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January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:12 EDTTAT&T Q4 wireless revenues up 7.7% versus the year-ago quarter
Reports Q4: Wireless data billings up 18% versus the year-earlier quarter; 1.9M total net adds with 5.6M total net adds in 2014; Postpaid net adds of 854,000; nearly 3.3M postpaid net adds in 2014 ;Wireless operating income margin of 16.3 %t for the fourth quarter and 23.1% for the full year; adjusted EBITDA service margin of 36.7% with a record full-year adjusted margin of 42%; More than 1 million new postpaid smartphones added in the fourth quarter and nearly 5 million in 2014.
16:09 EDTTAT&T sees FY15 EPS growth in the low single-digit range, consensus $2.55
Sees continued consolidated revenue growth in FY15, consensus $134.89B. Sees expanding margins ó consolidated, wireless and wireline; Sees Improving free cash flow and dividend coverage.
16:05 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 55c
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15:35 EDTTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
12:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sinks after outlook brings multiple downgrades
Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are falling after the company last night issued guidance for its quarter ending in March that came in significantly below analysts' expectations. JPMorgan, Citigroup, MKM Partners and Nomura responded to the company's results by downgrading the stock. BACKGROUND: Microsoft's revenue guidance for its March quarter missed expectations, driven by U.S. dollar strength, and continued weakness in China, Russia and Japan, according to JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy. The company's second quarter results were roughly in-line with expectations, but its software sales came in below the consensus outlook, as customers shifted to cheaper Web-based products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, JPMorgan's Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral for Overweight. Microsoft plans to spend more money than anticipated going forward, according to the analyst, who consequently cut his fiscal 2015 earnings per share forecast for the company by 8%. The reduced profit outlook could delay the stock's move above $50, warned Murphy, who reduced his price target on the name to $47 from $53. But the analyst did note that the tech giantís commercial cloud revenue growth jumped 114% year-over-year last quarter, a higher growth rate than during the same period a year earlier. Citigroup cut its rating on Microsoft to Sell from Neutral, saying that the company's earnings headwinds are becoming clearer. The firm set a $38 price target on the stock. Both Nomura and MKM Partners cut its ratings on the name to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft fell 9.55 to $42.50. Other companies
10:00 EDTMSFTOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
09:17 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Silicon Image (SIMG), up 23% after signing agreement to be acquired by Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC)... USA Technologies (USAT), up 5% following nationwide roll-out of new Apple Pay points... TE Connectivity (TEL), up 3.9% following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is close to a deal with Commscope (COMM)... Select Comfort (SCSS), up 1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), down 8.2%... Caterpillar (CAT), down 7.8%... Packaging Corp (PKG), down 8.3%... Peabody Energy (BTU), down 5.3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), down 5.7%... Polaris Industries (PII), down 2.1%... United Technologies (UTX), down 2.3%... Procter & Gamble (PG), down 2.6%.
08:48 EDTTAT&T January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:20 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference
Small Business and Emerging Technologies Conference is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at MKM Partners
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares extend losses as downgrades pile up
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06:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Microsoft to Sell with a $38 price target after the company's March outlook came in well below expectations. Citi says Microsoft's earnings headwinds are becoming more clear. The stock was also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan and Nomura.
06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud business performed well in Q2, says Piper Jaffray
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06:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft guidance 'shockingly low,' says Jefferies
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05:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 Devices & Consumers, Other revenue approximately $2B
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18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 phone hardware revenue $1,4B-$1.5B
18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 computing and gaming revenue $1.5B-$1.7B
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 consumer licensing revenue $3.4B-$3.6B
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18:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft anticipates lower gross margins over next few quarters
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees four point revenue impact from FX in Q3
17:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results in China, Japan fell short of expectations in Q2
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17:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Commercial Cloud run-rate $5.5B
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16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares drop 2% to $45.99 following Q2 results
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16:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Commercial revenue up 5% to $13.3B
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16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Devices and Consumer revenue up 8% to $12.9B
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16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects to complete $40B share repurchase by end of 2016
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16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results include 6c of restructuring, IRS expenses
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 EPS 71c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue $26.5B, consensus $26.33B.
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 47 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoftís restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:40 EDTTEarnings Preview: AT&T sees $10B Q4 charge for pension benefits, network assets
AT&T (T) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 55c on revenue of $34.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 47c-61c on revenue of $33.14B-$35.26B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 64c on revenue of $33B against estimates for $33.24B. For Q3, the company reported: Postpaid net adds of 785,000, more than double the year-ago quarter; More than 2.4M postpaid net adds year to date; Best-ever third-quarter postpaid churn of 0.99%; Wireless revenues up 4.9% versus the year-ago quarter; Wireless data billings up nearly 24% versus the year-earlier quarter; Nearly 1.2M new postpaid smartphones added; Smartphones accounted for 91% of postpaid phone sales. AT&T also lowered its FY14 revenue growth view to 3%-4% from the 5% range, versus consensus of $133.08B. On November 7, AT&T entered into an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $2.5B. It also forecast its FY15 Capex budget in the $18B range, down from $21B in FY14. On January 16, AT&T announced that for Q4, it expects to record a $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been cautious in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q4 earnings report. On December 10, Wells Fargo lowered its price target on AT&T to $36-$38 from $42-$44 after the company reported that competition was pressuring its margins. The firm also reduced its estimates to reflect the company's comments and its own checks. Wells expects the sequential improvement in AT&T's net adds will be limited, while iPhone upgrades will pressure its margins, but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On the same day, Citigroup said AT&T shares have near-term downside risk to $30. Citigroup said the wireless competitive environment is weighing on AT&Tís Q4 operating results after management spoke at an investor conference. It lowered its price target for AT&T to $33 from $34 and kept a Neutral rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: AT&Tís shares are essentially flat since the company's Q3 report, as well as over the past 12 months. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrowís Q4 report, AT&Tís shares are down 0.5%.
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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09:44 EDTMSFTInterDigital announces commencement of ITC evidentiary hearing in Microsoft case
InterDigital (IDCC) announced the commencement of the evidentiary hearing in the remand of U.S. International Trade Commission "613 Investigation" of the company's complaint against respondents Nokia Corporation, Nokia Inc. and Microsoft (MSFT). In the 613 Investigation, InterDigital seeks an exclusion order prohibiting the importation into the U.S. of Nokia and Microsoft Mobile devices with 3G WCDMA capabilities that infringe two InterDigital patents. The 613 Investigation was remanded to the ITC from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the Commission had erred in interpreting certain claim terms in InterDigital's patents.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:31 EDTTCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevisionís Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
06:31 EDTTAT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.88B, less outstanding net debt
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January 23, 2015
15:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire Revolution Analytics to aid customers with data analysis
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08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reveals smartphone-controlled "smart scarf," Business Insider says
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08:07 EDTMSFTU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTTGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
13:15 EDTTAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
09:01 EDTTAT&T says enters into $9.2B credit agreement
AT&T said in a filing that on January 21, AT&T entered into a $9.155B credit agreement containing a (i) $6.286B term loan facility and a (ii) $2.869B term loan facility, with certain investment and commercial banks and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as administrative agent. AT&T also entered into a $2B 18-month credit agreement with Mizuho as initial lender and agent. In the event advances are made under either agreement, those advances would be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition related payments. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche A Facility will be due and payable on the third anniversary of funding. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche B Facility will be subject to amortization from the third anniversary of funding, with twenty-five percent of the aggregate principal amount thereof being payable prior to the fifth anniversary thereof, and all remaining principal amount due and payable on such fifth anniversary. Amounts borrowed under the 18-Month Credit Agreement will be due and payable on the date that is 18 months after the funding.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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05:47 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX T
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Boston Scientific (BSX) 49, AT&T (T) 20 according to iVolatility.
05:45 EDTNOKNokia reinstated with a Buy at Goldman
05:24 EDTTAT&T, Smiths Group extend relationship for six more years
Smiths Group has refreshed its ongoing relationship with AT&T for six more years. Valued at more than $100M, the agreement brings all of Smiths Group's communications services under one roof. The company can now securely connect its 23,000 employees across 450 offices in more than 50 countries.
January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTTGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobileís (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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13:25 EDTTEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:29 EDTTAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:31 EDTTAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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06:24 EDTTT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTTGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTTCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTT, MSFTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
08:22 EDTTMKM Partners unable to recommend ADTRAN until clarity on AT&T timing
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06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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