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February 12, 2014
08:48 EDTBAC, S, BA, IBM, SFTBF, TWTR, TM, TMUS, MSFT, KO, FIATY, F, GMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Detroit automakers (GM, F, FIATY) want to clear inventory without hurting pricing...REUTERS: Microsoft (MSFT) says it's not censoring China searches...Softbank (SFTBF) CEO says 'no comment' on rumors Sprint (S) is looking to buy T-Mobile (TMUS)...IBM (IBM) CEO Rometty in China for meetings with government leaders...BofA (BAC) sees room to boost Merrill profitability...BLOOMBERG: Toyota (TM) recalling 1.9M Prius vehicles to fix software problem...Boeing (BA) says a China assembly plant an option...OTHER NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO) Israel in monopoly violations investigation, Globes reports...Twitter (TWTR) testing profile redesign, Mashable reports.
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November 13, 2015
08:30 EDTBACBank of America 31.255M share Block Trade priced at $17.10
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06:30 EDTFFord testing autonomous vehicles at Mcity
Ford said it is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity - the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university's Mobility Transformation Center. Ford has been testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years and is now expanding testing on the diversity of roads and realistic neighborhoods of Mcity near the North Campus Research Complex to accelerate research of advanced sensing technologies. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft brings major updates to Xbox One, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2015
18:58 EDTTMUST-Mobile in preliminary talks to include YouTube in 'Binge On' service, WSJ says
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17:41 EDTMSFTValueAct discloses sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft
In a regulatory filing, ValueAct disclosed the sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft.
17:32 EDTBABoeing awarded $101.59M government contract modification
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16:00 EDTBAC, MSFTOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
13:24 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
12:41 EDTGMGM preparing to sell Chinese-made Buick in the U.S., WSJ reports
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12:02 EDTBANorthrop's U.S. bomber work halted after rivals protest, Reuters says
Work on a long-range strike bomber contract to Northrop Grumman (NOC) has been put on hold after Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) contested the selection process, Reuters reports, citing a U.S. Air Force spokesman. The spokesman added that the order to halt work was issued after a formal protest was filed November 6, the report says. Reference Link
12:00 EDTF, BACBank of America names David Leitch as general counsel, effective January 1
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09:36 EDTTWTR, BACActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat as shares trade near 14-year high
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08:12 EDTTWTRDorsey addresses dual role concerns in Square private meetings, NYT says
In intimate meetings with select potential investors in Square's (SQ) IPO, Jack Dorsey addressed concerns about his dual CEO role, explaining that he splits time equally between Square and Twitter (TWTR) a few days a week and then allocates his remaining time based on need, according to the New York Times, citing a person who attended one of them. Dorsey also emphasized the power of his team, the person told the Times. Reference Link
06:43 EDTGMGM to build fuel cell vehicle for U.S. Army, Automotive News says
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils plan to protect European data from U.S. overreach, FT says
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06:12 EDTKOAckman responds to Munger's Valeant criticism with Coke critique, Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTBACMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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06:02 EDTKOCoca-Cola North America marketing chief to leave company, WSJ reports
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05:40 EDTIBMIBM, HCL Technologies announce strategic partnership
IBM and HCL Technologies announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things. HCL will also use IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer, to offer cloud-based solutions to its clients.
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