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December 17, 2014
10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
10:14 EDTHPQ, STX, MSFT, WDCHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Tech signs contract with Buffalo and Ford Erie Public Bridge Authority
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09:16 EDTMSFTDigital River renews pact with Microsoft
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08:55 EDTINTCJD.com signs partnership pact with Intel on shopping tech, Marbridge Daily says
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06:44 EDTMSFTGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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06:25 EDTWDC, STXWestern Digital price target raised to $125 from $110 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Western Digital (WDC) shares to $125 on expectations PCs will return to positive growth in 2016-2017. Citi believes Western Digital will benefit if its thesis on PCs proves correct. It also raised its price target for Seagate (STX) shares to $74 from $70. Citi keeps a Buy rating on both stocks.
06:20 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $46 from $40 at Citigroup
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December 16, 2014
11:31 EDTINTCRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital story remains under-appreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes the enterprise value/free cash flow valuation for Western Digital remains under-appreciated. The firm sees an improving product mix and ongoing margin expansion and believes the company's acquisition of Skyera is a positive. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Western Digital shares.
07:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:02 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM CBST
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December 15, 2014
11:31 EDTHPQHP, NYC Comptroller reach $10.6M settlement to resolve ECTP dispute
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11:09 EDTMSFTSkype app to enable real-time voice translation, The Verge says
A new app from Microsoft's Skype enables voice calls in English or Spanish to be translated to the other language in real time, according to The Verge. The app will be available as a preview starting today, The Verge added. Reference Link
10:05 EDTHPQHP participates in a conference call with Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer hosts Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President & General Manager-Enterprise Group, who discusses HP convergence, servers and networking on a conference call to be held on December 15 at 11 am.
08:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital announces HGST to acquire Skyera
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06:06 EDTMSFTFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
12:26 EDTEMCPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $57 from $53 at FBR Capital
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07:12 EDTHPQHP reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $47.
06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray started 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. The stock closed yesterday up 27c to $47.17.
06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
16:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to now accept bitcoin
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13:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to reveal Windows 10 features at January 21 event, Re/code reports
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13:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
10:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires HockeyApp, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTMSFTCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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08:53 EDTMSFTBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
09:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 12 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:20 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs agreement with Albermarle County Service Authority
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed an agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes implementation and related professional services, support, and training.
08:25 EDTHPQHP capital return potential makes valuation attractive, says Brean Capital
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08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $129 from $124 at Jefferies
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06:36 EDTEMCNetApp initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan sees a lack of catalysts for storage earnings in 2015 and views the valuations of both NetApp (NTAP) and (EMC) as full at current levels. The firm started shares of both companies with Neutral ratings. It has a $43.50 price target for NetApp shares.
06:34 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan sees a lack of catalysts for storage earnings in 2015. The firm started shares of EMC with a Neutral rating and $31 price target.
December 9, 2014
07:41 EDTSTXBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital resolves two non-compliance matters with MOFCOM
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06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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07:28 EDTHPQ, STXFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 7, 2014
15:53 EDTHPQHP shares could gain 15%, Barron's says
HP shares could gain 15% to $45.00 per share as the company splits its enterprise business from PCs and printer business, by next October, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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10:44 EDTQCOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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December 4, 2014
17:00 EDTQCOMSilicon Image announces new unit Qterics, Qualcomm participates with investment
Silicon Image (SIMG) announced that Qualcomm (QCOM), has made a $7M strategic investment in Silicon Image’s new subsidiary, Qterics, for a 7% ownership interest. Qterics will be focused on enabling a wide variety of solutions and services for Internet-enabled consumer products including TVs, mobile handsets, tablets, routers, home automation devices, white goods and more. Qterics is comprised of the UpdateLogic services business combined with other related Silicon Image assets, including software and other intellectual property. Current UpdateLogic General Manager, Kurt Thielen, will assume the role of President of Qterics. “Qualcomm is committed to enabling technologies that support our ‘Internet of Everything’ initiatives. Our strategic investment in Qterics further promotes IoE advancements, including the development of solutions utilizing the AllJoyn open source software framework of the AllSeen Alliance for a truly interoperable Internet of Everything,” said Michael Wallace, SVP and General Manager, Qualcomm Internet Services. In addition to the investment, Qualcomm and Silicon Image will explore opportunities to collaborate on promoting the AllJoyn open source software framework and developing new Internet of Everything services
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTHPQCarbonite names Mohamad Ali as CEO
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08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
06:38 EDTINTCIntel to spend $1.6B to upgrade China factory, Reuters says
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06:05 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM QCOM
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December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTMSFTGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTMSFTChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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11:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says gaming business is 'thriving'
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10:19 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:06 EDTINTCIntel, Luxottica announce multiyear collaboration for wearable tech
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07:47 EDTHPQHP, Alcatel-Lucent announce expansion of global alliance
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07:14 EDTDELLBusiness Insider to hold a conference
Business Insider IGNITION 2014 Conference is being held in New York on December 1-3 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 3 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:20 EDTMSFT2015 PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14M, 11M respectively, DigiTimes says
Sony (SNE) is expected to ship 14M PlayStation 4 consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5M units and Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to ship 11M Xbox One consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 23.7M units in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U shipments in 2015 will be 2M units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29M. Reference Link
06:20 EDTHPQHP, Telecom Italia announce commercial agreement
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06:04 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM QCOM
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