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July 17, 2014
13:18 EDTMSFT, MAT, EBAY, SNDK, SIEGY, UNH, AN, DRCOn 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 28, 2015
10:43 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning Google Cardboard VR competitor, TNW News says
Microsoft (MSFT) is working on a competitor to Google's (GOOG) Cardboard Virtual Reality program, TNW News reports. The Seattle-based tech giant is inviting participants to an event in Russia on October 17, offering cardboard headsets to those with "successful" suggestions, the report says. Microsoft is already developing its HoloLens "mixed reality" technology, the report says. Reference Link
08:53 EDTEBAYMercadoLibre downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
Citi downgraded MercadoLibre (MELI) to Sell with an $80 price target citing unfavorable currency moves and slower growth assumptions for Brazil. The stock is three times more expensive than eBay (EBAY), Citi tell investors.
07:38 EDTEBAYBox to hold a user conference
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September 25, 2015
18:13 EDTMSFTGates Foundation files lawsuit against Petrobras, auditor, WSJ says
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September 24, 2015
13:03 EDTSIEGYAccenture, Siemens expand smart grid JV by launching OMNETRIC in Brazil
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12:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partnership a modest positive for Baidu, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo said he considers Baidu's (BIDU) newly announced strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for the Edge browser in Windows 10 as a modest positive, but thinks it is likely only a headline positive in the near term. However, if Baidu were to strike a deal to become the default search engine for Internet Explorer, that would be "huge" for the Chinese company, Guo tells investors in a research note. The analyst has a Buy rating on Baidu shares.
08:51 EDTEBAYCiti cuts Twitter estimates below consensus, drops target to $30
Citi analyst Mark May says his analysis indicates the consensus estimates for Twitter (TWTR) may be too high as they assume "meaningful increases" in monetization which he believes may prove difficult to realize. May cut his 2015, 2016 and 2017 earnings per share estimates for Twitter to 30c, 34c and 58c, respectively, well below the consensus estimates of 34c, 63c, and $1.03. He also cut his 2016 revenue estimate to 3% below the consensus. It will be difficult for the stock to achieve sustained multiple expansion until user growth accelerates and/or revenue growth stabilizes, May tells investors in a research note. He moved the stock to Citi's "High Risk" designation given Twitter's recent user trends and his belief that his estimates are unlikely to move up in the near-term. He keeps a Neutral rating on the name. May's top picks among U.S. Internet stocks remain Facebook (FB), (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY).
06:39 EDTEBAYJPMorgan sees 'choppy' near-term outlook for eBay, cuts target to $32
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:18 EDTMSFTPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
September 22, 2015
20:02 EDTUNHClinton vows $250 cap on monthly drug costs in blast against biotechs, insurers
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton railed against biotech companies as well as health insurers at a community health care forum in Iowa on Tuesday. Clinton began her speech by praising the Affordable Care Act, but quickly noted that she wants to strengthen it due to what she called the rising cost of prescription drugs. She explained, "Our pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries deserve credit... [But] too often, these drugs cost a fortune. Now, sometimes there is a good reason for that. Scientific breakthroughs are often the result of major investment... so it may makes sense, for a short period of time, to have to charge a lot of money for a drug. But when a drug has no competition, when there aren't any other treatments that can do what it does, pharmaceutical companies can charge astronomical fees far beyond anything that it would take to recoup their investment, and far beyond what they charge consumers anywhere else in the world outside of America." Referencing the recent criticism against Turing Pharmaceuticals, Clinton went on to say that "pharmaceutical companies that acquire an existing affordable drug that people rely on, and then turn around and charge a fortune for it, [are just betting] on the fact that desperate people will find some way to pay for it." Preemptively responding to questions of whether greater regulation will dampen investment, Clinton commented that "some people worry that my proposals will threaten innovation, but I have designed a plan that will do exactly the opposite... Under my plan, drug companies that want to keep getting federal support will have to redirect more of their profits into meaningful investments in research and development." Clinton also criticized incremental drug improvements, saying that "too often, so-called new drugs are really old drugs that have just been tweaked a little bit, but then they're marketed as breakthrough drugs and they're sold for high prices." The Democratic candidate went on to condemn advertising in the drug industry, remarking that "I also want to tackle direct to consumer advertising... Other countries ban these ads because they are so often misleading. But at the very least, we shouldn't be encouraging them with corporate write-offs... Under my plan, we will instead use that taxpayer money to fund innovation... I would also like to make sure any ads the drug industry does run are approved by the FDA." Moving more broadly onto Medicaid and health insurers, Clinton stated, "I believe Medicare should be able to negotiate for lower prices for its members... I will require drug companies to provide higher rebates for prescription drugs to low income Medicare patients, just like they have to do for Medicaid patients... I think the insurance companies need to be put on notice." Providing more concrete details of her plan, Clinton concluded, "I will cap out of pocket drug costs for working families. You won't have to pay more than $250 a month for covered medications... Particularly for people who have a chronic illness. Also under my plan, you will be able to import cheaper drugs from other countries legally. If the medicine you need costs less in Canada, you should be able to buy it from Canada or any other country that meets our safety standards... I will also make sure we have more generics on the market [by boosting funding for] the FDA's office of generic drugs."
09:33 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTUNHAetna, Anthem CEOs set to testify to Senate committee, WSJ reports
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07:15 EDTMSFTCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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05:54 EDTSNDKDRAM price declines likely to continue through 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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05:14 EDTMSFTIngram Micro to participate in Microsoft Cloud Solution program in India
Ingram Micro (IM) announced its participation in the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Solution Provider program in India. The program is designed to strengthen customer relationships and expand cloud sales by allowing channel partners to provision, bundle, invoice, manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings including Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure, and CRM online subscriptions with greater ease and efficiency.
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