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News For DELL;MSFT;BBRY;LNKD;CMG From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
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.
10:02 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
09:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Tech signs contract with Buffalo and Ford Erie Public Bridge Authority
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09:16 EDTMSFTDigital River renews pact with Microsoft
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06:44 EDTMSFTGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTLNKDInternet sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Americas Internet sector to Attractive to Neutral based on more reasonable valuations, reduced expectations, and strong sector growth. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Buy from Neutral, downgraded Shutterfly (SFLY) to Neutral from Buy, and lowered Priceline (PCLN) to Buy from Conviction Buy.
07:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:02 EDTBBRYVodafone to use loan to buy $750M of BlackBerry offerings, Globe and Mail says
Canada has agreed to lend $850M to Vodafone (VOD), which will use $750M of the funds to buy products and services from BlackBerry (BBRY), according to Globe and Mail. Reference Link
06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:03 EDTLNKDLinkedIn implied volatility of 37 at lower end of index mean range
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December 15, 2014
15:22 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Evercore ISI
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