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February 6, 2013
06:07 EDTVLKAY, SFTBF, F, DELL, TTM, S, MSFTOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. stock exchanges, banks, trading firms and mutual funds want the SEC to study the effect of pricing some small stocks in nickels and dimes, rather than in pennies, the Wall Street Journal reports...Microsoft’s (MSFT) contribution to the Dell (DELL) buyout is a $2B gamble that the software firm can boost up one of its major customers without upsetting all the others, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: The Federal Reserve said that one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the U.S. central bank were affected by the intrusion, Reuters reports...Softbank (SFTBF) will issue $3.2B in corporate bonds, the biggest ever by a non-financial Japanese firm to retail investors, to convert part of the $17.7B in short-term loans used to purchase Sprint Nextel (S) to longer term debt, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: With Michael Dell’s (DELL) deal to take his company private, he now faces the larger challenge of turning a business falling behind in personal computers into a provider of high-margin cloud-computing tools and services, Bloomberg reports...Automakers from Ford (F) to Audi (VLKAY) and Jaguar Land Rover (TTM) are using record amounts of aluminum to replace heavier steel, providing relief to producers of the metal facing excess supplies and depressed prices, Bloomberg reports.
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April 9, 2015
12:14 EDTSSprint store announcement a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Sprint's announcement of opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores starting tomorrow as a positive. Wells believes the stores are in attractive locations across the country and that Sprint continues to focus on attracting higher credit quality customers. It keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
11:02 EDTSSprint to open 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores tomorrow
Sprint says it will more than double its company-owned retail footprint tomorrow by opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores. In last week’s transaction, General Wireless, an affiliate of Standard General LP, acquired 1,743 RadioShack stores. Sprint has agreed with Standard General to be co-tenants in 1,435 of those stores, with Sprint being the primary brand in marketing materials and signage. Sprint will occupy roughly one third of the retail space at these existing RadioShack locations. The phone carrier added, "The expansion of Sprint’s retail stores also means significant opportunities for the company to invest in local communities by adding nearly 3,500 new jobs. In the coming months, Sprint will actively recruit a skilled workforce to fill quality full- and part-time positions, helping to make local communities stronger."
09:55 EDTMSFTYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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09:22 EDTFLKQ Corp., Ford renew patent license agreement
LKQ Corporation (LKQ) and Ford Global Technologies (F) renewed their design patent license agreement, which was first entered into in April 2009. The license agreement grants to LKQ the exclusive right to distribute aftermarket replicas of Ford automotive parts covered by U.S. design patents. The renewal is on substantially the same terms as the previous agreement except that the term now extends until March 2020.
07:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Microsoft April call option implied volatility is at 19, May is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large late April price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 29.
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTMSFTAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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19:09 EDTFGM pressures Canadian workers to reduce pension benefits, Globe and Mail says
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06:06 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to increase TN plant expansion, Chattanooga Times Free Press says
Volkswagen looks to increase a a planned expansion at its Chattanooga plant by another 130,153 square feet, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press. According to city documents, the increase would boost the size of the originally planned expansion by about 25% and would cost nearly $18M more. Reference Link
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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06:45 EDTSQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
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