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January 22, 2014
06:20 EDTF, ERIC, EBAY, MSFTMicrosoft search for new CEO upsets other companies, Bloomberg reports
There's a growing list of executives whose staff was surprised by news that their boss was being considered by another company, and most notably, to succeed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, reports Bloomberg. The exposure can cause frustration in the executive suite and confusion in employee ranks, and can lead to infighting among deputies seeking to fill a void. Reference Link]:[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-22/microsoft-ceo-search-rattles-boards-from-ford-to-ericsson.html]
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May 13, 2015
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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07:26 EDTERICQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
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.
05:21 EDTERICEricsson announces multi-year agreement with Safaricom
Ericsson announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile operator, to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure. Under the terms of this agreement, Ericsson will deploy Wi-Fi technology for the first time on the Safaricom network as well as expand and enhance the MINI-LINK microwave transmission network; enabling subscribers enjoy a richer quality of mobile broadband in Kenya.
May 10, 2015
15:28 EDTFFord Venezuela to only sell vehicles in U.S. dollars, Reuters says
Ford's Venezuelan unit will sell vehicles exclusively in dollars beginning late June, Reuters reported Friday, citing two sources familiar with the situation. The country's currency control system has created difficulties converting vehicle sales to dollar revenue, noted Reuters. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFTStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
13:09 EDTEBAYCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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10:01 EDTERICOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Alibaba (BABA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CME Group (CME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Choice Hotels (CHH) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Consolidated Communications (CNSL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Cutera (CUTR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... EarthLink (ELNK) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Enable Midstream (ENBL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Forest City (FCE.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... General Growth (GGP) upgraded on operational, growth outlook at RBC Capital... Globe Specialty Metals (GSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... HNI Corporation (HNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Invesco Mortgage (IVR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Mercer (MERC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Nuance (NUAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... PennantPark (PNNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at KLR Group... Telekom Indonesia (TLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI.
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA FB DIS MSFT TSLA NFLX AMZN BAC
09:12 EDTERICEricsson upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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09:03 EDTFBofA/Merrill auto analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
07:03 EDTERICEricsson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTEBAYCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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05:25 EDTERICEricsson files suits against Apple in Germany, UK, Netherlands
Ericsson (ERIC) has filed suits against Apple (AAPL) in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Ericsson had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer has now expired. The proceedings in the three countries were recently initiated and refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.
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