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April 11, 2013
12:23 EDTFIRE, RAD, MSFT, FTNT, INTC, PANW, ACAD, HPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims pulled back to fall below the 350K level. The Nasdaq was the weakest of the major averages, as declines in some of its most notable members, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), weighed on the index... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 42K from the prior week to 346K, versus an expectation for them to decline more modestly to 360K. Import prices declined 0.5% in March compared to the prior month, which was in-line with expectations, while export prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for a 0.1% gain... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of big-name tech companies were weaker after research firms International Data Corporation and Gartner both estimated that PC sales declined by double-digits in the first three months of the year. IDC estimated PC sales fell 14%, while Gartner said they'd fallen 11% from the prior year. Microsoft, which was also downgraded by at least three firms, declined 5%, while Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) fell over 6% and Intel slid more than 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), which surged 50% after the FDA approved its filing of a New Drug Application for a Parkinson's drug candidate and its shares were upgraded at Piper Jaffray. Also higher was Rite Aid (RAD), which gained 19% after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Fortinet (FTNT), which declined 15% after reporting weaker than expected first quarter results. Fortinet's report also weighed on several of its Internet security peers, with Sourcefire (FIRE) sliding 2% to $53 and Palo Alto (PANW) down 1%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 49.04, or 0.33%, to 14,851.28; the Nasdaq was up 0.70, or 0.02%, to 3,297.95; and the S&P 500 was up 5.14, or 0.32%, to 1,592.87.
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March 18, 2015
10:30 EDTRADRite Aid calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Rite Aid April 8 and 9 calls are active on 138K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. March call option implied volatility is at 72, April is at 62, May is at 53; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
10:15 EDTRADRumor: Rite Aid moves higher on renewed takeover speculation
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10:01 EDTMSFTPolycom and Microsoft announces new series of video collaboration solutions
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $46 on rising headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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09:00 EDTHPQPitney Bowes renews strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard
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08:08 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $39 from $35 at Oppenheimer
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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06:16 EDTRADAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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March 17, 2015
11:36 EDTMSFTGoPro Channel app tops 1M downloads on Xbox platform
GoPro (GPRO) announced that The GoPro Channel app has been downloaded over 1M times on the Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT). Additionally, users are watching an average of 25 minutes of GoPro videos during each viewing session. The GoPro Channel allows Xbox members worldwide to stream GoPro content on-demand, share favorite videos, and purchase cameras and accessories directly through the console.
10:13 EDTACADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:13 EDTMSFTMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTMSFTDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft exec confirms plans to drop IE brand for new browser, The Verge says
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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07:12 EDTHPQ, MSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:01 EDTACADStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PNK ACAD
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