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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTAAPL, MSFTStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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13:23 EDTMSFTsalesforce.com calls active on report held significant talks with Microsoft
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13:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B to acquire Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
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13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce CEO continued upping price on Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce ended talks in early May, CNBC's Faber reports
13:04 EDTMSFTSalesforce wanted as much as $70B from Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce no longer talking about a merger, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B for Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
13:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce held significant talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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12:21 EDTAAPLApple to focus on quality instead of new additions in OS upgrade, 9to5Mac says
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11:00 EDTAAPLIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:59 EDTMSFTBlackBerry advances after second report says Microsoft weighing bid
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10:39 EDTAAPLData firm: Apple Watch orders haven't grown since initial surge, Quartz says
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10:38 EDTAAPLMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAAPLApple wants TV service to have local programming, Re/code reports
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06:56 EDTAAPLTrendforce expects iPhone shipments to reach 230M in 2015, DigiTimes says
Trendforce said Apple's iPhone shipments is expected to reach over 230M in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June and will be shipped in Q3. Quarterly shipments is projected to reach 24M units. Reference Link
06:55 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks Taiwan partners to promote Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to add fingerprint authentication to Android M, Buzzfeed reports
Google's Android M is expected to include fingerprint authentication, reports Buzzfeed. The functionality will allow users to log in to all supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. Google is expected to announce the feature next week at Google I/O. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple developing dual-app mode, 12-inch iPads, multi-user support, 9to5Mac says
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06:18 EDTMSFTBlackBerry an acquisition target after return to profitability, Digitimes says
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May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTGOOGGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
17:34 EDTGOOGGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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17:16 EDTAAPLApple plans 12-inch iPads, split-screen functionality, 9to5Mac says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:25 EDTAAPLApple to add public transit support to Maps app, 9to5Mac says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
12:44 EDTGOOGGoogle developing tech to run on low-powered devices, The Information says
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11:21 EDTAAPLApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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10:15 EDTGOOGDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTGOOGDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
08:15 EDTMSFT, GOOGSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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05:52 EDTAAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
10:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considers acquisiton of 6Wunderkinder, manager magazin says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTMSFTSphere 3D to hold an event
"Technologies to Power the Next Cloud" provides an overview of Sphere 3D’s technologies and solutions for the "Next Cloud" featuring Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery and the latest in virtual storage technology at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California on May 20 at 1 pm.
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks new partners for next-generation Nexus phones, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTAAPLSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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05:57 EDTMSFTSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
16:53 EDTGOOGGoogle near to launching new web photo service, Bloomberg says
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16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPL, MSFTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices
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13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:55 EDTMSFTPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:52 EDTGOOGDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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10:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'no sacred cows' in rethink of Glass product, Financial Times says
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09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
08:20 EDTGOOGVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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07:32 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive signs deal with Dovetail Games for Flight Simulator X
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07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
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05:59 EDTAAPLSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
19:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new internet browser to be Windows exclusive, TechCrunch says
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16:28 EDTMSFTWindows 10 Mobile devices to feature carrier-free updates, ZDNet says
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
13:37 EDTMSFTBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:47 EDTGOOGAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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09:36 EDTAAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTAAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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08:22 EDTGOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPL, MSFTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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08:46 EDTGOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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19:04 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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18:39 EDTAAPLApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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12:03 EDTGOOGVringo seeks Supreme Court review of reversal of judgment against Google
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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11:01 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces product integration with Google's Nest
ADT (ADT) announced today a product integration with Nest (GOOG). Launching this summer, the integration will be another example of ADT’s continued desire to open up its ecosystem, paving the way for future opportunities.
09:34 EDTGOOG, MSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's PR chief Whetstone leaves for Uber, WSJ reports
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May 13, 2015
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:43 EDTGOOGGoogle moves corporate applications to cloud, WSJ says
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
13:15 EDTAAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTGOOGGoogle fight with EU over 'right to forget' may end up back in court, WSJ says
Google has set up a detailed process to comply with the European Union's "right to forget" rules and removed hundreds of thousands of links in search results for people's names from the European versions of its search engine, but European regulators argue that the company is undermining the decision by not applying it globally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Google says it wants to avoid seting a precedent that one region can set global rules for the Internet and the fight may end up back in court, the report added. Reference Link
07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGBoeing ends work on only small satellite program, WSJ reports
Boeing is no longer working on a program for HySpecIQ, a private equity-backed startup, which had ordered two Boeing 502 Phoenix satellites that were expected to be launched in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reports. Boeing has ended work on the imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite order, due to the downturn in the natural resources market, the publication adds.
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.
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPLSamsung releases next-gen smart watch details to developers, SamMobile says
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13:06 EDTAAPLVivendi says talking to Spotify about streaming, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) said on its earnings conference call that is having discussions with Spotify regarding a streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple's (AAPL) streaming service may affect music sales and margins, Vivendi noted. Shares of Spotify competitor Pandora (P) are up 36c to $18.53 in afternoon trading.
11:47 EDTGOOGYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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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.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGOOGApps World to hold a conference
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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07:00 EDTGOOGPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
06:53 EDTGOOGGoogle sees India business doubling every year, Economic Times says
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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May 11, 2015
19:05 EDTGOOGFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "We’re piloting a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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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
12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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09:56 EDTAAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. 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.
06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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