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News For MSFT;GOOG;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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February 4, 2016
11:29 EDTAAPLVirnetX win in Apple case should help in signing licenses, says Cowen
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10:52 EDTAAPLChinese minister reccomends phone subsidies be extened, Taipei Times reports
National Development Council Minister Lin Chu-chia proposed that an economic stimulus program that includes subsidies for the purchase of energy-efficient home appliances and the replacement of 2G handsets with 4G smartphones be extended beyond its February 29 deadline to June, reported the Taipei Times. Reference Link
10:25 EDTGOOG, MSFT$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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09:31 EDTAAPLVirnetX awarded $625.6M verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced a jury in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, in the case VirnetX Inc., et al. v. Apple (AAPL), No. 6:12-cv-00855, has awarded VirnetX $625.6 million in a verdict against Apple Corporation for infringing four VirnetX patents, marking the second time a federal jury has found Apple liable for infringing VirnetX's patented technology. The verdict includes royalties awarded to VirnetX based on an earlier patent infringement finding against Apple. The jury found that Apple's modified VPN On-Demand, iMessage and FaceTime services infringed VirnetX's patents and that Apple's infringement was willful. In addition to determining the royalty owed by Apple for its prior infringement, today's verdict also includes an award based on the jury's finding that Apple's modified VPN On Demand, iMessage and FaceTime services have continued to infringe VirnetX's patents.
08:59 EDTMSFT, GOOGAmazon.com Alphabet Microsoft should get huge cloud boost, says Pacific Crest
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05:52 EDTAAPLVirnetX Holding volatility elevated into winning $625M verdict against Apple
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05:52 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing free gigabit internet to public housing across the U.S.
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05:13 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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February 3, 2016
18:16 EDTAAPLVirnetX wins $625.6M in patent infringement case against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) won a $625.6M verdict today in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL), marking the second time a federal jury has found Apple liable for infringing VirnetX's patented technology. The verdict announced Feb. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler includes royalties awarded to VirnetX based on an earlier patent infringement finding against Apple that law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry also won for VirnetX. The jury found that Apple's modified VPN On Demand, iMessage and FaceTime services infringed VirnetX's patents and that Apple's infringement was willful.
17:56 EDTAAPLVirnetX spikes 74% after Apple ordered to pay damages in patent dispute
17:39 EDTAAPLApple ordered to pay VirnetX $625M in patent ruling, Apple Insider says
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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13:43 EDTGOOGGoogle to start testing autonomous cars near Seattle, WSJ reports
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13:31 EDTGOOGJohn Giannandrea to become Google's new search chief, Bloomberg reports
John Giannandrea, an executive who has worked on machine intelligence efforts at Google, will become the company's new search chief, Bloomberg reports. Earlier today, current head of search Amit Singhal announced his retirement. Reference Link
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle's head of search Singhal to leave company, effective February 26
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12:24 EDTGOOGYouTube Red to premiere original content February 10
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11:33 EDTMSFTCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
11:09 EDTMSFTMaxim says sell Tableau before it goes the way of Netscape
Shares of Tableau Software (DATA) are declining in late morning trading after Maxim initiated coverage with a Sell rating. NEXT NETSCAPE: Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Tableau Software with a Sell rating and $70 price target, saying his channel checks indicated that Microsoft (MSFT) "has the pieces in place to render Tableau the next Netscape." Chokshi doesn't see Tableau's effective $400/year/user average selling price as sustainable, considering Microsoft's Power BI "matches the ease of use and functionality of Tableau" at an average selling price of $123/user/year. Further, since Tableau threatens Microsoft's cash cow, Office, Microsoft and its CEO, Satya Nadella, will be "highly motivated" to execute and leave Tableau as a "casualty." PRICE ACTION: Tableau is off its lows of the day, but is still trading down over 2% near $77 per share. The stock fell as low at $73.37 earlier in the session.
09:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to support early Qualcomm server chips, Bloomberg says
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