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July 11, 2013
12:19 EDTMACK, MSFT, BPI, KOG, AMDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the S&P 500 eclipsed its all-time closing high and stood within points of its record intraday high. The strength in the equity markets comes after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech in Massachusetts yesterday afternoon. During his Q&A session, Bernanke noted that that even though the Fed may begin reducing its bond buying soon, interest rates will stay pinned at their current low levels for a long time. The chairman also pointed out that the unemployment rate probably understates the weakness in the labor market evidenced by other measures, such as the labor participation rate. Though Bernanke may not have intended to deliver a major monetary message, investors appear to be receiving it as such, driving the averages higher again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims in the week ended July 6 jumped a more-than-expected 16K to 360K. Import prices fell 0.2% from the prior month in June, versus expectations for them to be flat. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) announced the details of what the company called its "One Microsoft" reorganization plan. The new structure focuses the company’s engineering efforts around four areas: OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices. Also of note, the company's Windows and Office products will fall under new leadership following the realignment. On a down note for the software maker was data released last night by market researcher Gartner that showed second quarter global PC shipments fell 10.9% to 76M, while another researcher, IDC, pegged the decline at 11.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bridgepoint Education (BPI), which surged 20% after the company's flagship college, Ashford University, was granted accreditation, after having been denied accreditation last year. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose nearly 10% following upgrades at two Street research firms. Among the noteworthy losers was Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK), which fell 20% after the company filed to sell $50M in common stock and $75M in convertible senior notes. Also lower was Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG), which slid more than 2% after The Wall Street Journal said, citing sources, that the company had hired bankers last year to field interest from possible takeover suitors, though talks with potential buyers did not result in a deal. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 129.98, or 0.85%, to 15,421.64; the Nasdaq was up 41.83, or 1.19%, to 3,562.59; and the S&P 500 was up 16.15, or 0.98%, to 1,668.77.
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April 16, 2015
16:41 EDTAMDAMD sees Q2 non-GAAP gross margin roughly 32%
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16:25 EDTAMDAMD exits 'dense' server systems sector, effective immediately
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16:24 EDTAMDAMD CEO says focusing on delivering stronger second half of year
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16:23 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 Computing and Graphics segment revenue down 20% sequentially
Reports Q1 Computing and Graphics segment revenue down 38% y/y. Decrease was primarily due to lower desktop and notebook processor sales and the annual decrease was driven by lower desktop processor sales and GPU channel sales. Reports operating loss $75M compared with $56M last quarter. Decrease primarily driven by lower desktop and notebook processor sales, partially offset by lower operating expenses. Client average selling price decreased sequentially and increased year-over-year primarily driven by processor product sales mix. GPU ASP increased sequentially primarily due to higher channel GPU and Professional Graphics ASPs and decreased year-over-year primarily due to a lower channel ASP. Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue decreased 14% sequentially, primarily driven by seasonally lower sales of semi-custom SoCs. Reports y/y decrease of 7%, primarily driven by lower server processor sales. Reports operating income $45M compared with $109M last quarter and $85M last year, primarily due to lower game console royalties, product mix and higher R&D spending. Reports All Other category operating loss $107M compared with $383M loss sequentially and $39M y/y. Sequential decrease primarily due to the absence of 4Q14 goodwill impairment of $233M and lower of cost or market inventory adjustment of $58M. Year-over-year increase primarily due to $87M restructuring and special charges, consisting primarily of $75M related to the exiting of the dense server systems business.
16:19 EDTAMDAMD expects to purchase roughly $1B in wafers in 2015
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16:17 EDTAMDAMD sees Q2 revenue decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3%, consensus 1.13B
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16:16 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 gross margin 32%, non-GAAP gross margin 32%
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16:16 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 adjusted EPS (9c), consensus (5c)
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15:23 EDTAMDNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
09:17 EDTMACKMerrimack management to meet with Brean Capital
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTMSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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