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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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April 17, 2014
18:27 EDTAMDAMD rallies after results top expectations
Shares of global semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are advancing in the after-hours session after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, AMD reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 2c and revenue of $1.4B, compared to expectations of 0c and $1.34B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 revenue flat to up 6%, compared to consensus of $1.36B. For fiscal 2014, the company expects to grow revenue on a year-over-year basis, and be profitable at the net income level. FY14 CapEx is expected to be approximately $120M. PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, AMD gained 23c, or about 6.2%, to $3.92. AMD's stock is up about 48% over the past twelve months, not including after-hours trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor space space include Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Micron Technology (MU).
17:48 EDTAMDAMD seeing PC market beginning to stabilize
Comment from Q1 earnings call.
16:43 EDTAMDAMD expects to grow revenue year-over year for 2014
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16:17 EDTAMDAMD sees Q2 revenue flat to up 6%, consensus $1.36B
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16:16 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 adjusted EPS 2c, consensus 0c
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15:29 EDTAMDNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include athenahealth (ATHN), consensus 17c; Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 31c; Investors Bancorp (ISBC), consensus 24c; Cepheid (CPHD), consensus (17c); Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 0c; Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC), consensus 25c; Hub Group (HUBG), consensus 36c; Capital Bank (CBF), consensus 24c; Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 32c; Acacia Research (ACTG), consensus 4c.
April 16, 2014
07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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April 15, 2014
15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 10, 2014
10:58 EDTKOGKodiak Oil & Gas April and June calls active
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10:47 EDTKOG High option volume stocks: KOG PIP IPXL ADP EWH
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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06:03 EDTKOGStocks with implied volatility movement; KOG HK
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