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August 27, 2014
06:37 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner MacBook as early as this year, Digitimes says
Apple could introduce a slimmer MacBook at the end of 2014 or in 2015, and production of components has begun in small volumes, Taiwan-based supply chain makers tell DigiTimes. The MacBook Air is currently 0.3-1.7cm thick, while the MacBook Pro with Retina has a thickness of 1.8cm. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to open new startup center in Seoul, WSJ reports
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August 26, 2014
19:53 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner, lighter MacBook as early as Q4, Digitimes says
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
14:59 EDTAAPLApple readying larger iPad for 2015 launch, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAAPLL.A. school district halts $1B Apple iPad contract, LA Times reports
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13:48 EDTAAPLApple granted patent on flexible screen technology, AppleInsider says
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13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle announces acquisition of Zync Render
Google announced in a corporate blog post that Zync Render, the visual effects cloud rendering technology behind Star Trek Into Darkness and Looper, is joining the Google Cloud Platform team. Reference Link
13:09 EDTGOOGAntitrust, breakup fee concerns hinder Google's Twitch acquisition, Forbes says
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12:04 EDTGOOGVMware, NVIDIA, Google announce graphics collaboration
VMware (VMW), NVIDIA (NVDA) and Google (GOOG) announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, VMware said.
10:15 EDTAAPLApple volatility low as shares near record high into iPhone 6 cycle
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts launches Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One, PS4
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle still has multiple positive catalysts, says Bernstein
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07:20 EDTMSFT, AAPLTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's web browser, media player targeted in China probe, Telegraph says
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August 25, 2014
19:58 EDTMSFTRoyalty cap for Nokia, Microsoft deal may be ordered by S. Korea, Bloomberg says
The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea may implement a cap on royalty fees for Nokia (NOK) patents as a condition when they hold a meeting next month to approve the Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia deal, Bloomberg reports, citing the Seoul Economic Daily. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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14:05 EDTGOOGAmazon has agreed to buy videogame site Twitch for more than $1B, WSJ reports
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13:08 EDTGOOGAmazon in late-stage talks to buy Twitch, The Information reports
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Royal Caribbean providing 40K crew members with Windows tablets
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11:35 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles says larger screened iPhone should help upgrade cycle
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTGOOG, AAPLMobileIron could benefit from BlackBerry replacements, says Deutsche Bank
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07:38 EDTAAPLiPad still important for Apple despite declining market share, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTAAPLTSMC slated to commence 16nm volume production in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) is expected to start volume production of its 16nm process in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports, citing the Chinese-language Economic Daily News. The company sees monthly output of 50,000 wafers to meet demand for Apple's (AAPL) A9 processors, the report says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTGOOGNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
19:32 EDTAAPLApple's newest cloud offering could be most successful, Barron's says
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16:46 EDTGOOG, MSFT, AAPLChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
15:01 EDTAAPLApple's iPad still has largest market share in tablets, WSJ says
Despite slowing growth, Apple's iPad still has the largest market share in tablets and is still profitable with some estimating second quarter margins of 30% on the product, says the Wall Street Journal. The iPad is also an important extension for Apple's iOS platform. added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:36 EDTAAPLBlackBerry wins another court victory against Typo Products, WSJ says
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14:09 EDTGOOG, MSFTAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
15:15 EDTGOOGGoogle wins victory in German publisher complaint, Re/code says
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13:53 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Gecko Design
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11:59 EDTMSFTGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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11:17 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple suppliers scramble after iPhone 6 screen hurdle, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung resumes supply of mobile RAM for next-generation iPhone, DigiTimes says
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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13:23 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTMSFT, AAPLHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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06:21 EDTGOOGGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle unit leads $100M infusion in Thumbtack, WSJ reports
Google's Google Capital unit is leading a $100M funding round in Thumbtack, a services marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment, which also includes Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital, values Thumbtack at over $800M. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTGOOG, AAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
09:24 EDTGOOGVringo intends to seek en banc review of decision in I/P Engine case
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. intends to file a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seeking en banc review of the split appellate decision in its case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG) et al. that issued on August 15 and reversed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Under the Federal Circuit's rules, I/P Engine's petition for en banc review is due on September 15. I/P Engine has filed an unopposed motion seeking a 30-day extension, which would make its petition due October 15. Upon receiving the requested extension, I/P Engine may file the petition on or anytime prior to October 15.
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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07:01 EDTGOOGGarmin introduces first Android-based fleet navigators
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06:36 EDTGOOG, MSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFT, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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13:12 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires digital photo analysis startup Jetpac
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August 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
12:39 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTGOOGVringo confirms adverse ruling in patent suit with Google, others
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11:15 EDTGOOGVringo falls after patent win against Google, AOL reversed on appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that patents claims asserted by I/P Engine, a unit of Vringo (VRNG), are invalid for obviousness and reversed a lower court's ruling in the company's favor. The patents were asserted in a suit against Google (GOOG) and Aol (AOL), IAC Interactive (IACI) and Gannett (GCI). Vringo shares dropped nearly 11% following the posting of the appeal court ruling. Reference Link
11:11 EDTGOOGU.S. Court says Vringo patents in Google case are invalid, Bloomberg Reports
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10:09 EDTGOOG, AAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
August 14, 2014
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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17:27 EDTGOOGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTGOOG, AAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:00 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:13 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:36 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, HP in talks to collaborate on 'virtual assistant,' The Information says
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August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 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 $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
11:41 EDTAAPL, GOOGAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
09:37 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $700.
06:13 EDTGOOGGartner: Google Chromebooks to reach 5.2M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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