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February 4, 2013
06:04 EDTGOOG, MSFT, AMZN, BA, TM, NSANY, FOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Ford (F) expects to spend $5B this year shoring up its pension funds. The automaker is one of a who's who of U.S. companies pouring cash into pension plans now being battered by record low interest rates...Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon.com (AMZN) have battled each other for dominance in mobile gadgets and Web searches. The latest front in their war is invisible: computing horsepower, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Japan Airlines Co. said it will talk to Boeing (BA) about compensation for the grounding of the 787 Dreamliner, adding that the idling of its jets would cost it about $8M from its earnings through to the end of March, Reuters reports...Recent moves by Japan's two largest automakers, Toyota (TM) and Nissan (NSANY), suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time, and may never be, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Investment returns earned by “mega” public pensions, with assets of more than $5B, topped those of the smaller plans by almost 1% last year. Big government-employee pensions reported median returns of 13.43% for the year. Funds with less than $1B in assets had median returns of 12.47%, according to Wilshire Associates, Bloomberg reports...Stocks in the world’s developed nations posted the best start to a year in two decades, a sign the global economy is poised to accelerate after contractions in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, if history is a guide. The MSCI World Index of stocks in 24 markets gained 5% in January, the most since 1994, Bloomberg reports.
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September 3, 2014
12:33 EDTFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:08 EDTGOOGAppeals court upholds Google win in patent suit brought by buySAFE
A district court previously ruled that patent claims asserted by buySAFE were invalid because they cover subject matter ineligible for patenting. An appeals court agreed that the district court’s holding is correct and Google did not infringe. Reference Link
10:18 EDTTMToyota reports August U.S. sales up 6.3% to 246,100 units
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10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
10:13 EDTTMToyota reports August U.S. sales up 6.3%, Bloomberg says
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09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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09:23 EDTNSANYNissan reports August U.S. sales up 11.5% to 134,388 units
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08:38 EDTNSANYNissan reports August U.S. sales up 11.5%, Bloomberg says
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the company’s business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle satellite exec Greg Wyler leaves company, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle, UCSB partner on hardware initiative
Google yesterday said it is backing a project to design and build "new quantum information processors" with researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Google comments, "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture. We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the 'Vesuvius' machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit 'Washington' processor." Reference Link
September 2, 2014
14:26 EDTGOOGGoogle renames Google Enterprise products Google for Work
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12:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in 28 more countries this month
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10:02 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:22 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to launch low-end smartphone soon, NDTV Gadgets reports
Google has sent out invitations to the media for an event on September 15 in India, according to NDTV Gadgets. The search engine giant is expected to launch a low-end smartphone known as Android One at the event, NDTV stated. Reference Link
08:58 EDTGOOGVringo preparing to seek further review of Court split decision
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08:17 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Buckingham
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06:42 EDTBABoeing struggles to find buyers for early version 787 Dreamliners, WSJ reports
Boeing is struggling to find buyers for 10 787 Dreamliners, reports the Wall Street Journal. Analysts say finding new buyers could be tough without steep discounts because the jets come from the match of early 787s build in 2009 and 2010 when Boeing struggled with Dreamliner design and supply chain problems. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces Surface chassis suppliers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft has reduced the number of chassis suppliers for its Surface tablets and outsourcing all the orders to Ju Teng, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft stopped placing chassis orders with its China-based supplier in August and may adopt a similar strategy for other components. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAMZNApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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