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July 3, 2014
07:00 EDTSSNLF, MSFTMicrosoft to release wearable fitness band in Q4, WinSuperSite.com says
Microsoft (MSFT) will release a Samsung (SSNLF) Gear Fit-like fitness band that will display smart phone-based notifications, reports WinSuperSite.com. According to unnamed sources, the company's wearable will work with everything instead of the device maker's smart phone platform. The pricing is expected to be same as Samsung Gear and will be announced and sold in 4Q14. Reference Link
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February 27, 2015
05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 26, 2015
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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11:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
07:58 EDTSSNLFPrivacy group asks FTC to investigate Samsung TVs, CNet says
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday asking the commission to investigate Samsung over whether its Smart TVs are intercepting voice communications in households, reports CNet, citing the privacy group's filing. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 shipments expected to exceed 50M units, DigiTimes says
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung to freeze 2015 salaries, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTSSNLFFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
10:01 EDTSSNLFIDC reports Samsung retains 22% smartphone marketshare in India
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09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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06:01 EDTSSNLFGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
10:43 EDTSSNLFMicron drop on Apple speculation presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
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10:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung reportedly reaches deal with LG, Apple to supply DRAM, Korea Times says
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February 23, 2015
12:12 EDTSSNLFReport: Apple may be targeting next-gen experts from Samsung, Apple Insider says
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08:57 EDTSSNLFT-Mobile releases teaser image of Samsung Galaxy S6, The Verge says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere released a teaser image of Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone and also confirmed the carrier will offer the S6, reports The Verge, citing tweets and a T-Mobile website. The teaser image suggest a metal backing and curved screen edges on both sides of the phone. An official reveal is expected March 1. Reference Link
07:00 EDTSSNLFUnconfirmed price leak shows Samsung SUHD TVs starting at $2,499, CNet says
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February 19, 2015
09:51 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees LoopPay tech built into smartphone hardware, TechCrunch says
Samsung will work to incorporate its recently-acquired LoopPay mobile payment technology directly into smartphone hardware, reports TechCrunch, citing statements by EVP and head of Samsung Mobile Injong Rhee. Rhee added that LoopPay is "compelling because of its coverage," as its technology allows it to work with roughly 90% of existing card payment terminals in U.S. stores. Samsung Innovation Center EVP David Eun noted the company will release new products incorporating the technology "in the near future" and hinted at the possibility of features like loyalty programs. Reference Link
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