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April 26, 2015
16:37 EDTNOKNokia says no current plans to manufacture consumer handsets
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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTMSFTStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
12:49 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
07:33 EDTMSFTNomura's Shurland upgrades Microsoft to Buy citing expected 2016 acceleration
Nomura's Richard Shurland upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral with a $50 price target. Shurland said Microsoft's Q3 results reflected difficult comps and core business weakness due to the transition to cloud, but results were better than guidance. The analyst said there is emerging evidence that Azure has turned positive on gross margins and Office 365 margins have expanded sharply. Shurland believes Microsoft will begin to show low single digit revenue growth in 2016, with about 10% EPS growth from share repurchase leverage and with a 2.9% dividend yield. He also said he views valuation as reasonable.
07:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $47 at RBC Capital
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07:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft estimates more likely to go down than up, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the majority of Microsoft's earnings beat to "significantly" lower than expected operating expenses and it no longer expects next week's analyst day to be a negative catalyst as the company said FY16 guidance won't be given. Citi, however, still believes estimates are too high and are more likely to go down than up. It expects Microsoft shares to underperform and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. It raised its price target for shares to $37 from $36.
06:30 EDTMSFTAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:16 EDTMSFTEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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April 23, 2015
19:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices, consumer licensing revenue 3.2B-$3.4B
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19:16 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 3% after reporting better-than-expected Q3 earnings
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 Commercial revenue grew 5% to $12.8B
Commercial revenue grew 5%, up 7% in constant currency, to $12.8B. Commercial cloud revenue grew 106%, up 111% in constant currency, driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3B. Server products and services revenue grew 12%, up 16% in constant currency, with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $9B
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8%, up 11% in constant currency, to $9B. Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4M, up 35% sequentially. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices. Search advertising revenue grew 21%, up 24% in constant currency, with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year.
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says stronger U.S. dollar had 'significant' impact on Q3 results
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results include $190M of integration, restructuring expenses
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 51c
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15:38 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Citi says sell Microsoft shares, Wells Fargo sees outperformance
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12:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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08:19 EDTNOKBaidu mulling bid for Nokia maps unit, Bloomberg reports
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTNOKNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:55 EDTNOKNokia looks for $3.2B for its Maps business, Bloomberg says
10:02 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
10:01 EDTMSFTEY and Microsoft form strategic business relationship
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09:18 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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08:37 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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08:35 EDTNOKNokia upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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08:16 EDTMSFTSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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06:24 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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April 21, 2015
13:34 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Yahoo shares dropped more than 6.5% since last earnings report
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07:37 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive extends agreement with Harmonix for Rock Band 4
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07:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:04 EDTMSFTYahoo, Microsoft add termination clause to search deal
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April 20, 2015
10:00 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:09 EDTNOKNokia management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:21 EDTNOKNokia could rejoin consumer mobile phone market in 2016, Re/code reports
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06:07 EDTNOKNokia downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
05:51 EDTMSFTEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTMSFTFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTNOKStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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13:39 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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12:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:20 EDTMSFTGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:19 EDTMSFTAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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07:15 EDTMSFTYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:33 EDTMSFTChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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10:00 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded on valuation at Stifel... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... CoreSite Realty (COR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Meggitt (MEGGF) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG... Thomson Reuters (TRI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Turquoise Hill (TRQ) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at TD Securities... Washington Federal (WAFD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
10:00 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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08:06 EDTNOKNokia upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Nokia (NOK) to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm said weakness following the Alcatel (ALU) deal is an overreaction and ignores 25% accretion. Morgan Stanley said the new Nokia has a much stronger product portfolio relative to Ericsson (ERIC).
06:59 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:43 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Natixis
05:42 EDTNOKNokia downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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05:40 EDTNOKNokia downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Nokia (NOK) to Neutral citing valuation and integration risks from the takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
April 15, 2015
16:27 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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13:31 EDTNOKFrench president wants to protect French jobs in Nokia, Alcatel merger, AFP says
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12:30 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:00 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:08 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:51 EDTNOKFlextronics in advanced talks for part of Chinese jv of Alcatel, Reuters says
Flextronics (FLEX) is in advanced talks to acquire the manufacturing unit of Alcatel-Lucent's (ALU) Shanghai Bell joint venture, reported Reuters, citing two people with knowledge of the deal. Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent have announced their intention to combine in all-share transaction. Reference Link
07:46 EDTNOKEricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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07:11 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Nokia (NOK) to Market Perform with a $9.20 price target following the company's buyout of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
07:10 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:27 EDTNOKNokia initiates review of strategic options for HERE business
Nokia (NOK) announces that it has initiated a review of strategic options, including a potential divestment, for its HERE business. HERE is a leader in navigation, mapping and location intelligence. Nokia also announced a proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent (ALU). The Board of Directors of Nokia believes this is the right moment to assess the position of HERE within the proposed new Nokia business.The strategic review of HERE is on-going and it may or may not result in any transaction. Any further announcements about HERE will be made as appropriate.
06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
05:48 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent down 16% following Nokia transaction.
05:44 EDTNOKNokia holders to own 66.5% of new company, Alcatel-Lucent holders to own 33.5%
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05:42 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent CEO says combined company is 'compelling offer' for holders
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05:35 EDTNOKNokia maintains dividend, maintains target to return to investment-grade rating
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05:27 EDTNOKNokia sees Alcatel-Lucent acquisition accretive to FY17 non-IFRS earnings
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05:23 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announce their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The all-share transaction values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis, corresponding to a fully diluted premium of 34%, equivalent to EUR 4.48 per share, and a premium to shareholders of 28%, equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share, on the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months. This is based on Nokia's unaffected closing share price of EUR 7.77 on April 13. Each company's board has approved the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2016. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, completion of relevant works council consultations, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
05:19 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
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April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
14:20 EDTNOKFrench government supporting potential Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters says
The French government has decided to back the potential takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) by Nokia (NOK), according to Reuters. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Nokia provided "clear undertakings" that reassured him about the potential deal, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:24 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
11:55 EDTNOKFrench government intends to weigh in on Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent deal, WSJ says
French President Francois Hollande will meet with executives from Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) later today after Nokia confirmed it was in "advanced discussions" to buy its rival, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting indicates France's desire to weigh in on the deal and protect strategic interests. The country's economy ministry earlier Tuesday said, “The government will be very vigilant regarding the possible consequences on employment and activity at the French sites of Alcatel-Lucent, notably in research and development, as well as the effects on the entire telecoms sector in France." Reference Link
11:55 EDTNOKCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:50 EDTNOKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:46 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent volatility up into Nokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy
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06:31 EDTNOKNokia volatility up into confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) overall option implied volatility of 42 compares to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the company confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
05:51 EDTNOKNokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) said in a statement, "In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." Nokia cautioned that there "can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction." The statement comes after Bloomberg reported yesterday afternoon that Nokia was in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent's wireless assets to better compete with Ericsson (ERIC) in telecommunications equipment. Shares of Nokia are down 65c to $7.65 in pre-market trading while Alcatel-Lucent is up 22c to $4.57.
05:50 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK ALU
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
15:06 EDTNOKNokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel wireless assets, Bloomberg says
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14:57 EDTNOKEricsson trades higher after report of possible Alcatel-Lucent-Nokia deal
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14:49 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent jumps 9% after report of deal talks with Nokia
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14:48 EDTNOKNokia discussed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, Bloomberg reports
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14:47 EDTNOKNokia in advanced talks to buy assets from Alcatel-Lucent, Bloomberg says
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTNOK, MSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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