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March 28, 2014
17:13 EDTVRTX, C, ALXN, AAPL, FB, BIIB, MSFTMarket ends week mixed as Nasdaq continues to lag
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed as the tech-heavy Nasdaq continued to lag the S&P 500 and Dow, while the situation in Ukraine appeared to impact trade in U.S. markets less than in previous weeks. MACRO NEWS: U.S. durable goods orders for February and weekly jobless claims beat expectations, while fourth quarter GDP, new home sales for February, and an index of consumer confidence were roughly in-line with expectations... The world continued to keep an eye on the situation in Ukraine, with Western leaders saying this week that they will look to intensify economic sanctions against Russia. However, for this week at least, the geopolitical situation did not seem to move markets as much as it had in recent weeks... Investors also continued to monitor the apparent the economic slowdown in China, with Manufacturing PMI data coming out of that country to start this week missing expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) again made headlines for a major acquisition, with the social network on Tuesday night announcing it acquired virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for about $2B in cash and stock. Shares of the social network, which have had a tough month amid broad weakness in the Nasdaq, finished the week down about 10% at $60.01... Citigroup (C) shares fell about 6% after the bank's 2014 capital plan was rejected by the Federal Reserve, which spurred downgrades from a number of analyst firms. Citigroup had been seeking to raise its dividend to 5c from 1c per share, as well as repurchase $6.4B of its common stock. The bank will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions through the first quarter of 2015, which include a 1c dividend and a $1.2B share repurchase program... New Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella made his first public appearance as the company's CEO, announcing the launch of its Microsoft Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at an event... A number of biotech stocks, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 8%, Biogen (BIIB), down 7.5%, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 6.5%, were notably weak as the sector, and the broader tech-heavy Nasdaq, continued to underperform. INDEXES: The Dow gained 0.1% to close at 16,323.06, the S&P 500 lost 0.5% to close at 1,857.62, and the Nasdaq fell 2.8% to close at 4,155.76.
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06:32 EDTALXNAlexion completes acquisition of Synageva
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTMSFT, AAPLNo 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 EDTAAPL, MSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
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14:42 EDTAAPL, FB, MSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:31 EDTFBFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:33 EDTALXNAlexion accepts shares of Synageva tendered into exchange offer
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06:25 EDTFBFacebook's CPO to outline new format for mobile advertising, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook to $120 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. Facebook is the best play on the "next computer paradigm of virtual reality," Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. Oculus, the company's virtual reality technology, is an "insurance policy on the relevance of Facebook's social portfolio as technology shifts, Munster writes. He believes the long-term value of technology is not reflected in the current share price. The social networking giant closed Friday down 39c to $82.51.
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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