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January 8, 2014
08:12 EDTF, FB, VMW, MSFTElop may now be top CEO candidate at Microsoft, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital believes Stephen Elop may now be the top CEO candidate at Microsoft (MSFT) after Alan Mulally said he has no plans outside of Ford (F). FBR believes a handful of internal candidates are being strongly considered along with Elop, including Satya Nadella, Kevin Turner, and Tony Bates. The firm thinks outside candidates that could be in the running include Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware (VMW), and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook (FB). FBR has a Market Perform rating on Microsoft.
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April 16, 2015
10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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08:26 EDTFNew aluminum Ford F-150 gets top safety rating, Detroit Free Press reports
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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05:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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April 15, 2015
09:55 EDTFBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:09 EDTVMWGood Technology and VMware resolve patent litigation
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06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
05:27 EDTFTenneco to supply Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX with suspension technology
Tenneco (TEN) announced that Ford (F) has chosen Tenneco’s damper technology for its new Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX, both of which are built on Ford’s C-Car global platform. According to Ford, these latest launches introduce a number of advanced new technologies focused on enhanced comfort, safety and ride quality. Tenneco’s Multi-Tuned Valve is a cost-effective twin tube valve system that provides a wide range of tuning options. MTV offers improved shock absorber performance and durability compared to conventional valves, and enables the optimum balance between body control and driver comfort.
April 14, 2015
12:23 EDTFFord likely to announce $2.5B investment in Mexico this week, Reuters reports
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11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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