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January 6, 2014
09:38 EDTGOOG, GM, HMC, NVDAGoogle looks to bring Android to cars as early as this year, Re/code reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to bring Android to cars as early as this year through the Open Automotive Alliance, Re/code reports. Members of the OAA also include Nvidia (NVDA), GM (GM) and Honda (HMC). Google SVP Sundar Pichai says "The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road." Reference Link
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July 17, 2014
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 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 $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:50 EDTGOOGAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
17:39 EDTGOOGeBay says Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
13:05 EDTGMGM sold 2.5M vehicles worldwide in Q2
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12:47 EDTGOOGYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
10:58 EDTGOOGSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
09:29 EDTHMCHonda India unit issues recall for 1,338 vehicles, Reuters says
Honda's India division issued a recall for 1,338 vehicles in the country to implement a preventive replacement of the passenger side air bag inflator, according to Reuters, citing an emailed statement from the automobile manufacturer. Reference Link
09:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into testimony at Senate hearing
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06:35 EDTHMCAcura aims for boost from new TLX vehicle in U.S., Bloomberg says
Honda’s U.S. senior vice president who leads the Acura brand, Mike Accavitti, said the brand has scrambled to raise U.S. deliveries amid competition from larger luxury vehicles and expects it to experience quicker growth starting in August with the arrival of the new mid-size TLX, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Accavitti. Reference Link
06:31 EDTGMDocuments show GM hid defect from regulators, NY Times reports
Documents indicate that GM knew at least three fatal crashes were caused by its faulty ignition switches, but failed to tell regulators that when asked about the cause of the accidents, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMSenators turn scrutiny towards GM General Counsel, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTGMFord, GM, Chrysler not interested in Tesla patents, Detroit News says
Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Chrysler (FIATY) either have little interest in Tesla's (TSLA) EV patents or the companies are not sharing their plans, reports the Detroit News. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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