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September 15, 2014
16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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12:59 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Android One smartphones in India
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12:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
09:10 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley says to wait for better entry points in Microsoft
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft agrees to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B
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07:24 EDTMSFT, GOOGTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTMSFT, GOOGSNIA to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could announce Mojang acquisition today, Reuters reports
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06:18 EDTGOOGFacebook hires Google satellite exec Michael Tseytlin, WSJ reports
Facebook (FB) has hired Michael Tseytlin, a Google (GOOG) executive working to deliver Internet service via satellite, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to sources, Tseytlin will work on satellite technology for Facebook's Connectivity Lab. Reference Link
05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle unlikely to buy stake in eBay, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says press reports that Google (GOOG) is in talks to purchase a stake in eBay (EBAY) are "largely unsubstantiated" and that the tech giant is unlikely to purchase part of the online marketplace. Munster notes that Google has only a limited history in taking stakes in public companies. He believes Google's general philosophy emphasizes full ownership in key assets as opposed to taking stakes in companies. Munster thinks a more attractive deal could be Google making a full acquisition of eBay's PayPal unit. He notes, however, that eBay has resisted activist investors who have proposed spinning off PayPal. Munster keeps a Neutral rating on eBay shares with a $55 price target. Shares of eBay rallied $1.51 to $52.19 on Friday amid speculation that Google was in talks to take a stake in the company.
September 13, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft looks to Minecraft to aid its mobile platform, Reuters says
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September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTGOOGMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:51 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The day’s economic data, including retail sales figures, a report on import prices, and business inventories data, were generally in line with expectations. The economic bright spot was the University of Michigan consumer confidence report which came in higher than expected. The market is on the verge of ending the week lower, which would be its first weekly loss in the last seven. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales at retailers climbed 0.6% in August, matching expectations but also representing the fastest pace in four months. Retail sales growth for July was also revised upward to 0.3% from a prior estimate of having been flat. Import prices dropped 0.9% in August, while export prices slipped 0.5%. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment reading for for September rose to 84.6, beating expectations for it to be up more modestly to 83.3. Business inventories grew 0.4% in July, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) were up more than 2% near noon after rumors circulated that Google (GOOG) may look to take a stake in the company. However, an eBay spokesperson denied the speculation, telling Reuters that the company has held "no conversations" with Google about acquiring a stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was digital marketing services company Conversant (CNVR), which soared 30% after Alliance Data Systems (ADS) agreed to acquire it for about $2.3B in cash and stock. Following last night's announcement of the deal, some Conversant peers rose as well, as Criteo (CRTO) gained almost 5% and TubeMogul (TUBE) rose 1%, while Alliance Data gained over 2%. Among the noteworthy losers was Amarin (AMRN), which dropped 22% after an office within the FDA denied the company's appeal of FDA's rescission of the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment agreement. Also lower were shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which fell 5% after one analyst downgraded the shares and another initiated coverage of the stock with an Underweight rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 66.43, or 0.39%, to 16,982.57, the Nasdaq was down 19.83, or 0.43%, to 4,571.97, and the S&P 500 was down 10.28, or 0.51%, to 1,987.17.
11:52 EDTGOOGeBay has had 'no conversations' about Google taking stake, Reuters says
eBay (EBAY) spokesman Alan Marks says the company has held "no conversations" with Google (GOOG) about acquiring a stake in the company, Reuters reports. Rumors had been swirling that Google could look to take a significant stake in eBay. Reference Link
11:43 EDTGOOGeBay off highs are denying talks with Google over stake
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are off their highs after the company told Reuters that it has had no conversations with Google (GOOG) over a possible stake. The stock remains up 82c to $51.50. The rally in eBay earlier was attributed to speculation that Google was in talks to acquire a stake in the company.
10:44 EDTGOOGeBay rises amid rumors of investment by Google
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08:05 EDTMSFTRockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTMSFTConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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