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February 21, 2013
06:04 EDTGOOG, IBM, BKW, PHM, TOL, YUM, MCD, DHI, MSFT, DPZ, WFC, KBOn 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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November 20, 2015
10:38 EDTMSFT, GOOGAnalyst sees 'cloud cold war' coming between Google, Microsoft, Amazon
Recent comments by Google (GOOG) indicate that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors today. Google's initiatives in this area could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect the number two player in the area, Microsoft (MSFT), Sandler believes. WHAT'S NEW: Google has not been aggressively expanding its cloud infrastructure business, but recent comments by the tech giant indicates that this situation is changing, Sandler wrote. Google executive Urs Holzle said that the tech giant plans to aggressively expand its cloud platform, and projected that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, the analyst noted. The note comes after Google acquired a small platform-as-a-service company called bebop and appointed its CEO, VmWare (VMW) co-founder Diane Greene, to lead a new cloud business. Based on Hozle's comment, Google is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020, Sandler estimated. If the tech giant even "gets part of the way" to meeting the goal, the growth in its cloud business will boost its market cap by hundreds of billions of dollars, Sandler believes. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. Amazon (AMZN), which Google also much catch, is the runaway leader in the cloud market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Google may look to make acquisitions in the software-as-a-service sector to build up its cloud business, and vendors like Red Hat (RHT) which sell to cloud infrastructure providers have added a major new customer, Sandler wrote. Major software-as-a-service providers include (CRM), Workday (WDAY), and Netsuite (N). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alphabet Class A shares gained 1.5% to $771.37, Microsoft slid 1.1% to $53.33 and Amazon rose fractionally to $662.87.
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acceleron (XLRN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CSRA (CSRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... HP Enterprise (HPE) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Needham... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Sucampo (SCMP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
07:13 EDTIBMIBM initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities
JMP Securities analyst Greg McDowell initiated IBM with an Outperform rating and $167 price target on shares. McDowell believes sentiment is too negative and investors do not appreciate its leadership position in multiple technology categories and sticky customer base, the potential for a crossover point within the next two years, when the fast-growing revenue components of the business will offset declines in the more mature businesses, its revenue diversity, with software now a significant portion of revenue and hardware less, and its capacity for self-renewal.
06:20 EDTMSFTSony mulling bringing PS2 games to PS4, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's to pay $355K in penalties to settle immigration discrimination suit
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November 19, 2015
16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle names VMware co-founder to lead cloud businesses
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13:45 EDTIBMIBM mulling 3,000 job cuts in Germany, Reuters says
IBM is weighing cutting 3,000 jobs in Germany over the next two years, Reuters reports, citing Wirschafts Woche magazine. The magazine was quoting a union leader who sits on the firm's supervisory board, the report says. Reference Link
09:46 EDTGOOGYouTube to pay legal fees for some video makers to fight battles, NY Times says
YouTube said it will begin to financial support YouTube creators fight back battles over copyright infringement, reports the New York Times. It said will pick up the legal costs of a handful of video creators that the company thinks are the targets of unfair takedowns. Reference Link
09:21 EDTWFCConsolidated Tomoka buys office complex in Raleigh for $42.3M
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08:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft participates in a panel discussion
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07:55 EDTGOOGGM's Reuss: Company 'deeply committed' to EVs, FT says
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06:32 EDTGOOGAkamai announces collaboration with Google Cloud Platform
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hoelzle: Cloud could generate more revenue than ads by 2020, BI says
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November 18, 2015
16:44 EDTGOOGGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
14:49 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
11:24 EDTGOOGGoogle eyes YouTube enhancement with VR experiences, DigiTimes says
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08:55 EDTWFCMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:12 EDTDPZApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
05:40 EDTYUMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; YUM RAD
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