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July 17, 2014
13:18 EDTMSFT, UNH, EBAY, DRC, SIEGY, MAT, AN, SNDKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there for most of the morning. The averages recaptured most of their losses and the Dow made it across the flat line and briefly into positive territory by mid-morning, but around the time the European markets closed reports surfaced that a Malaysian passenger jet crashed on the Russian-Ukraine border. The averages fell quickly but have since pared their losses as speculation runs rampant as to whether the jet was shot down or crashed due to an accident. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims dipped 3K to 302K in the week ended July 12. Housing starts dropped 9.3% to a 893K rate in July, while building permits declined 4.2% to a 963K rate. Both were expected to rise to rates over 1M. The Philly Fed manufacturing index climbed 6.1 points to 23.9 in July, beating expectations for it to have dipped to 16.0. Notably, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Ministry said a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying more than 200 people crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine, near its border with Russia. A report claimed that 23 U.S. citizens were killed in the crash. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 2% after the tech giant announced a plan to simplify its operations, which will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs over the next year. Of that total, over two-thirds will come from positions to be eliminated at the phone business Microsoft recently purchased from Nokia. In an email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia and the broad restructuring, CEO Satya Nadella said the decision to change was "difficult, but necessary" and will result in the company having fewer layers of management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dresser-Rand (DRC), which jumped 12.5% after Germany's Manager Magazin reported that Siemens (SIEGY) is working with Lazard on a takeover bid for the company. Also higher following their earnings reports were Dow member Unitedhealth (UNH), which rose more than 3%, and eBay (EBAY), which gained about 2%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were SanDisk (SNDK), which fell over 12%, Mattel (MAT), which slid 6%, and AutoNation (AN), which dropped 6% as well. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.82, or 0.1%, to 17,120.38, the Nasdaq was down 22.16, or 0.5%, to 4,403.81, and the S&P 500 was down 5.69, or 0.29%, to 1,975.88.
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September 8, 2014
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
15:18 EDTEBAYeBay held talks about acquisition of start-up The Fancy, Bloomberg says
Start-up The Fancy, a curated e-retailer, has been holding discussions to sell itself for about $1B and has talked with eBay, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
11:47 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:33 EDTEBAYeBay moves lower, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.6% at time of writing to $53.55, just off the low of the session at $55.30. Support below is at $52.64, a prior pivot low on a closing basis. Resistance is at $54.09.
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk acquisition positive, says Bernstein
After SanDisk bought Fusion-io, Bernstein thinks the deal plugs the gap in the company's Enterprise SSD market and will accelerate its growth in this new market. The firm expects the deal to be dilutive to SanDisk until 3Q15. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and a solid NAND supply/demand balance for 2015-2016.
07:30 EDTEBAYApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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05:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
September 4, 2014
13:56 EDTMSFTGetty Images files lawsuit against Microsoft over photo tool, Reuters reports
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12:55 EDTEBAYeBay says not planning Paypal separation
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12:49 EDTUNHJudges to revisit ObamaCare subsidies decision, The Hill reports
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11:05 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:02 EDTANAutonation reports August new vehicle sales up 7% to 32,660
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06:55 EDTSNDKSanDisk reinstated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank reinstated shares of SanDisk with a Buy rating citing limited NAND supply risk in the next 12 months and the demand pickup from SSDs and smartphones. The firm has a $110 price target for shares.
06:30 EDTMSFTIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTEBAYeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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