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News For DELL;MSFT;BBRY;LNKD;CMG From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
16:06 EDTMSFTNetSuite names Fred Studer Chief Marketing Officer
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15:21 EDTBBRYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:29 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December 10 straddle priced for 7.9% movement into Q3
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14:00 EDTBBRYEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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12:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Blackberry December call option implied volatility is at 143, January is at 72, March is at 58; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 19.
11:49 EDTMSFTOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to sell MixRadio service to LINE, terms not disclosed
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10:01 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:08 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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06:50 EDTMSFTGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports
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December 17, 2014
12:42 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises after Classic launch, BGC upgrade
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are rising after the company unveiled its new BlackBerry Classic smartphone and research firm BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: Blackberry Classic features a browser that is three times faster than BlackBerry's Bold 9900 device, along with 60% more screen space and 50% more battery life, the company said. The device's QWERTY keyboard enables fast typing by eliminating pressure points and providing carefully calibrated feedback, the company stated. BlackBerry Classic features a new operating system that includes the company's first digital assistant and gives users the ability to access content from the smartphone when they are on other devices. ANALYST UPGRADE: BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded BlackBerry ahead of the company's third quarter results, due to be reported on Friday. BlackBerry is in the early stages of turning itself around, but the company has increased its credibility with investors, partly by reducing its costs, focusing on its core strengths, and launching strategic partnerships, Gillis believes. Meanwhile, the company's Passport phone, a device launched by the company in September that targets business users, has been well-received by that group, Gillis said. The Passport should increase the company's profit margins and may help its Q3 results beat expectations, Gillis stated. Given BlackBerry's relatively low valuation of $5B, any success in the market could significantly boost its share price, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the shares to $12.50 from $11. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BlackBerry rose 3.7% to $9.86.
11:41 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY VXX
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10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
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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12:43 EDTBBRYBlackBerry short squeeze possible after launch, earnings, Goldman says
Shares of BlackBerrry (BBRY) could undergo a short squeeze this week, driven by the launch of the company's new BlackBerry Classic smartphone and the company's earnings conference call, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The launch of the Classic on Wednesday, along with BlackBerry's earnings conference call on Friday, could generate a short squeeze in BlackBerry's stock, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. BlackBerry's Q3 earnings per share should be "largely in-line" with the consensus outlook, as higher hardware revenues should be more than offset by a decline in legacy service revenues, the analyst stated. However, the company's EPS for its quarter ended in February should beat expectations, driven by the launch of the Classic, Jankowski forecast. Still, she kept a Neutral rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to Jankowski, the short interest in BlackBerry shares has risen to 21%. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BlackBerry fell 1.7% to $9.67. The stock is off its low for the day of $9.40. BlackBerry shares have dropped about 12% over the last three months.
11:09 EDTMSFTSkype app to enable real-time voice translation, The Verge says
A new app from Microsoft's Skype enables voice calls in English or Spanish to be translated to the other language in real time, according to The Verge. The app will be available as a preview starting today, The Verge added. Reference Link
10:37 EDTBBRYBlackBerry could undergo short squeeze this week, says Goldman
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07:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:08 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD PCLN
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06:06 EDTMSFTFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $57 from $53 at FBR Capital
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. The stock closed yesterday up 27c to $47.17.
06:16 EDTLNKDLinkedIn implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
16:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to now accept bitcoin
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13:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to reveal Windows 10 features at January 21 event, Re/code reports
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13:19 EDTMSFT, BBRYMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
11:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn participates in a conference call with Sterne Agee
Conference call with Investor Relations to be held on December 11 at 12 pm hosted by Sterne Agee.
10:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires HockeyApp, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTMSFTCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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09:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:53 EDTMSFTBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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December 10, 2014
09:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 12 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:20 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs agreement with Albermarle County Service Authority
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed an agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes implementation and related professional services, support, and training.
December 9, 2014
08:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says China entry won't be rushed, won't include takeover
BlackBerry (BBRY) Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen, in a post to his LinkedIn account entitled "Don't Believe The Hype," stated that he has recently I’ve been advised to capitalize on Kim Kardashian’s pronouncements that BlackBerry phones are her “heart and soul,” or talk up plans to enter the China market, "however preliminary they are today." Chen said BlackBerry's focus right now is on extending its security foundation with new solutions for the enterprise and that it "cannot and will not" chase sensationalism. "As for China, rest assured that we are developing a well-thought out plan that will take into account many factors, including timing and our long-term strategy. It won’t be rushed because it’s exciting or turned away from because of security concerns. And it won’t include a takeover," Chen wrote in his post. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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06:47 EDTCMGChipotle coverage resumed with a Buy at Goldman
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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10:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:44 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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