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April 12, 2013
06:04 EDTMSFT, PFE, GSK, AAPL, SSNLFOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: With the realization that Microsoft’s (MSFT) new Windows 8 software will not reignite computer sales, attention is shifting to the company's next big effort to regain relevance: Windows Blue, the software project which has yet to formally defined, the Wall Street Journal reports...Of the hundreds of millions of dollars paid each year to compensate physicians for pharmaceutical marketing and research efforts, Pfizer (PFE) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are cutting back. In addition, layoffs of pharmaceutical-sales representatives and patent expirations for big-selling drugs have resulted in fewer sales calls on doctors, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: World shares declined today as investors locked in profits at the end of what was set to be the second best week of the year for stocks, while the dollar held near a four-year high against the yen, Reuters reports...No fewer than three Wall Street analysts this week wrote reports about the possibility of the biggest banks breaking themselves up to increase profitability, signaling that investors may be more willing to embrace an idea that is still toxic to some lawmakers in Washington, Reuters reports..BLOOMBERG: Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are being beaten on price in the fast-growing Indian smartphone market by a couple of aggressive local competitors, fueled by Indians buying their first smartphone to surf the Internet, which will be accessed by more than 300M people by 2017, Bloomberg reports...Gold swung between gains and declines as it headed for a third weekly drop in London on speculation a strengthening U.S. economy will curb demand for a protection of wealth. Prices are down 7% this year on rising optimism that the U.S. will help lead a global economic recovery, Bloomberg reports.
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08:31 EDTSSNLFRovi renews, expands patent license agreement with Samsung
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08:31 EDTMSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:49 EDTPFEPfizer given dismissal of U.S. investor class action before trial, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Theravance announces Australia approval of Anoro Ellipta
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:39 EDTSSNLFGlobal LCD TV shipments to increase to 210.8M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung's virtual reality headset called Gear VR, Sam Mobile reports
The first picture of Samsung's rumored virtual reality headset has leaked on Sam Mobile, a Samsung news website. The headset, which will be called Gear VR, features a modular design that will let users dock in a Galaxy device into the front of the headset. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:28 EDTSSNLFInvestors urge Samsung to raise dividends, restart buybacks, WSJ reports
A number of U.S. investors have taken large stakes in Samsung (SSNLF) with some of them like Perry Capital, Yacktman Asset Management and Artisan Partners (APAM) pushing executives to increase dividends and restart share buybacks, reports the Wall Street Journal. The demands have come after a low return to shareholders despite cash reaching new highs. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTSSNLFQuclomm places FinFET chip orders with Samsung, DigiTimes reports
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06:15 EDTSSNLFTSMC to speed up development of 19nm process, DigiTimes reports
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05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
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