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April 28, 2015
15:43 EDTGOOGTwitter announces partnership with Google's DoubleClick
Twitter (TWTR) announced a partnership with Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick platform to improve advertising performance measurement and attribution for Twitter direct response marketers. As part of the partnership, Twitter will also make its inventory available through the DoubleClick Bid Manager, making it easier for clients who prefer to centralize their buying through DBM to create and manage campaigns on Twitter.
15:06 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:46 EDTWDCWestern Digital technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock is trading just below its 50-day moving average heading into earnings. On a technical basis the stock does exhibit a topping pattern that could continue on weak news, or be resolved by a strong move higher. The first big level of support is at the $90 area. A move to that level, and eventually lower, would confirm the topping pattern has become dominant and would turn the trend bearish. Support below $90 would be at $88.23. If the news is a bullish surprise, initial resistance would be at the 50-day at $99.98. Thereafter resistance would be at $104.95 and $109.09.
14:39 EDTWDCWestern Digital May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold an analyst briefing
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTGOOGYouTube announces partnerships with content creators, AwesomenessTV
Google's YouTube announced partnerships with four content creators to help bring their next big original series to life on YouTube: Fine Brothers, Prank vs. Prank, Joey Graceffa and Smosh. Also, YouTube announced a new collaboration with AwesomenessTV. Together, the two will release several feature length films over the next two years, all driven by YouTube stars and developed and produced by AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins. Reference Link
09:19 EDTGOOGGoogle valuation attractive, says Argus
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07:38 EDTMSFTCardLinx Association to hold a forum
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07:24 EDTWDC, STXJPMorgan cautious on Western Digital into earnings
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Microsoft (MSFT) 18 according to iVolatility.
06:02 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD TWTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 44, Twitter (TWTR) 58 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle considers shake-up of News service, Financial Times reports
Google is considering significant changes to its Google News service to help publishers struggling to make money in the online world, reports the Financial Times. Areas under discussion will include how to make Google News work better for sites that use online paywalls but have complained that the company’s advertising-based search business hurts them. In an interview, Google's head of strategic partnerships in Europe Carlo D'Asaro said the company wants to help the online news industry and push publishers to become more digital. The comments comes on the heels of a recently announced alliance with Google and eight European newspaper groups. Reference Link
05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle says launches Digital News Initiative with news publishers in Europe
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April 27, 2015
17:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital says judge rules against Nokia, Microsoft in patent case
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15:57 EDTMSFTJudge rules Microsoft violated InterDigital cellphone patents, Reuters says
An International Trade Commission judge ruled Monday that Microsoft (MSFT) violated two InterDigital (IDCC) patents related to mobile phones, reports Reuters, citing court proceedings. Judge Theodore Essex said that "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from import into the U.S.," though any potential import ban must be reviewed by the ITC before taking effect, notes Reuters. Reference Link
14:44 EDTFBFacebook introduces video calling in Messenger
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14:31 EDTMSFTITC judge says InterDigital patents infringed by Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
13:36 EDTFBFacebook engineering director to leave company, TechCrunch reports
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11:21 EDTHPQOpco defends 3D Systems, while UBS, Piper Jaffray say sell
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10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle offers to buy patents under new promotion
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09:21 EDTDELLDell to resell Aerohive’s solutions worldwide
Aerohive Networks announced that Dell will resell Aerohive’s solutions worldwide, offering Dell’s customers the combination of Aerohive’s Wi-Fi and cloud services, and Dell’s set of solutions from the data center all the way to endpoint devices. Under the agreement and relationship announced Dell is reselling Aerohive’s award-winning cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions alongside other Dell products
07:13 EDTGOOG, DELL, HPQ, MSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Dan Fredinburg dies in avalanche on Mount Everest, TechCrunch reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGeBay backs Google's response to EU antitrust inquiry, Financial Times says
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April 24, 2015
18:23 EDTHPQHP awarded $469M government contract
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16:31 EDTMSFT, GOOGStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTGOOG, MSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTGOOG, MSFTOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTGOOGLuxottica says company working on new versions of Google Glass, Engadget says
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12:49 EDTMSFT, GOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:37 EDTGOOG, FB, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTMSFT, GOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $672 from $632 at FBR Capital
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07:49 EDTGOOGGoogle results 'on balance positive,' says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $625 at Deutsche Bank
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07:33 EDTMSFTNomura's Shurland upgrades Microsoft to Buy citing expected 2016 acceleration
Nomura's Richard Shurland upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral with a $50 price target. Shurland said Microsoft's Q3 results reflected difficult comps and core business weakness due to the transition to cloud, but results were better than guidance. The analyst said there is emerging evidence that Azure has turned positive on gross margins and Office 365 margins have expanded sharply. Shurland believes Microsoft will begin to show low single digit revenue growth in 2016, with about 10% EPS growth from share repurchase leverage and with a 2.9% dividend yield. He also said he views valuation as reasonable.
07:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $47 at RBC Capital
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07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reported healthy Q1 results, says Cantor
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07:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft estimates more likely to go down than up, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the majority of Microsoft's earnings beat to "significantly" lower than expected operating expenses and it no longer expects next week's analyst day to be a negative catalyst as the company said FY16 guidance won't be given. Citi, however, still believes estimates are too high and are more likely to go down than up. It expects Microsoft shares to underperform and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. It raised its price target for shares to $37 from $36.
06:30 EDTMSFTAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $650 from $600 JPMorgan
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06:16 EDTGOOG, FB, MSFTEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGHillspire acquires minority stake in D.E. Shaw group from Lehman Brothers
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05:58 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 23, 2015
19:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices, consumer licensing revenue 3.2B-$3.4B
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19:29 EDTGOOGGoogle sees increased viewership, ad views at YouTube
On its Q1 earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said, "Over the past year we've seen YouTube viewership climb dramatically, both in established markets but also due to rapid expansion in emerging markets. And quality improvements in TrueView ads mean that more users are, in fact, choosing not to skip them, increasing the overall ad view. So, this means that there is much higher volume of TrueView ads being seen, which has been a significant driver of year-over-year growth in numbers that you seeing inside clicks... Viewership in YouTube videos and TrueView ads are growing significantly, and YouTube's contribution to our advertising revenue continues to grow at a strong rate year-over-year." During the Q&A portion of the call, Pichette added, "In the last quarter, we've just seen a real acceleration at YouTube and that's why we thought it was important because we saw this change, from the fundamental kind of strong performance of YouTube." In after-hours trading, Google is up more than 3% to $564.00.
19:16 EDTMSFT, GOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 3% after reporting better-than-expected Q3 earnings
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 Commercial revenue grew 5% to $12.8B
Commercial revenue grew 5%, up 7% in constant currency, to $12.8B. Commercial cloud revenue grew 106%, up 111% in constant currency, driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3B. Server products and services revenue grew 12%, up 16% in constant currency, with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $9B
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8%, up 11% in constant currency, to $9B. Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4M, up 35% sequentially. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices. Search advertising revenue grew 21%, up 24% in constant currency, with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year.
16:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares up $3.52 to $551.42 after Q1 results
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says stronger U.S. dollar had 'significant' impact on Q3 results
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results include $190M of integration, restructuring expenses
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says Q1 revenue $795M higher at constant exchange rates
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 51c
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 websites up 14% revenue $11.93B
Reports Q1 Google Network Members' websites revenue up 1% to $3.58B. Total advertising revenues were up 11% to $15.51B.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 Aggregate paid clicks up 13%
Reports Q1 Paid clicks on Google websites up 25% vs. last year, Paid clicks on Google Network Members' websites down 12%, Aggregate cost-per-click down 7%, Cost-per-click on Google websites down 13% and Cost-per-click on Google Network Members' websites up 2%.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
15:38 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Citi says sell Microsoft shares, Wells Fargo sees outperformance
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15:00 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:29 EDTFBFacebook launches video ad partnership featuring Vice, The Onion, Funny or Die
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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12:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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11:31 EDTHPQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:55 EDTFBPac Crest an outlier with bearish note on Facebook following Q1 report
After Facebook last night reported higher than expected first quarter profits but lower than expected revenue. several analysts reacted positively to the company's results, raising their price targets on the social network operator's stock. However, Pacific Crest went against the mostly bullish trend by recommending that investors avoid the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Facebook last night reported first quarter earnings per share of 42c, versus the consensus outlook of 40c. The social network operator's revenue came in below expectations, and the company said that foreign exchange trends negatively impacted its first quarter results. Facebook forecast that foreign exchange headwinds would increase this quarter. Facebook reported that it had 936M daily active users on average last month, an increase of 17% versus the same period a year earlier. Its monthly active users climbed 13% year-over-year to 1.44B in Q1. BULLISH TAKE: Adjusting for currency, Facebook's Q1 revenue would have been 3% higher than the Street's consensus outlook, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster stated. The online network's "story is firmly intact" as its results are likely to be boosted by the ramping of Instagram in 2016, WhatsApp in 2017 and Oculus in 2018, the analyst stated. He kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Also upbeat was Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler, who raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $90, saying that its currency headwinds "masked" strong Q1 results. The stock will "grind higher" on new revenue streams and product announcements, predicted Sandler, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $85, saying that the company reported strong Q1 results and that it is the best positioned Internet company over the next five years. Moreover, its video ads appear to be hitting a positive turning point, added Anmuth, who kept an Overweight rating on the name. BEARISH TAKE: Facebook's price per ad appears to have declined sequentially last quarter for the first time since early 2013, wrote Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. If that trend continues, its price per ad growth will decelerate significantly this year, according to the analyst. Additionally, the company's margins are contracting and its new products are unlikely to make much of an impact this year, according to Wilson, who recommended that investors choose other stocks over Facebook. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Facebook slid 0.7% to $84 per share.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook growth slowing, margins contracting, says Pacific Crest
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook reported solid results, says Brean Capital
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08:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $84 at FBR Capital
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $100 saying the company posted strong Q1 results despite a challenging currency environment. The firm highlights Facebook's growth in organic and promoted video views as well as its better ad targeting and measurement tools. JPMorgan continues to view Facebook as the best positioned company in the internet space over the next five years. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
07:28 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $105 from $88 at RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook thesis strengthened, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Facebook remains a top pick for 2015 and that its in-line quarter strengthened the firm's Outperform thesis. The firm said the quarter reaffirmed its conviction that Facebook will be able to drive revenue growth without a material increase in ad loads, consensus estimates underestimate long-term monetization potential of new products, and upward bias to estimates from Offers/Local, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and others. Credit Suisse's price target on Facebook remains $106.
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $90 at Deutsche Bank
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:48 EDTFBFacebook reported strong Q1 results, says Cantor
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05:49 EDTFBFacebook Q1 sales a 3% beat ex-currency, says Piper Jaffray
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April 22, 2015
19:36 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
Seagate Technology announced that its board has authorized the company to repurchase up to $2.5B of its outstanding ordinary shares. As a result of the April Authorization, Seagate currently has an aggregate authority to repurchase approximately $3.1B of its ordinary shares.
19:35 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
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19:14 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
17:32 EDTFBFacebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline
Facebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline on a year-over year basis for the remainder of the year. Sees FY15 CapEx $2.7B-$$3.2B.
17:23 EDTFBNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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17:22 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1
17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q1 Non-Gaap expense increased 57%
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17:18 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds impacted Q1 revenue
17:14 EDTFBFacebook sees videos attracting marketers to mobile
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17:11 EDTFBFacebook says Instagram has more than 200M daily users
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook down $1.20 to $83.43 after Q1 results
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 EPS 42c, consensus 40c
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
13:51 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q1 expectations
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13:39 EDTHPQAnalyst warns competition growing in 3D printing space
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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13:28 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 84 straddle priced for 5.4% movement into Q1
13:01 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
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11:08 EDTHPQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTMSFTEY and Microsoft form strategic business relationship
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:16 EDTMSFTSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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07:10 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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06:06 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
19:48 EDTLNKDLinkedIn files patent for fact-checking system
LinkedIn has filed a patent for a fact-checking system. According to the filing, the system will compare information from the user to "one or more sources." Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
13:34 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Yahoo shares dropped more than 6.5% since last earnings report
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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10:01 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:37 EDTHPQHP sells Snapfish to District Photo ahead of seperation
HP announced a definitive agreement to divest Snapfish, its photo storage and merchandising business. District Photo will acquire the Snapfish business, including technology assets and employees. After the transaction closes, HP will maintain a partnership with Snapfish. Snapfish will continue to use HP printing solutions, and HP will provide the HP Connected Photo application developed by Snapfish on HP consumer PCs, including the Sprout computing platform, the company said. HP expects the transaction to close in the second half of FY15. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It added, "The divestiture is consistent with HP’s strategy to focus the organization following HP’s previously announced separation."
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
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08:04 EDTHPQHP, FireEye announce partnership
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07:37 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive extends agreement with Harmonix for Rock Band 4
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07:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:04 EDTMSFTYahoo, Microsoft add termination clause to search deal
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05:58 EDTGOOGEU's Vestager says has 'no grudge' against Google, Re/code reports
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading an antitrust lawsuit against Google, says she is not holding a grudge against the search giant, Re/code reports, citing comments made during a speech at the NYU School of Law. She commented that "We have made a statement of objection lining out our preliminary view on a certain conduct... This, as we see it, is a pretty straightforward case of consumer domination." Reference Link
05:56 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; CNX HPQ
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
14:49 EDTLNKDLinkedIn said to unveil Chinese social network product, Bloomberg reports
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10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
10:11 EDTSTXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTSTXBrean Capital still sees Seagate as a favorite secular long
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07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTLNKDAmerica's Growth Capital to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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05:51 EDTMSFT, FBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTMSFTFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTGOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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13:39 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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12:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:20 EDTMSFT, GOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:19 EDTMSFTAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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09:26 EDTSTXSeagate sees Q4 revenue $3.2B-$3.3B, consensus $3.4B
Sees Q4 addressable market to be relatively flat with Q3. Sees Q4 margins approximately 28.5%. Sees Q4 operating expenses at $555M. CEO Stephen Luczo stated that the second half of FY15 will be stronger than the first half, with demand coming from the PC market, seasonal gaming demand, and continued stability in the enterprise market with potential upside from hyper scale deployments. Guidance provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
08:47 EDTLNKDLinkedin May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:43 EDTLNKDLinkedIn should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:04 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q3 EPS adjusted $1.08, consensus $1.04
Reports Q3 revenue $3.3B, consensus $3.4B. “In light of dynamic market conditions this quarter we are quite satisfied with our operational performance and ability to return value to shareholders,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and CEO. “Near-term macro uncertainty is affecting certain areas of our addressable market however we remain optimistic that market demand for exabytes of storage will continue to increase over the long-term. Looking ahead, we are focused on aligning our storage technology portfolio effectively to capitalize on market growth opportunities, demonstrating operating profitability and returning value to shareholders.”
07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:15 EDTMSFT, GOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:33 EDTMSFTChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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15:44 EDTSTXSeagate April 56 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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15:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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15:23 EDTSTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:20 EDTSTXSeagate technical notes before earnings
The stock on a long-term basis, 5-year chart, has broken its uptrend support line at the 50-week moving average. If the news is more bullish than expected, that moving average could come into play as resistance. That would put the first significant upside test at $59.24. Resistance above that would be at $63.39. If the news is more bearish than expected, the first significant area of support would be at $51.05, a recent pivot low. The $50 level has been important support through the prior year. A breakdown before that level would therefore be particularly bearish. Next support below $50 would be at $48.49, the 52-week low.
11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:31 EDTWDCWestern Digital assumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
Price target lowered to $105 from $115.
06:31 EDTSTXSeagate assumed with a Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:08 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
16:27 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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14:56 EDTLNKDLinkedIn VP of Marketing, Nick Besbeas, to leave at end of May, Re/code says
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12:38 EDTGOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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07:58 EDTHPQTsinghua confirms talks for controlling stake in HP unit in China, WSJ reports
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTFB, GOOGApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
06:07 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Buy at Maxim
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06:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Target $131.
05:10 EDTHPQHP selects Antonio Lucio as Chief Marketing Officer of HP Inc.
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
12:05 EDTLNKDMarketo engagement marketing platform to integrate with LinkedIn
Marketo (MKTO) announced it will partner with LinkedIn (LNKD) on a solution that connects LinkedIn's Lead Accelerator solution with Marketo's Engagement Marketing Platform. The combination "bridges the gap between digital, social and offline channels to enable marketers to engage in relevant conversations with customers wherever they are online," the company said. GE (GE) will pioneer the joint solution, Marketo announced.
11:16 EDTLNKD, FB, GOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
10:01 EDTWDC, STXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:47 EDTHPQHP announces new $190M Medicaid contract in Arkansas
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Western Digital to Buy and maintained its $117 price target. The firm believes fundamentals have bottomed and valuation is attractive at current levels. BofA/Merrill lowered estimates on further PC weakness but said pricing is holding up and the mix shift to capacity HDDs is driving ASP and margin improvement.
06:25 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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