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September 23, 2014
12:11 EDTKMXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
10:59 EDTKMXCarMax slumps after posting sluggish Q2 used unit sales in comparable stores
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10:23 EDTKMXHigh option volume stocks
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09:13 EDTKMXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:54 EDTMDRXLeerink to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTKMXCarMax reports Q2 total used unit sales rose 6.3%
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07:37 EDTKMXCarMax sees FY15 CapEx $325M
The company said, "We currently estimate total capital expenditures will be approximately $325M in FY15. We plan to open 13 stores in FY15 and between 10-15 stores in each of the following two fiscal years."
07:36 EDTKMXCarMax reports Q2 EPS 70c, consensus 67c
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07:07 EDTGOOGGoogle planning to build data center in Netherlands, Bloomberg reports
Google will spend over EUR 600M over the next four years to build a data center in the Netherlands, Bloomberg reports. Google will employ about 150 permanent workers at the Eemshaven hub once the job is completed. Reference Linkp
06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle exec to manage Snapchat PR, policy, Re/code says
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06:20 EDTGOOGAlmunia: Google must improve EU settlement or will face charges, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
15:06 EDTKMXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:53 EDTKMXCarMax technical comments ahead of results
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12:50 EDTORCLEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTORCLEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
12:14 EDTGOOGTel Aviv in negotiations with Waze to relieve traffic jams, Globes reports
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08:25 EDTKMXCarmax October volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:57 EDTORCLAnalysts see Catz more likely than Hurd to fill Ellison shoes, Reuters reports
A poll of 12 Wall Street analysts showed that five believe new CEO Safra Catz would be likely to run Oracle if founder and former CEO Larry Ellison steps away for good, compared to only one who voted for fellow CEO Mark Hurd as most likely to replace Ellison, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle hurt by new Chinese Internet cracckdown, NY Times says
New restrictions that China has placed on the Internet is making it more difficult for the country's citizens to use the search giant's services, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle selects HTC to make 9-inch Nexus tablet, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTORCLEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTORCL, RADStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:09 EDTORCLOracle made change at top to keep new CEOs, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:00 EDTORCLTIBCO slumps after Q3 earnings miss, weaker than expected Q4 outlook
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11:34 EDTORCLRed Hat falls after Q3 outlook trails consensus
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10:48 EDTORCLOracle tumbles after Q1 earnings miss estimates, Ellison steps aside as CEO
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10:12 EDTGOOGSony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
10:06 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:19 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTORCLOracle shares still attractive, says Stifel
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07:39 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Oracle to Hold following the company's Q1 results citing the deceleration of its core database business. The firm points out database license sales were again negative in the quarter. Deutsche lowered its price target for shares to $42 from $48. The stock is trading down 3% to $40.30 in pre-open trading.
06:43 EDTGOOGYouTube spending more money on original content, Re/code reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle planning to encrypt phone data in Android, Washington Post reports
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06:16 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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September 18, 2014
18:25 EDTORCLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Concur (CNQR), up 19.5% after SAP (SAP) announced that it will acquire the company for $129 per share... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 9.8% after confirming FDA orphan designation for Lymphoseek... Molycorp (MCP), up 6.1% after Oaktree Capital reported a 9.1% passive stake in the company... JetBlue (JBLU), up 4.6% following CEO transition announcement... Wendy's (WEN), up 2.15% after Trian reported a 24.39% stake in the company... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.6% after Fairholme Capital reported a 24% stake in the company... AMD (AMD), up 1% after announcing that it expanded an IP partnership with Synopsys (SNPS). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), down 3%... Oracle (ORCL), down 2.4% following first quarter earnings miss and CEO transition... Tibco Software (TIBX), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Quest Resource (QRHC), down 13.4% after filing an automatic common stock and warrant shelf... Eagle Rock (EROC), down 4.5% after filing to sell 53.34M common units for limited partners... Chatham Lodging (CLDT), down 3.3% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 2.3% after filing to sell 9.98M shares of common stock for holders... Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT), down 1.6% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock.
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-70c, consensus 74c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle says rolling out database cloud service next week
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16:06 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 Software plus Cloud revenue up 6% to $6.6B
Oracle reports Q1 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6B. Software-as-a-service and Platform-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 32% to $337M. Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 26% to $138M. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2B. Reports Q1 non-GAAP operating margin was 44%.
16:04 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0B of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters. Oracle's Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12c per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, with a payment date of October 29.
16:03 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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16:00 EDTRADOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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15:47 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, buy shares, says Northland
Northland said Google (GOOG) has finished testing the Samsung OLED displays and have determined they are not bright enough. The analyst believes Google will go back to Himax (HIMX). Google has the option to invest in HIMX by October 21, which the firm believes they will do if they go back to them for displays. Norhtland recommends buying shares aggressively into an expected strong September quarter.
15:44 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, says Northland
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle mulls new R&D unit focused on longer term projects, The Information says
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12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:45 EDTRADOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTRADRite Aid falls as drugstore chain trims FY15 view
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10:58 EDTKMXCarmax October volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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10:27 EDTRADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTRADActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
09:15 EDTRADRite Aid remains 'optimistic' about FY16
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09:02 EDTRADRite Aid sees current competitive enviornment to remain promotional in FY15
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08:59 EDTRADOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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07:26 EDTGOOGGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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07:04 EDTRADRite Aid cuts FY15 EPS view to 22c-33c, consensus 34c
Based upon current estimates for reimbursement rates and anticipated lower profitability from new generics and generic drugs that recently lost exclusivity, the company is expecting decreases in pharmacy margin in the second half of Fiscal 2015 as compared to its prior estimates and therefore is lowering its guidance for Adjusted EBITDA, net income and net income per diluted share. Previous EPS view was 30c-40c. Cuts FY15 high end of revenue view to $26B-$26.3B from $26B-$26.5B, consensus $26.29B. Now sees FY SSS up 3%-4% over FY14. Sees FY CapEx $525M. Sees adjusted EBITDA $1.2B-$1.275B.
07:02 EDTRADRite Aid reports Q2 EPS 13c, consensus 6c
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
15:18 EDTRADNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
September 16, 2014
10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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September 15, 2014
16:39 EDTORCLOracle assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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12:59 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Android One smartphones in India
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09:43 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:35 EDTICEOffice Depot to transfer stock listing to NASDAQ from NYSE
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07:24 EDTGOOGTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTGOOG, ORCLSNIA to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTICEAlibaba weighed NASDAQ issues with Facebook IPO in picking NYSE, Reuters says
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06:18 EDTGOOGFacebook hires Google satellite exec Michael Tseytlin, WSJ reports
Facebook (FB) has hired Michael Tseytlin, a Google (GOOG) executive working to deliver Internet service via satellite, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to sources, Tseytlin will work on satellite technology for Facebook's Connectivity Lab. Reference Link
05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle unlikely to buy stake in eBay, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says press reports that Google (GOOG) is in talks to purchase a stake in eBay (EBAY) are "largely unsubstantiated" and that the tech giant is unlikely to purchase part of the online marketplace. Munster notes that Google has only a limited history in taking stakes in public companies. He believes Google's general philosophy emphasizes full ownership in key assets as opposed to taking stakes in companies. Munster thinks a more attractive deal could be Google making a full acquisition of eBay's PayPal unit. He notes, however, that eBay has resisted activist investors who have proposed spinning off PayPal. Munster keeps a Neutral rating on eBay shares with a $55 price target. Shares of eBay rallied $1.51 to $52.19 on Friday amid speculation that Google was in talks to take a stake in the company.
September 14, 2014
20:25 EDTORCLOracle buys Front Porch Digital, terms undisclosed
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital's big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content.
September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTGOOGMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
12:51 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The day’s economic data, including retail sales figures, a report on import prices, and business inventories data, were generally in line with expectations. The economic bright spot was the University of Michigan consumer confidence report which came in higher than expected. The market is on the verge of ending the week lower, which would be its first weekly loss in the last seven. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales at retailers climbed 0.6% in August, matching expectations but also representing the fastest pace in four months. Retail sales growth for July was also revised upward to 0.3% from a prior estimate of having been flat. Import prices dropped 0.9% in August, while export prices slipped 0.5%. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment reading for for September rose to 84.6, beating expectations for it to be up more modestly to 83.3. Business inventories grew 0.4% in July, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) were up more than 2% near noon after rumors circulated that Google (GOOG) may look to take a stake in the company. However, an eBay spokesperson denied the speculation, telling Reuters that the company has held "no conversations" with Google about acquiring a stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was digital marketing services company Conversant (CNVR), which soared 30% after Alliance Data Systems (ADS) agreed to acquire it for about $2.3B in cash and stock. Following last night's announcement of the deal, some Conversant peers rose as well, as Criteo (CRTO) gained almost 5% and TubeMogul (TUBE) rose 1%, while Alliance Data gained over 2%. Among the noteworthy losers was Amarin (AMRN), which dropped 22% after an office within the FDA denied the company's appeal of FDA's rescission of the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment agreement. Also lower were shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which fell 5% after one analyst downgraded the shares and another initiated coverage of the stock with an Underweight rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 66.43, or 0.39%, to 16,982.57, the Nasdaq was down 19.83, or 0.43%, to 4,571.97, and the S&P 500 was down 10.28, or 0.51%, to 1,987.17.
11:52 EDTGOOGeBay has had 'no conversations' about Google taking stake, Reuters says
eBay (EBAY) spokesman Alan Marks says the company has held "no conversations" with Google (GOOG) about acquiring a stake in the company, Reuters reports. Rumors had been swirling that Google could look to take a significant stake in eBay. Reference Link
11:43 EDTGOOGeBay off highs are denying talks with Google over stake
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are off their highs after the company told Reuters that it has had no conversations with Google (GOOG) over a possible stake. The stock remains up 82c to $51.50. The rally in eBay earlier was attributed to speculation that Google was in talks to acquire a stake in the company.
10:44 EDTGOOGeBay rises amid rumors of investment by Google
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07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to rival Apple apps by backing Japan developers, Bloomberg says
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06:30 EDTGOOGGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:17 EDTGOOGFacebook looks to lure YouTube's video content providers, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTGOOGGoogle-backed Calico announce spartnership with UT Southwestern, 2M
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September 11, 2014
13:13 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Polar, terms not disclosed, Techcrunch reports
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11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle hires former Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, GigaOM reports
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10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
10:00 EDTICEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Airgas (ARG) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Colfax (CFX) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Overweight at Capital One... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... GreenHunter Resources (GRH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Live Nation (LYV) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NASDAQ (NDAQ) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia... Newpark Resources (NR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nuverra Environmental (NES) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sensata (ST) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stage Stores (SSI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... TE Connectivity (TEL) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Walter Investment (WAC) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Washington REIT (WRE) initiated with an Equalweight at Capital One... Yandex (YNDX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Yara International (YARIY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
09:37 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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07:59 EDTGOOGEU antitrust chief says Google probe won't end before he leaves, Reuters reports
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07:40 EDTGOOGGoogle put 'on notice' about tougher regime by new EU digital chief, FT says
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07:35 EDTGOOGAntitrust suit over tech giants' hiring pushed back, WSJ reports
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September 10, 2014
16:17 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Target $202.
13:35 EDTRADRite Aid September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Rite Aid September call option implied volatility is at 61, October is at 52, January is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 49 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on September 18.
12:50 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Lift Labs, terms not disclosed
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12:35 EDTGOOGNearly 5M older Gmail passwords may have been leaked, The Daily Dot says
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11:10 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange says NYSE has strong pipeline of IPOs
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10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
09:22 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Twitter (TWTR), up 2.8% after upgraded at UBS... SunEdison (SUNE), up 2.7% after Google (GOOG) to provide $145M investment in the company's Regulus solar plant... Camtek (CAMT), up 15% after receiving new orders of $3.0M from large OSAT... Doral Financial (DRL), up 12.5% after announcing sale of approximately $430M in assets... Imperva (IMPV), up 1.5% after upgraded at Oppenheimer... Mandalay Digital (MNDL), up 13.7% after updating its guidance. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Land's End (LE), up 8.7%... Palo Alto (PANW), up 4.4%. LOWER: eBay (eBAY), down 2.6% after downgraded at Piper Jaffray following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay (AAPL)... Mobileye (MBLY), down 2.5% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 2% after Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 7% after downgraded at Goldman and Piper Jaffray... Boyd Gaming (BYD), down 3.3% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2% after reporting Q3 SSS were so far in the low single-digits negative... Armada Hoffler (AHH), down 6% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... AvalonBay (AVB), down 1.8% after to sell 4.5M shares in a forward sales agreement with Goldman... AngloGold (AU), down 12% after announcing plans to restructure its international mining under a new company and saying equity capital raising being contemplated.
09:04 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange acquires Holland Clearing House majority stake
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07:42 EDTARRSSell-off of TVE stocks ahead of conference misplaced, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the sell-off on small cap TV Everywhere, or TVE, stocks such as ARRIS (ARRS), Rentrak (RENT) and SeaChange (SEAC) ahead of the International Broadcast conference are misplaced. The firm attributed the weakness in the group to negative commentary out of one of the suppliers of one of the companies, but believes the sentiment is misplaced in light of strong secular indicators. Brean believes the upcoming conference will highlight new business and has previously been a catalyst for the group.
07:27 EDTARRSARRIS, Sonus pullbacks bring compelling entry points, says Jefferies
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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07:04 EDTGOOGGoogle to provide $145M investment in SunEdison's Regulus solar plant
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle holding discussions in Europe on 'right to be forgotten,' WSJ reports
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05:32 EDTGOOGCray appoints Steve Scott as Chief Technology Officer
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September 9, 2014
17:45 EDTARRSARRIS reconfirms Q3 EPS, revenue guidance
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09:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest says adds Dropcam to Works with Nest
Nest announced on its blog, "This year at CEDIA, we can announce our success - developers have come pouring in and Nest now works with a whole family of products. Today that family includes Dropcam and, at long last, leading whole-home automation systems. Over the last year, our focus has been connecting Nest Learning Thermostats and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the rest of your home... Now we’ve added Dropcam to Works with Nest. When your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam records a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and saves it for you, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away and walk out the door, Dropcam automatically turns on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house. Our other major announcement at CEDIA is that Nest products now work seamlessly with URC, RTI, Crestron and Control4." Reference Link
07:28 EDTGOOGThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTGOOG, ORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:20 EDTGOOGForrester: Apple could sell 10M iWatches this year, FT reports
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