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February 7, 2014
17:09 EDTNWSA, YUM, MSFT, DDD, FOXA, GMCR, TWTR, DIS, KOAverages close week with modest gains
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week with modest gains, paring back considering losses suffered in the week's first trading session. Despite a much-anticipated U.S. jobs number that missed expectations, investors were constructive on equities amid a torrent of corporate earnings reports. MACRO NEWS: The week's marquee economic data point, the U.S. employment report for January, showed that the U.S. economy added 113,000 non-farm jobs in the month. Analysts had been expecting the economy to add 180,000 jobs. To start the week, U.S. ISM Manufacturing data reported Monday came in well below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) announced the head of its cloud and enterprise group, Satya Nadella, would replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. The tech giant also announced that Bill Gates would take a new, more active role as the board's technology adviser... Coca-Cola (KO) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) announced a 10-year strategic collaboration agreement to develop Green Mountain's forthcoming at-home cold drinks maker, Keurig Cold. As part of the agreement, Coke took a 10% equity stake in the K-cup maker for $1.25B, and shares of Green Mountain gained more than 33% for the week... Automakers reported U.S. January sales on Monday of this week, with Ford (F) reporting sales than fell 7% and General Motors (GM) reporting sales that fell 12%... Among notable gainers following their reports were KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands (YUM), Dow member and media giant Disney (DIS), as well as both 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and News Corp. (NWSA), which were formerly bundled under the News Corp. umbrella. Among the notable decliners following their quarterly report were microblogging site Twitter (TWTR), which fell more than 24% after its first quarterly report as a public company. 3D Systems (DDD) also saw its shares decline sharply after its quarterly report, with the 3-D printer manufacturer finishing the week down about 15%. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.6% to close at 15,794.08, the S&P 500 was up 0.8% to close at 1,797.02, and the Nasdaq was up 0.5% to close at 4,125.86.
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April 8, 2014
07:28 EDTKOSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
07:25 EDTDISBook by Pixar president explains growth crisis under Disney, Bloomberg says
"Creativity, Inc," a new book by Pixar's president Ed Catmull, describes three crises the company faced after it was acquired by Disney seven years ago, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Catmull in his book. Reference Link
06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:27 EDTFOXA, DISMajor movie studios file lawsuit against Megaupload, Engadget reports
The MPAA announced that major movie studios have filed a civil lawsuit against filesharing site megaupload two years after federal investigators shut down the website and filed criminal charges against its founder, reports Engadget. The lawsiut targets the site's Uploader Rewards program with the claim that the business model was "designed to encourage theft." Reference Link
06:19 EDTTWTRTwitter initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:49 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility movement; CTRP GMCR
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
16:10 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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12:11 EDTTWTRTwitter acquires Cover, terms not disclosed
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11:42 EDTDDDStocks with call strike movement; DDD TSLA
3D Systems (DDD) August 65 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 50, Tesla (TSLA) September 250 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 55 according to IVolatility.
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
08:19 EDTDIS'Captain America' sequel breaks records with $96.2M debut, LA Times says
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07:45 EDTDISNoble Financial Capital Markets to hold a forum
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06:49 EDTTWTRWeibo looking to raise over $380M in IPO, NY Times says
SINA's (SINA) Weibo hopes to raise more than $380M in its upcoming IPO and price its shares at $17-$19, Weibo said in its prospectus, according to The New York Times. Known as a "microblog," Weibo has been compared to Twitter (TWTR). Reference Link
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:22 EDTDDD3-D stocks off to a rough start in 2014, WSJ reports
3-D stocks are off to a rough start this year with 3D Systems (DDD) down 40% and Stratasys (SSYS) down about 19%, the Wall Street Journal reports, but adds that some 3-D stocks remain priced at 50-70 times projected 2014 earnings. Reference Link
06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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