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July 11, 2013
12:19 EDTMSFT, AMD, BPI, MACK, KOGOn 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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July 15, 2014
08:35 EDTMSFTCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) 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 will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
07:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTMSFTFortune to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:22 EDTKOGKodiak Oil & Gas upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
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06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
18:48 EDTKOGKodiak Oil & Gas downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) to Market Perform citing the takeover by Whiting Petroleum (WLL).
15:04 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum price target raised to $122 from $88 at Barrington
Barrington raised its price target on Whiting Petroleum (WLL) to $122 from $88 following its announcement of a proposed deal to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG). The firm, which noted that its prior price target was for year-end 2014 and that its new target is for year-end 2015, reiterated its Outperform rating on Whiting.
09:31 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum acquisition positive, says Sterne Agee
After Whiting (WLL) announced that it would buy Kodiak (KOG), Sterne Agee thinks the deal enabled the company to increase its Bakken inventory at an attractive price. Sterne continues to believe that Whiting's valuation is cheap and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
09:16 EDTKOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:46 EDTMSFTItron selects Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud platform
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08:34 EDTMSFTPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:07 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum and Kodiak Oil & Gas to jointly hold a conference call
Conference call to discuss Whiting's acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas will be held on July 14 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:48 EDTMSFTQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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07:43 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum deal to be accretive to NAV, says BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum price target raised to $102 from $96 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Whiting Petroleum (WLL) to $102 from $96 following its proposed acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG), which is expected to be accretive across all metrics in 2015. Noting a forecast of higher commodity prices, Brean says Whiting represents the most attractive opportunity in its coverage universe and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:38 EDTKOGKodiak Oil & Gas volatility expected to move on Whiting Petroleum acquiring
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms plans to discontinue MapPoint, Streets & Tips
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to expand coverage of free Windows licensing, DigiTimes reports
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July 13, 2014
16:12 EDTKOGWhiting Petroleum to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas in $6B transaction
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