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November 23, 2014
17:24 EDTINTCIntel, Qualcomm look like 'excellent' investments, Barron's says
Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) both look like "excellent" investments, with Qualcomm looking better for risk-prone investors, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
17:01 EDTINTCIntel shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
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15:30 EDTVVisa sees put option for Visa Europe in excess of $10B
In a regulatory filing from early Friday, Visa said, "We have granted Visa Europe a put option, which Visa Europe can exercise at any time and which would require us to purchase all outstanding capital stock from Visa Europe's members within 285 days. Given current economic conditions, the purchase price under the terms of the put option could likely be in excess of $10B dollars and we may need to obtain third-party financing in order to meet our obligation through the issuance of either debt or equity. An equity offering, or the payment of part of the exercise price with our stock, would dilute the ownership interests of our stockholders. Sufficient financing might not be available to us within that time on reasonable terms. In addition, we are required to assess any change in the fair value of the put option on a quarterly basis and record adjustments as necessary on our consolidated statements of operations. Consequently, the adjustments affect our reported net income and earnings per share. These quarterly adjustments and their resulting impact on our reported statements of operations could be significant. The existence of these changes in the fair value of the put option could adversely affect our ability to raise capital and increase any associated costs. If we acquire Visa Europe, we may also encounter difficulties in integrating Visa Europe's business and systems into our existing operations. If we cannot do so quickly and cost-effectively, the integration could divert the time and resources of senior management and other key resources, disrupt our current operations and adversely affect our results of operations. In addition, we would become subject to any ongoing or future regulatory disputes as a result of EU regulations that govern the operations of Visa Europe. We may also be required to assume any ongoing or future litigation involving Visa Europe."
12:26 EDTTWireless carriers bid up prices at U.S. spectrum auction, WSJ
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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTINTCMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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16:00 EDTTProvision winning bids in FCC AWS-3 auction hit $33B after round 26
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTINTCIntel DCG growth could add 15c-20c to 2015 EPS, says Jefferies
Jefferies says the bear argument on Intel misses the fact that the company's Data Center Group is expected to growth 15% annually for the foreseeable future. The firm estimates DCG growth could add $1B in free cash flow and 15c-20c in EPS In 2015. If also estimates Intel's PC revenue, which the bears highlight, will increase by 4% in 2014 to $35B, at 45% operating margin and contribute $2.00 in EPS. Jefferies reiterates a Buy rating on Intel with a $45 price target.
07:56 EDTINTCIntel analyst day mixed, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Intel's analyst day as mixed since the company's gross margin and PC guidance came in below its expectations while it also announced a dividend increase and better than expected capex outlook. FBR raised its price target for Intel shares to $40 from $36 saying the cash return story is likely to temp income investors. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:54 EDTMAMasterCard management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on November 21 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:35 EDTINTC, INTCIntel downgraded to Sell from Underperform at CLSA
Price target is $31.
07:29 EDTINTCIntel data center unit forecast beat estimates, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Intel's 2015 guidance for its data center unit surpassed consensus estimates. The firm notes that the unit generates 42% of the company's operating profits, and it thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts. It recommends buying the shares.
06:35 EDTTCalifornia AG announces $23.8M settlement with AT&T
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley yesterday announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8M. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28M over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final. This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronic waste. If approved by the court, under the final judgment, AT&T must pay $18.8M in civil penalties and costs. An additional $3M will fund supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California, and AT&T will pay a minimum of $2M to enhance its environmental compliance. The telecom provider will be bound under the terms of a permanent injunction prohibiting similar future violations of law.
06:08 EDTFBFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel may not reach goal of shipping 70M tablet chips next year, Re/code reports
Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich said in an interview on the sidelines of the company's investor meeting that the company may not ship 70M tablet chips in 2015 as previously predicted, Re/code reports. Krzanich commented, "I don’t think our standalone number will be that high." Reference Link
November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:59 EDTINTCIntel remains a top pick at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says Intel's outlook for 2015 is "roughly consistent" with its estimates. It expects Intel's competitive strength to profitability and share value over the next several years. The firm views Intel as a top pick and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
12:34 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 R&D spending approximately $20B, plus or minus $400M
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12:33 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx approximately $10.5B, plus or minus $500M
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12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 gross margin 62%, plus or minus two points
12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $57.78B
12:31 EDTINTCIntel raises annual dividend to 96c per share
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11:58 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain sinks after Q1 outlook disappoints, CFO reports departure
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11:52 EDTINTCIntel CEO confirms organizational change made this week
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Intel has reorganized by combing its groups that handle personal computer chips with those used for smartphones and tablets, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed the change during the company's investor day presentation.
11:32 EDTINTCIntel says high-end gaming segment among fastest growing in PCs
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07:30 EDTMAMasterCard management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:11 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain says 2.0 brewer introduced on time with retailer support
Says retailers aggressively ordered portion packs in Q4. Says brewer inventory levels "healthy" for upcoming holiday season. Says will run local, national TV ads during the holidays. Says Canadian business down for FY14. Says will offer 70 brands for brewers by March, 2015. Says on track to launch Keurig Cold in fall of 2015. Says working closely with Coca-Cola (KO) on cold brewing system. Says in FY15, expects growth in portion pack sales to accelerate as the year progresses. Says over 90% locked for coffee costs for FY15, but higher than FY14. Says coffee costs will be a headwind in 2Q15. Says expects some gross margin pressure in Q1. Says continues to expect long-term annual revenue, EPS growth in mid-teens. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
16:59 EDTYHOOYahoo, Mozilla form strategic partnership
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15:53 EDTYHOOSome make case for Yahoo considering BlackBerry acquistion, Re/code says
Sources close to Yahoo (YHOO) said the company has been considering several "big acquisitions," largely aimed at helping its display business, and is eyeing tech-related companies including MediaMath, RadiumOne and Turn, reported Re/code's Kara Swisher. Swisher added that "one of the most far-out" ideas that has been "floated by bankers and other sundry pundits" is that Yahoo should buy BlackBerry (BBRY), and Swisher said that while that may seem unlikely, such a purchase would be "well within the amount" that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has to spend. Reference Link
14:25 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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14:08 EDTKOEarnings Preview: Keurig Green Mountain sees FY14 EPS $3.71-$3.78
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13:10 EDTTDISH, Globalstar climb as wireless spectrum bids reportedly jump
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11:20 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; FSLR YHOO
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10:50 EDTYHOO, YHOOYahoo price target raised to $57 from $47 at CLSA
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10:29 EDTMAMasterCard management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Amsterdam on November 19 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
10:29 EDTINTCGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTYHOOCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:02 EDTIBMVeolia Environment, IBM announce new partnership
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08:15 EDTKOGreat Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution signs definitive agreement with Coca-Cola
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07:51 EDTMAClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTTVerizon trends look strong, says Oppenheimer
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07:19 EDTTSpectrum auction positive for DISH, Globalstar, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes the AWS-3 spectrum auction continued on Tuesday with the aggregate value of licenses with bids at $16.4B, up from Monday's $8.9B and compared to the reserve price of $10.6B that the FCC set for the entire auction. The firm views the rise in prices as negative for telecom carriers that are spending more than expected, namely AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), and possibly T-Mobile (TMUS) and US Cellular. It views the prices as positive for independent spectrum owners like DISH (DISH) and Globalstar (GSAT), as well as tower companies American Tower (AMT), SBA Communications (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).
07:07 EDTMACitigroup to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTTAT&T says feds may need warrant for location data, WSJ says
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06:14 EDTJAHJarden initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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November 18, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
14:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola rumored to be in sights of 3G Capital, Forbes contributor reports
Investment firm 3G Capital is in advanced talks for a new fund targeted at the food and beverage industry, according to Veja magazine, reported a contributor to Forbes. The new fund could be used to acquire a significant stake in Coca-Cola or possibly even be used to orchestrate a takeover of the beverage giant, according to Veja columnist Geraldo Samor, the Forbes report said. Shares of Coca-Cola have moved into positive territory and are up 0.5% in afternoon trading following the circulation of the Forbes article. Reference Link
12:54 EDTFBFacebook introduces FB Techwire breaking tech news product
Facebook, in a post to its media blog, announced the launch of FB Techwire, a resource for journalists to discover original content including breaking news, first-person analysis, photos and videos posted to Facebook by technology influencers and organizations. Reference Link
12:44 EDTMAEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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11:50 EDTINTCIntel November volatility elevated into investor meeting
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11:48 EDTIBMIBM introduces new e-mail application for business
IBM announced earlier today that it is reinventing enterprise email with a new freemium social collaboration offering that uses built-in analytics to give individuals a new way to converse, find the right people and information fast, and get work done. The company added, "IBM Verse stems from the company's $100M investment in design innovation and brings together its leading cloud, analytics, social and security platforms to transform the future of work. IBM Verse takes a vastly different approach to enterprise email by integrating the many ways employees connect each day – via email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more – through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature 'faceted search,' which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information they're seeking across all the various types of content within their email. IBM Verse uses built-in analytics to provide an 'at-a-glance' view that intelligently surfaces an individual's most critical actions for the day. By learning unique employee preferences and priorities over time, it provides instant context about a given project as well as the people and teams collaborating on it. This is in contrast to most freely available mail services that mine a user's inbox to increase advertising and monetize that data in other ways – an unwelcome proposition for business users concerned about privacy or which operate in regulated industries such as healthcare and finance.Clients using IBM Verse will also have the future option to embed a Watson feature into their collaboration environment, which enables users to query Watson on a given topic and receive a direct reply with answers ranked by degree of confidence."
11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; DAL FB
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11:07 EDTTVOXX unit, AT&T sign international data agreement
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10:55 EDTINTCIntel to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in Santa Clara, CA on November 20 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility: YHOO PSEC
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPLTSLA TWTR FB
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09:31 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV deal receives approval in Mexico
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09:06 EDTINTCIntel to combine two groups in new 'Client Computing' unit, WSJ says
Intel plans to reorganize by combing its groups that handle personal computer chips with those used for smartphones and tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an email sent to employees by CEO Brian Krzanich. Intel’s changes are scheduled to go into effect in early 2015, the report noted. Reference Link
08:44 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) after raising its estimate of Alibaba's valuation to $350B. Bernstein keeps a Market Perform rating on Yahoo.
07:57 EDTFBFacebook At Work unlikely to impact LinkedIn, says Wunderlich
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07:36 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:57 EDTIBMCray price target raised to $40 from $35 at Stifel
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06:23 EDTVSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprint’s leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
06:08 EDTFB, INTC, TIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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05:29 EDTIBMIBM signs EUR 1B contract with Lufthansa
IBM (IBM) announced that it has signed a seven-year EUR 1B outsourcing contract to deliver IT infrastructure services for the Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY) and its Group companies. According to the agreement, which is subject in particular to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust authorities, IBM will first optimize the airline's IT processes to increase efficiency, which is expected to generate an estimated cost savings by an average of approximately EUR 70M annually for the Lufthansa Group. This agreement is in line with the terms and conditions as published already in October. As part of the outsourcing agreement, IBM will manage Lufthansa Systems' entire data center operations, help desk and printer services along with individual infrastructure services. Around 1,400 Lufthansa Systems employees will transfer to IBM. Infrastructure services are scheduled to begin from IBM on April 1, 2015. The contract was signed November 15, 2014.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTYHOO, FB, TOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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14:56 EDTFBFacebook reports solid October engagement data, says JPMorgan
12:42 EDTFBProfessional network operators slide following report on 'Facebook at Work'
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11:44 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NFX
Yahoo (YHOO) February 60 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Newfield Exploration (NFX) March 38 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 40 according to IVolatility.
11:39 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meetings to be held in Canada on November 18-19 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:36 EDTYHOO, FBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
07:52 EDTIBM, INTCDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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06:30 EDTFBFacebook says reducing 'overly promotional' page posts in news feed
Facebook said on Friday that "Our goal with News Feed has always been to show people the things they want to see. That’s why we often look to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve. As part of an ongoing survey we asked hundreds of thousands of people how they feel about the content in their News Feeds. People told us they wanted to see more stories from friends and Pages they care about, and less promotional content. What we discovered is that a lot of the content people see as too promotional is posts from Pages they like, rather than ads. This may seem counterintuitive but it actually makes sense: News Feed has controls for the number of ads a person sees and for the quality of those ads, but those same controls haven’t been as closely monitored for promotional Page posts. Now we’re bringing new volume and content controls for promotional posts, so people see more of what they want from Pages.... Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds. This change will not increase the number of ads people see in their News Feeds. The idea is to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories – including Page posts – people see in their News Feeds. This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible and being responsive to what they have told us. While Pages that post a lot of the content we mention above will see a significant decrease in distribution, the majority of Pages will not be impacted by this change." Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:16 EDTYHOOInvestors wanting Alibaba should consider Yahoo, says Citigroup
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06:07 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CREE V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Cree (CREE) 37, Visa (V) 17 according to iVolatility.
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTYHOO, FBSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:39 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:03 EDTYHOOYahoo rises after analysts boost targets
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12:49 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Jefferies
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08:43 EDTVVisa price target raised to $305 from $241 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Visa as the firm is more upbeat about the pace of the company's innovations after meeting with its Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. The firm believes that the company's innovations lower its disintermediation risk and may boost its transaction growth and enable it to launch new value-added services. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $61 from $49 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) as the firm raised its valuation of Alibaba (BABA) to $324B from $275B. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo.
08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $60 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) stock appreciation. FBR says Yahoo offers a lower-cost play on Alibaba with the potential for improved core Yahoo performance. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:32 EDTFBHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:24 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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14:26 EDTKMBKimberly Clark announces new $5B share repurchase plan
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13:28 EDTIBMBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:02 EDTIBMIBM signs 10-year, large-scale services agreement with WOOX Innovations
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11:22 EDTFBDan Niles says looking to short more of Twitter
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11:07 EDTTGogo interested in buying AT&T spectrum, RGN reports
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10:05 EDTFBFacebook quietly launches Yelp rival, TNW reports
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07:38 EDTFB, YHOO, VBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
07:24 EDTVSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:05 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 12, 2014
15:08 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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14:08 EDTINTCIntel reports 427.7K share position in Rocket Fuel
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13:47 EDTTAT&T CEO says America Movil assets not needed for success
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13:42 EDTTFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
12:56 EDTT, YHOOFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
10:58 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO DAL
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10:25 EDTKOSABMiller, Coca-Cola to form new company in Africa, Sky News reports
Mark Kleinman of Sky News tweeted, "SABMiller and Coca-Cola to announce formation of new company in Africa later this week, consolidating existing operations, I'm told."
10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advent Software (ADVS) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Brookline Bancorp (BRKL) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DCT Industrial (DCT) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DDR Corp. (DDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Demandware (DWRE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Equity One (EQY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hudson Pacific (HPP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kimco Realty (KIM) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Macerich (MAC) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prologis (PLD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Regency Centers (REG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Simon Property (SPG) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sunstone Hotel (SHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... VWR (VWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Westfield Financial (WFD) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... XPO Logistics (XPO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
09:28 EDTTAT&T to pause fiber investment till net neutrality laws ironed out, Reuters says
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08:06 EDTVPacific Crest to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTIBM, TWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $55 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) appreciation. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:28 EDTVBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $58 from $52 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) to $58 from $52 following its announcement it will acquire BrightRoll. The firm said the price adjustment reflects its recent price target increase on Alibaba (BABA) to $125 from $100 last week. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Yahoo shares.
07:13 EDTIBMIBM data solutions selected by Kenya Power
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06:03 EDTIBMAcacia Research enters into settlement and patent license agreement with IBM
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06:00 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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06:00 EDTYHOOYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
November 11, 2014
16:43 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640M
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16:24 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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16:23 EDTVVisa initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:26 EDTFBYelp continues to gain traction in Local search, says Cowen
Cowen's checks indicate Yelp (YELP) continues to gain traction in Local search through Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). The firm continues to see Yelp's Local ad revenue growing 60% in 2014 and believes the company will continue to beat numbers.
13:08 EDTIBMIBM CFO says not looking for big, transformative acquisitions
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12:02 EDTYHOOYahoo could create $19 in shareholder value, says Wolfe Research
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10:44 EDTYHOOAlibaba Chairman Ma thinks Yahoo 'happy' with company performance
Alibaba (BABA) Chairman Jack Ma says his company must focus on itself, not on Yahoo (YHOO), but he believes Yahoo is happy with Alibaba's performance. Ma is speaking on CNBC.
10:27 EDTYHOOAlibaba sets Singles' Day record, analysts start coverage with upbeat notes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba announced that a record $8B of products had been sold on its website with a few hours left in the Chinese Singles' Day holiday. Many Chinese citizens buy gifts on e-commerce websites during the holiday. During last year's festival, $5.7B of products were purchased on Alibaba's websites. ANALYST INITIATIONS: Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night. Alibaba's ecosystem will make it difficult for competitors to challenge it for a long time, Ji believes. The ecosystem also boosts Alibaba's revenue growth and margins, according to the analyst. The e-commerce giant's strong brand, along with its large and loyal customer base, help make it one of the best-positioned companies in the Chinese Internet space, contended the analyst. He predicted that its revenue and profits will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 34% and 32%, respectively, from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019. The analyst set a $133 price target on the shares. HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55, citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba. The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham, which expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo, kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alibaba fell 2.6% to $116 per share. However, the stock has risen nearly 18% in the last five days.
08:38 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at Needham (yesterday)
Needham yesterday afternoon raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $55 citing higher than previously expected trading values for Alibaba (BABA). The firm believes Yahoo shares are pricing in negative 6% EBITDA growth for the company, which it views as too pessimistic. Needham expects positive EBITDA growth for Yahoo and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:24 EDTTAT&T move will discourage others seeking in-flight Wi-Fi, says William Blair
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05:59 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 10, 2014
17:40 EDTYHOOYahoo could go higher, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTCLXWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:54 EDTV, MAVisa, MasterCard could be hurt by new Canadian credit card rules, WSJ says
Canada is preparing to announce broad changes to its code of conduct for the credit- and debit-card industry, which could make it the first country to give merchants the right to reject mobile payments through Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) even if the merchants accept their physical cards, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a draft copy of rules that could be announced this week. Reference Link
15:43 EDTDELLAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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15:17 EDTVCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industry’s biggest players don’t allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
14:09 EDTTBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:14 EDTTAT&T not entering Inflight Connectivity space, RGN reports
AT&T (T) decided not to enter the inflight connectivity after deeming the space too risky, RGN reports, citing sources. AT&T confirmed in a statement to the website, "After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer pursue entry into the Inflight Connectivity industry." AT&T's entrance into the space was seen as possibly competitive threat to Gogo (GOGO). Reference Link
12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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12:45 EDTTFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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12:43 EDTTAT&T issues statement on White House Title II announcement
AT&T issued the following statement in response to the White House's announcement regarding Title II. AT&T executive VP Jim Cicconi said, "Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests. It is a complete reversal of a bipartisan policy that has been in place since the Clinton Administration—namely, to treat Internet access as an information service subject to light-touch regulation. This classification of Internet service has been upheld by the Supreme Court and has enjoyed strong Congressional support for nearly a generation. Now, with one statement, the White House is telling the FCC to ignore this precedent and to instead impose on the entire Internet—from end to end—onerous government regulation designed in the 1930s for a Bell phone monopoly that no longer exists, not for a 21st century technology. This will have a negative impact not only on investment and innovation, but also on our economy overall. For a generation, the Internet has been an American success story. Light-touch regulation has encouraged levels of investment unprecedented by any industry and spawned incredible innovation. Today’s action puts all of that at risk—and puts it at risk not to remedy any specific harm that has occurred. Instead, this action is designed to deal with a hypothetical problem posed by certain political groups whose objective all along has been to bring about government control of the Internet. The White House is proposing to put the Internet and our economy at risk as a result of such political pressures. We feel the actions called for by the White House are inconsistent with decades of legal precedent as well as Congressional intent. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the entire Internet like a public utility, that decision is more properly made by the Congress and not by unelected regulators without any public record to support the change in regulation. If the FCC puts such rules in place, we would expect to participate in a legal challenge to such action.”
11:39 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NEM
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they don’t want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who they’ve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or don’t want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
09:45 EDTTObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTTObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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08:22 EDTTNetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTTAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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07:12 EDTIBM, VCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
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