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June 28, 2013
14:46 EDTWDC, MSFT, ACN, BBRY, CRM, STEC, BBBY, ORCLMarket poised to finish week higher after Fed officials try to calm investors
Stocks are set to end the week higher after Fed officials said that the central bank doesn't intend to raise interest rates in the near future and said the market was overreacting to a potential tapering of the central bank's asset purchases. MACRO NEWS: Any increase in the Fed's benchmark interest rate is "probably a long way off," William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said yesterday. Also yesterday Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell said the market had overreacted to potential tightening by the central bank... China's central bank also appeared to try to calm investors, saying on Tuesday that it had provided liquidity to some of the country's more prudent banks... U.S. economic data was mixed, with first quarter GDP coming in well below consensus estimates, the Case-Shiller index of home prices beating expectations by a wide margin and the government reporting jobless claims that were in-line with the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) announced major partnership deals with Salesforce.com (CRM) and Microsoft (MSFT)... Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) reported in-line results, while BlackBerry's (BBRY) results were significantly below expectations and guidance issued by consulting firm Accenture (ACN) missed the consensus outlook... Hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) agreed to acquire solid state drive maker STEC (STEC).
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August 20, 2015
12:32 EDTCRM, MSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up fractionally since last earnings report
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11:49 EDTORCLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SRPT ACHN VIAV ZG RAD DIS ORCL SPY XLF OEX
09:25 EDTCRMSalesforce August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce August call option implied volatility is at 116, September is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 59, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today.
08:32 EDTORCLOracle agrees to acquire Maxymiser
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08:02 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
16:08 EDTACNLeidos awarded $4.3B DoD contract
Leidos (LDOS) was awarded a prime contract by the Department of Defense, or DoD, to provide an off-the-shelf electronic health record solution, integration activities and deployment across the Military Health System. The contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, program, is an initiative designed to modernize the military's healthcare system in a meaningful way, enabling patients and clinicians to capture and share health data that can improve the continuity and quality of care for 9.6M active military, their families, and their beneficiaries. As the prime contractor, Leidos established a team of proven innovators and industry leaders to form the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health. Cerner (CERN), Accenture Federal Services (ACN) and Henry Schein (HSIC) form the core team, complemented with a broad range of large and small business teammates, vendors and suppliers who bring proven experience and expertise specific to both the commercial and DoD healthcare markets.
13:09 EDTBBRYLeaked photo shows BlackBerry's Android phone with keyboard, BGR reports
A leaked photo shows BlackBerry's upcoming phone based on the Android operating system will have a keyboard that slides out of the bottom, BGR reports. Reference Link
09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
After conducting checks, Oppenheimer is more confident in Salesforce's business momentum. The firm thinks the company's business performed well at the end of Q2, as it closed a large number of big deals. Oppenheimer is upbeat on the outlook for Wave and says that a Fortune 500 company appears to be planning to increase its spending on the Salesforce1 platform. The firm says that the Fortune 500 company's decision has multiple positive implications for Salesforce. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
06:31 EDTCRMSalesforce commercial business momentum moderating, says Jefferies
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August 18, 2015
10:58 EDTCRMSalesforce August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce August call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 59, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.
08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce dip post earnings should be bought, says Canaccord
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August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
09:36 EDTACNAccenture acquires Total Logistics, terms not disclosed
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09:14 EDTCRMSalesforce checks decent heading into Q2 results, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said checks look decent for Salesforce.com heading into Q2 results. The firm expects difficult foreign exchange and macro headwinds but sees ongoing demand for Service Cloud with some large deals closing during the quarter. Brean Capital expects the shares to continue to perform well in the second half of the year and reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Salesforce.com shares.
08:06 EDTWDCWestern Digital shares offer attractive entry point, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst James Kisner believes current share levels provide an attractive entry point into Western Digital. The analyst views consensus earnings expectations as achievable and believes the current valuation does not price in potential upside from MOFCOM approval. He keeps a Buy rating on Western Digital with a $116 price target.
08:04 EDTACNAccenture to acquire Schlumberger Business Consulting
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07:39 EDTBBRY, MSFTTMC to hold a conference
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