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March 26, 2014
11:29 EDTRAX, GOOG, AMZNRackspace falls after Google cuts cloud computing price
Shares of Rackspace (RAX), which provides cloud computing services, are falling after Google (GOOG) sharply cut the prices of its competing products. WHAT'S NEW: Google yesterday announced that it was slashing the prices of its cloud computing services by 30%-85%. Companies that provide cloud computing services rent out computer storage space to their customers. Google said that the prices of computer hardware that enables cloud computing services have been dropping much more quickly than cloud computing prices, according to multiple reports. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote that the cloud computing services market has become much more competitive. Although investors are likely to view Google's price cuts as being negative for Rackspace, a number of factors mitigate the impact of the price cuts, Powell believes. Specifically, since mid-2013 Rackspace has been able to provide dedicated storage infrastructure to companies that need it, and then convince those companies to upgrade to cloud computing services, the analyst explained. Additionally, Rackspace has better customer support than its competitors, Powell believes. He finds the stock's valuation compelling and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATC: amazon.com also provides cloud computing services. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rackspace fell 4% to $32.50.
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August 20, 2014
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:36 EDTGOOGIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
12:45 EDTRAXRackspace advances after Blue Harbour takes activist stake
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12:21 EDTRAXRackspace rises on activist stakes, levels to watch
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09:07 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTRAXRackspace may adopt more shareholder friendly structure, says Wells Fargo
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:41 EDTRAXBlue Harbour looks forward to ongoing dialogue with Rackspace on alternatives
Blue Harbour Group, which reported that it owns approximately 9.1M shares or 6.4% of Rackspace Hosting, issued the following statement: Todd R. Marcy, a Managing Director of Blue Harbour, stated, "Rackspace has built an incredibly valuable business with excellent long-term prospects that we believe are not reflected in the company's current share price. We believe the Board and management team are committed to closing this significant valuation gap. We look forward to a constructive, ongoing dialogue on the various alternatives Rackspace has to unlock and deliver meaningful shareholder value, whether as a standalone independent entity or pursuant to the current strategic review process."
16:43 EDTRAXBlue Harbour reports 6.4% stake in Rackspace
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16:30 EDTRAXActivist investor Blue Harbour builds Rackspace stake to 6.5%, WSJ says
Activist investor Blue Harbour Group which is known for holding talks with companies rather than "public fights," has accumulated a 6.5% stake in Rackspace, says the Wall Street Journal. Rackspace, a cloud-computing company, has lately been reviewing its strategic options, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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13:12 EDTGOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
08:47 EDTRAXRaymond James to hold a summit
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August 17, 2014
14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires digital photo analysis startup Jetpac
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