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May 13, 2014
11:07 EDTCMCSA, DIS, NFLX, FOXA, MSFTMicrosoft to begin offering Xbox One without Kinect for $399
Microsoft announced in a corporate blog post that the company will now offer Xbox One starting at $399 in all markets where Xbox One is sold, beginning on June 9. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect, Microsoft noted. The company also confirmed that it will now offer all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps, such as Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu (CMCSA, DIS, FOXA), whether or not subscribers have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Reference Link
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November 12, 2015
15:51 EDTDIS, CMCSA, FOXAHulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner, DJ says
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14:34 EDTCMCSAIAC bid unlikely best offer for Angie's List, others interested, The Deal says
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13:24 EDTNFLX, MSFTEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat as shares trade near 14-year high
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils plan to protect European data from U.S. overreach, FT says
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November 11, 2015
18:50 EDTCMCSA, DISTime Warner, Comcast expand investments in virtual reality, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Albemarle (ALB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ares Management (ARES) reinstated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carriage Services (CSV) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... CubeSmart (CUBE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... NeuroDerm (NDRM) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Perceptron (PRCP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Proteon Therapeutics (PRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Service Corp. (SCI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
09:38 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast announces streaming cable TV service available in Greater Boston region
Comcast announced that Stream TV, a new streaming cable TV service that includes access to live channels from all the major broadcast networks and HBO as well as thousands of on demand choices, is available to current Xfinity Internet-only customers in the company's Greater Boston Region, which includes eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
07:40 EDTCMCSAWells Fargo to hold a conference
6th Annual Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTCMCSAeOne joins Participant Media as investors in DreamWorks, Hollywood Reporter says
Entertainment One plans to join Participant Media and DreamWorks' stakeholder Reliance Entertainment in investing in DreamWorks, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing sources. The arrangement is expected to be revealed around the same time the deal between DreamWorks and Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will be officially announced, possibly around Thanksgiving, the report says. Reference Link
November 10, 2015
16:42 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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15:10 EDTCMCSA, NFLX, FOXA, DIST-Mobile confirms unlimited streaming initiative 'Binge On'
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14:59 EDTNFLX, CMCSA, DIS, FOXAT-Mobile introduces unlimited video streaming
During Tuesday's Uncarrier X press event, T-Mobile (TMUS) announced "Binge On," a new initiative allowing its customers to stream video without impacting their monthly data caps. The feature will support 24 video services at launch, including Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). Reference Link
12:00 EDTDISAb InBev, HSBC, Google, among firms to testify at EU tax hearing, Reuters says
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11:05 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TWTR
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09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast extends fiber network to the Modesto Business Park
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07:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $64 from $53 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Katherine Egbert raised her price target for Microsoft to $64 saying the newly released Halo 5: Guardians appears to be the company's most successful Halo so far. Microsoft is on its way towards a "more growth-oriented phase of life" with growth coming from Halo, Windows10 and other products, Egbert tells investors in a research note. She keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
07:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to offer cloud services from the UK
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