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May 26, 2015
07:32 EDTMSFTSkype to appear in Belgium court for failing to provide call data, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTMSFT, CRMMicrosoft buying Salesforce 'makes a lot of sense,' says Piper Jaffray
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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTCRM, MSFTStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:20 EDTMSFT, CRMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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13:23 EDTMSFT, CRMsalesforce.com calls active on report held significant talks with Microsoft
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13:10 EDTMSFT, CRMMicrosoft offered $55B to acquire Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
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13:05 EDTCRM, MSFTSalesforce CEO continued upping price on Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:05 EDTCRMSalesforce spikes higher, levels to watch
The stock has spiked in the last 5 minutes, now up to $73.97. At that price next resistance is at $76.18.
13:04 EDTCRM, MSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce ended talks in early May, CNBC's Faber reports
13:04 EDTMSFT, CRMSalesforce wanted as much as $70B from Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFT, CRMMicrosoft, Salesforce no longer talking about a merger, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFT, CRMMicrosoft offered $55B for Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
13:02 EDTCRM, MSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce held significant talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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10:59 EDTMSFTBlackBerry advances after second report says Microsoft weighing bid
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06:18 EDTMSFTBlackBerry an acquisition target after return to profitability, Digitimes says
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May 21, 2015
14:06 EDTCRMSalesforce appears unlikely to sell, WSJ says
Salesforce "likely doesn't feel pressure to sell" and the chance of a deal looks "questionable," reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal believes that the firm's premium multiple and recent rumor downplaying from CEO Mark Benioff make a sale unlikely. Reference Link
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09:58 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTCRMActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:15 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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09:03 EDTCRMOptions expected to be active
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09:01 EDTCRMWorkday Veeva have positive read throughs from Salesforce, says Pacific Crest
After Salesforce (CRM) reported stronger than expected Q1 results, Pacific Crest says Salesforce's strength in enterprises make it more confident in Workday (WDAY) and Veeva (VEEV). The firm says that its checks for both Workday and Veeva are positive. It notes that both companies are due to report their results next week and recommends buying theit shares.
08:15 EDTCRM, MSFTSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:28 EDTCRMSalesforce should be a 'structural' long, says Canaccord
Canaccord called Salesforce.com a "structural" long in that a core position should be traded around by adding when the price pulls back and selling when it moves higher. The firm noted the company's strong Q1 results and increased guidance and remains bullish on its long-term prospects. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $85 from $80 on Salesforce.com shares.
07:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $85 from $80 at UBS
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07:18 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $90-$95 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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06:10 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD GE
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05:57 EDTCRMSalesforce Q1 contained 'big artificial boost' to billings, says Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
19:02 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: salesforce.com (CRM), up 6.6%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 4%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 42% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xunlei (XNET), down 14.9%... NetApp (NTAP), down 8%... Open Text (OTEX), down 7.7%.... Rexnord (RXN), down 7.1%... Synopsys (SNPS), down 1.5%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 8.5% after filing to sell Class A common stock and warrants... OXiGENE (OXGN), down 5.1% after filing mixed securities shelf.
18:47 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO says company will serve all shareholders, sees value beyond EPS
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18:42 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO sees company revenue reaching $10B in future
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says will be excited when the time comes that he can announce Salesforce has been the fastest software company to reach $10B in revenue. Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
17:58 EDTCRMSalesforce now up over 7% in after hours trading
17:56 EDTCRMSalesforce says not commenting on M&A rumors
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17:55 EDTCRMSalesforce says longer term target of $10B in annual revenue
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17:36 EDTCRMSalesforce says looking to surpass SAP
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16:25 EDTCRMSalesforce up almost 5% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce raises FY16 EPS view to 69c-71c from 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce sees Q2 EPS 17c-18c, consensus 17c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce reports Q1 EPS 16c, consensus 14c
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15:00 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:55 EDTCRMSalesforce May 71.5 weekly straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q1
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13:39 EDTCRMSalesforce technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considers acquisiton of 6Wunderkinder, manager magazin says
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09:14 EDTCRMJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:34 EDTMSFTSphere 3D to hold an event
"Technologies to Power the Next Cloud" provides an overview of Sphere 3Dís technologies and solutions for the "Next Cloud" featuring Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery and the latest in virtual storage technology at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California on May 20 at 1 pm.
05:57 EDTCRM, MSFTSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:05 EDTMSFT, CRMSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:59 EDTCRMSalesforce drops after dealReporter says potential sale may take time
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12:55 EDTMSFTPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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11:05 EDTLNKDLinkedIn says bets company made on re-segmentation starting to play out
The company says it no longer makes sense to think of their company as only large and smaller customers, as it moves to more variation. It also says it doesn't make sense to think of it as only a monolithic offering. Says North America continues to be their biggest market. Expects vast majority of companies will have someone responsible for learning and development, which will become the primary consolidated buyer. Comments made by LinkedIn Global Head of Sales Mike Gamson made at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
08:33 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
07:32 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive signs deal with Dovetail Games for Flight Simulator X
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07:03 EDTCRMSalesforce.com volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 18, 2015
19:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new internet browser to be Windows exclusive, TechCrunch says
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16:28 EDTMSFTWindows 10 Mobile devices to feature carrier-free updates, ZDNet says
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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13:37 EDTMSFTBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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07:24 EDTCRMSalesforce buyout rumors may cloud earnings focus, says Susquehanna
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06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTLNKDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn closes lynda.com acquisition
LinkedIn announced that it has closed the acquisition of lynda.com, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. Based in Carpinteria, CA, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5B, in a combination of approximately 52% cash and approximately 48% stock.
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $87 from $78 at Goldman
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06:21 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
16:33 EDTCRMSalesforce, Sage announce strategic partnership, new small business platform
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11:38 EDTCRMLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
09:14 EDTLNKDApps World to hold a conference
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08:07 EDTLNKDSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:02 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 64 at upper end of index
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