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February 23, 2014
13:08 EDTMSFT, NOK, SSNLF, LNVGYMicrosoft adds new Windows Phone hardware partners
Microsoft (MSFT) announced nine new hardware partners for Windows Phone and direct access to tools that will broaden the portfolio of devices for consumers and introduce new price points to accelerate growth in key markets. In addition to existing partners — Nokia (NOK), Samsung (SSNLF), HTC and Huawei — Microsoft has announced it is now working with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava , Lenovo (LNVGY), LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE to develop on the Windows Phone platform. With this latest news, Microsoft is now working with seven of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in the world in addition to leading brands in China, India and Taiwan, representing more than 56% of the addressable market globally. Customers can expect to see an even broader array of devices, from iconic to lower-cost options, coming to market. "We are pleased to add these new partners to our expanding Windows Phone ecosystem. They will be key contributors to continued growth across price points and geographies for Windows Phone," said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft.
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August 13, 2014
21:13 EDTLNVGYLenovo Group reports Q1 EPS $2.03 vs. $1.65 last year
Reports Q1 revenue $10.4B vs. $8.79B last year. Lenovo said it maintained its number three ranking in smart connected devices growing shipments by 28% year-over-year. It has been the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters with its highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4% up 2.7 points year-over-year.
14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, 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 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
06:16 EDTSSNLFIC vendors seeking wafer production at houses other than TSMC, DigiTimes says
More fabless IC vendors are seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC (TSM) such as Samsung (SSNLF), Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI), reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the move to seek wafer production at other foundry houses is due to extremely tight productoin at TSMC where 8- and 12-inch wafers are currently fully booked. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
06:44 EDTSSNLFAU Optronics facing tough battle in UHD TV panel market, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics and Innolux are facing an uphill battle in the UHD TV panel market as it tries to increase its global share, reports DigiTimes. According to sources with supply chain makers, their production capacities are fully occupied and it is difficult to increase output. In addition, the companies are seeing growing support from TV vendors for Samsung Display (SSNLF) and LG Display (LPL). Reference Link
August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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08:30 EDTLNVGYLenovo Group management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in New York on August 14-15 hosted by JPMorgan.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 8, 2014
08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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07:06 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Barnes & Noble holding press event on August 20, Business Insider says
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06:37 EDTLNVGYMotorola to be sales arm for Lenovo to increase global shipments, DigiTimes says
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August 7, 2014
07:23 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushed to revamp itself as smartphone sales falter, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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August 6, 2014
13:33 EDTSSNLFSamsung may unveil new wearable at September 3 event, Business Insider says
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06:38 EDTMSFTAccenture says complying with SAIC in Microsoft probe, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTMSFTSAIC enacts fresh raids on Accenture, Microsoft, Reuters says
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its website that it conducted fresh raids on Microsoft (MSFT) and Accenture (ACN) after the firm noted last week that Microsoft is being probed for anti-trust crimes, according to Reuters, citing an e-mail statement from a Beijing-based Microsoft spokeswoman. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTSSNLFApple, Samsung to drop all litigation outside U.S., Re/code reports
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