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News For GE;DELL;GSK;AZN;BEN;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
10:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eolas Therapeutics partner on EORA program for smoking cessation
Eolas Therapeutics said that is has entered into a worldwide license and partnership agreement with AstraZeneca on the Eolas Orexin-1 Receptor Antagonist program for smoking cessation and other indications. The EORA program was awarded a Blueprint Neurotherapeutics grant from the National Institutes of Health for the development of the program from the preclinical stage through phase I clinical trials. The total deal potential is in excess of $145M. This includes upfront, clinical and regulatory milestone payments. Additionally, Eolas is eligible to receive royalties on commercial sales.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTGEHillenbrand names Eric Teegarden Chief Accounting Officer
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07:16 EDTGEAlstom CEO Kron ‘confident’ that EU approves GE transaction, Reuters reports
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07:08 EDTAAPLGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLSprint to roll out $80 a month 'All-in' plan, Reuters reports
Sprint (S) will today launch an $80 a month "All-in" cellular phone plan, Reuters reports. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Crull says the plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones like the iPhone 6 (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGEGE announces continuation of regulatory review for sale of Appliances business
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06:32 EDTGEGE agrees to offer terms for European sponsor finance sale to SMBCE
GE announced that Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation has made an agreed offer to acquire GE’s European Sponsor Finance business for approximately $2.2B. GE Capital will retain its $1B investment in the European Senior Secured Loan Programme and European Loan Programme, both joint ventures between affiliates of GE Capital and affiliates of Ares Capital. When completed, the portfolio, which represents about $2.2B of ENI, will contribute approximately $400M of capital to the overall target of approximately $35B of dividends expected to GE under this plan. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval. It is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets provided financial advice to GE and Clifford Chance provided legal advice. Since the April 10 announcement, GE has signed agreements to sell about $23B, including the European Sponsor Finance deal announced today with ENI of $2.2B. Other sales during the quarter include $1.2B of loans in our UK Home Lending portfolio, plus the previously announced $8.6B global Fleet Services business and the approximately $11B U.S. Sponsor Finance business. In addition, during the quarter, the sale of GE Capital’s Budapest Bank to the Hungarian State closed on June 29 and GE Capital Real Estate closed, in total, approximately $15B of previously announced sales.
06:18 EDTGESumitomo Mitsui close to deal to buy GE's European PE finance unit, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTAAPLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
05:32 EDTAAPLNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLSamsung looking to supply NAND to Apple for iPhone, AppleInsider says
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18:05 EDTAAPLApple MacBook's single USB port will prolong life of battery, Mac Observer says
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16:13 EDTAZNFibroGen announces receipt of $120M license payment from AstraZeneca
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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11:03 EDTAAPLAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple Music to be accompanied by iOS 8.4, Beats 1 at launch
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised at RBC Capital
RBC Capital raised its June quarter estimates for Apple after the firm's survey and supply checks indicated better than expected iPhone demand. The firm thinks that the company's gross margins will probably stabilize in the low 40% range, which it says is well ahead of investor expectations. The firm keeps a $150 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
08:04 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage completes acquisition of GE loan portfolio
Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the GE (GE) Capital Real Estate mortgage loan portfolio.
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