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October 31, 2014
16:24 EDTLNKDStocks finish week higher after Japan stimulus, strong U.S. GDP growth
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12:45 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dismisses entire global ad sales team, Business Insider says
Microsoft has laid off its entire global ad sales team, according to Business Insider, which cited unnamed sources. Reference Link
11:58 EDTLNKDLinkedIn rallies after better than expected Q3 results
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10:43 EDTLNKDLinkedIn slips from early highs, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTLNKDActive equity options trading
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09:10 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:53 EDTLNKDLinkedIn shares should be bought after Q3 results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that LinkedIn reported strong Q3 results, while the company's engagement and customer additions are well. The firm is also upbeat on the company's new initiatives.
08:35 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target raised to $250 from $230 at CRT Capital
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07:03 EDTLNKDLinkedIn results strong, guidance appears conservative, says Cantor
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06:57 EDTMSFTSkylake processor delay may weaken Windows 10 notebook demand, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTLNKDLinkedIn recruiter price increase to support growth, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says LinkedIn reported a "typical" quarter with upside to Q3 revenue and EBITDA expectations and a guide down for Q4 of 1.6%. Piper believes the mid-single digit percentage price increase for new and renewing Recruiter customers supports its belief that the product can grow 30%-plus next year. It reiterates an Overweight rating on LinkedIn with a $282 price target.
October 30, 2014
18:39 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn says not greatly impacted by currency issues
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17:40 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees price increases in mid-single digit range
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16:30 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q3 members 332M vs. 313M last quarter
Reports Q3 unique visiting members 90M vs. 84M last quarter. Reports Q3 member page views 28B vs. 25B last year. Numbers taken from earnings slide deck. Shares are up 58c to $203.48 in after-hours trading following the Q3 earnings report.
16:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn shares down 1% to $199.97 after Q3 results
16:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn shares down 1% to $199.97 after Q3 results
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16:04 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q3 Talent Solutions revenue up 45% to $345M
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16:03 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees 2014 EPS $1.89, consensus $1.87
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16:03 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees Q4 EPS 49c, consensus 52c
Sees Q4 revenue $600M-$605M, consensus $611.55M.
16:02 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q3 EPS 52c, consensus 47c
Reports Q3 revenue $568M, consensus $557.49M.
15:30 EDTLNKDNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:28 EDTMSFTIntersil sees lower sequential computing revenue as PC builds slow
Shares of Intersil (ISIL), which makes analog integrated circuits for the personal computer market, are lower after the company reported Q3 results that missed analysts' expectations. The company also gave Q4 guidance well below the consensus view for both earnings and revenue. On its earnings conference call last night, the company said it sees slowing sequential demand in part due to lower PC builds. Stocks that are leveraged to the PC sector include Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Microsoft (MSFT). In late day trading, shares of Intersil fell $1.81, or 12.9%, to $12.27.
14:25 EDTLNKDEarnings Preview: LinkedIn shares up more than 9% since last earnings report
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13:36 EDTLNKDLinkedIn October weekly 200 straddle priced for 8.5% move into Q3
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12:16 EDTLNKDLinkedIn technical comments ahead of earnings
The stock has outperformed the broader averages in the last three months, trading up over 8%. That gain conceals a decline in the shares that began in mid-September. If the current downtrend continues coupled with results or guidance that are more bearish than expected, the following support levels could become downside objectives: $187.61, $178.76, and $172.03. The $172 area has been support in prior price declines. If the news is more positive than expected, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives on an increasing scale of positive surprise: $205.38, $211.89, $218.76, and $225.36.
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils Microsoft Band wearable device
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces 3K jobs, completes workforce decrease plan, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTMSFTHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
October 29, 2014
12:29 EDTLNKD Linkedin weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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12:27 EDTLNKDLinkedIn Q3 likely to show 'typical' upside, says Piper Jaffray
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12:21 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts surges after 'beat and raise' quarterly report
Shares of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) are surging after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The company also raised its fiscal year 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Electronic Arts' Q2 adjusted EPS was 73c, which beat analysts' consensus of 53c. The company's revenue for the quarter was $1.22B, which beat estimates of $1.16B. The video game maker anticipates third quarter EPS to be 90c, which is higher than analysts' 86c consensus. The company expects Q3 revenue of approximately $1.275B, which is slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $1.3B. Electronic Arts raised its FY15 EPS outlook to $2.05 from $1.85, which is higher than analysts' consensus of $1.92 prior to the new outlook. The company raised its FY15 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, which was slightly ahead of the consensus estimate prior to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: EA stated that, in the calendar year to date, the company continues to be the number one publisher on Sony's (SNE) PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World, led by FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14. Electronic Arts noted that "Battlefield: Hardline" will debut on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19, 2015 in Europe. On July 29, Electronic Arts announced in a post to its corporate blog that the company partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver EA Access, a new monthly, or annual, membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at $4.99 a month. ANALYST REACTION: RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian feels that digital growth was a notable aspect of Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results. He said the quarter was driven by the combination of a rise in digital content sales and improved cost controls. Sebastian anticipates the video game maker will continue to improve its operating performance and benefit from solid growth in the future. Sebastian increased his price target on the stock to $45 from $43 and maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell believes that Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results will probably be out-shone by the push-back of its Battlefield 5 game to 2017. Mitchell expects Electronic Arts to sell approximately 4M units of "Battlefield: Hardline" by the end of FY15. He kept a Buy rating on Electronic Arts and raised his price target on the stock to $43 from $40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Electronic Arts peer Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is scheduled to give its Q3 earnings report on November 4. Another competitor, Take-Two (TTWO), is set to release its Q2 earnings numbers later on this afternoon. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Electronic Arts climbed 3.6% to $38.83. Earlier in the session the stock hit a new 52-week high of $40.34.
07:17 EDTMSFTAmazon hires CIOs to pitch AWS to customers, WSJ reports
As it continues to face increasing competition from IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC) and Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN) is hiring chief information officers to pitch its AWS business to customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon recently hired former Dow Jones CIO Stephen Orban to become head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services, while Douglas Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group from 2005 to 2013, joined AWS as an enterprise CIO advisor earlier this year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTLNKDSocial media stocks lower after Facebook reports Q3 results
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October 27, 2014
14:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offering free, unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers
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13:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut Xbox price
Microsoft is cutting the price of its Xbox One in the U.S. by $50, starting on November 2, the company stated in a blog. The promotion will only last for a limited time, the tech giant added. Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) also sell video game consoles. Reference Link
12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft developing software to run on ARM based servers, Bloomberg reports
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10:56 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded earlier to Long-Term Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons
Price target is $52.
10:43 EDTCMGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:47 EDTMSFTWidePoint engaged in two pilot programs using SPYRUS WorkSafe Pro Microsoft
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October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTBBRY, MSFTMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
08:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $55 from $50 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Outperform rated Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target to $55 and believes the company can return to double-digit EPS growth and has multiple options to unlock shareholder value.
07:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares can grind higher, says UBS
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07:50 EDTMSFTNokia exec says social channels to be called Microsoft Lumia
Nokia's (NOK) senior vice president for phones at Microsoft (MSFT) Tuula Rytila said, "When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft (MSFT) family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing even more brand experience come to life across different channels as we transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia." The exec said that Microsoft will continue to sell its Nokia-branded entry-level category of phones. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
18:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft backs FY15 OpEx view of $34.2B-$34.6B
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18:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees $300M positive impact to Q2 revenue
Sees Q2 licensing revenue $4B-$4.2B; computers and gaming revenue $3.5B-$3.8B; phone hardware revenue $2B-$2.2B; device and consumer other revenue $2.3B-$2.4B; commercial licensing revenue $10.8-$11B; commercial other revenue $2.5B-$2.6B. Sees Q2 COG $9.5B-$9.9B. Sees Q2 Operating expenses $8.6B-$8.8B. Sees quarter-over-quarter decline in non-commercial segment. The company sees Q2 fundamental strength in commercial segment. Comments provided during Q1 earnings conference call.
16:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 4% after Q1 tops estimates on top, bottom line
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B
Server products and services revenue increased 13%, with double-digit growth for SQL Server, System Center and Windows Server. Office Commercial products and services revenue grew 5% as customers transition to Office 365. Commercial cloud revenue grew 128% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM. Lync, SharePoint and Exchange, our productivity server offerings, collectively grew double-digits. Windows volume licensing revenue increased 10%.
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results include 11c negative impact from restructuring
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 EPS 54c, consensus 49c
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly 45.5 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q1
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14:31 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft reports after Windows 10 arrives, Ballmer exits
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report its first quarter of fiscal year 2015 results after the market close on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 49c on revenue of $22.02B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-59c on revenue of $21.53B-$22.82B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q1 licensing revenue of $4.1B-$4.2B, Computing and Gaming revenue of $1.7B-$2B, Phone and Hardware revenue of $1.9B-$2.3B, D&C other revenue of $1.8B-$1.9B, Commercial segment 2 sectors revenue of $12B-$12.2B and Commercial other revenue of $2.2B-2.3B. Microsoft noted that it expects its Q1 unearned revenue to grow in-line with normal seasonality. LAST QUARTER: On July 22, Microsoft reported fourth quarter EPS of 55c, missing the consensus analyst forecast of 60c. It's revenue came in at $23.38B, topping the consensus estimate of $23B. Microsoft reported that its Q4 devices and consumer revenue grew 42% to $10B, commercial revenue rose 11% to $13.48B, that Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11% and that Server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%. The acquired Phone Hardware business contributed $1.99B to current year revenue, Microsoft added. NEWS: On August 1, Microsoft announced in a blog post that it had filed legal action against Samsung (SSNLF) in a U.S. District Court to enforce the companies' 2011 cross-licensing contract. Microsoft alleged Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement, claiming that in September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia (NOK) devices and services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract. On August 19, Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down immediately from the company's board. Ballmer wrote, "Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off... I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock. I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future." In September, Microsoft agreed to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B. Microsoft said then that it expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The next day, Microsoft increased its dividend by 3c, or 11%, to 31c per share. At the end of last month, Microsoft unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The familiar Start menu is back, and apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do, the company reported. Terry Myerson, EVP of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft, said, "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform, citing its progress in the cloud and lower risks from its Nokia deal. Pacific Crest placed a $54 price target on the stock. On the day after Steve Ballmer stepped down from Microsoft's board, FBR Capital said it viewed that development as a positive that left the company with a "clean sheet of paper." The firm believes the "Ballmer overhang" was removed and it kept an Outperform rating and $51 price target on Microsoft shares. On the day after the company's Windows 10 launch event, analyst at Cowen said they believed Microsoft struck the right balance of new features and traditional feel by returning to a Win7-style interface and bringing back the Start menu but retaining some of Win8's visual flare and touch features. Pricing was not mentioned at the company's event, but Cowen said it does not expect any significant changes and does not "for one moment believe" that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Win8 users on larger screens. The firm maintained its Market Perform rating on Microsoft. Most recently, Bernstein said it 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 reiterated a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last report, Microsoft shares are fractionally higher. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is up 2.35% to $45.42 per share.
11:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
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10:53 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises 3.5% to $10.23 as takeover rumors re-circulated
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06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aims to ditch Nokia title from Lumia devices, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft killing Xbox Music free streaming feature
Effective December 1, Microsoft says that the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered. The company explains, "We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Reference Link
06:05 EDTBBRYApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTMSFTCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
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
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
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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.
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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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14:49 EDTCMGChipotle October weekly 650 straddle priced for 7.8% move into Q3
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11:35 EDTCMGChipotle technical view ahead of results
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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
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