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July 11, 2013
12:19 EDTMSFT, BPI, KOG, AMD, MACKOn 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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May 15, 2015
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:13 EDTAMDJefferies ups view on Semis to Positive from Negative
Jefferies upped its view on the Semiconductors space to Positive from Negative after hosting a dozen companies at its annual conference in Miami. The firm notes that most companies noted an "OK" demand environment, which it views as supporting its thesis that the recent inventory correction and lower capex has created a "great opportunity" to add to Semi positions. After meeting with management, Jefferies has increased conviction that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will soon sell its HPRF business and return to its stock buyback program before most expect. It has Buy ratings on AMD (AMD), Microchip (MCHP), NXP and Texas Instruments (TXN).
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 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 $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
10:02 EDTMACKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A.O. Smith (AOS) initiated with a Hold at Gabelli... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Franco-Nevada (FNV) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Horizon Technology (HRZN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Merrimack (MACK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Mobileye (MBLY) initiated with a Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Monroe Capital (MRCC) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Royal Gold (RGLD) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Silver Wheaton (SLW) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Ziopharm (ZIOP) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim.
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:11 EDTMACKMerrimack has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Rama will host a conference call with CEO Bob Mulroy on May 15 at 10 am.
06:30 EDTMACKMerrimack initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $15.
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
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