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News For GOOG;MSFT;AAPL;AMZN;RIMM From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft 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 EDTAAPLOn 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 Bankís 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.
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
11:34 EDTGOOG, AMZN, AAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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11:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes higher on heavy volume, retraces, levels to watch
The stock has been on a wild set of turns in price in the last 20 minutes, trading as high as $306 for the day, but last at $296.51. Volume is heavy. There was a rumor circulating that Carl Icahn was taking a position in the company with some plan to spin off its web services. CNBC's David Faber and Scott Wapner have said sources indicate Icahn has no position in the stock at all. At last price resistance is at the $300 area, support is at $294.12.
11:19 EDTAMZNCarl Icahn owns no Amazon.com, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:18 EDTAMZNIcahn has no stake in Amazon.com, CNBC's Wapner says
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11:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes 6% to $305.93 amid social media chatter
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11:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility increases as shares rally
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia 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 Courtís 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.
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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09:10 EDTAMZNSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action" featuring non-government expert witnesses testifying about current authorities of the FCC and Congressí options to update outdated laws for the Internet Age with Vice President of Amazon.com, Paul Misener on January 21 at 2:30 pm.Webcast Link
08:43 EDTAMZNAmazon discontinues Amazon Elements line of diapers, Re/code reports
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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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
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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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.
08:00 EDTAMZNHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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