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March 3, 2015
10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle CEO meets with EU anti-trust chief, WSJ says
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTWDCWestern Digital reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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08:30 EDTGOOGVisa should benefit from proliferation of token services, says Pacific Crest
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08:06 EDTWDCWestern Digital agrees to acquire Amplidata
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07:50 EDTGOOGGoogle much better positioned than many believe, says UBS
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07:38 EDTHPQHP deal for Aruba Networks makes sense, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the HP (HPQ) deal for Aruba Networks (ARUN) is positive and makes sense as it will be accretive to earnings in the first year, it will add to HP's strategic offerings, and it should not impact HP's shareholder return profile. Brean Capital believes any weakness due to the acquisition would be a buying opportunity and reiterated its Buy rating and $45 price target on HP shares.
07:23 EDTSTXSeagate reinstated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reinstated Seagate with an Underperform and $50 price target. The firm sees risk to HDD TAM given a worsening PC demand and headwinds in client and enterprise Hard Disk Drives from Solid State Drives.
07:21 EDTGOOG, FBOculus hires away Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, Re/code says
Facebook's (FB) Oculus has hired away Google (GOOG) executive Mary Lou Jepsen, reports Re/code, citing sources familiar with the move and a Facebook spokesperson. Jepsen was the head of Google X's display division. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGApple-Google proposed $415M settlement headed towards approval, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTGOOGJudge pauses attorney general piracy probe against Google, AP says
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05:56 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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05:53 EDTSTXStocks with implied volatility movement; WTW STX
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March 2, 2015
17:57 EDTHPQHP says Aruba Networks deal has $90M termination fee
The Merger Agreement contains specified termination rights for HP (HPQ) and Aruba (ARUN), including in the event that the Merger is not consummated by February 28, 2016. Aruba will be required to pay HP a $90M termination fee in the event that the Merger Agreement is terminated by HP following a change of recommendation by Aruba’s board of directors or if Aruba terminates the Merger Agreement to enter into an agreement with respect to a proposal from a third party that is superior to HP’s, in each case, as is more particularly described in the Merger Agreement. Under certain additional circumstances described in the Merger Agreement, Aruba will also be required to pay HP a termination fee of $90M if the Merger Agreement is terminated and, within twelve months following such termination, Aruba enters into an agreement for a business combination transaction of the type described in the relevant provisions of the Merger Agreement, or such a transaction is consummated.
16:02 EDTGOOGOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
14:23 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $650 price target at BofA/Merrill
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14:03 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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13:53 EDTFBFacebook COO: Working on simplifying buying process for ads
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13:42 EDTFBFacebook COO: Small business opportunity is huge
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13:29 EDTFBFacebook COO: Facebook is moving towards more public usage
Says mobile paying off in "a big way." Says ads integrate very well into mobile. Says video is "exploding on Facebook" and provides huge ad opportunities. Says not all video ads are "incremental." Sheryl Sandberg is speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.
13:22 EDTFBFacebook CFO: Messaging is core to company's strategy
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook CFO: We are investing from a 'position of strength'
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13:07 EDTGOOGPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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13:05 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms intent to launch U.S. wireless service, WSJ says
Speaking at an industry conference in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google’s (GOOG) mobile operating system Android, said the search giant will launch a small scale U.S. wireless service with details to be unveiled in the months ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Other companies in the space include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Reference Link
11:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says China cloud offerings 'special,' present 'huge' opportunity
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11:39 EDTGOOGFidelity Contrafund cuts Google stake to 5.2% of net assets, Reuters reports
Fidelity Contrafund, one of Google's largest investors, has cut its stake in the search giant to 5.2% of net assets at January 31 from 7.3% of net assets as of June 30, Reuters reports. Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff explains that "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones." Reference Link
11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says seeing 'very positive trends' for Office 365
Microsoft EVP, Applications and Services, Qi Lu is speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
10:08 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; HLF FB
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10:00 EDTFB, GOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:59 EDTSTXSeagate call active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:54 EDTSTXRumor: Seagate moves up on renewed takeover chatter
09:54 EDTHPQHP has areas of need more pressing than networking, says Cantor
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09:14 EDTGOOGApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:11 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Axiom
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09:10 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Hold at Axiom
09:08 EDTGOOGGoogle+ splits Photos and Streams, Horowitz to lead both
Bradley Horowitz, a Google VP, confirmed in a Google+ post that "the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users." Reference Link
08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile network developments coming soon, TechCrunch says
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08:37 EDTHPQAruba Networks volatility elevated into HP acquiring for $3B
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08:36 EDTHPQHP confirms deal to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share
HP (HPQ) confirmed it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Aruba Networks (ARUN), a provider of network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3B, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7B. HP and Aruba believe that by combining complementary product portfolios and go-to-market approaches they will be able to accelerate revenue growth and strengthen the financial performance of the combined HP Networking business, and create a leading competitor in the $18 billion and growing campus networking sector. Overall, HP expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the first full year following close. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of HP's fiscal year 2015. Bloomberg first reported on February 25 that Aruba Networks was in talks to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Craig-Hallum said after Bloomberg's report that Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) would remain a likely takeout target if HP acquired its competitor Aruba. Aruba Network shares are down 2% in pre-market trading after the deal was confirmed, while Ruckus shares are fractionally higher.
08:34 EDTHPQHP sees Aruba Networks acquisition accretive to earnings in first full year
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08:32 EDTHPQHP to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash
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08:31 EDTHPQHP to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash
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08:29 EDTFB, GOOG, MSFTMicrosoft reportedly to buy news app for $30M, TechCrunch says
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07:56 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints new head of Google+, hints at changes, TechCrunch says
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07:41 EDTSTX, FB, MSFTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTFBIAC's Tinder working on first ads, Re/code reports
IAC's Tinder is developing its first ad product, Re/code reported Friday night. The dating app is also talking with Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) about using their ad networks to fill out ad space, Re/code stated. Reference Link
06:18 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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06:00 EDTGOOGMarvell announces partnership with Google;s ATAP Group
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05:59 EDTGOOGSamsung announces Samsung Pay mobile payment system
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05:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft introduces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
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March 1, 2015
18:28 EDTGOOG, MSFTBlackBerry expands cross platform strategy
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17:20 EDTGOOGGoogle shares could rise 5%-10% with a dividend, Barron's says
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February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTHPQStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $25M for .app web domain, BI says
Google has paid $25M for rights to the ".app" web domain, reports Business Insider, citing ICANN auction results. Reference Link
06:03 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures' European arm takes stake in Kobalt, FT reports
Google Ventures' European unit has led a $60M investment round in Kobalt, a music technology company that helps songwriters collect fees from outlets like YouTube and Spotify, The Financial Times reports. Reference Link
05:57 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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February 26, 2015
18:28 EDTGOOGGoogle co-founders sell $113M in stock, Barron's says
Google CEO Larry Page sold 83,334 class A shares for $45.14M and 83,334 class C shares for $45M and co-founder Sergey Brin sold 16,626 class A shares for $8.93M and 16,666 class C shares for $8.91M, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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13:25 EDTFBGerman watchdog issues cease-and-desist letter to Facebook, WSJ says
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13:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to place ads in Google Play, may break up Google+, Forbes says
Google's product czar, Sundar Pichai, said the company will begin showing ads for apps in Google Play, and may break Google+ into pieces, according to Forbes. The company also plans new initatives in payments, commerce and enterprise apps, and would welcome the chance to reenter the Chinese market, Forbes quoted the executive as saying. Reference Link
12:12 EDTFBFacebook climbs after analyst says Oculus could be used for NBA, NHL games
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10:41 EDTFBFacebook retakes the $80 level, runs higher, levels to watch
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10:40 EDTGOOGDish could consider partnering with Google in wireless, The Information says
According to The Information, Dish Network (DISH) is likely to play a large role in the telecommunications industry in the coming years, and could look to form a partnership with Google (GOOG), something the companies have previously discussed. Though Google did not bid in the most recent auction of wireless spectrum, sources say Google executive Milo Medin, considered a bid. Reference Link
10:20 EDTHPQRuckus Wireless will be in play if HP acquires Aruba, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum said Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) remains a likely takeout target following reports Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) may acquire competitor Aruba Networks (ARUN). Analyst Tony Stoss said if Hewlett is looking at Aruba, it should absolutely look at Buy rated Ruckus, which would also pressure Cisco (CSCO) to take a hard look at the company. Stoss says Ruckus has superior technology and exposure to the high growth service provider market with numerous catalysts ahead to drive shares higher.
10:00 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTFB, LNKDActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGOOGSolarCity creates fund to finance $750M solar projects, Google invests $300M
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09:18 EDTHPQAruba Networks could be acquired for $28 per share, says SunTrust
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07:17 EDTHPQAruba would seek takeover price of $23-$27 per share, says JMP Securities
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06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle reportedly announcing Android Pay at May conference, Ars Technica says
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle unifies two separate European units, Financial Times reports
Google is unifying its two separate European arms following a more challenging and combative regulatory landscape, reports the Financial Times. Matt Britain, who had led the company's northern and western arm, will take over the running of the new business. Britain said the structure would allow the company to better respond to local conditions and opportunities. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGYouTube revenue growing but did not contribute to earnings, WSJ reports
Google's YouTube posted 2014 revenue of $4B although it did not contribute to earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, according to two people familiar with its financials. One step that may hope to boost viewership include playing more videos automatically, a feature that is expected to roll out shortly. Reference Link
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android for Work program
The company said on its Official Blog: "Over a billion people today carry Android smartphones -- devices that are more powerful than the computers we used just a few years ago. For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. We're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform... Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work." Reference Link
06:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn implied volatility of 29 at lower end of index mean range
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle considering making investment in Jawbone, Re/code reports
Google is considering making a strategic investment in Jawbone, which makes wireless and wearable devices, sources tell Re/code. Jawbone has also been talking to other strategic investors, and the sources caution that talks with Google are preliminary. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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16:38 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages had a relatively quiet open and remained in a tight range for most of the session. The market moved to the high end of its range by mid-afternoon, which pushed the Dow and S&P to new highs and the Nasdaq ever closer to its 5,000 level. There was little momentum behind the move and the averages eventually faded, closing nearly unchanged for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales slipped 0.2% to a 481K annual pace in January, which was better than the expected 2.3% decline to a 471K rate. The DOE petroleum inventory report showed crude stockpiles grew by 8.4M barrels in the week of February 20, versus expectations for a 4M barrel increase. In China, HSBC and Markit's flash purchasing managers' index for February came in at 50.1, which was above the consensus outlook of 49.7 and represented a four month high. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) dropped $3.82, or 9.92%, to $34.67 after the PC, printer and server maker reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cut its FY15 EPS view and free cash flow outlook, citing separation costs and foreign exchange headwinds. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. Later in the day, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that HP is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), sending shares of the WiFi equipment maker up $3.86, or 21.0%, to $22.24. Shares of Aruba competitor Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) also gained 66c, or 5.89%, to $11.86 after Bloomberg's report on potential M&A in their space... Chesapeake Energy (CHK) slid $1.90, or 9.56%, to $17.98 after reporting worse than expected earnings amid the recent plunge in energy prices and announcing lower capital spending plans for 2015. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Benefitfocus (BNFT), which jumped $10.85, or 47.24%, to $33.82 after reporting Q4 earnings and disclosing that Marsh & McLennan (MMC) subsidiary Mercer took a 9.9% stake in the company. Also higher was SFX Entertainment (SFXE), which gained $1.09, or 29.46%, to $4.79 after the company’s Chairman and CEO, Robert Sillerman, offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. SFX Entertainment confirmed that it received the proposal and established a special committee to review and negotiate the nonbinding offer. Among the noteworthy losers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which plunged $18.15, or 26.39%, to $50.63 after reporting Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations, warning on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light, and disclosing in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Republic Airways (RJET), which fell $2.17, or 14.49%, to $12.81, and LendingClub (LC), which dropped $3.14, or 13.28%, to $20.51. INDEXES: The Dow added 15.38, or 0.08%, to 18,224.57, the Nasdaq slipped 0.98, or 0.02%, to 4,967.14, and the S&P 500 dropped 1.62, or 0.08%, to 2,113.86.
16:19 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Target $310.
15:40 EDTHPQAruba Networks a strong takeout candidate, says Northland
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15:07 EDTHPQAruba Networks in talks to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
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15:04 EDTHPQAruba Networks jumps 10.5%, halted after report on HP takeover talks
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15:03 EDTHPQAruba Networks in talks to be bought by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
14:13 EDTGOOGGoogle unifying EU units amid regulatory pressures, FT says
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14:06 EDTGOOGMobileIron announces Cloud support for Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGCitrix extends collaboration with Google to include Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGBlackBerry says working with Google to enable BES12
BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced that it is working with Google (GOOG) to enable BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications. BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment.
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Google Flights
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12:31 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:34 EDTMSFT, HPQHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFT, GOOGIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to propose new headquarters this week, NY Times says
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08:38 EDTHPQIntralinks enters stategic technology partnership with Hewlett-Packard
Intralinks (IL)has entered into a strategic technology and go-to-market partnership agreement with HP (HPQ). Intralinks has joined the HP PartnerOne for Service Provider program and will leverage HP solutions and services to support Intralinks' global data centers. The company is building its application architecture for secure content collaboration on HP Helion OpenStack technology.
08:38 EDTHPQHP should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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07:43 EDTHPQHP pullback would be a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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07:27 EDTHPQThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Toro, terms not disclosed
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06:37 EDTHPQHP hints at additional layoffs following completion of 2012 restruturing plan
On its Q1 earnings conference call, Hewlett Packard said it is nearing the completion of its 2012 restructuring plan. Says about 2,800 people exited the company in Q1, making the total reduction to date approximately 44,000. The company said it is on track to complete the existing program, with a total of 55,000 people expected to exit by end of FY15. However, the company said it "anticipates incremental opportunities for operational improvements identified through the separation process."
06:27 EDTHPQHP pullback brings attractive entry point, says Citigroup
Citigroup says HP's entire 8% earnings guidance reduction was due to currency moves and that most of the $3B free cash flow reduction was a result of one-time separation-related costs. Citi believes most of HP's operating segments "continue to perform well or at least make progress." The firm views the near-term pull back in shares as an attractive entry point for those looking to own the stock for the break-up. It dropped its price target for HP shares to $45 from $46 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of the computer maker traded down 7%, or $2.70, to $35.79 in after-hours trading last night after the company reported Q1 results.
06:01 EDTGOOGGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 24, 2015
18:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:45 EDTHPQHP lowers FY15 free cash flow view to $3.5B-$4B from prior view $6.5B-$7B
17:35 EDTHPQHP trades lower in after hours, now down almost 8%
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17:34 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 free cash flow $3.5B-$4B
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16:11 EDTHPQHP lower by over 4% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:10 EDTHPQHP personal systems revenue for Q1 was flat
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16:08 EDTHPQHP sees Q2 EPS 84c-88cc, consensus 96c
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16:08 EDTHPQHP lowers FY15 EPS view to $3.53-$3.73 from $3.83.-$4.03, consensus $3.95
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q1 EPS 92c, consensus 91c
Reports Q1 revenue $26.8B, consensus $27.34B.
15:21 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:46 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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13:35 EDTHPQHP February weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q1
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12:47 EDTHPQ, STXEarnings Preview: HP reports with break-up inching closer
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions. In October of last year, HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies: one comprising HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $27.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 88c-95c on revenue of $27.01B-$27.92B. With its last earnings report, the company said it expects Q1 EPS of 89c-93c. HP has an FY15 EPS forecast of $3.83-$4.03, compared to a consensus estimate of $3.96. LAST QUARTER: On November 25, HP reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate, on revenue of $28.4B, against a consensus estimate of $28.76B. HP said its Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% from the prior year period, with total units up 5%, including Desktops units being down 2% and Notebooks units being up 8%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 4% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue down 2%, Storage revenue down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 29%, Networking revenue up 2% and Technology Services revenue down 3%. NEWS: On the day after HP's Q4 report, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview on CNBC that the company will have a moratorium on acquisitions during 2015 as it readies for its split. Whitman also noted that the newly formed companies will have a supply chain agreement to ensure they do not lose leverage after their split. In mid January, research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. Late last month, HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success" and announced Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be headed by Meg Whitman as President and CEO and that HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO. STREET RESEARCH: On December 17, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva contended that sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017. The firm identified HP as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. Suva raised his price target on HP shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Also at that time, Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. On January 13, Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing increased competition and the fact that a number of companies are buying integrated IT stacks and buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products. More recently, Wells Fargo said it believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand. The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that investors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of HP are up almost 2%. Near midday ahead of Tuesday's report, the stock was down fractionally near $38 per share.
09:40 EDTFBFacebook says over 2M advertisers now active, launches Ads Manager app
There are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook, the company announced. Facebook also announced the launch of Ads Manager, a new mobile app that gives marketers more power to manage ads from anywhere. Reference Link
07:19 EDTSTXSusquehanna to hold a summit
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06:54 EDTHPQTwo reshuffles in HP's cloud computing unit, Gigaom says
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06:49 EDTGOOGGoogle bans sexually explicit content from websites hosted on Blogger
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06:39 EDTGOOGVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:36 EDTHPQHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be rearranging engineers in Glass department, 9to5Google reports
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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12:33 EDTGOOGAndroid antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed, Reuters says
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12:28 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFB, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTGOOGYouTube confirms launch of kids app
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) YouTube confirmed its launch of the YouTube Kids app, "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind," which the company said makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. The app is now available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S. Reference Link
09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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08:55 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
HP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTHPQHP Q1 results could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that ivnestors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meetings to be held in the Midwest February 26-27 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTGOOGFDA authorizes 23andMe to market genetic testing for Bloom Syndrome
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized for marketing Google-backed 23andMe’s Bloom Syndrome carrier test, a direct-to-consumer genetic test to determine whether a healthy person has a variant in a gene that could lead to their offspring inheriting the serious disorder. Along with this authorization, the FDA is also classifying carrier screening tests as class II. In addition, the FDA intends to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review. The agency plans to issue a notice that announces the intent to exempt these tests and that provides a 30-day period for public comment.
07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube to release stand-alone app for kids, WSJ says
Google's YouTube is planning to release a smartphone and tablet app for kids featuring original episodes of television shows including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sesame Street," as well as content from existing YouTube kids channels, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The app -- slated for an official reveal Monday at the Kidscreen Summit -- will initially only be available for Android devices. The source said the inclusion of ads is "under discussion." Reference Link
05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
11:47 EDTFBFacebook breaks above its 50-day moving average
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11:40 EDTFBFacebook rises after analyst pegs Instagram value at $33B
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09:35 EDTFBOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
08:45 EDTHPQHP launches open network switches for web scale cloud data centers
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07:58 EDTFBFacebook remains a top pick for 2015, says Cowen
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06:34 EDTGOOGYouTube to unveil paid music service soon, Reuters reports
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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15:15 EDTGOOGAngie's List could be more attractive to buyers given traction, says Barrington
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11:49 EDTFB, GOOGFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
10:02 EDTHPQe.Digital Corporation files patent infringement lawsuits against HP, others
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09:37 EDTLNKDOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
08:27 EDTFBFacebook in talks with media about hosting news content, Re/code says
Facebook is speaking to media publishers about hosting news content "that would otherwise go on a publisher’s own website," reports Re/code, citing statements by Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox at the Code/Media conference. Cox said Facebook could provide a larger audience and improved design, though he noted potential partnerships "aren't coming anytime soon." Additionally, Cox said the company's video efforts have been "a massive success" but the company "isn’t rushing" to pay content creators. Reference Link
08:19 EDTSTXMicron profitability can improve meaningfully, says Bernstein
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07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook engagement data remains strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes that according to comScore, Facebook’s share of mobile Internet time excluding Instagram and WhatsApp in January was 21%, up from 20% in December, and its share of total Internet time including desktop was 17%. The firm believes the data suggests continued strong engagement for Facebook. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target, calling the stock a favorite idea for 2015.
06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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06:10 EDTFBFacebook is developing virtual reality apps, Re/code says
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05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTLNKD, FBPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:05 EDTFBFacebook announces official launch of Marketing Partner program
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13:14 EDTFBFacebook introduces customizable product ads solution
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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10:04 EDTFBFacebook receives patent for identifying, marketing to "influencers"
Facebook has received a patent allowing it to identify "influencers" within its social network - those whose recommendations results in a significant increase of word-of-mouth and re-sharing. The patent describes a process for identifying which users are most influential, and then advertising to those specific people in order to capitalize on any potential recommendations they may make.
09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
07:22 EDTFBMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:38 EDTLNKDLinkedIn implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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