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News For MSFT;BBY;WMT;AAPL;GOOG;INTC;NVDA From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
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09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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