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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTMSFTMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
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09:33 EDTBYDNevada reports December Statewide gaming win down 8.1% to $950.69M
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08:39 EDTMSFTXbox Live outage due to erroneous software, not hackers, Business Insider says
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January 29, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
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10:00 EDTMSFT, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:30 EDTRADRite Aid reports January SSS up 4.8%
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08:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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07:43 EDTFTNTFortinet results, outlook extremely favorable, says JMP Securities
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07:33 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded on margin miss, valuation at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific crest downgraded Fortinet to Sector Perform from Outperform . The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation and its belief that the company's margins are unimpressive.
07:27 EDTMSFTU.S. groups ask China to re-examine new cybersecurity rules, WSJ reports
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07:21 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $39-$41 from $33-$35 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Fortinet, as the firm believes that the company reported very strong Q4 results. The firm notes that investors were concerned about the company's lower than expected margin guidance. But Wells thinks that Fortinet's increased investments that caused the miss, according to the firm, are worthwhile, given the size of the company's opportunities. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:04 EDTMSFTChina implementing new requirements for some tech companies, NY Times says
China is forcing companies which sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to divulge secret source code and submit to audits, according to The New York Times. It is also requiring such companies to provide the government with access to hardware and software products, the newspaper indicated. Cisco (CSCO), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Microsoft (MSFT) have raised issues about accessing the Chinese market, while Apple (AAPL) is looking to increase its business in the country, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
06:18 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:47 EDTFTNTFortinet sees FY15 EPS 49c-50c, consensus 59c
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16:46 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q1 EPS about 6c, consensus 12c
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16:26 EDTFTNTFortinet up 4.8% after reporting Q4 results
16:23 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q4 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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15:37 EDTFTNTNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:51 EDTMSFTAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
10:01 EDTRADRite Aid to build 900K square foot distribution center in Spartanburg
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08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft stops production of Surface 2 tablet in favor of Surface 3, Verge says
Microsoft announced it is no longer manufacturing its Surface 2 tablet in favor of focusing on the more popular Surface 3, reports The Verge. The Surface 2 is Microsoft's last remaining device to run on its mobile operating system Windows RT, indicating a shift towards traditional editions of Windows. Reference Link
07:59 EDTMSFTSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing" with EVP of American Express, Marc Gordon, VP of Microsoft, Scott Charney, EVP of Marsh & McLennan, Peter Beshar and Chief Security Strategist of FireEye, Richard Bejtlich, on January 28 at 2:30 pm. Webcast Link
07:23 EDTMSFT, INTCIntel pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:19 EDTACADACADIA price target raised to $50 from $42 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for ACADIA shares to $50 after increasing its Nuplazid sales estimates in Parkinson's disease psychosis. The firm believes Nuplazid’s efficacy and safety profile could lead to a strong launch and keeps a Buy rating on ACADIA.
05:58 EDTINTCIntel cooperates with Spreadtrum, Rockchip to enter China market, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) has cooperated with and Rockchip Electronics to rpomote its platforms in the China market, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the move is to compete with Qualcomm (QCOM) and Mediatek for smartphone and tablet use chip solutions. Intel is set to ship 44M tablet processors in 2015. Reference Link
05:48 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility movement; INTC QQQ
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January 27, 2015
16:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:43 EDTINTCIntel would not let AMD x86 license 'fall into hands' of China, Hesseldahl says
Following a Chinese language report claiming that Chinese company BLX IC Design could be interested in buying AMD (AMD), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl said on Twitter that he believes there is "no way" Intel (INTC) would allow AMD's x86 license to fall into the hands of a China-based owner. AMD shares, which rose significantly yesterday, are up another 5.2% today in afternoon trading. Reference Link
13:16 EDTINTCAMD continues advance following Chinese report of takeover interest
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12:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:14 EDTINTC, MSFTMicrosoft sinks after outlook brings multiple downgrades
Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are falling after the company last night issued guidance for its quarter ending in March that came in significantly below analysts' expectations. JPMorgan, Citigroup, MKM Partners and Nomura responded to the company's results by downgrading the stock. BACKGROUND: Microsoft's revenue guidance for its March quarter missed expectations, driven by U.S. dollar strength, and continued weakness in China, Russia and Japan, according to JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy. The company's second quarter results were roughly in-line with expectations, but its software sales came in below the consensus outlook, as customers shifted to cheaper Web-based products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, JPMorgan's Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral for Overweight. Microsoft plans to spend more money than anticipated going forward, according to the analyst, who consequently cut his fiscal 2015 earnings per share forecast for the company by 8%. The reduced profit outlook could delay the stock's move above $50, warned Murphy, who reduced his price target on the name to $47 from $53. But the analyst did note that the tech giant’s commercial cloud revenue growth jumped 114% year-over-year last quarter, a higher growth rate than during the same period a year earlier. Citigroup cut its rating on Microsoft to Sell from Neutral, saying that the company's earnings headwinds are becoming clearer. The firm set a $38 price target on the stock. Both Nomura and MKM Partners cut its ratings on the name to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft fell 9.55 to $42.50. Other companies
10:18 EDTHPQHP falls as Microsoft results hit PC-related stocks, levels to watch
The stock is down over 4.4% to $37.13 at time of writing. The move has triggered a bearish head and shoulders pattern on the daily chart, which has its neckline at $37.50. Downside potential for the pattern is to the $33 area. Next support is at $36.22. Resistance is at $37.46, the opening price of the day.
10:14 EDTINTCIntel drops after Microsoft results, levels to watch
Shares are down 4.6% to $34.15 at time of writing as Microsoft's (MSFT) results weigh on PC-related shares. At current price, next support is at $33, a recent pivot low. Resistance is at $34.79.
10:00 EDTMSFTOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTMSFT, HPQActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
09:17 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Silicon Image (SIMG), up 23% after signing agreement to be acquired by Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC)... USA Technologies (USAT), up 5% following nationwide roll-out of new Apple Pay points... TE Connectivity (TEL), up 3.9% following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is close to a deal with Commscope (COMM)... Select Comfort (SCSS), up 1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), down 8.2%... Caterpillar (CAT), down 7.8%... Packaging Corp (PKG), down 8.3%... Peabody Energy (BTU), down 5.3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), down 5.7%... Polaris Industries (PII), down 2.1%... United Technologies (UTX), down 2.3%... Procter & Gamble (PG), down 2.6%.
08:20 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference
Small Business and Emerging Technologies Conference is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at MKM Partners
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares extend losses as downgrades pile up
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06:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Microsoft to Sell with a $38 price target after the company's March outlook came in well below expectations. Citi says Microsoft's earnings headwinds are becoming more clear. The stock was also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan and Nomura.
06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud business performed well in Q2, says Piper Jaffray
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06:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft guidance 'shockingly low,' says Jefferies
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05:53 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; HP VALE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; HP (HPQ) 28, Vale (VALE) 57 according to iVolatility.
05:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 Devices & Consumers, Other revenue approximately $2B
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18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 phone hardware revenue $1,4B-$1.5B
18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 computing and gaming revenue $1.5B-$1.7B
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 consumer licensing revenue $3.4B-$3.6B
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18:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft anticipates lower gross margins over next few quarters
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees four point revenue impact from FX in Q3
17:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results in China, Japan fell short of expectations in Q2
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17:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Commercial Cloud run-rate $5.5B
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16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares drop 2% to $45.99 following Q2 results
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16:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Commercial revenue up 5% to $13.3B
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16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Devices and Consumer revenue up 8% to $12.9B
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16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects to complete $40B share repurchase by end of 2016
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16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results include 6c of restructuring, IRS expenses
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 EPS 71c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue $26.5B, consensus $26.33B.
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 47 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:03 EDTHPQHP announces management teams for both companies
HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success." It added, "We are excited about the progress we’ve made and today we’re happy to share the first level of leadership for both companies. As we continue through this transition year, we will operate as HP and are focused on minimizing disruption to customers, partners and employees." Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be lead by Meg Whitman as President and CEO, Cathie Lesjak as Chief Financial Officer, Henry Gomez as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, John Hinshaw as Chief Customer Officer and lead Technology & Operations and Martin Fink as Chief Technology Officer. HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO, Jon Flaxman as Chief Operating Officer and Shane Wall as Chief Technology Officer.
14:10 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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10:28 EDTINTCIntel trades down, testing lows of the recent range
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10:00 EDTPIR, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... DRDGOLD (DRD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DealerTrack (TRAK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Piper Jaffray (PJC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Telefonica (TEF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Unilever (UL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... WWE (WWE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
09:44 EDTMSFTInterDigital announces commencement of ITC evidentiary hearing in Microsoft case
InterDigital (IDCC) announced the commencement of the evidentiary hearing in the remand of U.S. International Trade Commission "613 Investigation" of the company's complaint against respondents Nokia Corporation, Nokia Inc. and Microsoft (MSFT). In the 613 Investigation, InterDigital seeks an exclusion order prohibiting the importation into the U.S. of Nokia and Microsoft Mobile devices with 3G WCDMA capabilities that infringe two InterDigital patents. The 613 Investigation was remanded to the ITC from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the Commission had erred in interpreting certain claim terms in InterDigital's patents.
09:05 EDTFTNTCiti sees low estimates for Fortinet, upgrades to Buy
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:43 EDTPIROppenheimer upgrades Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 on better macro outlook
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07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:59 EDTFTNTFortinet Q4 checks very positive says JMP Securities
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06:51 EDTFTNTFortinet upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:27 EDTHPQHP CEO names Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of H3C, WSJ reports
Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has named former H3C Technologies COO Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of HP's China-based subsidiary, replacing Jessie Jing-Chuan Wu, who will become vice chairman, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal email. Workers at the unit recently petitioned against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, and also pushed for financial incentives, which Whitman has reportedly recently offered. Reference Link
05:37 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded Pier 1 Imports to Outperform with a $20 price target.
January 23, 2015
15:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire Revolution Analytics to aid customers with data analysis
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08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reveals smartphone-controlled "smart scarf," Business Insider says
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08:07 EDTMSFTU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:47 EDTFTNTFortinet Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel may look to form stylus alliance, DigiTimes reports
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance in order to establish a specification standard for stylus, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from IC designers, the alliance's first product is expected to launch in Q3 and will be to make the input device usable across different mobile devices. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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January 22, 2015
14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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07:42 EDTFTNTIT security demand very strong, says Wells Fargo
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06:24 EDTFTNTJPMorgan downgrades three in Software, FireEye a top pick
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
January 20, 2015
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
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