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January 6, 2014
11:42 EDTGM, MSFTStocks with call strike movement; MSFT GM
Microsoft (MSFT) April 40 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 24, General Motors (GM) June 44 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 26 according to IVolatility.
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June 19, 2015
06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to offer more Lumia phones through U.S. carriers, Re/code reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will be offering more of its Lumia smartphones through U.S. wireless carriers, Re/code reports. Beginning next week, the company’s Lumia 640 XL smartphone will be available through AT&T (T) for around $250, the report says. The Lumia 735 will begin selling through Verizon (VZ) at around $200, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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13:02 EDTMSFTWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
08:04 EDTMSFTGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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06:48 EDTMSFTGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Jo Harlow leaves company in realignment, The Verge reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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June 17, 2015
17:37 EDTGMGM hires advisers as Fiat Chrysler tries to force merger talks, Reuters says
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13:05 EDTGMJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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06:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors uses old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power IT building
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June 16, 2015
19:47 EDTMSFTXbox chief says digital game sales 'really strong,' WSJ reports
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12:04 EDTMSFTBox enhances integration with Microsoft Office Online
Box (BOX) announced a deep integration with Microsoft (MSFT) Office Online that will transform collaboration for joint customers. The company added, "Today’s update extends the reach of Box’s powerful integrations with Office 365 for the desktop, Office on iOS and Outlook, and demonstrates Box’s commitment to the Office 365 Cloud Storage Partner Program." “Box and Microsoft are working together to help businesses and individuals be more productive, collaborative and successful,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office at Microsoft. “We're thrilled about this latest offering to give our joint customers more choice and simplicity for how they work together with documents and digital content.” The Box integration with Office Online will enable users to easily browse, open and edit Office Online files directly from Box, as well as automatically save all changes made in Office Online back to Box in real-time. Together, these enhancements eliminate the need to upload or download files or move back-and-forth between applications, simplifying workflows and mitigating the security risks that come with locally stored content.
09:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to encrypt all search traffic by default
Microsoft's Bing has announced that it will encrypt its search traffic by default. Bing has already been offering users the option to encrypt search traffic for about a year and a half now. Beginning this summer, Bing will begin the process of encrypting search traffic by default. With the move to encrypted search by default Bing will continue to pass along a referrer string so that marketers and webmasters will be able to identify traffic as coming from Bing. However, to further protect users’ privacy, Bing will not include the used query terms. Reference Link
07:21 EDTGMDana Holding could win key GM deal, says RBC Capital
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft opens branded store on Indian e-commerce platform Snapdeal
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05:29 EDTGMAlly Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Ally Financial (ALLY) to Buy saying the company's balance sheet restructuring is being undervalued at current share levels. Goldman believes the loss of the General Motors (GM) business is being overly discounted in the valuation and raised its price target for shares to $27 from $24.50. The firm calls Ally one of the most attractive value investments in financials.
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