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January 24, 2014
13:28 EDTMSFT, PG, JNPR, KSU, BDSI, IGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were all lower at midday for a third straight session, with the Dow again registering a triple-digit loss despite post-earnings advances from Microsoft (MSFT) and Procter & Gamble (PG). The U.S. market began the session deeply in negative territory, taking its lead from emerging markets, which took a beating overnight. The market seemed to have found a level early on, but the selling momentum eventually increased, pushing the Dow down about 200 points near noon. The long awaited correction appears to be occurring after the market put in one of its best yearly performances ever in 2013. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little economic data of note was reported. In Europe, Fitch affirmed Germany's AAA sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook. In Argentina, the government said it would loosen its strict foreign exchange controls a day after it abandoned a long-standing policy of supporting the peso. The change in policy announced yesterday had resulted in an 11% drop in the Argentinian peso against the dollar, marking the currency's steepest plunge since 2002. In addition to Argentina's currency issues, the Turkish lira, the South African rand and the Russian ruble all hit new, multi-year lows. COMPANY NEWS: After last night's close, Microsoft reported earnings and revenue that surpassed the consensus forecast of analysts. Helping to power its performance were increased sales of its Surface tablet, strong holiday season sales of its Xbox game systems and the company "[continuing] to take share" from competitors as customers transition to the cloud. Shares of the tech giant gained about 3%... Fellow Dow component Procter & Gamble was vying with Microsoft to be the top gainer on the blue-chip index with its own post-earnings advance of nearly 3%. The consumer goods maker reported sales that were just a hair below expectations and profits that narrowly exceeded the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Juniper Networks (JNPR), which rallied 7% after the company reported better than expected results, announced the pending release of a new operational plan and activist investor Jana Partners backed Elliot Management’s recent plan to unlock shareholder value at the company. Also higher was BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), which surged 33% after announcing top-line results from of a study of a drug it is developing for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain in certain patients. Among the noteworthy losers was Kansas City Southern (KSU), which fell over 13% after the railroad operator reported weaker than expected results. Also lower were shares of International Game Technology (IGT), which fell nearly 13% after its results disappointed and the company said that the lower end of its previously announced guidance range is more likely, with potential further downside risk. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 200.08, or 1.24%, to 15,997.27, the Nasdaq was down 66.08, or 1.57%, to 4,152.80, and the S&P 500 was down 24.30, or 1.33%, to 1,804.16.
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September 15, 2014
14:18 EDTPGPulteGroup names Manish Shrivastava as Chief Marketing Officer
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12:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
09:10 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley says to wait for better entry points in Microsoft
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft agrees to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B
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07:42 EDTKSUMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTMSFTTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTMSFTSNIA to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could announce Mojang acquisition today, Reuters reports
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September 13, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft looks to Minecraft to aid its mobile platform, Reuters says
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September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTMSFTRockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTMSFTConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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September 10, 2014
14:30 EDTMSFTVirnetX rises after court denies Microsoft motion to stay patent suit
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13:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
07:53 EDTJNPRDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 10 at 10:30; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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