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News For KMB;JAH;V;CLX;ACTV;IBM;DELL;FB;T;INTC;KO;MA;YHOO From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
13:57 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV deal set to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials, Bloomberg says
AT&T’s (T) proposed $48.5B deal to buy DirecTV (DTV) is slated to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials without any conditions, Bloomberg reports, citing a personal familiar with the deliberations by the Justice Department. The merger still requires approval from the FCC, which may demand concessions such as following net neutrality rules, the report says. Reference Link
13:23 EDTFBFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
09:33 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTFBBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:33 EDTTAT&T price target raised to $40 from $36 at Oppenheimer
Following AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, Oppenheimer expects AT&T to benefit from cross-selling, new services, and higher wireless prices. The firm expects the company's free cash flow to be boosted by its winding down of Project VIP. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:25 EDTCLX, KMBConsumer goods makers challenged by surging freight costs, WSJ reports
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $92 at Cantor
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06:03 EDTIBMIBM completes sale of its semiconductor business to Globalfoundries
IBM announced that the acquisition of the company's global commercial semiconductor technology business by Globalfoundries has been completed. With the closing of this transaction, Globalfoundries becomes IBM's exclusive semiconductor processor technology provider for the next 10 years.
05:53 EDTIBMIBM and BOE sign agreement to develop health management platform, DigiTimes says
IBM and BOE have signed an agreement to develop a new health management data platform, reports DigiTimes. The companies will form a team to build health management systems specializing in cognitive computing and other health management areas. Reference Link
June 30, 2015
19:32 EDTMA, VMasterCard stops processing Backspace.com ad purchases, WSJ says
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18:11 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV merger may get U.S. approval next week, Reuters says
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12:32 EDTFBFacebook increases options to video ads payment structure, WSJ says
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11:58 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; GILD YHOO
Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 28, Yahoo (YHOO) October 46 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 29 according to IVolatility.
11:53 EDTFBFacebook at test of support, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GILD BABA BAC MU WYNN MSFT NFLX
08:06 EDTTPennsylvania REIT signs AT&T for 1501 Walnut Street
PREIT (PEI) announced the execution of a lease with AT&T (T) Mobility for their recently acquired asset located at 1501 Walnut Street in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. The company acquired the 27,000 square foot property in 2014 with plans to reposition the property.
08:00 EDTTGTT Communications, AT&T sign long-term interconnection agreement
GTT Communications (GTT) and AT&T (T) have signed a long-term, bilateral agreement for their IP networks. As the Internet continues to evolve, collaborations between Internet providers facilitate the dynamic, robust and reliable exchange of Internet traffic. “We are pleased that our agreement with AT&T provides our clients with additional capacity,” said Rick Calder, GTT President and CEO. “We continue to work with AT&T to expand a secure and resilient interconnection environment so our clients can depend on the reliability and performance of GTT’s high-capacity network.”
07:08 EDTFBGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTIBM, INTCGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
05:58 EDTINTCIntel 28nm SoFIA 4G AP delayed to early 2016, DigiTimes reports
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