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March 27, 2015
08:07 EDTFBFacebook positioned as dominant mobile and social platform, says RW Baird
Baird attended a developers conference which reinforced their view that Facebook was well positioned as a dominant mobile and social platform. The firm noted its new Messenger strategy, the expansion of LiveRail's mobile display support, and the potential to capitalize on the evolution of online consumer behavior. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its price target to $96 from $93 on Facebook.
08:03 EDTGOOGYouTube experiments with ultra-high-def video, TechCrunch says
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07:43 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $98 from $89 at Barclays
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook to test drone this summer, WSJ says
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06:03 EDTHPQHP close to deal to sell control of H3C Technologies, WSJ reports
According to sources, The Wall Street Journal reports Hewlett-Packard is close to a deal to sell a 51% stake in H3C Technologies, its data-networking business in China, to Tsinghua Unigroup. One source cautions that a deal may still be "a few weeks away," adding that it may also include a separate server operation. The business is said to be worth about $5B in total. Reference Link
05:57 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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14:39 EDTHPQHP close to deal to sell control of Chinese unit, Dow Jones says
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12:17 EDTGOOG, MSFTEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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12:09 EDTFBBattleground stock: Analysts take opposite sides on Twitter
Twitter is emerging as a battleground stock with Rosenblatt today starting coverage with a Buy rating while Stifel kept its Sell rating highlighting what it sees as weak operating metrics. BULLISH TAKE: Twitter's revenue and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA margin are poised to rebound, Rosenblatt analyst Martin Pyykkonen wrote in a note to investors today. Among the company's positive catalysts are video clip ads which should prove popular with marketers, higher ad load rates, additional products that will increase user growth and the expansion of the company's sales force, which is reaching critical mass, the analyst believes. In general, Twitter can further monetize its ads starting this year by using targeted advertising, contended Pyykkonen. Twitter's ad targeting capabilities are at least as strong as those of Facebook (FB), added the analyst. Meanwhile, the company's recently acquired Periscope product, which enables live video streaming, could significantly affect Twitter's usage trends, he contended. BEARISH TAKE: Twitter's risk/reward ratio is negative, and the company's second quarter guidance may come in below consensus estimates, wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt. The company is facing a tough comparison in Q2, as its results in the quarter last year were boosted by the World Cup, Devitt stated. Moreover, Twitter has not significantly improved its core product, and the website may be less popular than investors expect, the analyst contended. Additionally, Facebook has launched a number of initiatives, including trending topics updates and a deal to distribute NFL clips, that compete with Twitter's core competencies, the analyst wrote. He kept a $38 price target and Sell rating on Twitter. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Twitter rose 2% to $50.50.
11:37 EDTGOOGAnalyst says preliminary Google click data looks negative
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11:20 EDTFBJudge says Zynga shareholders can pursue claims against company, Reuters says
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10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle paid clicks growth slowed in Q1, says Axiom
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TWTR FB KRFT BIDU TSLA CELG NFLX FCAU
09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
07:25 EDTGOOG, HPQThe Economist to hold a forum
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06:59 EDTGOOG, FBFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTFB, GOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:32 EDTMSFTGameStop pre-owned sales may see boost in Thursday earnings release, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook expands ad platform to include user data, Re/code says
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06:05 EDTGOOG, HPQIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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14:45 EDTFBFacebook testing new video autoplay feature, Re/code says
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13:43 EDTFBzulily rises after teaming with Facebook on messenger platform
Shares of (ZU) moved higher after Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the social network's new Businesses on Messenger product at today's developer conference. The product's initial partners in the retail vertical are zulily and Everlane, Zuckerberg announced. Zendesk (ZEN) will power Facebook's new messenger product, the company announced in a press release. Shares of zulily are up 38c to $13.40 as Zuckerberg's keynote speech continues.
13:37 EDTFBZendesk announces messenger partnership with Facebook
Zendesk (ZEN) announced a partnership to power Facebook's (FB) new Businesses on Messenger product. "Through an integration of its Zopim chat product with Messenger, Zendesk is allowing businesses to provide scalable and responsive customer service to the more than 600 million people worldwide who use Messenger," the company said. Online retailers zulily (ZU) and Everlane are the first two companies using the integration to support their customers, Zendesk added.
13:33 EDTFBzulily jumps after Facebook says initial partner on messenger platform
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10:56 EDTFBFacebook amasses 600M users on Messenger service, CNBC reports
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10:31 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
07:26 EDTFBFacebook to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTGOOGPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:40 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of range into Developers Conference
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into today's Developer Conference in San Francisco.
06:05 EDTFBFacebook announces 'On This Day' feature
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06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO HPQ
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook leaks announcements from F8 conference, Business Insider reports
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06:02 EDTGOOGYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTFB, GOOGOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
15:33 EDTGOOGGoogle working on project to add bill pay function to Gmail, Re/code reports
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13:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partnering with Adobe on Project Spartan
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10:50 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
Facebook (FB) September 95 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 27, Alibaba (BABA) July 92.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:50 EDTFBFly Watch: Facebook to unveil tools, products at F8 developer conference
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10:08 EDTFBFacebook in discussions with firms on 'Anthology' videos, The Information says
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10:02 EDTHPQHP partners with Bang & Olufsen to bring premium sound to PCs
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09:38 EDTGOOG, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruth’s departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fed’s stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to start showing TV ads to Google Fiber customers, NY Times says
Google said it would soon begin showing local, targeted TV ads to customers of its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, according to The New York Times, which cited a letter that Google sent to its customers in those cities. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook in talks about hosting content from media companies, NY Times says
Facebook has been holding talks in recent months about hosting the content of at least six media companies inside Facebook, according to The New York Times. The social network intends to test the new format in the next several months, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBInstagram announce launch of Layout app
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05:58 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Taiwan banks to nurture marketing talent, DigiTimes reports
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05:57 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO HPQ
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
11:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Samsung expand global partnership
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10:32 EDTGOOGApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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10:17 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Texas March 25-27 hosted by Jefferies.
10:17 EDTFBFacebook developing call-screening app, Android Police says
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09:32 EDTFB, LNKDWedbush social media analysts
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle's Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is long-term project, WSJ reports
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google Glass is too important of a technology to scrap, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although Google stopped selling the first version of Glass, shut down its Explorer program, and made personnel changes, Schmidt said Google Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform" for the company and will be a long-term project. Reference Link
08:27 EDTFBFacebook continues to take total ad budget share, says JMP Securities
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08:13 EDTGOOGPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
08:03 EDTSTXSeagate Q2 visibility remains limited, says BofA/Merrill
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07:39 EDTHPQHP break-up value in at least the low $40's, says UBS
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06:47 EDTGOOGFTC staffers' position on Google may affect EU outlook, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle dives deeper into health data gathering, Financial Times reports
Google is diving deeper into the health sector, placing a series of bets that include Google Genomics and an investment in 23AndMe, reports the Financial Times. This comes after the company closed its Google Health division a few years ago and CEO Larry Page said regulations about the use of personal health data was holding back medical research. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
17:07 EDTGOOG, MSFTFTC disclosures embolden potential EU Google probe, WSJ says
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17:01 EDTWDCWestern Digital, PACCAR, two others look discounted, Barron's says
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTHPQJefferies Euro offshore IT services analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discusses the market growth in Ofshore IT Services in Continental Europe which is expected to outpace project growth in the U.S., with Cognizant Technology Solutions/EPAM Systems best positioned and IBM/Hewlett Packard disadvantaged on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.
08:25 EDTFBFacebook to announce new Messenger features next week, Tech Crunch says
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06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTFBFacebook seeking advertising revenue in Brazil's poorest communities, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTMSFT, GOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
05:57 EDTFBFacebook's David Recordon as director of White House IT
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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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12:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Fuji Xerox announce patent agreement
Fuji Xerox and Microsoft (MSFT) announced a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing pact, the agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s patent portfolios and accelerate research and development, the companies said. Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM (FUJIY) and Xerox Corporation (XRX).
11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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11:07 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range; shares at fresh life high
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 23, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares trade at fresh life high.
11:02 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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09:46 EDTLNKDLinkedIn ad spend growth mentioned positively at OTR Global
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTSTXPope Resources appoints John Lamb to VP and CFO effective April 20
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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08:35 EDTHPQTsinghua on short list of potential buyers of HP China units, Bloomberg says
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07:47 EDTHPQHP raises quarterly dividend to 17.6c per share from 16c per share
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07:02 EDTHPQHP CEO says company split on track for November 1, Bloomberg says
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06:55 EDTLNKD, GOOG, FBCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
05:42 EDTFB, GOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
17:26 EDTHPQHP CEO says split of company should happen around Nov. 1 2015, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
11:24 EDTFBeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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10:01 EDTMSFTPolycom and Microsoft announces new series of video collaboration solutions
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $46 on rising headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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09:00 EDTHPQPitney Bowes renews strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard
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08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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March 17, 2015
15:45 EDTFBWestern Union, MoneyGram near lows after Facebook reports money transfer plans
Shares of money transfer and payment services companies MoneyGram International (MGI) and Western Union (WU) are both in negative ground and near their session lows after Facebook (FB) announced this afternoon that it is adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a "more convenient and secure way" to send or receive money between friends.
15:07 EDTFBFacebook adding 'send money' feature in Messenger
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14:13 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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11:36 EDTMSFTGoPro Channel app tops 1M downloads on Xbox platform
GoPro (GPRO) announced that The GoPro Channel app has been downloaded over 1M times on the Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT). Additionally, users are watching an average of 25 minutes of GoPro videos during each viewing session. The GoPro Channel allows Xbox members worldwide to stream GoPro content on-demand, share favorite videos, and purchase cameras and accessories directly through the console.
10:00 EDTFB, LNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook launches expat targeting feature
To help businesses reach people living abroad, Facebook earlier today announced a new targeting feature that enables advertisers to reach the 92M expats on Facebook, the company announced today. Marketers can now connect with expats living within a given country (like expats living in Brazil) and expats originating from a specific country (like people born in Brazil living abroad), Facebook explained. Reference Link
09:13 EDTMSFTMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTMSFT, GOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft exec confirms plans to drop IE brand for new browser, The Verge says
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09:05 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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08:06 EDTSTXSeagate decline overdone, says RBC Capital
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08:04 EDTWDCWestern Digital decline overdone, says RBC Capital
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07:42 EDTFB, GOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTMSFT, HPQDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
March 16, 2015
16:18 EDTLNKDFollow-up: LinkedIn initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital
As previously reported, Brean Murray initiated Linkedin with a Sell and $208 price target. The firm believes expectations for Sales Navigator are too high and core site "browsability" is lacking.
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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11:01 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquires Careerify, terms not disclosed
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10:50 EDTLNKDKing Digital seen benefiting from user base larger than Twitter, LinkedIn
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10:02 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
09:37 EDTFB, HPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:18 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded at Needham
As noted earlier, Needham upgraded Seagate to Strong Buy from Buy. Needham believes that improvements in Seagate's cloud and enterprise businesses have offset weak PC demand and negative currency fluctuations. The firm expects the company to report in-line or better than expected EPS. Target remains $65.
08:03 EDTSTXSeagate announces three-year partnership with CERN
Seagate Technology announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with CERN openlab to collaborate on the development of the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform. The partnership aims to help CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to better manage and store the 100 petabytes of data the Large Hadron Collider has generated to date, as well as the additional 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis. A second, future research project between Seagate and CERN will look at CERN’s EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
07:28 EDTSTX, WDC, HPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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06:18 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham
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06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires TheFind
According to TheFind's website: "We are now starting our next chapter by combining forces with Facebook to do even more for consumers. Facebook's resources and platform give us the opportunity to scale our expertise in product sourcing to the over 1B people that use the platform. Key members of our team are joining the company and will be working hard to integrate our technology to make the ads you see on Facebook every day better and more relevant to you. Unfortunately, this means we will be taking our search engine offline in the next few weeks." Reference Link
16:13 EDTHPQJudge approves HP shareholder settlement on Autonomy deal, Bloomberg says
A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco approved HP's revised, third draft of a settlement with shareholders over its acquisition of Autonomy, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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11:36 EDTGOOGGoogle Apps security breach affects 282,867 domain owners, The Next Web says
Personal information for 282,867 Google Apps domain owners was exposed Friday, reports The Next Web, citing Google statements and a Cisco report. Names, addresses, email information, and phone numbers were made public, though a Google spokesperson stated, "We identified the root cause, made the appropriate fixes, and communicated this with affects Apps customers." Presently there is no evidence of malicious use. Reference Link
11:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; TSLA FB
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10:34 EDTMSFT, FBApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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09:50 EDTFB, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $681 from $640 at Cowen
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08:20 EDTGOOGGoogle not making aggressive domain name push, NY Post says
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08:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $48 from $58 at Pacific Crest
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07:49 EDTMSFTVideo game hardware sales up 10% in February, software up 7%, Game Informer says
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06:05 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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05:54 EDTMSFT, HPQ, GOOGIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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