking after one of the company's customers, Netflix (NFLX), announced yesterday that it had made an Internet connection deal with Comcast (CMCSA). Cogent enables companies, including Netflix, to stream content to customers of broadband providers such as Comcast. WHAT'S NEW: Under the deal between Netflix and Comcast, the movie rental service will stream its content to the cable giant's customers using Comcast's servers, according to The Wall Street Journal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier, today, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon responded to the news by downgrading Cogent to Underperform from Market Perform. Under the deal with Comcast, Netflix will "progressively migrate traffic away from Cogent," the analyst stated. Cogent could lose additional revenue if the company's other major content partners - including Apple (AAPL), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO), and Microsoft (MSFT) - follow in Netflix's footsteps and conclude their own deals with end-user networks such as Comcast, wrote Dixon. Other access providers, including Verizon (VZ), are likely to make similar deals with content providers, leaving providers like Cogent on the sidelines unless they agree to pay the access providers, the analyst contended. Moreover, Cogent's prices continue to decline, Dixon reported. He has a $23 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Cogent sank 5.5%, or $2.23, to $38. Level 3 Communications (LVLT), which also enables content to be delivered over the Internet, moved into positive territory after opening trading to the downside.
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September 8, 2014
07:42 EDTNFLXNetflix expands in Europe amid scrutiny, skepticism, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTAAPLAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:22 EDTAAPLFormer GT Advanced manager points to sapphire covers at Apple, MacRumors says
While neither Apple (AAPL) nor GT Advanced (GTAT) have confirmed that Apple plans to use sapphire covers for its upcoming iPhones, a former product manager at GT claims on his LinkedIn profile that he played a key role in selling Apple on sapphire display covers for its "mobile devices," according to MacRumors, citing a prior report from TechViking. Reference Link
06:59 EDTCMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:46 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires, shuts down, Luminate
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06:45 EDTYHOOYahoo to receive $8.8B in first tranche of Alibaba stake, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald says that based on Alibaba's (BABA) updated F1 on Friday, Yahoo (YHOO) will receive $8.8B in the first tranche of its Alibaba stake. Cantor estimates that at the mid-point, Alibaba's proposed market cap is $158.3B, with Yahoo's stake valued at $33B. The firm notes this is below its $180B estimate. Cantor says Yahoo is only selling 140M shares in the first tranche, leaving 384M shares to be sold in a year-plus, likely at a higher valuation and on better tax terms. Cantor keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch could have own App Store, will run third-party apps, 9to5Mac says
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06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:33 EDTYHOOYahoo's core business valued at $11B, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba recently added three new partners, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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06:21 EDTMSFT, AAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:20 EDTCMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
06:04 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD YHOO
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05:28 EDTVZVerizon announces Verizon Auto Share
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTVZ, AAPLApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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14:10 EDTAAPLApple hires 'renowned' industrial designer Marc Newson, Bloomberg says
Apple has hired "renowned" industrial designer Marc Newson to work on future products, says Bloomberg. Newson will work on the small secretive Apple team that work on designs that give the company's products their physical look and feel, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:40 EDTAAPLApple looks to focus on health with unveiling of smartwatch, WSJ says
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