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August 1, 2014
16:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files legal action against Samsung for breach of contract
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11:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands offers rewards to food safety whitleblowers, China Daily says
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10:17 EDTHPQHP pays U.S. $32.5M to settle overbilling postal service claims
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10:00 EDTBYDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTBYDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:29 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming management to meet with JPMorgan
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05:52 EDTMSFTPerion announces 3 year agreement with Bing, opts out of Google agreement
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05:45 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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July 31, 2014
17:25 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming expects to continue debt reduction for rest of year
Comment from Q2 earnings call.
16:27 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming lowers FY14 adj EBITDA to $580M-$600M from $600M-$620M
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16:25 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming reports Q2 adjusted EPS 5c, consensus 8c
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14:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says it will 'promptly appeal' ruling in abroad warrant case
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14:14 EDTMSFTU.S. judge orders Microsoft to hand over emails from abroad, Reuters says
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12:12 EDTYUMAnalysts defend Yum! Brands after company warns on meat scandal impact
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11:21 EDTINTCIntel may find difficulty shipping 40M tablet CPUs in 2014, DigiTimes says
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09:40 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls sharply, levels to watch
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09:28 EDTHPQElephant Talk and Hewlett-Packard collaborate on sales platform
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09:26 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:22 EDTMSFTBlackBerry announces BBM now available on Windows
BlackBerry announced a collaboration with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher.
08:32 EDTRADRite Aid reports July SSS up 4.6%
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08:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands defended at Stifel
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07:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target lowered to $85 from $94 at RBC Capital
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07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility expected to move on negative same store sales
Yum! Brands volatility is expected to move after the company disclosed a "significant negative impact to same store sales" in China due to the latest China food supplier issue. Overall option implied volatility of 19 is near its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says no Chinese laws broken, Xinhua reports
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05:47 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target lowered to $78 from $90 at Deutsche Bank
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July 30, 2014
18:54 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: VistaPrint (VPRT), up 20.6% after reporting better than expected quarterly results and guiding fiscal 2015 higher than analyst estimates... Mobileiron (MOBL), up 16.5%... LivePerson (LPSN), up 10.6%... Equinix (EQIX), up 1.1%... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 1.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 9.9% after reporting second quarter results and that it will acquire Cie Games for $100M in cash and stock... ServiceNow (NOW), down 5.8%... Akamai (AKAM), down 5.3%... Westell Technologies (WSTL), down 7.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 4%... Whole Foods (WFM), down 3.4% after reporting third quarter results and guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014... Kraft Foods (KRFT), down 1.6%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 1.6%... Yelp (YELP), reverses in after-hours trading and shares are down marginally after reporting a decline in newly added businesses. ALSO LOWER: Penn Virginia (PVA), down 2.1% after announcing that it has sold Eagle Ford Shale acreage rights for $150M... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 5.6% after saying that OSI had a "significant, negative impact" to its sales in China.
17:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands drops 6% to $68.45 after saying OSI hurt China sales
17:35 EDTYUMYum! says OSI had 'significant, negative impact' to China SSS
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17:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft names John Stanton as new board member
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11:47 EDTMSFTSony turned down participating in 'EA Access' program, Game Informer reports
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11:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in China on September 23
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11:01 EDTHPQAvnet expands distribution relationship with HP into Mexico
Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet (AVT), announced that it will now distribute HP’s (HPQ) data center-related products in Mexico, including enterprise technologies and software. Under this new agreement, Avnet will provide channel partners with a wide variety of resources to help them capture analytics, big data, cloud computing and converged infrastructure opportunities. To support this relationship, Avnet has formed an HP Solutions group in Mexico, a dedicated team focused on helping partners increase their data center sales with HP enterprise technologies and software.
09:53 EDTMSFT, HPQBest Buy CEO Joly says sales of tablets 'crashing,' Re/code reports
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09:31 EDTMSFTGameStop should be bought on weakness, says BB&T
BB&T thinks Electronics Arts' (EA) subscription deal with Microsoft (MSFT) is a non-event for GameStop (GME). The firm sees the decline in Electronic Arts as an overreaction and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:05 EDTMSFTEA service to not impact GameStop for several years, says Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2014
13:58 EDTMSFTGameStop turns negative after EA announces subscription game service
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13:49 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts announces subscription game service in partnership with Microsoft
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13:12 EDTINTCIntel working with cheap tablet makers in China, WantChinaTimes says
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11:17 EDTMSFTVirnetX announces denial of three Microsoft petitions for inter partes review
VirnetX (VHC) announced that last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied three petitions for inter partes review filed by Microsoft (MSFT). These petitions sought review of certain claims of VirnetX's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135 ('135 patent) and 7,188,180 ('180 patent). Like some of the petitions filed by Apple and all of the petitions filed by RPX, the USPTO found that Microsoft's petitions were not filed within the time limit imposed by the statute and declined to institute inter partes review. Microsoft was found to infringe both '135 and '180 patents in a prior lawsuit filed by VirnetX against Microsoft.
06:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Akamai and JVP to work together in cybersecurity accelerator
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06:43 EDTYUMAnalyst: China restaurants to obtain meat locally, China Daily says
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July 28, 2014
09:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offices in China raided amid probe, South China Morning Post says
Microsoft spokeswoman Joan Li confirmed that the company is being investigated in China, though did not specify what the investigation concerned, after China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce sent investigators to four Microsoft offices, reported The South China Morning Post. Reference Link
07:48 EDTHPQHP awarded $55.8M five-year services contract by Anaheim, CA
HP Enterprise Services announced the city of Anaheim, CA, has signed a $55.8M agreement for HP to continue managing the city's information technology, or IT, environment. Under the five-year contract, which includes a pair of two-year extension options not included in the announced contract value, HP will continue providing a full suite of services for Anaheim's IT infrastructure. HP also will enhance services with an upgraded disaster recovery solution that will ensure business continuity following a catastrophic event. New services also include infrastructure enhancements designed to accelerate hosting service virtualization, lower power consumption with PC power management and enhance IT security.
07:40 EDTMSFTAmazon could see new cloud competition on many fronts, WSJ says
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06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to begin production on new Surface in August, DigiTimes reports
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06:23 EDTYUMHusi Shanghai withdraws products from marketplace
OSI Group, the parent company of Husi Shanghai issued a statement on its website saying that it is withdrawing all products manufactured by Husi from the marketplace. The company said, "To help rebuild the trust of our customers and consumers, as well as to cooperate with the official investigatory process, we are compelled to withdraw all products manufactured by Shanghai Husi from the marketplace. We are also conducting a thorough internal investigation into any possible failures on the part of current and former senior management. Should any misconduct be uncovered, we will take swift and decisive action against those responsible, including all relevant disciplinary and/or legal measures. In addition, a new management team has been brought in to China to ensure that operations run effectively. OSI will conduct a full, fair, and comprehensive investigation on managers at all levels for evidence of management failures. In the meantime, our local operations will be managed by global management in accordance with global standards of quality management. We remain committed to our presence in China and have sent our best team of global experts to ensure we resolve this. We are very proud of our team members and our operations in other parts of China. It reinforces our confidence and commitment to China. We have a great deal yet to deliver to China.” World-wide brands such as Yum! Brands' (YUM) KFC, McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the food scandal in the country after allegations arose speculating that Husi Shanghai supplied expired meat to the companies. Reference Link
06:17 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
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06:16 EDTYUMOSI Group CEO says China food scandal 'completely unacceptable'
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06:05 EDTMSFTJD.com launches Xbox One sales in China
JD.com (JD) began taking China pre-orders for Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com's Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. Vice president of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business unit Shuang Du said, "Through our partnership with Tencent (TCEHY), Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China's most popular mobile communications platforms. We will continue to focus on providing the most convenient channels for Chinese consumers to purchase authentic products through their mobile devices." On July 31, the JD.com website and JD.com's exhibition booth at the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai will also begin taking pre-orders. Reference Link
July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTMSFTAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTYUMS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
13:13 EDTRADEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
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09:32 EDTBYDNevada reports June statewide gaming win up 14.4% to $906.9M
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08:47 EDTINTCMellanox points to bigger than expected Grantley ramp, says Janney Capital
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06:20 EDTMSFTChina Telecom to start selling Microsoft's Xbox One in September, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTINTCIntel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet models in Q4, DigiTimes says
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05:59 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 17, Williams (WMB) 22 according to iVolatility.
05:56 EDTMSFTYammer's David Sacks leaving Microsoft
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July 24, 2014
16:09 EDTRADRite Aid names Darren Karst as executive VP, CFO
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16:05 EDTRADRoundy's CFO Karst leaves for Rite-Aid, names Michael Turzenski as CFO
Roundy’s (RNDY) announced that Darren Karst, Roundy’s executive VP and CFO will be leaving the company to join Rite Aid (RAD) as its executive VP and CFO. Karst will remain with Roundy’s through August 9. Michael Turzenski, currently Roundy’s group VP and Chief Accounting Officer, has been appointed group VP, CFO by Roundy’s board. Turzenski has served as group VP, Chief Accounting Officer since February 2012. Turzenski joined Roundy’s in 2007 as VP, controller.
12:36 EDTFTNTAnalyst says Barracuda weakness may be based on misunderstanding
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10:56 EDTFTNTBarracuda Networks pullback may be due to misinterpretation, says JPMorgan
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10:19 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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09:17 EDTFTNTFortinet best small cap idea for 2014, says RW Baird
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09:16 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming announces senior executive appointments
Boyd Gaming announced several senior executive appointments. Chris Gibase has been appointed to the newly created position of CMO. Gibase previously served as Senior VP, Operations, for 10 years. Boyd Gaming also has named two executives – Steve Schutte and Vince Schwartz – to the position of Senior VP, Operations. Additionally, Boyd Gaming has expanded the responsibilities of Ted Bogich, Senior VP, Operations of Midwest properties. In his new role, Bogich will be responsible for Blue Chip, Par-A-Dice, Kansas Star, Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs. Gibase, Bogich, Schwartz and Schutte will report directly to Paul Chakmak, Executive VP and COO.
07:50 EDTHPQHP, Hortonworks extend strategic partnership
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07:43 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $30 from $26 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Fortinet after the company reported stronger than expected Q2 results. The firm thinks the company is well-positioned to continue gaining market share and reiterates an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $29 from $26 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its price target on Fortinet as the firm thinks the company reported impressive Q2 results. The firm believes that the company is gaining market share and seeing strong momentum. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:51 EDTYUMChina investigates 581 companies, restaurants as scandal broadens, Reuters says
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
16:49 EDTFTNTFortinet sees FY14 EPS 47c-48c, consensus 50c
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16:42 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q3 EPS 11c, consensus 13c
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16:32 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q2 adjusted EPS 11c, consensus 10c
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:13 EDTYUMYum terminates all buying from scandal linked Chinese supplier, Reuters reports
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13:28 EDTFTNTCheck Point advances after results beat expectations
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12:57 EDTFTNTCheck Point Q2 results, guidance solid, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Check Point (CHK) reported solid Q2 results and provided solid guidance, as its large deal metrics were particularly strong, according to Wells. The firm thinks the results show that spending trends in cyber security remain strong, boding well for cyber security companies Palo Alto (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE). Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Check Point.
11:33 EDTINTCSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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11:08 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm thinks the company reported solid results and continues to make progress with its cloud offerings, while the Nokia deal has become derisked. Target $54.
08:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results step in right direction, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Microsoft's June quarter results as "as another step in the right direction" and it raised its price target for shares to $51 from $49. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, saying the Nokia guidance was better than feared.
07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $46 at UBS
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06:48 EDTYUMFive people detained regarding China meat scandal investigation, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
06:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 18, Shire (SHPG) 19 according to iVolatility.
July 22, 2014
18:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reverses after Q4 earnings call, now trading up 1.4%
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18:33 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says demand weak in China, unlikely to change soon
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18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees FY15 OpEx $34.2B-$34.6B
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16:57 EDTMSFTUnwired Planet files suit against Microsoft
Unwired Planet (UPIP) announced that it has sued Microsoft (MSFT) for breach of contract and declaratory judgment in the U.S. district court of Delaware. This action relates to the licensing agreement the two companies entered into in September 2011. "Microsoft owes Unwired Planet licensing fees under a previous agreement,” stated Phil Vachon, chairman of Unwired Planet. The complaint was filed under seal in order to protect the confidentiality of certain terms of the parties’ agreement.
16:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 1.1M XBox consoles in Q4
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says cloud revenue doubled to $4.4B run rate
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 commercial revenue grew 11% to $13.48B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 devices and consumer revenue up 42% to $10B
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16:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 60c
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15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 45 straddle priced for 4.1% move into Q4
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15:07 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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12:53 EDTINTCApplied Materials drops following report of opposition to merger
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07:31 EDTMSFTInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
06:17 EDTMSFT, HPQGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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05:59 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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05:55 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; NQ HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; NQ Mobile (NQ) 169, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 28 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF MSFT
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:41 EDTINTCIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
11:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades lower, levels to watch
The shares are trading close to session lows at $74.60 following news of a tainted meat scandal for KFC operations in China. Dragon TV of Shanghai reported that Husi Food Co. sold the company expired chicken repackaged with altered expiration dates. The $74 area is an important one technically for the shares. A breakdown below $74 would be bearish for future price. Holding price at $74 would put the stock back at the lows of the range since mid-February of this year.
11:04 EDTMSFTOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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11:00 EDTYUMStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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10:43 EDTHPQFormer Autonomy CFO challenges proposed HP settlement, Re/code reports
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10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October 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 Q4 on July 22.
09:10 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:34 EDTINTCIntel mobile business could be source of growth, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Intel's Mobile & Communications segment could be an important growth and profit driver for the company starting next year. The firm thinks the company's manufacturing technology lead and efforts to establish a foundry business could boost its Mobile & Communications segment. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:15 EDTINTC, HPQ, MSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:14 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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