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August 7, 2014
06:33 EDTAUDVF, VLKAY, MSFT, FIATYAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
China's investigations into foreign companies including Microsoft (MSFT) and car manufacturers including Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) unit and Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler division have reignited worries that Beijing may be using anti-monopoly regulations to back domestic companies at the expense of foreign ones, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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November 19, 2015
09:03 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to suspend five-year plan practice due to scandal, Bloomberg says
Volkswagen may abandon its practice of setting a rolling five-year investment budget in response to the emissions-cheating scandal, said Bloomberg, citing people close to the company's supervisory board. That board, when it meets Friday, will discuss investment cuts as well as possibly shortening its spending plan to three years or less for added flexibility amid the scandal fallout, the report said. Reference Link
08:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft participates in a panel discussion
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06:35 EDTVLKAYVW U.S. plant workers to vote over UAW inclusion, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTVLKAY, AUDVFAudi U.S. president: VW scandal won't diminish Audi sales in U.S., AP reports
Audi (AUDVF) U.S. sales will be largely unaffected by Volkswagen's (VLKAY) emissions cheating scandal, the Associated Press reports, citing comments from Audi of america president Scott Keogh. "We'll have a record November and a record December," Keogh said. Reference Link
06:23 EDTVLKAYVW to give details of emissions scandal in meetings with regulators, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTVLKAYVW says 120,000 diesel owners in U.S. will receive gift cards, Reuters says
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November 18, 2015
20:04 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen appoints Porsche's Steiner as compliance commissioner
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16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
14:49 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
November 17, 2015
18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
10:01 EDTAUDVFAudi selects Sirius XM Connective Vehicle Services for Audi Connect
Sirius XM (SIRI) and Audi (AUDVF) of America announced that Audi has selected Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a unit of SiriusXM, to power emergency services for the next generation of Audi connect. The new emergency services will be available beginning with the model year 2017 Audi Q7, which goes on sale in January 2016.
09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTMSFTPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:42 EDTVLKAYVW: CO2 manipulations affect more petrol engines than disclosed, Reuters says
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05:57 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to buy back cars with emission 'irregularities', Financial Times says
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November 15, 2015
19:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays, possibly kills tool to translate Android apps, Re/code says
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17:58 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen proposed diesel fix cheaper than initially feared, Bloomberg says
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