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July 8, 2014
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May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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09:59 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:37 EDTQCOM, MSFT, CSCOActive equity options trading on open
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07:26 EDTQCOM, TXNQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
07:22 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform saying improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. The firm believes the upcoming April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. It set a $36 price target for shares. Cisco closed Friday up 42c to $29.23.
06:34 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTCSCOSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFT, CSCOStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
13:55 EDTGOOGAnalysts say Yelp sale more likely than not
There is a 60% chance that Yelp (YELP) will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche Bank wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies contended that Google (GOOG) is the company that is most likely to buy Yelp. WHAT'S NEW: There is a 60% chance that Yelp will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors earlier today. If the company is not acquired, the stock will fall 32% from current levels, the analyst predicted. Given its status as a winner in the local Internet sector, its huge user base and its global presence, Yelp should draw a great deal of interest, the analyst believes. Since its user reviews and community are difficult to replicate, the company should receive a premium from an acquirer, added Walmsley, who raised his price target to $56 from $51 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Google is the most logical acquirer of Yelp, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz, who noted that it had previously tried to buy the company in 2009. Google has been unable to obtain the local reviews that draw consumers to small and medium businesses, according to Pitz. Traditional search engine marketing through Google is too difficult for these businesses, according to the analyst. The biggest hurdle to a takeover of Yelp by Google is the companies' "rocky historic relationship," he believes. The analyst kept a $79 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Yelp could be sold for more than $3.5B, Piper Jaffray said it thought there was a greater than 50% chance of the company being acquired. The firm said the most logical buyers of Yelp are Google, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL), since all three would benefit from further traction in local ads and would gain technological synergies from acquiring Yelp. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Yelp advanced 6.5% to $50.
13:32 EDTQCOMParkerVision weakness attributed to patent appeal proceedings
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09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA FB DIS MSFT TSLA NFLX AMZN BAC
08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
07:38 EDTGOOGJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTGOOGGoogle integrates food ordering into search results for some restaurants
Google (GOOG) says on Google+, "Whether you’re craving deep dish pizza or pad thai, starting today you can order food from some of your favorite restaurants directly from Google search results. When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, you’ll see an option to 'Place an order' in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order.Initially, you’ll be able to order via six providers in the U.S. -- Seamless, Grubhub (GRUB), Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com -- but we’ll be looking to add more in the future." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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06:04 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 29 at upper end of index
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