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February 21, 2013
06:04 EDTYUM, MCD, DHI, MSFT, DPZ, WFC, KB, GOOG, IBM, BKW, PHM, TOLOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed officials are split over an early retreat from the experimental programs created to revive the U.S. economy as minutes released from the Fed's January policy meeting show officials concerned that the current easy-money policies could lead to excessive risk-taking and instability in financial markets, the Wall Street Journal reports...Google (GOOG) has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, sources say, as the company tries to go against Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. builders (TOL, KB, DHI, PHM) broke ground on fewer homes last month but a jump in permits for future construction to a four and a half year high indicated the housing market recovery remains on track. Another report showed wholesale prices increased in January for the first time in four months, Reuters reports...The Volcker Rule is expected to be finalized as soon as this year. Major banks are already pulling back from private equity investments ahead of the rules. But not Wells Fargo (WFC). The bank invests in buyouts and venture capital deals largely on its own, with capital only from Wells Fargo itself and some employees. By avoiding equity from outside investors, the bank is considered to be engaging in "merchant banking," likely to be exempt under the new rule, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Americans are eating less fast food and pizza (MCD, BKW, DPZ, YUM). Adults consumed an average of 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food in 2007-2010, a decline from 12.8% in 2003-2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, Bloomberg reports...IBM (IBM) plans to release a prototype next year of an alternative rechargeable lithium-ion battery it calls “lithium air” that would mark a step forward by packing in more storage capacity. Finding a solution to the shortcomings of batteries has the potential to revolutionize everything from transportation to hand-held gadgets, Bloomberg reports.
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April 4, 2014
07:28 EDTGOOG, MSFTNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
07:25 EDTGOOGNational Press Club holds a meeting
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07:18 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 19 into Q1 and outlook
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06:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's ceases work in Crimea, Reuters says
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06:44 EDTBKWMost senators resisting compromise on minimum wage increase, Politico reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
06:01 EDTGOOGAcacia Research resolves action with Motorola Mobility
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April 3, 2014
18:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft options look like moneymakers, Barron's reports
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16:16 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, WSJ says
IBM (IBM) has held talks with Globalfoundries, Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) regarding its semiconductor manufacturing operations, and Globalfoundries appears to be in the lead as the most likely potential buyer, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. IBM initially asked for more than $2B and bids have come in "north of $1B," the report noted, adding that Intel is still involved, but TSMC has dropped out of the talks. Reference Link
15:49 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, DJ says
IBM (IBM) also held talks with Intel (INTC), according to Dow Jones, citing sources.
15:10 EDTGOOGVIX methodology for Google decreases 9.2% after 2-1 stock split
VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) is recently down 9.2% to 28.56 after 2-1 stock split
12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle considers wireless service in Fiber markets, The Information says
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09:30 EDTIBM, MSFTApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle Class C shares begin trading today
Google (GOOG) is effectively splitting its stock via a dividend distribution of new "Class C" shares, which begin trading today. The price of existing Google A shares, which hold one vote each, is expected to fall by half today as the C shares begin trading. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In January, Google announced that its board approved a dividend of Class C shares to be distributed on April 2 to holders of record as of March 27. The new Class C shares will trade under the ticker "GOOG" and the company's existing Class A shares will trade under a new ticker, "GOOGL." The company has previously said that its Q1 GAAP EPS will be half of what it would otherwise report because its net earnings are divided by twice as many shares. The company also said that its non-GAAP EPS will be similarly affected by the Class C dividend issuance, but will also be impacted by the expected sale of Motorola Mobile to Lenovo (LNVGY). This sale triggers "discontinued operations" accounting treatment, Google noted. Both Google Class A and Class C will be included in the S&P 500 and S&P 100 and there will not be a switch from Class A to Class C. Class A shares will subsequently be removed from Nasdaq indexes when the exchange operator rebalances them on June 23. By introducing non-voting C shares, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be able to issue stock to compensate workers or make acquisitions without diluting their voting stake, Bloomberg has noted.
07:50 EDTGOOGNew Google shares land in market, Bloomberg says
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06:34 EDTMCD, BKWStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
06:29 EDTGOOGTaiwan makers: Chromebook shipments in 2014 to reach 4M-5M units, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle could ship up to 11M Chromebooks worldwide by 2019, DigiTimes says
ABI Research believes Google could ship an estimated 11M Chromebooks in 2019 after shipping nearly 2.1M in 2013, reports DigiTimes. Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor said the device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market after finding the ASP to be $338. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to stop charging fee for Windows for some smartphones, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
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