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March 10, 2014
06:21 EDTED, MSFT, EXC, AEPEnd of support for Windows XP could cause security risk for utilities, WSJ says
Utility companies could be susceptible to cyber attacks once Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on April 8, reports Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Exelon (EXC), Consolidated Edison (ED), American Electric Power (AEP). Reference Link
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January 21, 2015
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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09:04 EDTEXCConstellation acquires seven fueling stations in midwest
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05:38 EDTEXCExelon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Exelon to Outperform citing an attractive risk/reward ahead of likely reforms in the capacity market. Wells expects reforms to positively impact the value of ExGen’s 19 GW nuclear fleet. It raised its price target range for shares to $43-$44 from $41-$42.
January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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17:58 EDTEDConsolidated Edison raises quarterly dividend to 65c from 63c per share
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTMSFTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
11:37 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco Holdings reach settlement agreement with NJ BPU
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06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:00 EDTEDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTEDConsolidated Edison downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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January 12, 2015
09:35 EDTEXCExelon upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering
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08:11 EDTEXCExelon comments on Illinois nuclear power plant report
Exelon issued the following statement on the State of Illinois report on potential nuclear power plant closings prepared in response to House Resolution 1146: "We thank the state for its attention and work on such an important issue for Illinois and the future of the state’s energy assets. The report confirms that the state’s six nuclear power plants provide substantial economic and environmental benefits to Illinois residents and businesses. It also highlights the negative impacts closing one or more of the state’s nuclear facilities prematurely would have on Illinois’ economy, energy prices and carbon emissions, and concerns it would raise about the reliability of the electric grid. The report makes clear that the future of Illinois’ nuclear power plants should be an issue of statewide concern... The report finds that closing the three Illinois nuclear plants at greatest risk of early retirement would have a significant negative economic impact on the state, including $1.8 billion in annual lost economic activity and more than 7,800 job losses, and that the resulting increase in carbon emissions would have a societal cost of more than $18 billion. It also concludes that the closures would increase wholesale electricity costs in the northern Illinois region served by ComEd by up to 9.9 percent, or $437 million, in the first year... We continue to believe that the best, most cost-effective approach for preserving the benefits these plants provide is a market-based solution that properly values the emissions-free, always-on energy they generate. The report presents several potential policy solutions and is a good starting point for discussions with lawmakers and other stakeholders about the right path forward for continuing to meet Illinois’ energy needs."
08:05 EDTMSFTGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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