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February 21, 2014
07:39 EDTSBUX, GOOGGoogle working on new WiFi app for easier hotspot access, Engadget says
Google (GOOG) has built Android and iOS versions of an app that automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks (SBUX) stores or wherever they are available, reported Engadget. Currently, Google is trialling the Android app at its Mountain View headquarters. Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
14:58 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly 82 straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
12:31 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report first quarter results after the market close on Thursday, January 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-81c on revenue of $4.63B-$4.93B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 74c on revenue of $4.2B, in-line with estimates for 74c and $4.23B, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c and guided fiscal year 2015 EPS to $3.03-$3.13 against estimates at that time for $3.16. The company sees FY15 revenue growth of 16%-18%, including over $1B in incremental revenue from the planned acquisition of Starbucks Japan, against estimates at that time for $18.43B. Global comparable store sales growth was targeted in the mid-single digits. NEWS: In November, the European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reported the Wall Street Journal. At its December Investor Day, Starbucks projected that revenue will approach $30B in fiscal year 2019, up from $16B in fiscal year 2014. Additionally, the company announced the launch of "Mobile Order & Pay," which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit, and to pick up their ready order at their preferred Starbucks store, and also announced plans for food and beverage delivery. The company sees mobile ordering driving transactions and said it was exploring two different delivery models to launch in mid-to-late 2015. Starbucks' partnership with Square for use in mobile device payments also ended and the company replaced Tazo tea in its outlets with products from Teavana. During the quarter, Starbucks said that Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead, a 23-year veteran of the company who also served for many years as the company's Chief Financial Officer, as well as leading the operations and development of Starbucks international business and its Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit, would take an extended unpaid leave from the company; his last day at his current role will be March 1. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray says it would be a buyer of Starbucks on any sell-off following the news of COO Alstead taking a leave of absence and said its fundamental thesis on the stock is unchanged and that Starbucks remains a top pick. William Blair thinks the near-term could "prove a bit rocky" for Starbucks investors given the departure of the "well-liked" COO and the potential slowing of domestic sales trends. The firm lowered its Q1 comp projection to 4%, below the consensus of 5%, citing a lower sales forecast in the Americas. Bernstein kept a $99 price target and Outperform rating on Starbucks after COO Alstead announced his leave of absence. Janney Capital cut its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about the company's near-term sales outlook. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares are up almost 10%. Ahead of tonight's earnings report, shares are down about 0.7% to $81.86.
11:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
There is a potential bullish symmetrical triangle on the daily chart that could become active after earnings if price breaks out above $82.50. What makes the pattern bullish is the preceding uptrend. Upside potential for this pattern is to the $90 area, which would be a fresh lifetime high. When pulling back to a very long-term chart (10-year) the current pattern is visible, but part of a much larger bullish symmetrical triangle which is already in progress. The minimum objective from that pattern is also to the $90 area. While the current technical conditions are strongly bullish, there is always the prospect of pattern failure if the fundamentals fail to live up to bullish expectations. The downside reaction from a negative surprise could be equal in scale to the upside on a positive one. The bottom of the triangle pattern at the $78 area would be the first major support level for the shares. A breakdown below that support would void the pattern, with next support at $76.22.
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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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.
07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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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 EDTGOOGGoogle 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
11:34 EDTGOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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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.
January 20, 2015
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
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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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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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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