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August 1, 2014
10:17 EDTHPQHP pays U.S. $32.5M to settle overbilling postal service claims
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05:52 EDTMSFTPerion announces 3 year agreement with Bing, opts out of Google agreement
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July 31, 2014
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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11:21 EDTINTCIntel may find difficulty shipping 40M tablet CPUs in 2014, DigiTimes says
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10:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTHPQElephant Talk and Hewlett-Packard collaborate on sales platform
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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.
07:57 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $120 from $105 at Stifel
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07:46 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded at Bernstein
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07:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says no Chinese laws broken, Xinhua reports
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06:24 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $116 from $100 at Citigroup
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July 30, 2014
17:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft names John Stanton as new board member
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17:13 EDTWDCWestern Digital sees Q1 EPS $1.95-$2.05, consensus $2.06
Sees Q1 revenue $3.8B-$3.9B, consensus $3.84B. Guidance from Q4 earnings call.
16:23 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q4 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.74
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15:31 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:22 EDTWDCWestern Digital technical comments ahead of results
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13:14 EDTSTX, WDCEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares rise ahead of Q4 report
Western Digital (WDC) is set to report fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, July 30, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Western Digital provides digital content storage solutions, and is primarily engaged in the sale of hard drives for both personal and business use. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.74 on revenue of $3.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.66-$1.88 on revenue of $3.54B-$3.69B. On its third quarter earnings conference call, the company said it sees Q4 EPS of $1.65-$1.75, which was below then-consensus estimates for $1.89. Western Digital also guided to Q4 revenue of $3.5B-$3.6B, which was roughly in-line with then-estimates for $3.74B. The company’s Q4 outlook marked the third consecutive quarter that its guidance disappointed. LAST QUARTER: On Wednesday April 30, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.94 on revenue of $3.7B, which compared to estimates for earnings of $1.88 on revenue of $3.74B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on Western Digital during the quarter. On May 14, Barclays upgraded Western Digital to Overweight from Equalweight citing the potential for increased buyback activity and cost synergies. The firm raised its price target for the shares to $98 from $95. On July 1, Brean Capital noted that it sees "material" earnings upside in the June quarter for Western Digital and Seagate (STX). The firm explained that it loves both stocks in regards to the short and long terms and it urged investors to get into the names at current levels. Brean had a $125 price target for Western Digital. Deutsche Bank increased its price target on Western Digital to $118 from $100 on July 14, citing expectations that PC market strength will continue and that enterprise will recover in 2H14. Deutsche said it expected Western Digital to report June quarter results above guidance due to market share gains and it maintained the stock with a Buy rating. On July 16, RW Baird upgraded Western Digital to Outperform from Neutral citing PC strength and renewed traction in Hyperscale Cloud and Enterprise. The firm upped its price target on the shares to $120 from $95. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital have increased 15.63% since last quarter's earnings report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Western Digital is up almost 1% to $101.50.
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 EDTHPQ, MSFTBest 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.
07:31 EDTEMCEMC shareholders unlikely to endorse break up, says UBS
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06:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Akamai and JVP to work together in cybersecurity accelerator
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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
09:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness creates opportunity, says Argus
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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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06:17 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
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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
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
12:32 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
10:45 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Tigress Financial
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10:03 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm China royalty problem likely to keep lid on multiple, says BMO Capital
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07:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $90 from $95 at Canaccord
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07:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm fundamentals remain intact, says Deutsche Bank
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07:50 EDTHPQHP, Hortonworks extend strategic partnership
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07:25 EDTEMCEMC price target raised to $33 from $30 at Brean Capital
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06:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore
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06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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06:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm confirmed in China as having monopoly, China Daily reports
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
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05:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits up to $150M to strategic venture fund in China
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July 23, 2014
16:10 EDTQCOMQualcomm says China continues to present significant challenges, opportunities
The company said, "China continues to present significant opportunities for us, particularly with the rollout of 4G LTE, but also presents significant challenges, as our business practices continue to be the subject of an investigation by the China National Development and Reform Commission. Please refer to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended June 29, 2014 filed with the SEC for our most recent disclosures regarding the NDRC investigation. We also believe that certain licensees in China currently are not fully complying with their contractual obligations to report their sales of licensed products to us (which includes certain licensees underreporting a portion of their 3G/4G device sales and a dispute with a licensee) and that unlicensed companies may seek to delay execution of new licenses while the NDRC investigation is ongoing. We expect calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments to be approximately 1.3 billion globally. However, our estimate of calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments that we currently expect to be reported to us is approximately 1.04 billion to 1.13 billion, which is adjusted for units that we believe may not be reported to us, are in dispute or are currently unlicensed. We are taking steps to address these issues, although the timing of any resolution is uncertain."
16:08 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 MSM chip shipments 230M-245M, up 21%-29% YoY
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16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm expects to complete minimum of $1B in share repurchases in Q4
16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 MSM chip shipments 225M units, up 31% YoY
Up 20% sequentially.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.21-$5.36 from $5.05-$5.25
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.20-$1.35, consensus $1.39
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 EPS outlook
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.44, consensus $1.22
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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
15:30 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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14:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly 81 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
13:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical commentary ahead of results
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11:33 EDTQCOM, INTCSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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10:02 EDTMSFT, QCOMOn 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.
08:46 EDTEMCEMC says it plans to meet with Elliot Management
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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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07:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
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07:11 EDTEMCEMC accelerates 2014 share buyback plan to $3B from $2B
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07:10 EDTEMCEMC raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90, consensus $1.91
Sees FY14 revenues $24.575B, consensus $24.57B. FY14 and consolidated non-GAAP operating income is expected to range from 24.0%-24.5% of revenues.
07:07 EDTEMCEMC reports Q2 adjusted EPS 43c, consensus 43c
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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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15:41 EDTQCOMQualcomm replaces NVIDIA in newest Xiaomi Mi phone, TechInAsia reports
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15:39 EDTQCOMNVIDIA loses another Tegra socket to Qualcomm, says Pacific Crest
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15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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15:30 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
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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12:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm advances after Cowen sees shares poised to break-out
Shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which develops mobile device components, are climbing after research firm Cowen wrote that the stock is poised to break-out above its recent range. WHAT'S NEW: Qualcomm's stock is well-positioned to advance above the trading range it has stayed in over the past three months, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The company's Q3 results, due to be announced on July 23, should be in-line with or better than expectations, the analyst predicted. The company's QCT business unit - which provides solutions for smart connected devices - likely exceeded expectations last quarter, driven by gains in LTE technologies, according to Arcuri. Meanwhile, he believes that Qualcomm's technology licensing business should generate results at the high end of the unit's total available market, as its revenue from licensing technology for devices using the CDMA standard appears to have exceeded the high end of its guidance. Qualcomm's Q4 guidance could exceed expectations and the company's revenue growth may accelerate to double digit percentage levels, the analyst forecast. Furthermore, Qualcomm's profits are likely to be boosted by cost cutting and higher margins in its QCT business, Arcuri predicted. He kept an $86 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Qualcomm climbed $2, or 2.5%, to $81.69.
09:28 EDTEMCEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
09:06 EDTEMCEMC price target raised to $33 from $28 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised EMC's (EMC) price target to $33 following reports that Elliott Management has taken a 2% stake in the company and is targeting a spin-off of the VMware (VMW) stake. The analyst believes EMC is undervalued without VMware and sees potential for 25% upside if a spin-off were to occur. Shares are Buy rated.
08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm poised to break out of trading range, says Cowen
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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.
06:56 EDTEMCElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
06:17 EDTHPQ, MSFTGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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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 EDTEMCOn 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.
12:10 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:43 EDTHPQFormer Autonomy CFO challenges proposed HP settlement, Re/code reports
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10:23 EDTEMCEMC rallies, levels to watch
The shares are up 3.6% to $27.95 at time of writing, just off the new 52-week high set at $28.32 today. Resistance above that high is at $29.25. Support is at $27.41.
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 EDTEMCOn 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%.
08:35 EDTEMCEMC shares poised to advance, says Cantor
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07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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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 EDTHPQ, MSFT, INTCO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTEMCElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
06:14 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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06:02 EDTEMCEMC volatility expected to move on activist investor stake & Q2
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTINTCMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:36 EDTINTCPlug Power said to be on list of companies probed by SEC, Probes Reporter says
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11:42 EDTINTCAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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10:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August is at 20, September, October and January is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 23.
08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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08:51 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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07:40 EDTSTXSeagate shares could trade as high as $100, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital remains bullish on Seagate following its Q4 results. The firm expects solid industry demand and improved gross margins and believes the company's revenue guidance is conservative. The firm has a Buy rating and $70 price target on Seagate, but said its stock could trade as high as $100 if earnings, free cash flow, and enterprise value hit the top end of its potential range.
07:25 EDTWDC, STXWestern Digital has positive read through from Seagate results, says RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTMSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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