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July 27, 2015
20:01 EDTGOOGGoogle to decouple Google+ from YouTube, other services
Google will begin decoupling Google+ from other services such as YouTube within the coming months after previously requiring users to log in through the social network. "While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink," said Bradley Horowitz, Google VP of streams, photos, and sharing. Reference Link
13:16 EDTGOOGADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
12:43 EDTGOOGGoogle AdSense publishers to obtain EU end users' consent before accessing data
Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google AdSense. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or accessing their data, Google says in a blog post. Jason Woloz, Security & Privacy Program Manager, Display and Video Ads, comments, "European Union data protection authorities requested some changes to current practices for obtaining end user consents. It has always been Google’s policy to comply with privacy laws, so we’ve agreed to make certain changes affecting our own products and partners using Google products. If your websites are getting visitors from any of the countries in the European Union, you must comply with the EU user consent policy. We recommend you start working on a policy-compliant user consent mechanism today." Reference Link
09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down Autocomplete API on August 10
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06:23 EDTGOOGInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures joins Secret Escapes' $60M funding round, TechCrunch reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ASHR AMBA
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July 26, 2015
17:16 EDTMSFTChina to repeal restrictions on videogame consoles, WSJ says
China will end its restrictions on manufacturing and selling videogame consoles within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing statements from China's Ministry of Culture. The report notes that foreign console makers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), and Nintendo (NTDOY) were previously limited to operations in just the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, but will now have access to the entire country. A Sony spokesperson remarked, "This is great news for us." Reference Link
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could rise 50% in three years, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTMSFTStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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14:04 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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07:43 EDTGOOGGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTGOOGYouTube updates app, to offer VR, Engadget says
Google's YouTube has updated its mobile app, adding Home, Subscriptions, and Account tabs, Engadget reports. Users can watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the first time. In addition, the redesigned app comes with a set of video creation tools, including the option to trim footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload creations within the app. In addition, YouTube said that virtual reality will come to the streaming service with 360-degree video, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGOOGApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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06:08 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LOCK GOOG
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTGOOGWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
14:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
13:53 EDTGOOG“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:13 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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11:23 EDTGOOGGoogle announces program to help give patents to startups
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10:20 EDTGOOGGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
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06:32 EDTGOOGOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTGOOGSony plans 'stripped back' version of Android
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06:05 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG LOCK
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July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTGOOGFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:02 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:06 EDTMSFT, GOOGCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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09:19 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill says Microsoft battling license declines with Cloud and Hardware
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09:07 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares still have downside, says Citi
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07:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hurdles remain but still an attractive story, says UBS
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06:41 EDTGOOGLG denies rumors that Google will take 35% stake, Korea Herald reports
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:08 EDTGOOGSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:55 EDTMSFTQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $37 from $39 at Jefferies
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05:29 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WMB GOOG
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July 21, 2015
19:09 EDTGOOGYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
19:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO: Office 365 now in 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 enterprises
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16:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says strengthening U.S. dollar had 'significant impact' on Q4 results
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16:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft returned $6.7B to shareholders in Q4
During the quarter, Microsoft returned $6.7B to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.
16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft down about 3% following Q4 results
16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says has 75,000 partners transacting in company's cloud
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 Commercial revenue grew 4% to $13.5B
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined13% to $8.7B
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 56c
Reports Q4 revenue $22.2B, consensus $22.06B.
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:11 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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15:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 47 straddle priced for 5% movement into Q4
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15:02 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:02 EDTGOOGYouTube pulls Streamus app, Variety reports
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13:33 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Pixate, terms not disclosed
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12:59 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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11:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
On a long-term basis the stock has a potential double top pattern that would be confirmed on a breakdown below $40. In a shorter time frame the stock is range-bound between $45 at the low and $50 at the high. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $45 would put the shares on a path for a test at that $40 support. A breakdown below $40 would see next support at $39.27 and then at $38.56. The downside target from the double top would be to the $30 area over time. If the news is a bullish surprise, a breakout above $50 would see next resistance at $53.13 and then at $55. Both are levels not seen since the year 2000.
09:56 EDTMSFTSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:45 EDTGOOGSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:19 EDTGOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTGOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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09:04 EDTMSFTGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
July 19, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Adallom for $320M, Globes says
Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Adallom for roughly $320M, reports Globes, without naming sources. Reference Link
16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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July 17, 2015
17:42 EDTGOOGGoogle has more upside ahead, Barron's reports
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16:41 EDTGOOGStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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12:38 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:25 EDTGOOGEtsy calls active after mentioned positively by Google
Etsy (ETSY) July 20 and August 17.5 calls are active on total call volume of 21K contracts (7K puts) after the company was mentioned last night by Google (GOOG) as beneficiary of changes the search giant has made. July call option implied volatility is at 283, August is at 99, September is at 87; compared to its 52-week range of 51 to 87. Active call volume suggest trades taking positions for large price movement.
12:05 EDTGOOGEtsy surges after Google says 'deep links' driving traffic boost
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11:34 EDTGOOGGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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11:06 EDTGOOGOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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10:59 EDTGOOGSynchrony Financial sees 'stable' credit trends for balance of year
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10:05 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
09:07 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTGOOG, GOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $670 at CLSA
CLSA raised Buy rated Google's price target to $800 and said it continues to see growth drivers from app advertising, closing the mobile pricing gap, and shifting of TV ad dollars to online.
08:05 EDTMSFTLexmark launches Kofax View for Microsoft Outlook
Lexmark (LXK) announced the availability of Kofax View, the first document viewing, editing and PDF creation application for Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook. “Microsoft Office delivers exceptional workforce productivity and Microsoft Outlook is central to increased productivity through collaboration. Kofax View gives Outlook users—including Outlook for Office 365 users in the cloud—the ability to more easily create, manage and share familiar document types for improved communication that significantly streamlines the workflow process,” said David Caldeira, product marketing executive, Lexmark Enterprise Software.
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $750 from $650 at Canaccord
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07:46 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on July 22 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:33 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $775 from $693 at Cowen
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at JMP Securities
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $700 at Jefferies
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07:04 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at Cantor
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06:46 EDTGOOGJPMorgan puts $800 target on Google after 'thesis-changing' Q2
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06:36 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $850 price target at Axiom
Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded Google (GOOGL) to Buy from Hold with an $850 year-end 2016 price target saying "now is the right time" to buy the stock following the search giant's Q2 results. Anthony's pervious price target was $615. The quarterly results show Google's revenue growth accelerated, expense growth decelerated, mobile and Desktop cost-per-clicks are growing, and YouTube is experiencing solid growth, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster took Google's price target to $723 this morning while Deutsche Bank's Ross Sandler took his target to $780. Shares of Google's Class A shares, which trade under ticker GOOGL, are up $70.76 to $672.54 in pre-market trading.
06:32 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $780 from $670 at Deutsche Bank
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle self-driving car involved in injury accident, Urmson says in blog
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05:51 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG RCPT
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05:49 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $723 from $631 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Google shares to $723 saying the search giant's Q2 earnings report and corresponding commentary leave him more confident in the stock over the next two quarters. In addition to talking about a focus on costs, Google noted that mobile cost-per-clicks were up and continued to close the gap on desktop and also highlighted accelerating YouTube usage despite recent media coverage on Facebook (FB) Video, Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on Google. The stock is $62.95 to $642.80 in pre-market trading following last night's earnings report.
July 16, 2015
19:04 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:56 EDTGOOGGoogle CBO says 'looking forward' to working with Yahoo
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17:41 EDTGOOGGoogle CFO says 'very engaged' in prioritizing resources over next few months
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17:12 EDTGOOGGoogle says to expect innovation in YouTube ad products
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16:57 EDTGOOGGoogle says average YouTube session on mobile roughly 40 minutes
Google's Kordestani says average YouTube viewing session on mobile is roughly 40 minutes. Says YouTube reaches more 18-25 year olds than any cable network. Says number of advertisers on YouTube up 40%.
16:53 EDTGOOGGoogle CBO Kordestani says mobile search surpasses desktop in 10 countries
Google Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani says continues to see great partner momentum across Android devices. Says Google Play continues to grow at "impressive clip." Says more mobile searches occur on mobile than desktop computers in 10 countries.
16:43 EDTGOOGGoogle CFO says YouTube watch time up 60%
16:39 EDTGOOGGoogle CFO pleased with mobile search
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16:10 EDTGOOGGoogle CFO sees 'great care regarding resource allocation'
Google CFO Ruth Porat said in today's earnings release, "Our strong Q2 results reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out, as well as YouTube and programmatic advertising. We are focused every day on developing big new opportunities across a wide range of businesses. We will do so with great care regarding resource allocation."
16:08 EDTGOOGGoogle rallies $45.98 to $644.98 following Q2 results
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16:08 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 aggregate paid clicks up 18%
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 websites revenue $12.4B, up 13% year-over-year
Reports Q2 Network Members' websites revenue $3.62B, up 2%.
16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 non-GAAP operating margin 34% vs. 32% last year
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16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle revises income tax expense by $711M for incorrect classification
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16:02 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 EPS $6.99, consensus $6.71
Reports Q2 revenue $17.73B, consensus $17.75B.
15:02 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:00 EDTGOOGGoogle July 572.5 straddle priced for 3.8% movement into Q2
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13:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, August is at 27, September is at 20 compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on July 21.
13:02 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Google long-term outlook ahead of Q2 report
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire FieldOne Systems, terms not disclosed
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07:38 EDTGOOGGoogle July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:45 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Daniel Salmon upgraded Google (GOOGL, GOOG) to Outperform from Market Perform and raised his price target for the stock to $670 from $570. The search giant's Class A shares closed yesterday down 22c to $583.96. The upgrade is not a call on tonight's quarterly results, but reflects a belief that second half of 2015 and 2016 estimates will move higher on margin stabilization, Salmon tells investors in a research note. A focus on investing in key growth areas coupled with a steady revenue outlook should drive Google shares higher, the analyst writes.
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may increase smartphone outsourcing in Taiwan, Vietnam, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new Surface expected to be available in October, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is expected to be launched in October after upstream supply chains have been notified to start mass shipments of components in September, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, Microsoft's Surface Pro shipments were 200K-250K units per month in Q1 and its monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300K. Sources say Microsoft's monthly tablet shipments may have a chance to reach 500K-600K units. Reference Link
July 15, 2015
13:23 EDTGOOGGoogle unveils Purchases on Google, other shopping features
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13:11 EDTMSFTWindows 10 finalized, the Verge reports
Microsoft has finalized its Windows 10 software, ready for release on July 29, the Verge reports. The company is signing off on the build, known as build 10240, internally and may announce the manufacturing copy publicly by the end of the week, the report says. Reference Link
11:56 EDTGOOGGoogle search might help FDA find unknown drug side effects, Bloomberg reports
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09:18 EDTGOOGAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:27 EDTGOOGAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $710 from $614 at B. Riley
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Google July call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 23, September is at 21 compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 16.
July 14, 2015
17:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft M&A chief says Salesforce sale 'depends on' Benioff, Fortune reports
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16:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to focus on 'a few phones,' ZDNet says
In a ZDNet interview at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remarked, "I'm not going to launch a phone a day. I'm going to focus on a few phones that actually grab share that, in fact, showcase our uniqueness." Nadella called the company's restructuring of its mobile phone business "a change to our operating approach," and he added that "we will do everything we have to do to make sure we're making progress on phones." Reference Link
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
13:01 EDTGOOGFanDuel completes $275M funding round from KKR, Google Capital, Bloomberg says
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11:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $744 from $614 at B. Riley
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09:45 EDTMSFTRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:06 EDTGOOGMerkle announces deal with Google to adopt DoubleClick's marketing solutions
Merkle, a data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency, has reached an agreement with Google to adopt the full suite of DoubleClick’s marketing solutions. As part of the agreement, Merkle will be one of the first agencies to use DoubleClick’s cross-device measurement, which was unveiled by Google at the June 17 DoubleClick Leadership Summit.
06:20 EDTGOOGQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks ways to operate more efficiently, WSJ reports
Google is slowing down hiring and seeking ways to run more efficiently, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. New CFO Ruth Porat has been active in the company's cost-cutting measures, the report says, having started an internal audit examining costs, revenue, and accounting systems. Google is expected to offer an expenses update on Thursday when it reports its second quarter financial results, the report says. Reference Link
05:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft likely to revamp and focus on flagship smartphones, DigiTimes says
Microsoft will likely revamp its strategy for smartphones by focusing on high-end and business-use models, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, the company's new roadmap is expected to call for the launch of 1-2 models for its high-end business and mid-range to entry-level family lineups. The company and most industry insiders are wondering whether the new Windows 10 OS will help ramp up significantly the share of Windows Phone-based smartphones in the global market. Reference Link
July 13, 2015
19:46 EDTGOOGYouTube CEO 'absolutely' open to acquisitions, Fortune says
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18:38 EDTGOOGYouTube CEO says music service relaunching 'later this year,' BI reports
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17:56 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays launch of Surface Hub
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15:35 EDTMSFTHP introduces devices, solutions, services to complement Windows 10
HP (HPQ) unveiled a set of offerings, including devices, solutions and services, that it said complement Microsoft's (MSFT) upcoming Windows 10 OS. HP devices available with Windows 10 include the BANG & OLUFSEN limited edition of the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 and the recently announced HP Pro Tablet 608. The BANG & OLUFSEN limited edition of the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is expected to be available in the fall and pricing for the product will be set closer to its availability date, HP said. HP Pro Tablet 608 is expected to be available in August, starting at $429. For SMB customers, HP is offering HP Subscription -- a new way for customers to access the latest PC technology for a monthly fee. For large corporate and enterprise organizations, HP will offer a full suite of services, including client configuration and deployment services, to help customers migrate and transform to Windows 10, the company added.
12:01 EDTMSFTRackspace agreement with Microsoft a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Rackspace's (RAX) agreement to support Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure cloud service as a positive for shares. While Wells expect minimal revenue contribution from the partnership in 2015, it thinks the pact expands Rackspace's addressable market. The agreement should also help should Rackspace improve capital returns, Wells tells investors in a research note. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
11:35 EDTMSFTRackspace enters pact with Microsoft to support Azure cloud services
Rackspace (RAX) announced that it has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft (MSFT) product portfolio with "Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure." Rackspace will work with customers to understand their requirements and create solutions that incorporate and maximize the latest Azure technologies, the company said. Customers can purchase Azure infrastructure and support as a bundle from Rackspace, whose experts can help them with architectural and on-boarding guidance. Customers who already use Azure infrastructure and want support and management expertise can get Rackspace managed services for their infrastructure as a separate cost based on their infrastructure spend. At launch, the offering will be generally available for U.S. based customers and will expand to International customers through early 2016, Rackspace said.
11:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Cortana Analytics Suite at Worldwide Partner Conference
Phil Sorgen, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Worldwide Partner Channel, commented in a blog post that "At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. As part of the company’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project GigJam, an unprecedented new way for people to accomplish their business tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people. We also announced the Cortana Analytics Suite, a fully managed and comprehensive set of services to help businesses transform data into intelligent action. The third area of innovation we showcased was around commercial momentum in response to HoloLens – the world’s first fully untethered holographic computing device powered by Windows 10. We are expanding the Cloud Solution Provider program to help partners continue to build and grow profitable cloud services businesses using Microsoft Cloud. Beginning today, Microsoft will expand CSP to additional markets, bringing the total number of markets in which CSP is available to 131. e’ll share that we are introducing a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite called E5 before the end of this year. E5 will encompass the core value of Office 365 productivity and collaboration capabilities, as well as significant new innovations, including newSkype for Business services such as Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; Power BI & analytics features, like Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, and Advanced Threat Protection." Reference Link
10:32 EDTMSFTStarbucks teams with companies to hire 100,000 young workers by 2018, WSJ says
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10:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to unveil interactive watch faces next Android Wear, Phandroid says
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08:51 EDTMSFTWindows 10 won't come pre-installed on PCs upon release, Bloomberg reports
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08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle margins to stabilize in second half, says JPMorgan
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08:38 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
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07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:54 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to invest $100M in Crowdstrike, Business Insider reports
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05:49 EDTMSFTUpstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
The upstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in the second half of 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, orders are expected to stay weak in Q3 after it originally expected a bottoming out in Q2. Reference Link
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