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April 11, 2013
10:28 EDTDELL, LNKD, STX, HPQ, FB, WDC, MSFT, GOOGWall Street sours on Microsoft following weak PC data
Microsoft (MSFT) is sinking after two research firms slashed their ratings on the stock following an industry report that said PC shipments had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Goldman Sachs downgraded Microsoft's shares to Sell from Neutral. The company will be hurt by accelerating market share losses for PCs, along with its lack of gains in the tablet and smartphone market, Goldman believes. The firm set a $27 price target on the shares. Also today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund downgraded the software maker to Neutral from Buy, citing declining PC sales last quarter. "Sluggish" sales of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system and its lack of "compelling" new hardware products are disappointing, the analyst added. He set a $30 price target on the shares, which he believes remain attractive for value-oriented investors. Both analysts cited research from International Data Corporation as a reason for the downgrade. The firm reported last night that shipments of PCs had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter of the year versus the same period in 2012. The decline was the largest drop since IDC began collecting data in 1994. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microsoft dropped $1.40, or 4.6%, to $28.90. PC makers also fell on the PC sales data, with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) sinking 5.5% to $21.10 and Dell losing 0.5% to $14.14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Western Digital (WDC), which makes hard disk drives, declined 2.6% to $51.83 and its competitor, Seagate (STX), gave back 2.75% to $36.70.
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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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14:24 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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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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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:45 EDTGOOG, FBSell 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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06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:19 EDTHPQ, FB, GOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTFB, GOOGPayPal 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.
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