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January 8, 2014
08:12 EDTFB, F, 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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June 18, 2015
19:48 EDTFBFacebook Moments not available in Europe due to regulator concerns, WSJ says
Facebook's photo app, Moments, will not be available in Europe due to regulators' concerns over facial recognition technology, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Facebook’s head of policy in Europe, Richard Allan. Reference Link
13:02 EDTMSFTWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
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08:04 EDTMSFTGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook continues to take ad share, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its checks indicate that Facebook's share of total ad dollars continue to rise. The firm believes that Instagram's engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. It estimates that Instagram could generate about $1,4B in revenue next year, versus its 2015 estimate of about $445M. JMP Securities raised its price target on Facebook to $101 from $98 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTFBSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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06:48 EDTMSFTGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Jo Harlow leaves company in realignment, The Verge reports
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook testing new approach to hiring to diversify employee ranks, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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June 17, 2015
14:42 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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14:23 EDTFBFacebook rises after Brean hikes target on app monetization potential
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13:05 EDTFJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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06:05 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
05:45 EDTFBBrean ups Facebook target to $108, says own for long haul
Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian raised her price target for Facebook to $108 from $100 while telling investors to own the stock for the long haul. After analyzing the potential of the social networking giant's mobile applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, Hindlian's "bear case" analyses demonstrate that Facebook may have an incremental $4.0B in revenue in FY16 from monetization efforts. Only 25%-35% of this potential revenue is included in consensus estimates, the analyst states this morning in a research note. She reiterates a Buy rating on Facebook. The stock closed yesterday up 35c to $81.06.
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