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May 2, 2012
06:12 EDTFB, LMT, MSFT, MMI, GM, GSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Facebook's (FB) $3B a year advertising business revolves around convincing marketers to buy new forms of ads to create buzz around their brands, but some major advertisers wonder if they're getting their money's worth, the Wall Street Journal reports...The uncertainty surrounding coming Pentagon budget cuts could set off a new round of defense industry consolidation, says Christopher Kubasik, the next CEO of Lockheed Martin (LMT), the Wall Street Journal reports...For assets that could barely be given away until recently, refineries are getting an unusual amount of interest, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: A German court ruled that Microsoft (MSFT) infringed Motorola Mobility's (MMI) patents and ordered Microsoft to remove its Xbox 360 gaming consoles and Windows 7 operating system software from the German market, Reuters reports...GM (GM) had proposed taking a controlling stake of more than one-third in Isuzu Motors, worth about $3B, but now seeks a smaller holding after the Japanese truck maker said it wanted to remain independent, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Oil fell from the highest level in five weeks as growing crude stockpiles in the U.S. and uncertainty before elections in three European countries raised concern that global demand may weaken, Bloomberg reports...Goldman Sachs (GS) said a proposed Federal Reserve rule that seeks to limit links between banks could lower U.S. economic growth by as much as 0.4 percentage point and eliminate up to 300,000 jobs, Bloomberg reports.
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10:14 EDTFBFacebook view changed to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global (pre-open)
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09:40 EDTFB, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
08:47 EDTGSAdvanced Emissions provides operations update
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08:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says plans to have fewer layers of management
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says decision to change "difficult, but necesary"
In am email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia Devices and Services, CEO Satya Nadella said "The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas... Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers... Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows." Reference Link
08:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees restructuring charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company's overall strategy. These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1B-$1.6B over the next four quarters, including $750M-$800M for severance and related benefit costs, and $350M-$800M of asset-related charges.
08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees pretax charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
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08:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Xbox One sales more than double in June from prior month
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07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:50 EDTFBAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:41 EDTLMTDefense Department to seek rival bids for satellite launches, WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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05:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft layoffs could be announced today, NY Times reports
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