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News For MSFT;HPQ;DELL;WDC;STX;GOOG;FB;LNKD From The Last 14 Days
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July 15, 2015
08:59 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum
As previously reported, Craig-Hallum upgraded Western Digital to Buy from Hold and maintained its $89 price target. The firm believes PC data points will improve in 2H and management remains committed to remain committed to returning cash flow to investors.
08:56 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum
As previously reported, Craig-Hallum upgraded Seagate to Buy from Hold and maintained its $56 price target. The firm believes PC data points will improve in 2H and that Seagate remains committed to increasing its dividend in the fall and will continue to focus on returning cash flow to investors.
08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFB, GOOGAdobe 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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07:36 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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07:36 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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.
05:44 EDTLNKDLinkedIn upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Paul Vogel upgraded LinkedIn to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $250 from $225. Shares of the professional social network closed yesterday up 60c to $213.93. Expectations have been reset following LinkedIn's weaker than expected Q1 results, and estimates for the back half of 2015 have potential upside, Vogel tells investors this morning in a research note. The analyst views the Lynda acquisition guidance as conservative and is more positive on the company's Sales Navigator opportunity following his survey work. He views the issues hurting LinkedIn's Q1 results as transitory in nature and recommends buying the stock into the back half of the year.
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 EDTMSFT, FBOptions 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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10:01 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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 EDTMSFT, FBActive 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.
08:56 EDTLNKDMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:32 EDTSTXSeagate price target lowered to $56 from $65 at Pacific Crest
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