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February 8, 2013
14:27 EDTLNKD, BBRY, CMG, MSFT, DELLMarket set to finish week mixed as European fears return
Stock indexes are set to end the week mixed after political turbulence in Spain and Italy unnerved investors but U.S. and Chinese trade data gave stocks a boost. The Dow is poised to finish the week lower, while the S&P and Nasdaq are set to finish slightly higher. MACRO NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other members of the country's Conservative Party were accused of receiving secret cash payments, and the upcoming Italian election may be affected by an unfolding banking scandal. As a result, political uncertainty gripped both countries, scaring investors...On a more positive note, the U.S. trade deficit came in significantly below expectations, and China said its imports and exports rose sharply last month...Many Republican House members said they were willing to let automatic spending cuts take effect next month, causing investors to worry that the cuts would have a negative effect on the economy. COMPANY NEWS: Dell (DELL) announced that it had agreed to a leveraged buyout by a consortium led by its CEO, Michael Dell, and investment firm Silver Lake. Microsoft (MSFT) will provide a $2B loan to the acquirers..BlackBerry's (BBRY) stock soared this week amid indications that sales of the company's new Z10 phone have been strong so far...Also reporting good news and climbing were LinkedIn (LNKD) and Chipotle (CMG), which both delivered stronger than expected results.
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April 16, 2014
07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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April 15, 2014
15:53 EDTBBRY, MSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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08:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry invests in NantHealth for integrated end-to-end healthcare solutions
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08:01 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities believes the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn has created an attractive entry point. The firm started shares with an Overweight rating and $240 price target.
05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 13, 2014
17:05 EDTBBRYBlackBerry plans to release 'Heartbleed' patches, Reuters says
BlackBerry is planning a release of security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to deal with vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat, says Reuters. Reference Link
April 11, 2014
08:00 EDTLNKDLinkedIn remains a favorite large cap name at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says LinkedIn remains one of its favorite long-term large cap names. The firm believes investors are overlooking two new opportunities for the company: the addition of Sales Solutions and the Ad API. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on LinkedIn with a $270 price target.
06:47 EDTLNKDSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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April 10, 2014
12:13 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO: No intention of selling handset unit, Globe and Mail reports
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said his comments that he would consider exiting the handset business were taken out of context, and that there are no immediate plans to sell the business, The Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
10:44 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; FSLR LNKD
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08:46 EDTCMGChipotle well positioned to sustain operating momentum, says RW Baird
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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