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October 21, 2014
13:27 EDTAOLEarnings Preview: Yahoo expected to unveil turnaround plan with Q3 results
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 30c on revenue of $1.04B. The consensus range is 18c-38c for EPS, and $1.02B-$1.06B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported Q2 EPS 37c against estimates of 38c on revenue ex-tac of $1.04B against estimates of $1.08B. It reported Q2 price-per-ad was down 24%, Q2 Display revenue down 7% and Search revenue up 6%. The company gave Q3 revenue ex-tac guidance of $1.02B-$1.06B. After releasing its Q2 results, CEO Marissa Mayer said the company was "not satisfied" with the results, with display remaining an area of investment and transition. NEWS: In the past quarter, Alibaba (BABA) opened to the larges IPO in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's core business was cut in half to $6.8B after Alibaba's first day of trading. Yahoo made $5.1B in cash from the sale of shares in Alibaba's IPO and its remaining stake is valued at about $23.4B.In late September, activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL), believing a merger could create synergies of up to $1B. CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil her turnaround plan at the earnings call today that could include cost-cutting efforts and its M&A strategy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo also confirmed that a security breach in Q3 compromised servers, but the hack did not disclose consumer data. The company acquired several companies in past few months, including Flurry, Zofari, ClarityRay, Luminate, and Bookdpad. A WSJ reports also said the company is in talks to invest in Snapchat. STREET RESEARCH: Following the Alibaba IPO, Yahoo was downgraded at Bernstein, BofA/Merrill and RBC Capital because it was unclear whether Yahoo's stock can advance meaningfully and the company was no longer the best way to gain Alibaba exposure. RBC Capital said the risk/reward is less attractive, and it does not see a turnaround in Yahoo's core fundamentals. BGC Financial, however, upgraded the company and said the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have risen $4.29, or more than 12%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q3 report, Yahoo shares are trading up nearly 2%.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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09:52 EDTAOLArmstrong says AOL will not merge with Yahoo, VentureBeat reports
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "no" when asked if his company will merge with Yahoo (YHOO), VentureBeat reports, citing a fireside chat with Armstrong at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe. Reference Link
09:49 EDTAOLAOL in early talks to spin off CrunchBase, TechCrunch reports
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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October 16, 2014
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTAOLYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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06:13 EDTMSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
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