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February 26, 2013
05:56 EDTGPS, MSFT, VOD, GE, RDS.AIndia wants foreign companies to pay more taxes, WSJ reports
In a move by India that threatens to upset foreign companies when the country badly needs investment, tax authorities are seeking billions of dollars from some of the world's biggest multinational companies, saying that they haven't properly valued transactions with their Indian subsidiaries, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is creating friction between tax authorities in India and the U.S. Reference Link
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May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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11:06 EDTVODOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
11:17 EDTGEGE looks to sell Japan commercial finance operation, WSJ says
General Electric is looking to sell its Japanese commercial finance operations, as the conglomerate looks to slim down assets held in its GE Capital unit, says the Wall Street Journal. The unit, which finances the purchase of equipment is valued at about $5B, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTAAgilent volatility elevated into Q1 and sales outlook
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07:15 EDTVODVodafone volatility elevated into FY15 and outlook
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07:08 EDTGEOppenheimer to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTGEEU restart probe of GE's planned acquisition of Alstom's power business, WSJ say
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
10:45 EDTGEAnalyst says Pall deal may spark more life sciences M&A
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10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:51 EDTGEPall Corp. could be precursor to more Life Science deals, says Janney Capital
After The Wall Street Journal said Pall Corp. (PLL) is nearing a possible sale, naming Thermo Fisher (THO) and Danaher (DHR) as potential suitors, Janney Capital said it thinks dealmaking in the Life Sciences space won't stop with Pall, listing Repligen (RGEN), Bio-Techne (TECH) and VWR (VWR) as others in the industry that could see strategic bids emerge. The firm added that it expects that GE (GE), 3M (MMM), and private equity firms would also be involved in bidding in deals in the space.
06:24 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
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