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September 3, 2013
12:51 EDTTU, CYTK, LF, NOK, MSFT, VZ, VOD, JAH, ALUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Investors came back to Wall Street following the long holiday weekend and bought stocks, sending the major averages higher on the first day of trading in September. The market, coming off its worst performing month of the year, reacted to the lack of military action by the U.S. in Syria as well as some better than expected economic data at home and abroad. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final PMI reading for August came in at 53.1, which missed the expectation for a 54.0 reading. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing PMI beat expectations with a rise to a 55.7 two-year high from 55.4 in July. Construction spending in July rose 0.6%, versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. In Europe, Markit's euro-zone manufacturing PMI rose to 51.4 in August from 50.3 in July. In Asia, China’s official PMI rose to 51.0 in August from 50.3 in July, while the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI rose to 50.1 from 47.7 in July. China's non-manufacturing PMI held relatively steady at 53.9, compared to 54.1 in the prior month. COMPANY NEWS: Two large merger and acquisition deals were announced as U.S. investors returned from Labor Day, including one that was largely expected and one that was quite unexpected. Verizon (VZ), as had been speculated last week, agreed to buy Vodafone's (VOD) 45% stake in their U.S. joint venture, Verizon Wireless, for $130B. Shares of both trading in New York fell following the announcement. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to buy Nokia’s (NOK) mobile phone business and license its patents for $7.2B. Following the deal, no less than five firms raised their rating on Nokia, which advanced about 30% near noon. Microsoft was the worst performing Dow component, falling over 6% after its purchase... In a smaller M&A deal that still involved a well-known brand, consumer products company Jarden (JAH) agreed to buy Yankee Candle Company for $1.75B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which rose nearly 11% as some speculated it could be another M&A target following Nokia's deal. Also higher was Canadian wireless company Telus (TU), which rose more than 7% and was upgraded at BMO Capital after Verizon's large deal meant it will not be entering the Canadian wireless market for the time being. Among the noteworthy losers Cytokinetics (CYTK), which fell 23% after announcing a clinical trial of its drug omecamtiv did not hit its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of educational toymaker LeapFrog (LF), which slid almost 5% after an analyst at BMO Capital Markets said the company's new LeapPad Ultra was disappointing and buggy during tests. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 11.28, or 0.08%, to 14,821.59; the Nasdaq was up 24.09, or 0.67%, to 3,613.96; and the S&P 500 was up 6.08, or 0.37%, to 1,639.05.
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October 13, 2014
16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:35 EDTCYTKCytokinetics announces development program update for CK-2127107
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07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 10, 2014
10:15 EDTNOKNokia, China Mobile sign framework agreement valued at $970M
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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
10:55 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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10:00 EDTVODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTVZGE, Verizon announce alliance
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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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08:27 EDTVODVodafone downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura
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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
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