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April 8, 2014
12:12 EDTNKE, NOK, MSFT, CTRP, QUNR, KT, GIMO, SPNCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the market seeks to break the losing streak that began late last week. The Nasdaq, which has suffered the most over the past week, is today's early leader with a gain of about 0.7%. The Dow and S&P have moved into positive territory as well, but their gains have been more modest to this point in the trading day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index increased to 93.4 in March from a prior reading of 91.4, slightly beating expectations. The number of job openings was reported to have risen to 4.17M in February from a revised estimate of 3.87M in the prior month. In Asia, the Bank of Japan left its monetary stimulus program unchanged, as widely expected. The International Monetary Fund trimmed its outlook for global economic growth ahead of the spring World Bank meetings later this week. The IMF now forecasts that the world economy will expand 3.6% this year, which is a slight downgrade from its 3.7% estimate in January. COMPANY NEWS: Apparel and footwear giant Nike (NKE) led all advancers on the blue-chip Dow, rising almost 3% after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold to reflect recent weakness, reduced consensus expectations, and strong fundamentals... Shares of Nokia (NOK) trading in New York advanced over 5% after a deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) received regulatory approval in China. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Korean phone and high-speed Internet services provider KT Corporation (KT), which rose more than 7% after the stock was upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Also higher were shares of Chinese travel website operators Ctrip.com (CTRP), which advanced 7%, and Qunar (QUNR), which gained 8%, after Bloomberg said the companies are in talks on a range of possibilities, from a partnership to a full merger. Among the noteworthy losers was Gigamon (GIMO), which plunged 32% after the company lowered its first quarter revenue outlook largely based on an expected large transaction from an existing customer in EMEA that did not occur. Also lower after cutting its revenue view was medical device maker Spectranetics (SPNC), which fell 11% following the negative pre-announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 34.52, or 0.21%, to 16,280.39, the Nasdaq was up 29.73, or 0.73%, to 4,109.48, and the S&P 500 was up 6.07, or 0.33%, to 1,851.11.
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:41 EDTNKEBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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07:13 EDTNOKNokia reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
06:10 EDTNKEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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06:13 EDTMSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:52 EDTMSFT, NOKNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
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