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March 26, 2015
09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
09:23 EDTACNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
08:26 EDTACNAccenture management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Boston on March 26 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:25 EDTGOOGThe Economist to hold a forum
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07:14 EDTACNAccenture reports Q2 new bookings $9.4B
"Based on our continued momentum and very strong performance in the first half, we are raising our business outlook for revenues for the full fiscal year," said the company.
07:12 EDTACNAccenture sees FY15 adjusted EPS to $4.66-$4.76, consensus $4.75
Accenture now expects GAAP EPS to be $4.61-$4.71, including the positive impact of its increased revenue outlook, offset by negative impact of revised foreign-exchange assumption, as well as negative impact of settlement charge. Company’s previously guided EPS was $4.66-$4.80. Company raises FY15 net revenue growth in local currency 8%-10% from 5%-8%. FY15 outlook now assumes forex impact (8%); previous assumption was (5%). In May, company will record non-cash settlement charge of approximately $60M, pre-tax, as a result of a current offer to former employees to receive a voluntary one-time, lump-sum cash payment from company’s U.S. pension plan. The payment will settle the company’s pension obligations. This settlement charge will reduce company’s fiscal 2015 GAAP EPS by approximately 5c and full-year GAAP operating margin by approximately 20 basis points. Accenture now expects GAAP operating margin for the full fiscal year to be 14.2%-14.4%, compared with previously guided 14.4%-14.6%. Excluding the settlement charge, operating margin for full fiscal year expected to be 14.4%-14.6%, an expansion of 10 to 30 basis points from fiscal 2014. Now expects operating cash flow for fiscal 2015 to be $3.85B to $4.15B, compared with $3.95B to $4.25B previously; continues to expect property and equipment additions to be $450M; and now expects free cash flow to be $3.4B to $3.7B, compared with $3.5B to $3.8B previously. The company continues to expect to return at least $3.8B to its shareholders in fiscal 2015 through dividends and share repurchases. The company continues to expect its annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 26% to 27%. Accenture is now targeting new bookings for fiscal 2015 in the range of $33B to $35B, compared with $34B to $36B previously, reflecting its revised foreign-exchange assumption.
07:06 EDTACNAccenture declares semi-annual cash dividend of $1.02
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07:05 EDTACNAccenture sees Q3 revenue $7.35B-$7.6B, consensus $7.63B
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07:04 EDTACNAccenture reports Q2 EPS $1.08, consensus $1.07
Reports Q2 revenue $7.49B, consensus $7.38B.
06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTGOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTGOOGIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
15:34 EDTACNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:36 EDTFOLDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:01 EDTACNAccenture March weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Accenture March weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, April is at 27, May is at 21, August is at 19; below its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 26.
08:58 EDTICEHouse Agriculture Committee to hold a hearing
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06:54 EDTGOOGPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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