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August 1, 2014
05:52 EDTMSFTPerion announces 3 year agreement with Bing, opts out of Google agreement
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July 31, 2014
14:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says it will 'promptly appeal' ruling in abroad warrant case
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14:14 EDTMSFTU.S. judge orders Microsoft to hand over emails from abroad, Reuters says
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09:22 EDTMSFTBlackBerry announces BBM now available on Windows
BlackBerry announced a collaboration with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher.
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says no Chinese laws broken, Xinhua reports
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05:39 EDTSNESony reaffirms FY15 outlook for income, sales
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05:36 EDTSNESony reports Q1 net income 26.8B yen vs. 3.1B yen last year
Reports Q1 revenue 1.81T yen vs. 1.71T yen last year. Sony said the sales increase was due to a significant increase in Game & Network Services segment sales, reflecting the contribution of the PlayStation 4 which was launched in November 2013, a significant increase in Pictures segment sales primarily due to higher theatrical revenues in Motion Pictures, as well as the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.
July 30, 2014
17:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft names John Stanton as new board member
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11:47 EDTSNE, MSFTSony turned down participating in 'EA Access' program, Game Informer reports
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11:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in China on September 23
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09:53 EDTMSFTBest Buy CEO Joly says sales of tablets 'crashing,' Re/code reports
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09:31 EDTMSFTGameStop should be bought on weakness, says BB&T
BB&T thinks Electronics Arts' (EA) subscription deal with Microsoft (MSFT) is a non-event for GameStop (GME). The firm sees the decline in Electronic Arts as an overreaction and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:05 EDTMSFTEA service to not impact GameStop for several years, says Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2014
13:58 EDTMSFTGameStop turns negative after EA announces subscription game service
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13:49 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts announces subscription game service in partnership with Microsoft
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11:17 EDTMSFTVirnetX announces denial of three Microsoft petitions for inter partes review
VirnetX (VHC) announced that last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied three petitions for inter partes review filed by Microsoft (MSFT). These petitions sought review of certain claims of VirnetX's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135 ('135 patent) and 7,188,180 ('180 patent). Like some of the petitions filed by Apple and all of the petitions filed by RPX, the USPTO found that Microsoft's petitions were not filed within the time limit imposed by the statute and declined to institute inter partes review. Microsoft was found to infringe both '135 and '180 patents in a prior lawsuit filed by VirnetX against Microsoft.
06:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Akamai and JVP to work together in cybersecurity accelerator
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July 28, 2014
09:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offices in China raided amid probe, South China Morning Post says
Microsoft spokeswoman Joan Li confirmed that the company is being investigated in China, though did not specify what the investigation concerned, after China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce sent investigators to four Microsoft offices, reported The South China Morning Post. Reference Link
07:40 EDTMSFTAmazon could see new cloud competition on many fronts, WSJ says
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06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to begin production on new Surface in August, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTMSFTJD.com launches Xbox One sales in China
JD.com (JD) began taking China pre-orders for Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com's Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. Vice president of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business unit Shuang Du said, "Through our partnership with Tencent (TCEHY), Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China's most popular mobile communications platforms. We will continue to focus on providing the most convenient channels for Chinese consumers to purchase authentic products through their mobile devices." On July 31, the JD.com website and JD.com's exhibition booth at the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai will also begin taking pre-orders. Reference Link
July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTMSFTAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
06:20 EDTMSFTChina Telecom to start selling Microsoft's Xbox One in September, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTMSFTYammer's David Sacks leaving Microsoft
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July 24, 2014
09:32 EDTSNESony to raise production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, DigiTimes says
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July 23, 2014
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
10:20 EDTSNESony investing to increase stacked CMOS image sensor production
Sony (SNE) announced earlier that it plans to invest in Nagasaki TEC and Kumamoto TEC from the second half of FY14 through the first half of FY15 to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75K wafers per month and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60K wafers per month to approximately 68K wafers per month in August 2015. Sony intends to bolster its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, and further strengthen its integrated supply operations, and to thereby reinforce its leading market position. The total investment amount is expected to be approximately Y35B to be carried out in FY14 and in FY15. Of this, the amount to be invested in FY14, or approximately Y9B, was included in the forecast of capital expenditure for semiconductors in the current fiscal year of approximately Y65B announced on May 14. Note that OmniVision Technologies (OVTI) designs, develops and markets integrated and semiconductor image-sensor devices.
10:02 EDTNTDOYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm thinks the company reported solid results and continues to make progress with its cloud offerings, while the Nokia deal has become derisked. Target $54.
08:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results step in right direction, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Microsoft's June quarter results as "as another step in the right direction" and it raised its price target for shares to $51 from $49. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, saying the Nokia guidance was better than feared.
07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $46 at UBS
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
06:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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05:41 EDTNTDOYNintendo downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
July 22, 2014
18:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reverses after Q4 earnings call, now trading up 1.4%
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18:33 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says demand weak in China, unlikely to change soon
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18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees FY15 OpEx $34.2B-$34.6B
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16:57 EDTMSFTUnwired Planet files suit against Microsoft
Unwired Planet (UPIP) announced that it has sued Microsoft (MSFT) for breach of contract and declaratory judgment in the U.S. district court of Delaware. This action relates to the licensing agreement the two companies entered into in September 2011. "Microsoft owes Unwired Planet licensing fees under a previous agreement,” stated Phil Vachon, chairman of Unwired Planet. The complaint was filed under seal in order to protect the confidentiality of certain terms of the parties’ agreement.
16:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 1.1M XBox consoles in Q4
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says cloud revenue doubled to $4.4B run rate
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 commercial revenue grew 11% to $13.48B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 devices and consumer revenue up 42% to $10B
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16:04 EDTSNESkullcandy names David Raffone as Chief Sales and Revenue Officer
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16:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 60c
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15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 45 straddle priced for 4.1% move into Q4
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15:07 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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07:31 EDTMSFTInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
06:17 EDTSNE, MSFTGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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05:53 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF MSFT
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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11:04 EDTMSFTOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTSNEUpscale Sony Walkman enjoying a comeback in Japan, WSJ reports
Sony's new $700 Walkman, which is aimed at premium buyers, is enjoying a small comeback, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company says the ZX1, which houses 128 gigabytes of storage, is selling well in Japan. Reference Link
06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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July 18, 2014
08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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07:22 EDTSNE, MSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNE, MSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFT, NTDOY, SNESony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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