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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOG, AAPLMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
16:18 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 30, 2015
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14:52 EDTSNESony Pictures, Warner Bros, Singtel partner to deliver OTT video to Asia
Singtel, Sony Pictures Television (SNE) and Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner (TWX), have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top, or OTT, video service in Asia. HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programs to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favorite shows on their device or platform of choice. HOOQ will be rolled out progressively in the Singtel Group’s Asian footprint, including Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand, from Q1. The venture is designed to compete directly with Netflix (NFLX) as the company has been preparing to launch in Australia and New Zealand this year and into broader Asian market in the near future.
14:31 EDTTAT&T adds spectrum to support growing customer demand
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14:09 EDTDISH, VZDISH negative reaction after auction seems a bit overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo estimates, based on information on the FCC's website, that two DISH Network (DISH) related vehicles won $10B net and $13.3B gross of AWS-3 spectrum net. The firm views the negative reaction in DISH shares following the release of the auction details as "a bit overdone," noting that total amount DISH spent appears to be $2B more than the firm expected, which it does not see as a "thesis changer." Wells also said DISH managed to block Verizon (VZ) out of the key markets of New York, Chicago, and Boston with its wins of some large paired H-Block and I-Block licenses in those areas. The firm has an Outperform rating on DISH shares.
13:47 EDTVZVerizon says can't comment further on AWS-3 auction results until 2/13
The FCC announced results of its auction of AWS-3 spectrum, and Verizon Communications has won a total of 181 licenses with an aggregate bid price of $10.4B. These licenses are in markets covering 192M POPs, or 61% of the United States. In compliance with the FCC's anti-collusion quiet period rules, Verizon cannot comment further until that period ends, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 13, 2015.
13:24 EDTDISHDISH issues statement on AWS-3 auction results
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13:13 EDTT, DISH, VZDISH sinks after FCC announces AWS-3 auction results
Shares of DISH Network (DISH) are volatile and trading lower after the Federal Communications Commission posted the results of its AWS-3 spectrum auction, which raised a total of $41.33B. 31 winning bidders won a total of 1,611 licenses, the FCC noted. Among them, AT&T (T) submitted a total winning bid net amount of $18.19B, Verizon's (VZ) winning bids totaled $10.43B, DISH Network (DISH) won a bid of $10B and T-Mobile (TMUS) had a winning net bid amount of $1.77B. Following the posting of the results to the regulator's website, shares of DISH have been volatile. DISH shares are down 5.5% to $69.45 in afternoon trading.
13:03 EDTT, DISH, VZFCC reports AT&T winning bid in AWS-3 auction of $18.2B
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13:00 EDTDISHDISH drops 3% after FCC posts spectrum auction results
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12:53 EDTDISH, T, VZFCC reports AWS auction 97 raises $41.3B, with AT&T, Verizon top bidders
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12:45 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:28 EDTGOOGAnalysts upbeat on Google despite earnings miss
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09:35 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle noisy quarter masks solid results, says UBS
UBS said Google posted another solid quarterly performance, but It was masked by noise including foreign exchange, one time operating expenses, Nexus 6 shortages, and real estate purchases. The firm believes investors should focus on solid advertising trends. UBS reiterated its Buy rating but lowered its price target to $630 from $660 on Google shares.
07:44 EDTGOOGGoogle website revenue growth encouraging, sayst JMP Securities
After Google reported weaker than expected Q4 results, JMP Securities was nonetheless encouraged by the 18% revenue growth of the company's owned and operated websites. The firm thinks that YouTube is executing well, while Google's traction in mobile is increasing and the factors that negatively impacted its other revenue growth are fixable. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle results could improve in 2015, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Google's Q4 results were disappointing, but the firm believes that the company hinted that its spending could decelerate this year. Additionally, the firm is more upbeat on YouTube. It continues to recommend buying the stock.
07:22 EDTGOOGMarket looks set to open sharply lower
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07:16 EDTGOOGGoogle to change privacy policy after ICO investigation
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle core business grew at healthy rate, says Cantor
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06:45 EDTSSNLFEvercore CEO says bankers bring lots of presentations to companies
Evercore CEO Ralph Schlosstein, when asked on CNBC about whether his private equity firm ran an analysis for Samsung (SSNLF) regarding a potential acquisition of BlackBerry (BRRY), said bankers bring lots of potential acquisitions to companies. He added that often times management of the potential acquirers are not even aware of what reports they will be getting. Schlosstein did not specifically comment on Samsung. It has been reported that Evercore explored the merits of a potential Blackberry for Samsung.
06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $629 from $652 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google shares to $629 saying currency will remain a significant headwind for the foreseeable future. Citi, however, believes "overly negative sentiment" is priced into shares following Google's weaker than expected Q4 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:14 EDTGE, SSNLFPhilips: Smart LED lighting to drive demand in 3-4 years, DigiTimes reports
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January 29, 2015
19:14 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:43 EDTVZCablevision suing Verizon for false advertising over Wi-Fi service, WSJ reports
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18:00 EDTGOOGGoogle reverses after-hours decline, now higher by almost 2%
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile advertising on YouTube is up more than 100%
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17:56 EDTGOOGGoogle says seeing 'great' momentum in mobile advertising on YouTube
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16:08 EDTGOOGGoogle shares drop 2% to $504.78 following Q4 results
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16:07 EDTGOOGGoogle expects 'significant capital expenditures' to continue
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 Sites revenue $12.43B vs. $10.54B last year
Reports Q4 Network revenue $3.72B vs. $3.52B last year. It revenue from outside of the United States totaled $10.23B, representing 56% of total revenues in Q4, compared to 58% in Q3.
16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 average cost-per-click down 3% vs. last year
Google said Q4 average cost-per-click decreased approximately 3% over last year and decreased approximately 3% over Q3. Cost-per-click for Google sites decreased approximately 8% over last year and decreased approximately 8% over Q3. Network cost-per-click increased approximately 6% over last year and increased approximately 10% over Q3.
16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 aggregate paid clicks up 14%
Google said Q4 aggregate paid clicks approximately 14% over last year and increased approximately 11% over Q3. Sites paid clicks increased approximately 25% over last year and increased approximately 18% over Q3. Network paid clicks decreased approximately 11% over last year and decreased approximately 7% over Q3.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 EPS $6.88, consensus $7.11
Reports Q4 revenue $18.1B, consensus $18.46B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:58 EDTAAPLSpotify working with Goldman on new fuding round, may delay IPO, WSJ says
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15:37 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly 507 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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14:12 EDTTAT&T to be fined $640K by FCC for unauthorized wireless operations
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13:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
13:10 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google down more than 5.7% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $7.11 on revenue of $18.46B. The consensus range is $6.39-$7.97 for EPS, and $17.95B-$18.99B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported third quarter EPS of $6.35 against estimates of $6.53 on revenue of $16.52B against estimates of $16.57B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% and Q3 average-cost-per-click down 2%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B and Q3 Network revenue $3.43B. NEWS: In the past quarter, Google acquired Firebase, RelativeWave and Revolv, while also developing a business relationship with PwC. Google partnered with PwC to bid for a Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems contract. Google's YouTube launched a Music Key Beta monthly subscription service after negotiating music licensing deals with thousands of independent labels in November. YouTube also said it plans the launch of original content initiative by the end of 2015. Operationally, Google has shut down its news service in Spain and engineering operations in Russia. A Wall Street Journal report said Google was near a $1B investment in SpaceX and a Financial Times report said Chromebooks overtook Apple's (AAPL) iPads for the first time in U.S. schools. STREET RESEARCH: Google was downgraded at BofA/Merrill, Stifel and Atlantic Equities, citing a lack of product catalysts, search maturity, margin pressure from investments, and challenges due to an ongoing shift to mobile. The company's price target was also lowered at JPMorgan, citing slower organic growth, the strength of the U.S. dollar, and the company's ongoing investments. Citigroup, on the other hand, is upbeat on the company. Citi analysts say Google has underperformed its Internet index, but believes the worst case scenario is largely baked into Google shares at current levels. Citi also says Google's total worldwide search revenue is expected to be $51B in 2014 with $12B coming from mobile devices. Bernstein said Google shares are undervalued and concerns for apps that could derail Google's search engine are overdone. SunTrust also said the company's risk/reward is compelling, and Google could potentially create a positive surprise by initiating a dividend. Ahead of earnings, BGC Financial believes Google should be bought. BGC Financial expects Google to report Q4 paid click growth of 17% and a cost-per-click decline of 2%. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have fell more than 5.7% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. In Thursday afternoon trading ahead of Q4 report, Google shares are down a little over 1%.
11:53 EDTSSNLF, AAPLQualcomm sinks after cutting outlook, confirming being dropped in Galaxy
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB KO NFLX PFMT GILD YHOO TSLA MCD
08:41 EDTGEGE unveils GE Marine organization
GE unveiled its new GE Marine organization. GE Marine combines the cumulative expertise of several GE businesses and will be led by Tim Schweikert, VP, GE Marine. This new organization brings together GE’s commercial and technological expertise in the marine sector from gas turbines and diesel engines to motors and generators, variable speed drives and drilling systems to automation and control systems and all the electrical equipment in between.
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, VMware collaborate on enterprise public cloud
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07:51 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:04 EDTAAPLChina implementing new requirements for some tech companies, NY Times says
China is forcing companies which sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to divulge secret source code and submit to audits, according to The New York Times. It is also requiring such companies to provide the government with access to hardware and software products, the newspaper indicated. Cisco (CSCO), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Microsoft (MSFT) have raised issues about accessing the Chinese market, while Apple (AAPL) is looking to increase its business in the country, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:58 EDTGEGE partners with Statoil on anti-pollution research, FT says
General Electric (GE) and Norway's Statoil (STO) are launching an R&D partnership centered on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre and GE Oil & Gas CTO Eric Gebhardt. The companies are also looking at ways of reducing costs and natural resource expenditure within the industry, believing regulations will be tightened in the future. Projects include using oilfield gas to power drill rigs rather than flaring it off, using liquid carbon dioxide instead of water during fracking operations, and crowd-sourcing ideas for using less sand during fracking. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPL, GOOGMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
05:57 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to invest $84.23M in smartphone factory in India, Digitimes says
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05:39 EDTSSNLFNokia sees FY15 net sales to grow year-over-year
Nokia (NOK) continues to expect Nokia Networks' non-IFRS operating margin for theFY15 to be in-line with Nokia Networks' long-term non-IFRS operating margin range of 8%-11%. Nokia expects Nokia Networks' net sales and non-IFRS operating margin in Q1 to decline seasonally compared to the Q4. Nokia continues to expect HERE's net sales to grow on a year-on-year basis for FY15. Nokia now expects HERE's non-IFRS operating margin for FY15 to be between 7%-12%, based on HERE's leading market position, positive industry trends and improved focus on cost efficiency. This compares to Nokia's previous outlook for HERE's non-IFRS operating margin for the FY15 to be between 5%-10%. Nokia continues to expect Nokia Technologies' net sales to grow on a year-on-year basis for FY15, excluding potential amounts related to the expected resolution the ongoing arbitration with Samsung (SSNLF), which is expected to be concluded during 2015.
05:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees stong DDR4/LPDDR4 demand to continue in Q1
In the semiconductor segment, Samsung expects strong DDR4/LPDDR4 demand and solid SSD demand to continue despite low seasonality in Q1. In Q1, the company expects S.LSI volume ramp of 14nm; supply for customer’s new set product to begin while demand for existing applications to slow down under seasonality. Expect solid server DRAM demand growth to continue in FY15; Mobile DRAM demand to increase driven by new OS and higher resolution display adoption in smartphones. Expect earnings to improve driven by 14nm FinFET supply and sales of high value-added products. In the Display Panel segment, Samsung sees OLED shipments to grow as demand increases for new products; focus on enhancing profitability. Expects OLED shipments to increase due to expansion of customer base in FY15; Focus on earnings improvement Secure future growth driver by increasing flexible panel sales. Expects solid supply and demand condition to continue for LCD led by trend towards UHD and larger size panel in FY15. For IT & Mobile communications, expect decrease in smartphone and tablet demand under weak seasonality in Q1. Expects smartphone competitions to intensify amid the demand growth driven by LTE and emerging market in FY15 - expects tablet growth to continue with mid to low-end demand. For Consumer Electronics segment, Expect TV demand to decrease quarter over quarter entering weak seasonality in Q1. Expect TV demand to grow driven by UHD expansion and competition over new display technology in FY15.
05:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q4 revenue KRW 52.73T vs. KRW 59.28T last year
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January 28, 2015
17:49 EDTSSNLFQualcomm says seeing heightened competition in China in low, mid tiers
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16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:29 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors gaining share in iPhone, says Raymond James
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15:04 EDTUALUnited Continental management to meet with UBS
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13:51 EDTGOOGAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTGOOGAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:52 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should do Dutch tender for buyback
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:40 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple one of the best buys in 'last couple of decades'
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12:38 EDTAAPLSchechter says Apple can grow earnings 30% in 2016, 2017
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12:37 EDTAAPLIcahn says short squeeze likely going on in Apple shares
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLIcahn says likely to revise higher Apple price target of $200
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12:20 EDTSNESony to shut down 'Music Unlimited' service on March 29
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12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
11:31 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAPL
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10:13 EDTAAPLAnalysts upbeat on Apple after iPhone powers big earnings beat
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09:59 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Capital
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09:15 EDTAAPL, TOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $135 at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $140 citing the December quarter blow out.
08:26 EDTAAPLApple strengthening ecosystem with strong iPhone sales, says Janney Capital
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $133 from $126 at Morgan Stanley
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07:58 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple at 42.25
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple growth poised to slow, says Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $125 at UBS
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07:24 EDTAAPLCan Fed and Apple rescue market?
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple catalysts limited ahead of Watch launch, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blow out' results, says Bernstein
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06:47 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $143 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Apple after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm called the results "exceptional," and it thinks the company has a number of additional upcoming catalysts, including the 4G ramp in China and the Apple Watch. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $112 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 following the phone maker's better than expected December quarter results. JPMorgan believes new products in 2015 will drive Apple's earnings growth ahead of peers. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Apple are rallying $7.61, or 7%, to $116.75 in pre-market trading.
06:25 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons why Apple shares can go higher
Citigroup lists five reasons following Apple's better than expected December quarter results why it believes the stock can go higher. Citi says device acceleration, the potential for consensus estimates to move up, a lack of margin decline, Apple Pay, and the company's opportunity in enterprise can drive the stock higher. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $135 price target, noting it views Apple Watch as a bonus upside catalyst.
05:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung look to expand DRAM capacity in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung will look to expand its DRAM capacity in 2015 with its new Line-17 fab that will process 60K wafers monthly, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the expanded DRAM capacity may create uncertainty for the industry bit supply growth and pricing. Reference Link
05:58 EDTSNESony to focus on Taiwan mid-range to high-end smartphone market, DigiTimes says
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05:58 EDTSNE, SSNLFSharp estaimtes LCD TV shipments to reach 6M in FY14, DigiTimes reports
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05:37 EDTAAPLApple guidance ex-currency would be 5% higher, says Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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18:20 EDTT, AAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple says mobile users switching to Apple from Android at highest rate ever
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17:53 EDTAAPLApple says targeting additional 40 stores in China by end of 2016
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17:40 EDTAAPLApple says Apple watch expected to ship in April
Says the company has gained market share in 34 of the last 35 quarters. Says 2015 will be, "The year of Apple Pay." Says App store sales increased by 41%. Says Q1 results would have been even stronger without Forex volatility. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:18 EDTAAPLApple suppliers higher after company beats estimates
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16:37 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 39.9% vs. 37.9% last year
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares jump 5% to $114.50 after Q1 results top estimates
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPhone units 74.47M vs. 39.27M last year
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sold 74.5M iPhones in Q1
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q2 revenue $52B-$55B, consensus $53.79B
Sees Q2 gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 EPS $$3.06, consensus $2.60
Reports Q1 revenue $74.6B, consensus $67.69B.
16:12 EDTTAT&T Q4 wireless revenues up 7.7% versus the year-ago quarter
Reports Q4: Wireless data billings up 18% versus the year-earlier quarter; 1.9M total net adds with 5.6M total net adds in 2014; Postpaid net adds of 854,000; nearly 3.3M postpaid net adds in 2014 ;Wireless operating income margin of 16.3 %t for the fourth quarter and 23.1% for the full year; adjusted EBITDA service margin of 36.7% with a record full-year adjusted margin of 42%; More than 1 million new postpaid smartphones added in the fourth quarter and nearly 5 million in 2014.
16:09 EDTTAT&T sees FY15 EPS growth in the low single-digit range, consensus $2.55
Sees continued consolidated revenue growth in FY15, consensus $134.89B. Sees expanding margins — consolidated, wireless and wireline; Sees Improving free cash flow and dividend coverage.
16:05 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 55c
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.40 to 32.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB MSFT X RIG YHOO C GILD according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 110 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q1
15:35 EDTAAPL, TNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:46 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 113 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q1
14:27 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple China iPhone sales seen eclipsing U.S. for first time
Apple (AAPL) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.60 on revenue of $67.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.44-$2.97 on revenue of $65.01B-$74.27B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $63.5B-$66.5B and a gross margin of 37.5%-38.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently raised the firm's iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M based on the company reaching supply/demand balance before the end of the quarter. The firm reduced its iPad expectation to 22M from 25M and said it expects Mac sales to be roughly in line with the Street at around 5.3M units. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.42, which topped the consensus estimate for $1.31. Fourth quarter revenue of $42.1B also beat the $39.85B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 39.27M iPhones, 12.32M iPads, 5.52M Macs, and 2.64M iPods in Q4. Apple reported Q4 gross margin of 38%, versus 37% last year, and noted that international sales accounted for 60% of the quarter’s revenue. NEWS: On November 11, Alibaba's (BABA) Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said the company and Apple were in talks for a potential partnership that would focus on the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Tsai said, “We are positive about the potential cooperation, but it depends on the details being worked out.” On January 8, Apple announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50% and apps generated over $10B in revenue for developers, Apple added. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Apple is expected to say it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year. Analysts estimate the turning point in sales came last year after a deal with China Mobile (CHL), the publication added. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, Cantor Fitzgerald said Apple "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm added that it believed investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company. It raised its price target for shares to $143 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, said it believed strong near-term growth was largely priced into Apple shares at then-current levels, while catalysts were limited ahead of Apple Watch. The firm expected shares to be range bound and kept a Hold rating on Apple following the company's better than expected Q4 results. On January 13, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. The same day, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. On January 15, Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy and maintained its $115 price target based on its belief that the risk/reward for the stock was balanced. The firm said it expects solid Q1 results and for the company's March outlook to be in-line with consensus, but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint. Yesterday, Piper Jaffray said it believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter. Piper, which thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles, believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced about 2.7% on the first day of trade following its Q4 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up a bit over 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report tonight, Apple was down almost 2% to just over $111 per share.
14:08 EDTAAPL, SSNLFApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:35 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:19 EDTSNESony to cut additional 1,000 employees in smartphone business, Nikkei says
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Google Fiber coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, two other cities
Google said in a blog post, "It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on... Today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds." Google adds, "We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year." Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:48 EDTTAT&T January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:17 EDTAAPLXiaomi's latest smartphone sells out in three minutes, Android Central says
Xiaomi's latest smartphone Mi Note launched in China today and sold out in less than three minutes, reports Android Central. The next shipment of the $370 phone is scheduled for February 3 and the upgraded $530 Mi Note Pro is launching in March. Xiaomi is positioning the Mi Note as an Apple iPhone competitor and the company expects 100M handset sales across all products for 2015. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for iPhone gaming controller, Apple Insider says
Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that snaps around the phone to offer additional controls, reports Apple Insider. The patent was first filed after the iPhone 3G was announced six years ago, and includes capabilities for directional pads, joysticks, extra buttons, rumble feedback, secondary displays, additional cameras and speakers, and a physical keyboard. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWestern Union to offer Apple Pay at flagship locations
Western Union (WU) announced it will offer Apple (AAPL)’s technology Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
07:35 EDTAAPLApple Q1 results should be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q1 iPhone sales should exceed most expectations, while Q1 results should boost the stock. However, the firm does not expect the company to generate significant EPS growth in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce as sales growth eases, Reuters says
Apple supplier Foxconn Technology plans to reduce its workforce, according to Reuters. The Taiwan based manufacturer is experiencing declining revenue growth and increasing wages in China, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies announces nationwide rollout of new Apple Pay points
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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05:47 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, DigiTimes says
Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, reports DigiTimes. According to a Korean-language Edaily report that cited sources familiar with Samsung's operatives, the production lines will be able to roll out 900K smartphones a month and will be made specifically for the Indonesia market. Reference Link
January 26, 2015
19:48 EDTVZVerizon to pay $5M to settle FCC investigation into customer complaints
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18:30 EDTSSNLF, AAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
14:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:40 EDTTEarnings Preview: AT&T sees $10B Q4 charge for pension benefits, network assets
AT&T (T) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 55c on revenue of $34.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 47c-61c on revenue of $33.14B-$35.26B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 64c on revenue of $33B against estimates for $33.24B. For Q3, the company reported: Postpaid net adds of 785,000, more than double the year-ago quarter; More than 2.4M postpaid net adds year to date; Best-ever third-quarter postpaid churn of 0.99%; Wireless revenues up 4.9% versus the year-ago quarter; Wireless data billings up nearly 24% versus the year-earlier quarter; Nearly 1.2M new postpaid smartphones added; Smartphones accounted for 91% of postpaid phone sales. AT&T also lowered its FY14 revenue growth view to 3%-4% from the 5% range, versus consensus of $133.08B. On November 7, AT&T entered into an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $2.5B. It also forecast its FY15 Capex budget in the $18B range, down from $21B in FY14. On January 16, AT&T announced that for Q4, it expects to record a $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been cautious in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q4 earnings report. On December 10, Wells Fargo lowered its price target on AT&T to $36-$38 from $42-$44 after the company reported that competition was pressuring its margins. The firm also reduced its estimates to reflect the company's comments and its own checks. Wells expects the sequential improvement in AT&T's net adds will be limited, while iPhone upgrades will pressure its margins, but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On the same day, Citigroup said AT&T shares have near-term downside risk to $30. Citigroup said the wireless competitive environment is weighing on AT&T’s Q4 operating results after management spoke at an investor conference. It lowered its price target for AT&T to $33 from $34 and kept a Neutral rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares are essentially flat since the company's Q3 report, as well as over the past 12 months. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q4 report, AT&T’s shares are down 0.5%.
13:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Preview: Corning sees year-over-year sales, earnings growth in Q4
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
12:24 EDTGEVantiv names Kim Martin as Chief Human Resources Officer
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11:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric to supply Huaneng Corporation with 55 wind turbines
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10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
10:24 EDTUALGenerac, Douglas Dynamics among stocks to watch as storm slams Northeast
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09:49 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:04 EDTGEGeneral Electric weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
06:46 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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06:31 EDTVZ, TCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
06:31 EDTTAT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.88B, less outstanding net debt
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTSSNLFMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTGEGeneral Electric bracing for trouble from oil price drop, WSJ reports
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15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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10:07 EDTSNEHigh option volume stocks
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09:36 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading
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09:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE still comfortable with 2015 framework
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09:06 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees GE Capital to earn $1.5B in Q1
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08:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric believes winning share in key U.S. healthcare segments
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08:51 EDTGEGE sees wind turbine market to be flat in 2015, but sees gaining share
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08:18 EDTGEGE sees Synchrony Financial split to come Jan. 1, 2016, pending approval
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08:07 EDTGOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:59 EDTGEGeneral Electric says signs in U.S. Healthcare 'encouraging' since year-end
Since year-end 2014, GE said it has seen "encouraging" signs in the U.S. Healthcare market, with orders up 9% and equipment up 17%. Since year-end 2014, GE has seen stronger Aviation, with spares, RPK and freight growth continuing and the industry benefiting from lower oil prices. Noting the oil price slide, GE says it has made an "aggressive cost out" and is "ready for multiple scenarios." Comments from earnings conference call slides.
07:55 EDTGEGeneral Electric backs FY15 EPS $1.70-$1.80, consensus $1.76
GE repeats forecast for FY15 Industrial EPS of $1.10-$1.20 and GE Capital EPS of about 60c, noting that GE Capital EPS could be lower if ENI drops more quickly. GE repeats forecast for Industrial segment organic growth of 2%-5% in 2015. GE sees 2015 free cash flow plus dispositions of $12B-$15B, with CFOA of $14B-$16B, P&E of about $4B-$4.5B and dispositions for $2B-$4B. Guidance from slides for Q4 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTGEGeneral Electric backs FY15 double digit Industrial operating EPS growth
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07:48 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q4 orders $31.5B, Q4-end backlog $261B
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
06:39 EDTUALAirlines unlikely to cut fares despite 'enormous' savings, Reuters says
U.S. airlines said they expect to obtain "enormous" savings in 2015 from the decline in oil prices, according to Reuters. The airlines indicated that they would use the savings to pay down debt and return cash to shareholders, while refraining from cutting fares, the news service stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL). Reference Link
06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q4 EPS 56c, consensus 55c
Reports Q4 revenue $42.0B, consensus $42.16B
06:22 EDTSSNLF, AAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:17 EDTSNESony to delay earnings report due to last year's cyberattack
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06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung OLED handset pricing to reach parity with TFT LCD in 2015, DigiTimes say
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05:52 EDTAAPL, SSNLFGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTT, GOOG, VZGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:21 EDTGEGeneral Electric technical comments ahead of results
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:56 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry off highs after Evercore said to deny prepping Samsung report
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) remain up 8% near $10.74 in afternoon trading, but are off their earlier session high of $11.11, after BNN's Amber Kanwar reported that Evercore (EVR) tells BNN that Samsung (SSNLF) has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." The BNN report follows an earlier story from Canada's Financial Post that claimed that Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry on behalf of the Korean smartphone maker.
14:45 EDTSSNLFQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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14:12 EDTAAPLXoom will incorporate Apple’s Touch ID technology in app
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
13:15 EDTTAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
13:03 EDTAAPLAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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12:28 EDTUALOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:16 EDTGEEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of General Electric report
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11:57 EDTUALAirline rally continues after companies report results
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11:15 EDTUALUnited Continental says 'comfortable' with demand levels for Q1
10:58 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY consolidated CASM flat to up 1%
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10:47 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q1 consolidated capacity flat to up 1%
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10:42 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry jumps after report says Samsung analyzed takeover
An investment bank hired by Samsung prepared a detailed analysis of a potential acquisition of all or part of BlackBerry (BBRY) by the South Korean company, The Financial Post reported. WHAT'S NEW: In the fourth quarter of last year, Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry, according to The Financial Post. The document also laid out various strategies that Samsung could use to make such a deal, and obstacles that could prevent the deal from occurring, the newspaper stated. Acquiring a minority stake would have many advantages for Samsung, the newspaper quotes the document as saying. However, it questions whether Samsung could achieve its key objectives if it only holds a minority stake in BlackBerry. The Canadian company's software appears to be complementary to that of Samsung, but further analysis must be conducted on that issue, Evercore stated, according to The Financial Post. The document suggested that Evercore could ask Fairfax Financial (FRFHF), a major BlackBerry shareholder, to help facilitate a deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After attending meetings with BlackBerry CFO James Yersh, Wells Fargo estimated that BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary, which develops software for automobiles, is already generating about 40% of the $500M of total annual software revenue that BlackBerry has targeted. Many analysts have questioned whether BlackBerry could meet this target. The firm also stated that BlackBerry will unveil "an iconic device" in early March. However, Yersh acknowledged that Q4 would be a transition quarter, while many investors remain cautious about BlackBerry, Wells stated. The firm has a neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BlackBerry surged 8.5% to $10.80.
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:23 EDTUALUnited Continental sees generating 'far better' results in 2015
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10:23 EDTUALUnited Continental sees 2015 consolidated CASM approx. flat
United said earlier that as its cost initiatives mature throughout 2015, it anticipates that 2015 consolidated CASM, excluding fuel and third-party business expense, will be approximately flat.
10:20 EDTVZVerizon trades lower after results, levels to watch
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10:03 EDTGEOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:43 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
09:16 EDTUALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTVZVerizon reports 15M connections of Internet of Things
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09:06 EDTVZVerizon expects to further penetrate into FiOS network, others in 2015
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09:01 EDTTAT&T says enters into $9.2B credit agreement
AT&T said in a filing that on January 21, AT&T entered into a $9.155B credit agreement containing a (i) $6.286B term loan facility and a (ii) $2.869B term loan facility, with certain investment and commercial banks and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as administrative agent. AT&T also entered into a $2B 18-month credit agreement with Mizuho as initial lender and agent. In the event advances are made under either agreement, those advances would be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition related payments. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche A Facility will be due and payable on the third anniversary of funding. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche B Facility will be subject to amortization from the third anniversary of funding, with twenty-five percent of the aggregate principal amount thereof being payable prior to the fifth anniversary thereof, and all remaining principal amount due and payable on such fifth anniversary. Amounts borrowed under the 18-Month Credit Agreement will be due and payable on the date that is 18 months after the funding.
08:36 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
08:28 EDTSSNLFBank document shows Samsung still pursuing BlackBerry, Financial Post says
Samsung (SSNLF) continues to pursue acquisition of BlackBerry (BBRY), reports the Financial Post, citing an investment bank document and a source with knowledge of the plan. Prepared by Evercore Partners in 4Q14, the document hints at only a partial takeover, notes that Lenovo (LNVGY) may compete with Samsung for the company, cites BlackBerry's operating system and Messenger as potential divestitures, adds that Samsung could offset $50M in taxable income, and suggests Samsung start by approaching Fairfax Financial about acquiring a minority stake. Reference Link
08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
08:02 EDTGEGE Capital's TMT financing business says completed over 50 transactions in 2014
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07:59 EDTAAPLSanDisk growth story remains intact, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the 7% post-earnings drop in shares of SanDisk (SNDK) to the company unexpectedly announcing that Apple (AAPL) was dropping SanDisk as a supplier of client SSDs. The firm estimates that the Apple SSD business is roughly 8%-10% of SanDisk's revenue. Citi says it was relieved, however, when management attributed the Q4 miss to product shortage, implying NAND industry excess inventory is not an issue. It believes the company's secular growth story remains intact, and keeps a Buy rating on the name despite lowering its price target to $97 from $110.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple survey could mean earnings upside, says UBS
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07:43 EDTVZVerizon reports Q4 FiOS consumer revenue growth of 11.1%
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07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental reports 2014 consolidated PRASM up 1.6%
Full-year 2014 consolidated unit costs, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.3% year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.3%. Full-year 2014 CASM, including those items, decreased 1.6% year-over-year. Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.1% and consolidated available seat miles increased 0.9% year-over-year for the fourth quarter, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 81.7%. Fourth-quarter 2014 consolidated PRASM increased 0.4% and consolidated yield increased 1.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q4 EPS excl items $1.20, consensus $1.22
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07:14 EDTVZVerizon reports Q4 retail postpaid ARPA up 1%
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07:05 EDTVZVerizon sees FY15 revenue growth of at least 4%, consensus $129.78B
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07:03 EDTVZVerizon reports Q4 adjusted EPS 71c, consensus 72c
Reports Q4 revenue $33.19B, consensus $32.69B. In Wireless, reports 2.1M net retail connections; 2.0M net retail postpaid connections, including net additions of 672,000 postpaid phones; retail postpaid churn of 1.14%; 108.2M total retail connections and 102.1M total retail postpaid connections. In Wireline, reports 4.1% year-over-year quarterly increase in consumer revenues.
06:54 EDTSNESony sees mobile success in Middle East and Africa, WSJ says
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:23 EDTGEGE to pay $464M more in Alstom energy assets deal, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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05:47 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX T
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Boston Scientific (BSX) 49, AT&T (T) 20 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTTAT&T, Smiths Group extend relationship for six more years
Smiths Group has refreshed its ongoing relationship with AT&T for six more years. Valued at more than $100M, the agreement brings all of Smiths Group's communications services under one roof. The company can now securely connect its 23,000 employees across 450 offices in more than 50 countries.
January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:28 EDTGOOG, T, VZGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $30.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
15:27 EDTVZ, UALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 likely to have wireless charging, BGR says
Among the expected features for Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming new flagship Galaxy S6 phone, BGR said it expects the device to feature built-in wireless charging. The Fly notes that Integrated Device (IDTI) is a supplier for wireless charging components. Reference Link
14:27 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
United Continental January weekly call option implied volatility is at 90, February is at 52, March is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 22.
13:25 EDTVZ, TEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:31 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPL, VZ, TOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTGOOG, AAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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11:28 EDTDISHDISH found liable for 'tens of millions' of telemarketing violations by court
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10:29 EDTT, VZ, AAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:13 EDTVZVerizon January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:31 EDTTAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
08:13 EDTSSNLFQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:36 EDTSNESony's 'The Interview' nets $40M in online and TV sales, Re/code says
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06:35 EDTSNESony planning to reduce headcount in Japan by 1,500, Variety reports
According to media reports in Japan, Variety reports that Sony is planning to reduce its headcount in various divisions in Japan by about 1,500 by the end of FY14 through early retirement programs. The process, which began last August, involved Sony's corporate planning and finance departments, but has now been expanded to include corporate headquarters staff. Reference Link
06:23 EDTUALUnited may switch Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to larger 777-300ERs, WSJ says
United Continental (UAL) is close to a deal to change at least 10 of its Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliners that are on order to 777-300ER jetliners, which are larger, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. The deal is in the process of being finalized, the sources say, and would help preserve Boeing's production rates and transition to the 777x. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:56 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLF, AAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
19:27 EDTDISHDISH Slingbox, Hopper features upheld in copyright ruling
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18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
18:38 EDTSNESony probed Indian operations for corruption, Bloomberg reports
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17:26 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $325M government contract
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16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:56 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports 3.4% passive stake in SunEdison
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:23 EDTGEEU to decide on GE, Alstom deal by February 23, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the European Union will decide by February 23 whether to approve General Electric's (GE) planned acquisition of most of Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment unit, Reuters reports. French authorities have already approved the planned deal after GE agreed to create jobs and form an energy joint venture with Alstom. Reference Link
11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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09:38 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:48 EDTGEGE financing A350 jet with Rolls-Royce engine, Reuters reports
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06:39 EDTUALU.S. airlines may buy back shares amid cheap oil, WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering stock split, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTT, VZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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07:45 EDTSSNLFSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
Samsung shares could rise 30% and investors who can acquire shares could be rewarded, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:45 EDTAAPL, T, VZ, GOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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