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February 7, 2014
17:09 EDTTWTR, DIS, KO, NWSA, YUM, MSFT, DDD, FOXA, GMCRAverages 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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March 17, 2015
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 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:25 EDTTWTRTwitter initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Target $61.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:13 EDTNWSANews Corp. management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on March 20 hosted by Jefferies.
13:56 EDTTWTRChances of Twitter launching fee-based service increasing, analyst says
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10:50 EDTTWTRKing Digital seen benefiting from user base larger than Twitter, LinkedIn
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10:44 EDTNWSA, DISNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:02 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
08:37 EDTTWTRTwitter verified offering becoming more likely, says Pacific Crest
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:11 EDTTWTRTwitter blocks Meerkat access to social network data, Buzzfeed says
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March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTDIS, FOXADisney's 'Cinderella' takes top spot at domestic weekend box office with $70.1M
Rentrak (RENT) announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 15, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office with $70.1M: Warner Bros' (TWX) "Run All Night" took the second spot at the box office with $11M; 20th Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took third with $6.2M; Warner Bros' "Focus" took the fourth spot at the box office with $5.8M and Sony's (SNE) "Chappie" took fifth place with $5.8M.
18:04 EDTKODavid Winters says Coca-Cola CEO declined bonus not enough, Reuters says
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