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November 13, 2012
16:29 EDTGBX, MSFT, TROX, BAC, HD, AMD, MBI, AKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were unable to rally after the major averages spent the majority of the day near their starting points. The U.S. reported its October federal budget at midday and the market met the data with a shrug. Dow member Cisco Systems (CSCO) is among those reporting earnings after today's close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., October's budget deficit grew to $120B from a $98.5B shortfall a month ago. Analysts forecast a $113B deficit for October. In Europe, euro-zone leaders failed to agree on the release of the latest round of aid for Greece, though the nation was granted a two-year extension by the EU to repay its current bailout loans... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) reported better than expected earnings before the bell and outpaced all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, advancing $2.22, or 3.63%, to $63.38... Microsoft (MSFT) saw shares trade down 90c, or 3.22%, to $27.09 after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... Shares of MBIA (MBI) slipped $1.60, or 19.02%, to $6.81 after midday news broke that Bank of America (BAC) commenced a debt tender offer in a bid to stop MBIA from getting consent from bondholders to make certain changes to its bond covenants... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up $2.78, or 19.93%, to $16.73 after activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which spiked as high as $2.26 but closed up 10c, or 5.03%, at $2.09 after Reuters said the company has hired JPMorgan (JPM) to explore options potentially including the sale of patents or an outright sale of the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Tronox (TROX), down $3.54, or 18.91%, to $15.18 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates, though the company's CEO said he sees sales increasing in 2013. Also lower were shares of AK Steel (AKS), down 96c, or 17.58%, to $4.50 after the company warned its Q4 losses are likely to be worse than analysts estimated... INDICES: The Dow lost 58.90, or 0.46%, to 12,756.18; the Nasdaq fell 20.37, or 0.70%, to 2,883.89; and the S&P 500 shed 5.50, or 0.40%, to 1,374.53.
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March 18, 2015
07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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March 17, 2015
11:36 EDTMSFTGoPro Channel app tops 1M downloads on Xbox platform
GoPro (GPRO) announced that The GoPro Channel app has been downloaded over 1M times on the Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT). Additionally, users are watching an average of 25 minutes of GoPro videos during each viewing session. The GoPro Channel allows Xbox members worldwide to stream GoPro content on-demand, share favorite videos, and purchase cameras and accessories directly through the console.
09:13 EDTMSFTMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTMSFTDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft exec confirms plans to drop IE brand for new browser, The Verge says
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:03 EDTGBXGreenbrier announces orders for 10,100 railcars valued at $1.09B
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March 16, 2015
12:39 EDTAKSSteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:49 EDTAKSChina steel exports set to rise from last year's level, WSJ says
As China's economy slows it is exporting its excess steel in greater amounts and is causing a backlash from other steel producers who are seeking government protection from falling prices, says the Wall Street Journal. China's steel exports in January were up 63% to 9.2M tons from a year earlier, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NUE). Reference Link
10:22 EDTBACBank of America February default rate 2.98% vs. 2.93% last month
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
08:11 EDTAKSSteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
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