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May 16, 2014
16:18 EDTGOOG, JCP, RAX, RHT, CSCO, CHK, WWE, VMW, AMZN, JWN, VZ, HPQ, EMCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in the last session of the week, breaking their streak of two consecutive lower finishes. The averages moved back and forth across the flat line in the early hours of the session before crossing into positive ground for good in the late afternoon. Economic reports released early in the day were mixed, with housing starts growth coming in well above expectations and a consumer confidence reading coming in below the consensus forecast. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 13.2% to a 1.07M unit pace in April, which was well above expectations. The number of building permits issued also beat the consensus forecast, rising 8% to a pace of 1.08M. The University of Michigan consumer confidence index fell to 81.8 in the first May release, falling short of expectations for a modest rise to 84.3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Rackspace (RAX) advanced $5.44, or 17.73%, to $36.12 after the cloud computing company disclosed last night that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships. Rackspace said that it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to help evaluate the proposals and explore its options. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse wrote that Rackspace would be attractive to multiple companies, including Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dell. Piper Jaffray said in its own note that the list of potential buyers for Rackspace is "extensive," also listing Cisco, but adding Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMware (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as other potential suitors... Verizon (VZ) shares rose $1.11, or 2.31%, to $49.07 after filings released last night showed that a number of hedge fund managers, most notably Warren Buffet, had taken up new positions in the telecommunications giant. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was embattled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares rose $1.36, or 16.25%, to $9.73 following its better than expected quarterly sales report. Also higher was luxury department store operator Nordstrom (JWN), which advanced $9.06, or 14.73%, to $70.55 after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. Among the noteworthy losers was WWE (WWE), which plunged $8.66, or 43.45%, to $11.27 after the company signed a new TV deal with NBC that will reportedly pay it much less than it had expected and the shares were downgraded at Benchmark Co. to Hold from Buy. Also lower were shares of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which fell $1.35, or 4.66%, to $27.64 after announcing that it will spin off its Oilfield Services business, among other asset moves, and lowered its FY14 production, operating cash flow and dividend payments outlooks. INDEXES: The Dow was up 44.50, or 0.27%, to 16,491.31, the Nasdaq was up 21.29, or 0.52%, to 4,090.59, and the S&P 500 was up 7.01, or 0.37%, to 1,877.86.
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March 17, 2015
09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:13 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Global Hunter
09:07 EDTAMZN, GOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOG, AMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZN, GOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTVMW, HPQDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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06:50 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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06:10 EDTVZSpherix announces Markman hearing held as scheduled in Verizon case
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTCSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
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