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June 17, 2014
05:54 EDTSNDK, GOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Google (GOOG) 26, SanDisk (SNDK) 35 according to iVolatility.
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June 25, 2015
16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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12:54 EDTSNDKEarnings Watch: Micron reports after multiple analysts recommend selling shares
Micron Technology (MU) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, June 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm EDT. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $3.9B. The consensus range is 49c-65c for EPS on revenue of $3.73B-$4.03B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Micron guided for Q3 revenue of $3.85B-$4.05B. In terms of bit growth in Q3, the company said previously that it sees total DRAM up high single digits and Trade NAND down low single digits. In Q3 for ASP, the company forecast total DRAM down high single digits and Trade NAND up mid single digits. LAST QUARTER: On April 1, Micron reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 81c, against a consensus of 73c, on revenue of $4.17B, against a consensus of $4.15B. The company said then that it was allocating less production to its PC segment and shifting to faster growing areas, but also said it foresaw PC DRAM demand to improve in the second half of 2015. PEER: On April 15, SanDisk (SNDK) lowered it FY15 revenue view to $5.4B-$5.7B from $6.5B-$6.8B. At that time, SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said the company was "disappointed" with its financial and operational performance and was taking "aggressive measures" to regain the type of execution it has delivered in the past, adding that its top priorities for 2015 are to strengthen its product roadmap and rebuild its momentum. NEWS: On May 5, Micron appointed Ernie Maddock as CFO and vice president, Finance, effective June 1. Maddock joined Micron after having served as EVP and CFO at Riverbed Technology (RVBD). STREET RESEARCH: On June 9, Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy wrote that after conducting checks in Taiwan he expects the prices of PC DRAM to continue to decline. However, mobile and server DRAM pricing remains stable, as demand for those products is rising, the analyst stated. Roy lowered his estimates for Micron and trimmed his price target on the shares to $34 from $35 but kept an Overweight rating on the name. The same day, research firm Drexel Hamilton cut its rating on Micron to Sell from Hold, citing its belief that DRAM price declines are likely to continue. Samsung appears to be willing to accept lower memory prices and mobile DRAM prices are weakening, while PC DRAM prices have remained weak, the firm stated. As a result, Drexel lowered its margins and earnings estimates for Micron and slashed its price target on the stock to $20 from $30. Less than a week later, Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore downgraded Micron to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating. Moore said that his checks in Taiwan indicate that the outlook for DRAM is "cautious versus expectations" for the third quarter. Previously, the analyst had expected DRAM to experience a seasonal boost in Q3, but he now expects this lift to be delayed until at least Q4. Moreover, DRAM prices will probably stay weak through Q3 as customers' inventories of DRAM are excessive, while sales of PC DRAM will probably remain weak in Q3 and could stay low in Q4, the analyst stated. Micron could have difficulty improving its earnings in 2016 from current levels, warned the analyst, who set a $21 price target on the shares. The same day, Moore downgraded peer SanDisk to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered his price target on those shares to $75 from $80. On June 19, Topeka upgraded Micron to Buy from Hold and increased its price target to $34 from $30. The firm came away from an investor site visit incrementally more confident regarding PC demand and related DRAM pricing. Topeka added that it expects investor confidence in Micron's ability to sustain margins though cycles to increase over the next few quarters as Micron executes. Earlier this week, Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron to Sell from Neutral, saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for Micron shares to $19 from $27. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of Micron have fallen over 9%. Ahead of its earnings report, Micron fell fractionally to trade near $24 per share at midday.
06:31 EDTGOOGMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTGOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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12:27 EDTGOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
14:42 EDTGOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:31 EDTGOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
05:34 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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