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February 24, 2014
08:47 EDTMSFT, ORCL, UBS, TEVA, BBRY, DISH, PFE, HPQ, F, BRCM, DRI, GE, INTC, LVSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) Adelson: 'I'd spend $10B in Japan'... Starboard wants Red Lobster spinoff vote by Darden (DRI) shareholders...HP's (HPQ) Whitman: 'Hardware increasingly being pivoted to software'...Chip makers (INTC, BRCM) race to offer faster mobile networks...Pfizer (PFE) to again ship thyroid drug Levoxyl following recall...REUTERS: GE (GE) to increase energy research $10B by 2020...BLOOMBERG: Ford (F) to dump Microsoft (MSFT) for BlackBerry (BBRY) in next-generation Sync...UBS (UBS) wants immunity from U.S., EU in fx investigations...LightSquared says Dish's (DISH) Ergen can agree to plan or risk $1B...Teva (TEVA) advances amidst takeover speculation...OTHER NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) close to buying BlueKai for about $400M, Business Insider reports.
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January 20, 2015
11:23 EDTGEEU to decide on GE, Alstom deal by February 23, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the European Union will decide by February 23 whether to approve General Electric's (GE) planned acquisition of most of Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment unit, Reuters reports. French authorities have already approved the planned deal after GE agreed to create jobs and form an energy joint venture with Alstom. Reference Link
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
10:45 EDTTEVATeva spikes, retraces, after win in Copaxone patent case
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10:40 EDTTEVAMomenta Pharma sinks after Supreme Court rules on Copaxone
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10:35 EDTTEVATeva rises after patent ruling upheld by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling related to generic versions of Teva's Copaxone drug. In the ruling, the court wrote that "When reviewing a district court’s resolution of subsidiary factual matters made in the course of its construction of a patent claim, the Federal Circuit must apply a “clear error,” not a de novo, standard of review." Teva shares are up 1.5% to $58.58 in early trading after the ruling. Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:36 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
07:26 EDTDRIJefferies to hold a summit
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06:48 EDTGEGE financing A350 jet with Rolls-Royce engine, Reuters reports
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06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
06:08 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBRY ARNA
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05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
07:45 EDTBBRYSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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16:07 EDTLVSMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
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