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January 27, 2015
11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sinks after outlook brings multiple downgrades
Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are falling after the company last night issued guidance for its quarter ending in March that came in significantly below analysts' expectations. JPMorgan, Citigroup, MKM Partners and Nomura responded to the company's results by downgrading the stock. BACKGROUND: Microsoft's revenue guidance for its March quarter missed expectations, driven by U.S. dollar strength, and continued weakness in China, Russia and Japan, according to JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy. The company's second quarter results were roughly in-line with expectations, but its software sales came in below the consensus outlook, as customers shifted to cheaper Web-based products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, JPMorgan's Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral for Overweight. Microsoft plans to spend more money than anticipated going forward, according to the analyst, who consequently cut his fiscal 2015 earnings per share forecast for the company by 8%. The reduced profit outlook could delay the stock's move above $50, warned Murphy, who reduced his price target on the name to $47 from $53. But the analyst did note that the tech giant’s commercial cloud revenue growth jumped 114% year-over-year last quarter, a higher growth rate than during the same period a year earlier. Citigroup cut its rating on Microsoft to Sell from Neutral, saying that the company's earnings headwinds are becoming clearer. The firm set a $38 price target on the stock. Both Nomura and MKM Partners cut its ratings on the name to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft fell 9.55 to $42.50. Other companies
10:00 EDTMSFTOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Silicon Image (SIMG), up 23% after signing agreement to be acquired by Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC)... USA Technologies (USAT), up 5% following nationwide roll-out of new Apple Pay points... TE Connectivity (TEL), up 3.9% following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is close to a deal with Commscope (COMM)... Select Comfort (SCSS), up 1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), down 8.2%... Caterpillar (CAT), down 7.8%... Packaging Corp (PKG), down 8.3%... Peabody Energy (BTU), down 5.3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), down 5.7%... Polaris Industries (PII), down 2.1%... United Technologies (UTX), down 2.3%... Procter & Gamble (PG), down 2.6%.
08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:20 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference
Small Business and Emerging Technologies Conference is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at MKM Partners
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares extend losses as downgrades pile up
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06:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Microsoft to Sell with a $38 price target after the company's March outlook came in well below expectations. Citi says Microsoft's earnings headwinds are becoming more clear. The stock was also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan and Nomura.
06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud business performed well in Q2, says Piper Jaffray
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06:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft guidance 'shockingly low,' says Jefferies
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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05:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 Devices & Consumers, Other revenue approximately $2B
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18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 phone hardware revenue $1,4B-$1.5B
18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 computing and gaming revenue $1.5B-$1.7B
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 consumer licensing revenue $3.4B-$3.6B
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18:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft anticipates lower gross margins over next few quarters
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees four point revenue impact from FX in Q3
17:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results in China, Japan fell short of expectations in Q2
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17:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Commercial Cloud run-rate $5.5B
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16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares drop 2% to $45.99 following Q2 results
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16:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Commercial revenue up 5% to $13.3B
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16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Devices and Consumer revenue up 8% to $12.9B
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16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects to complete $40B share repurchase by end of 2016
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16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results include 6c of restructuring, IRS expenses
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 EPS 71c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue $26.5B, consensus $26.33B.
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 47 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
09:44 EDTMSFTInterDigital announces commencement of ITC evidentiary hearing in Microsoft case
InterDigital (IDCC) announced the commencement of the evidentiary hearing in the remand of U.S. International Trade Commission "613 Investigation" of the company's complaint against respondents Nokia Corporation, Nokia Inc. and Microsoft (MSFT). In the 613 Investigation, InterDigital seeks an exclusion order prohibiting the importation into the U.S. of Nokia and Microsoft Mobile devices with 3G WCDMA capabilities that infringe two InterDigital patents. The 613 Investigation was remanded to the ITC from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the Commission had erred in interpreting certain claim terms in InterDigital's patents.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
15:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire Revolution Analytics to aid customers with data analysis
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reveals smartphone-controlled "smart scarf," Business Insider says
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08:07 EDTGOOG, MSFTU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
11:34 EDTGOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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09:09 EDTGOOGYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
07:33 EDTGOOGAlign Technology near-term risk/reward less favorable, says Credit Suisse
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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14:52 EDTGOOGGoogle investment Magic Leap files new patent, Business Insider says
The startup Magic Leap, which raised $542M in an October 2014 funding led by Google, filed a new patent that indicates a device that is "head worn component" and according to Business Insider "looks like an intense version of Google Glass that works with a belt pack." Business Insider added, "All we really know for sure so far is that Magic Leap is creating some sort of augmented reality — which it calls 'cinematic reality' — that the company believes will provide a more realistic 3D experience than anything else that's out there today." Reference Link
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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09:08 EDTGOOGLendingClub and Google partner for new business financing program
Lending Club (LC) announced a new pilot program in partnership with Google (GOOG) to facilitate low-interest financing to eligible Google partners. The program allows Google to purchase the loans, thus investing its own capital in its partner network to drive business growth. Lending Club will service the loans.
09:05 EDTGOOGGoogle and PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to bid for DoD healthcare program
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSFTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
12:21 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch smartphone in test market of Puerto Rico, Tech Crunch says
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10:27 EDTGOOGFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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09:46 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $575.
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTGOOGGoogle sentiment may be overly negative, says RW Baird
Baird believes investor sentiment for Google may be overly negative, exacerbated by the accelerating shift to mobile. The firm believes that 50%-60% of Google's revenues are already coming from Mobile, Video, Local Enterprise and other segments, which removes worries about desktop dependence. Baird also noted the company's valuation is at the low end of comparable multiples, suggesting a favorable risk/reward scenario. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $680 price target on Google shares.
07:41 EDTGOOGGoogle risk/reward compelling, says SunTrust
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06:29 EDTGOOGCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTMSFT, GOOGMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
13:56 EDTGOOGGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
12:32 EDTGOOGGoogle February volatility elevated as shares rally from 14-month low
Google January call option implied volatility is at 21, January weekly is at 22, February is at 28, March is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near tem price movement.
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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