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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTMSFTStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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13:23 EDTMSFTsalesforce.com calls active on report held significant talks with Microsoft
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13:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B to acquire Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
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13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce CEO continued upping price on Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce ended talks in early May, CNBC's Faber reports
13:04 EDTMSFTSalesforce wanted as much as $70B from Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce no longer talking about a merger, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B for Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
13:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce held significant talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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10:59 EDTMSFT, BBRYBlackBerry advances after second report says Microsoft weighing bid
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06:18 EDTBBRY, MSFTBlackBerry an acquisition target after return to profitability, Digitimes says
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May 21, 2015
16:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry up 2% after announcing proposed share repurchase program
16:38 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to propose new employee share purchase plan
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16:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to buy for cancellation up to 12M common shares
BlackBerry announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program to purchase for cancellation up to 12M BlackBerry common shares, or approximately 2.6% of the outstanding public float. BlackBerry can purchase the common shares over the Nasdaq Stock Market or, subject to regulatory approval, on the Toronto Stock Exchange or other markets. In the past 12 months, BlackBerry has not repurchased any of its outstanding securities. At its annual meeting of shareholders on June 23, BlackBerry will present for approval a new employee share purchase plan and a proposed increase in the number of shares available under BlackBerry's equity incentive plan. If these proposals are approved by shareholders at the meeting, BlackBerry will file a notice of intention to commence a normal course issuer bid with the TSX. The share repurchase program would remain in place for up to 12 months from acceptance of the notice of intention by the TSX, or such earlier time as the purchases are completed or the program is terminated by BlackBerry. If the proposals are not approved by shareholders, BlackBerry does not expect that it will proceed with the share repurchase program. "The purpose of this repurchase program will be to offset dilution that may result from our proposed employee share purchase plan and from proposed amendments to our equity incentive plan," said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen. "We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to purchase our shares when the market price does not reflect what we view to be the underlying value and future prospects of our business, without adversely affecting our strategic initiatives," added Mr. Chen. The price that BlackBerry will pay for any shares under the share repurchase program will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase. The share repurchase program will be effected in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the TSX's normal course issuer bid rules, which contain restrictions on the number of shares that may be purchased on a single day, subject to certain exceptions for block purchases, based on the average daily trading volumes of BlackBerry's shares on the applicable exchange. In addition, BlackBerry may enter into forward purchase or swap contracts in connection with common shares which may be settled by physical settlement, cash settlement or a combination thereof. The forward price will be based on market price, dividend yield and market interest rates.
08:15 EDTMSFTSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:10 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD GE
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May 20, 2015
10:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considers acquisiton of 6Wunderkinder, manager magazin says
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07:34 EDTMSFTSphere 3D to hold an event
"Technologies to Power the Next Cloud" provides an overview of Sphere 3D’s technologies and solutions for the "Next Cloud" featuring Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery and the latest in virtual storage technology at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California on May 20 at 1 pm.
05:57 EDTMSFTSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:55 EDTMSFTPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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11:05 EDTLNKDLinkedIn says bets company made on re-segmentation starting to play out
The company says it no longer makes sense to think of their company as only large and smaller customers, as it moves to more variation. It also says it doesn't make sense to think of it as only a monolithic offering. Says North America continues to be their biggest market. Expects vast majority of companies will have someone responsible for learning and development, which will become the primary consolidated buyer. Comments made by LinkedIn Global Head of Sales Mike Gamson made at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
08:37 EDTBBRYBlackBerry software showing encouraging signs, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says it's seeing encouraging signs regarding the sales of BlackBerry's software to regulated sectors, including government ,financials, and healthcare. The firm says that the company's mobile device management system, BES 12, is adding customers, while its resellers are getting more comfortable selling its software and sales of its technology solutions products are beating its guidance. RBC slashed its hardware sales estimates for the company and expects its Q1 revenue to come in well below expectations as a result, but adds that software has become the company's focus. It keeps an $11 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares.
08:33 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
07:32 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive signs deal with Dovetail Games for Flight Simulator X
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06:29 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
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May 18, 2015
19:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new internet browser to be Windows exclusive, TechCrunch says
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16:28 EDTMSFTWindows 10 Mobile devices to feature carrier-free updates, ZDNet says
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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13:37 EDTMSFTBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
05:50 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY MNKD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; BlackBerry (BBRY) 55, MannKind (MNKD) 75 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTLNKDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTBBRY, MSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTBBRY, MSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
14:54 EDTBBRYMicrosoft said to examine potential for BlackBerry bid, Betaville says
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11:46 EDTCMGEl Pollo Loco plummets after Q1 comparable restaurant sales growth slows
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10:34 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn closes lynda.com acquisition
LinkedIn announced that it has closed the acquisition of lynda.com, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. Based in Carpinteria, CA, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5B, in a combination of approximately 52% cash and approximately 48% stock.
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:20 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
13:15 EDTBBRYInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:08 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
09:14 EDTLNKDApps World to hold a conference
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08:07 EDTLNKDSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:02 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD BBRY
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May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
10:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Blackberry May calls are active 13K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 39, June is at 58, August is at 44; compared to its 90-day average of 48 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:11 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:11 EDTLNKD, MSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
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