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December 19, 2014
06:41 EDTSNESony unable to find outlet for film as relationships damaged, NY Times reports
Sony has been unable to find any outlet interested in disseminating its film, "The Interview," as any company that shows the film could be exposed to hacking, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the leaking of the e-mails of Sony's executives, and the cancellation of the movie's release, is damaging the company's relationship with movie stars, journalists, and other film companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony loss on 'Interview' may not be covered by insurance, NY Post says
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06:36 EDTUALObama administration to ease many parts of Cuba embargo, NY Times says
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December 18, 2014
18:14 EDTGOOGGoogle's next version of Android to be built directly into cars, Reuters says
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18:00 EDTSNESony shares could climb 50%, Barron's says
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16:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric to provide support for Cheniere Energy Partners LP LNG trains
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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14:19 EDTAAPLMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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14:00 EDTSSNLF, GOOGEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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10:19 EDTSNESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
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08:31 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $90 from $75 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS), citing better than expected handset demand at Apple (AAPL) and Samsung. The firm expects Skyworks' revenue and gross margins to continue rising significantly into 2015. Pacific Crest recommends buying Skyworks.
07:23 EDTSNEIMAX and RealD could benefit from The Interview cancellation, says B. Riley
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07:17 EDTDISHDISH price target raised to $100 from $70 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for DISH shares to $100 saying the market is "overly discounting" the value of the company's spectrum. The firm expects DISH's spectrum value to accrete towards auction levels and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Shares of the pay-TV provider closed yesterday up $1.24 to $69.72.
07:11 EDTGEAviv REIT acquires 28 properties for $305M from GE Capital
Aviv REITannounced that it acquired 28 properties, plus an office building, for $305M from Diamond Senior Living, a subsidiary of General Electric Credit Corporation of Tennessee, which is itself a subsidiary of General Electric Capital (GE). All of the 28 properties are currently triple-net leased to new Aviv operator Laurel Health Care at an initial cash yield of 8.5%, for a remaining term of 15 years.
06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle signs Karbonn to Android One project, 9to5Google reports
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December 17, 2014
18:26 EDTSNEU.S. connects North Korea to Sony cyber attack, NY Times says
American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, NY Times reports. Reference Link
18:08 EDTSNEInvestigators confirm North Korea behind Sony cyber attack, CNN reports
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17:37 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas delays exhibition of "The Interview" due to Sony cyber-attack
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