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October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
11:57 EDTCMGChipotle falls after outlook for FY15 comparable restaurant sales disappoints
Shares of fast casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are falling after the company issued a disappointing outlook for fiscal 2015 comparable restaurant sales. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported third quarter earnings per share of $4.15 and revenue of $1.08B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.84 and $1.06B, respectively. Comparable restaurant sales rose 19.8% in the quarter, driven primarily by increased traffic and from a higher average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out by the end of the second quarter. The company opened 43 new restaurants in Q3. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chipotle forecast comparable restaurant sales increases in the mid-teens for fiscal year 2014, and the company said it expects to open 180-195 new restaurants during the year. The company also sees an effective tax rate for FY14 of about 38.5%. For FY15, the company sees low to mid-single digits comparable restaurant sales gains, 190-205 new restaurant openings and an effective tax rate of 39.1%. On Chipotle’s Q3 earnings conference call, management said it expects food costs to continue rising into the fourth quarter and throughout 2015. The company also noted that it was still seeing strong traction growth regardless of recent menu price increases. Chipotle said it will "opportunistically" repurchase stock in order to enhance shareholder value. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo kept a Market Perform rating on Chipotle, but lowered its price target range on shares to $600-$625 from $650-$675. In its note, Wells said greater than expected commodity inflation and labor cost pressure in 2015 will likely lead to lower Street estimates. Wells expects same store sales to decline sequentially from 4Q14 through 3Q15 due to double-digit traffic comparisons in earlier quarters and less pricing in later quarters. Another firm, Oppenheimer, recommended using any post-earnings weakness in shares of Chipotle as a buying opportunity. The firm believes investors are concerned over 2015 estimates coming down on food cost pressures. The firm said food cost issues are unlikely to get worse from here and it kept an Outperform rating on Chipotle with a $775 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Chipotle fell $44.14, or nearly 7%, to $609.28 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 21% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other fast casual restaurant companies include El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI), Jack in the Box (JACK), and McDonald’s (MCD), which reported results this morning.
09:15 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apple (AAPL), up 3%... Texas Instruments (TXN), up 2.3%... Harley Davidson (HOG), up 7%... Celanese (CE), up 4%... United Technologies (UTX), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Neonode (NEON), up 20% after signing technology development agreement with global tier-one printer OEM... Illumina (ILMN), up 10%, upgraded at Janney Capital following the company's better than expected Q3 earnings. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Coca-Cola (KO), down 5%... Chipotle (CMG), down 4.6%... Verizon (VZ), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: CEL-SCI (CVM), down 15.3% after announcing proposed offering of common stock, warrants... Omeros (OMER), down 12% after suspending Huntington's clinical trial with OMS824... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), down 2.4% after 20M share secondary priced at $57.47... Rhino Resources (RNO), down 53%, downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James following the reduction in its quarterly cash dividend.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:27 EDTCMGChipotle pullback a buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer recommends using any post-earnings weakness in shares of Chipotle as a buying opportunity. The firm believes investors are concerned over 2015 estimates coming down on food cost pressures. Opco says food cost issues are unlikely to get worse from here and it keeps an Outperform rating on Chipotle with a $775 price target.
07:12 EDTCMGChipotle upside to Q3 estimates low quality, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that while Chipotle delivered in Q3, greater than expected commodity inflation and labor cost pressure in 2015 will likely lead to lower Street estimates. Wells views the beat in Q3 as low quality since it was driven by a lower than expected tax rate and marketing. The firm expects Chipotle's same-store-sales to decelerate from Q4 of 2014 through Q3 of 2015 due to double-digit traffic comparisons in earlier quarters and less pricing in later quarters. It lowered its price target range for shares to $600-$625 from $650-$675 and keeps a Market Perform rating on the stock.
06:26 EDTCMGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ CMG
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05:51 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; TLM BBRY
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October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTCMGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:42 EDTCMGPrice increases at Chipotle seeing very little resistance
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18:36 EDTCMGChipotle considering Apple Pay support in 2015
Comment was made in Q3 earnings call.
18:32 EDTCMGChipotle will 'opportunistically' repurchase stock to enhance shareholder value
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18:29 EDTCMGChipotle expects opening sales volumes of $1.7M-$1.8M or higher
Comments were made in Q3 earnings call.
18:24 EDTCMGChipotle expects food costs to continue rising into Q4 and throughout 2015
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16:31 EDTCMGChipotle lower by almost 2% after Q3 results, guidance
16:29 EDTCMGChipotle sees FY15 low to mid-single digits comparable restaurant sales gains
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16:05 EDTCMGChipotle says comparable restaurant sales growth driven by traffic
Revenue for the quarter was $1.08B up 31.1% from Q313. The growth in revenue was driven by a 19.8% increase in comparable restaurant sales and from new restaurants not in the comparable base. Comparable restaurant sales growth was driven primarily by increased traffic and from an increase in average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out by the end of the second quarter.
16:03 EDTCMGChipotle opened 43 new restaurants in Q3
Total restaurant count now 1.724. Food costs were 34.3% of revenue, an increase of 70 basis points, driven by increased prices for beef, avocados, and dairy, partially offset by the menu price increase. Restaurant level operating margin was 28.8% in the quarter, an increase of 200 basis points from the third quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily driven by favorable sales leverage, partially offset by higher food costs, primarily for beef, avocados and dairy. General and administrative expenses were 6.6% of revenue, an increase of 20 basis points due to costs from our biennial All Managers’ Conference held during the third quarter, partially offset by favorable sales leverage.
16:02 EDTCMGChipotle sees FY14 mid teens comparable restaurant sales increases
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16:01 EDTCMGChipotle reports Q3 EPS $4.15, consensus $3.84
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15:30 EDTCMGNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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14:49 EDTCMGChipotle October weekly 650 straddle priced for 7.8% move into Q3
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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11:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on Lenovo may make bid report
Blackberry October weekly 10 and 11 calls are active 38K contracts (8K puts) on Lenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 75, November is at 63, December is at 61; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
11:35 EDTCMGChipotle technical view ahead of results
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11:10 EDTBBRYLenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:04 EDTBBRYAcacia Research subsidiary enters into agreement with BlackBerry
Acacia Research announced that its Cell and Network Selection subsidiary entered into an agreement with Blackberry Corporation and Blackberry Limited (BBRY). The agreement resolved litigation that was pending between Cell and Network Selection and Blackberry in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
06:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 51 at lower end of index mean range
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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October 16, 2014
10:38 EDTLNKDLinkedin October volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Linkedin October weekly call option implied volatility is at 71, November is at 55, December is at 47, January at 44; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results after the market close on October 30.
10:33 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:09 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 56 at lower end of index mean range
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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
07:32 EDTDELLUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry second half hardware estimates lowered at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its second half of 2015 hardware estimates for Blackberry after surveys show limited availability of its new Passport smartphone. The firm, however, expects improving trends and believes Blackberry will achieve its target of reaching break-even cash low levels. Canaccord maintains its Hold rating and $10 price target on Blackberry shares.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
October 9, 2014
16:46 EDTCMGChipotle initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
Target $720.
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
11:42 EDTCMGRuby Tuesday surges after Q1 profit beats estimates
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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06:13 EDTMSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:52 EDTMSFTNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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10:02 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
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