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February 5, 2013
16:49 EDTMHP, CSC, VMED, BIDU, YUM, MSFT, ACM, LBTYA, DELLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow's third straight session with a triple digit move allowed it to close just shy of the 14K level, while the S&P 500 climbed back above 1,500... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January from 55.7 in December, but beat expectations for a reading of 55.0. In Europe, the composite euro-zone services PMI rose to 48.6 in January from a 48.3 reading in the prior month. In China, HSBC's services PMI jumped to 54.0 in January from 51.7 the month before... COMPANY NEWS: Dell's (DELL) expected "go private" deal was officially announced, as private equity firm Silver Lake and Michael Dell agreed to buy the company for $13.65 in cash, or about $24.4B. As had been speculated, the financing for the deal includes a $2B loan from Microsoft (MSFT). Dell shares, which had risen about 22% over the last month amidst the going private chatter, gained 15c, or 1.13%, to $13.42... Virgin Media (VMED) rose $6.92, or 17.89%, to $45.61 after confirming that it is in discussions with Liberty Global (LBTYA) concerning a possible transaction. CNBC's David Faber reported late in the afternoon that the boards of both companies voted to approve a cash and stock deal that will see Liberty Global take over Virgin Media. Liberty shares lost $1.58, or 2.27%, to $67.88... Yum! Brands (YUM) reported earnings after yesterday's close that were in-line with expectations, but the company reported same-store-sales in China fell 6% in Q4. Shares of Yum! Brands were downgraded at RW Baird and Goldman and slid $1.86, or 2.91%, to $62.08... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Computer Sciences (CSC), up $3.84, or 9.16%, to $45.75, and AECOM Technology (ACM), up $1.95, or 7.7%, to $27.26 after both companies reported earnings that beat estimates. Among the notable losers was McGraw-Hill (MHP), which followed yesterday's slide with another loss of $5.38, or 10.7%, to close at $44.92 after the DOJ confirmed it is suing Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud in rating mortgage-based securities. Also lower was Baidu (BIDU), which fell $10.83, or 10.1%, to $96.37 after its Q4 report, as shares were downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus and Raymond James with both firms citing increased margin pressure... INDICES: The Dow was up 99.22, or 0.71%, to 13,979.30; the Nasdaq was up 40.41, or 1.29%, to 3,171.58; and the S&P 500 was up 15.58, or 1.04%, to 1,511.29.
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June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTMSFTMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
17:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out new mission statement, GeekWire reports
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed a new mission statement to employees companywide on Thursday morning, which was obtained by GeekWire. It reads, in part, "I believe that culture is not static. It evolves every day based on the behaviors of everyone in the organization. We are in an incredible position to seize new growth this year. We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value." Reference Link
07:17 EDTDELLRed Hat to hold a summit
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTMSFTGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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10:36 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts advances after analysts positive on E3 showing
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09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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07:33 EDTACMHouse Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to hold a hearing
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06:55 EDTLBTYALiberty Global in talks to acquire TV3, Financial Times reports
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06:12 EDTLBTYALiberty Global to focus on growing in existing European markets, Reuters says
Liberty Global (LBTYA) CEO Michael Fries told Germany's Handelsblatt that the company plans to focus on growing in its existing markets in Europe, Reuters reports, and that markets where the company is not active "do not interest us." Though Fries did not comment on talks with Vodafone (VOD), he said Liberty does not need to buy other companies to grow in the markets where it already operates. Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTJefferies says PC market to stay 'lower for longer'
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June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTMSFTPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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07:41 EDTDELLRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTMSFTNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
14:42 EDTMSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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06:09 EDTBIDUHK opens door to Alibaba and others to to return 'home', Financial Times says
Hong Kong's stock exchange has opened the door to Alibaba (BABA) listing on its home market, reports the Financial Times. The xchange said it would re-examine its current bar on China-based companies having a secondary listing of their shares in the city. The move could permit groups like Alibaba, Baidu (BIDU), and JD.com (JD) to return "home" via secondary listings." Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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