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December 22, 2014
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 22, 2014
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:04 EDTAAPLRF Micro Devices,TriQuint price targets raised at Brean Capital
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07:29 EDTAAPL, MSFTFitness band maker Fitbit plans IPO for next year, Bloomberg reports
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06:43 EDTGOOGGoogle files lawsuit against Mississippi, WSJ says
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06:40 EDTSNESony could stream 'Interview' on Crackle, but no decision made yet, Re/code says
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung to discontinue ChatON chat service, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle seeking partners for autonomous-vehicle project, WSJ reports
Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s autonomous-vehicle project, told The Wall Street Journal that the company is looking for auto industry partners to bring its vision of a self-driving car to market within five years. In the meantime, Urmson said his team is working with automotive suppliers to build "beta one" prototype Google cars, which will begin on-road testing in 2015. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple prepares for MacBook Air, Watch production, DigiTimes reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLBBC documentary accuses Apple of violating labor laws, WSJ reports
A BBC documentary has accused Apple suppliers of violating labor laws, reports the Wall Street Journal. In a documentary that aired this week, the BBC said undercover reporters found that Taiwan’s Pegatron, which makes some iPhones, was violating Apple’s guidelines by mandating overtime for workers, requiring workers to attend meetings without pay and forcing workers to live in overcrowded dormitories. The documentary also provided evidence that tin from illegal mines in Indonesia could be making its way into Apple’s supply chain. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPL7% of iPhone users intend to buy Apple Watch, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its most recent consumer survey indicates that 7% of iPhone users currently intend to purchase an Apple Watch, down from 8% in September. Piper believes consumers are taking a "wait-and-see" approach on the product. It expects Apple to highlight more functionality of the watch into the June quarter launch, which it believes could accelerate adoption. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target. The tech giant closed Friday down 87c to $111.78.
December 21, 2014
18:57 EDTGOOG, SSNLF, AAPLChina's Xiaomi raises over $1B in latest funding round, WSJ says
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17:15 EDTSNEWarner Bros' ‘The Hobbit’ prevails at weekend box office, Bloomberg says
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” from Warner Bros. (TWX) topped Sony's (SNE) remake of “Annie” and 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) The “Night of the Museum” this weekend, says Bloomberg. The action-fantasy from Warner Bros.brought in $56.2M in weekend sales, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:18 EDTSNEAlibaba's Ma showed interest in movie partnering with Sony, Bloomberg says
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13:40 EDTSNESony says other options for releasing 'The Interview' being considered, CNN says
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, said the company did not give in to the hackers as Sony does not own the movie theaters which determine whether or not a movie will be played, says CNN. Lynton added that other avenues of release for "The Interview" are being considered and that a release on the Internet may be an option, added CNN. Reference Link
December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
14:34 EDTAAPLApple February volatility increases to 29
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14:05 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony made 'mistake' in pulling movie
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14:02 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony decision to pull movie a 'mistake'
13:33 EDTMSFTVirnetX to receive $23M from Microsoft in patent settlement
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12:00 EDTSNEFBI says North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack
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11:54 EDTMSFTRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
10:58 EDTSNEU.S. places blame on N. Korea for Sony hack, Reuters reports
According to an unnamed U.S. official, North Korea was primarily responsible for the Sony hack, with a possible Chinese link, Reuters reports. The link may be either through collaboration with Chinese actors, or using China based servers to hide digital footprints, the report said. Reference Link
10:29 EDTGOOGHarman's threat from Google more than just smartphones, says Morgan Stanley
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:28 EDTGOOGVringo updates on litigation with ZTE, Google
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand tracking ahead of estimates, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate Apple iPhone demand is 67M units for the December quarter, above its estimates of 62M units and consensus of 63M. The firm said demand is tracking in-line with supply chain build of 65-70M and expects a channel inventory fill to occur in the March quarter or beyond. Shares are Overweight rated with a $126 price target.
07:42 EDTGOOGEPAM, WisdomTree added to Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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07:09 EDTAAPLBlackBerry announces Ocean Capital Investments migrates to BES12
BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that Ocean Capital Investments, and its subsidiaries, members of the Irving family of companies, are migrating to BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry. Ocean Capital Investments will be deploying BES12 as a BlackBerry hosted cloud solution to manage BlackBerry and iOS devices, displacing their former mobile device management provider, MobileIron (MOBL). Ocean Capital Investments will replace the majority of their Apple (AAPL) iOS devices with BlackBerry's best-in-class QWERTY keyboard smartphones, BlackBerry Passport and the newly launched BlackBerry Classic.
07:06 EDTGOOGBlackBerry expands support for cross-platform EMM solution for Android Lollipop
BlackBerry announced that BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution includes support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. BES12 support for Android Lollipop was made available to customers in early November. The capability underscores BlackBerry's commitment to unparalleled security in managing devices from multiple platforms in the enterprise, and further demonstrates the breadth of BES12 functionality.
06:41 EDTSNESony unable to find outlet for film as relationships damaged, NY Times reports
Sony has been unable to find any outlet interested in disseminating its film, "The Interview," as any company that shows the film could be exposed to hacking, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the leaking of the e-mails of Sony's executives, and the cancellation of the movie's release, is damaging the company's relationship with movie stars, journalists, and other film companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony loss on 'Interview' may not be covered by insurance, NY Post says
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December 18, 2014
18:14 EDTGOOGGoogle's next version of Android to be built directly into cars, Reuters says
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18:00 EDTSNESony shares could climb 50%, Barron's says
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16:06 EDTMSFTNetSuite names Fred Studer Chief Marketing Officer
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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14:19 EDTAAPLMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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14:00 EDTSSNLF, GOOGEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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11:49 EDTMSFTOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to sell MixRadio service to LINE, terms not disclosed
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10:19 EDTSNESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:31 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $90 from $75 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS), citing better than expected handset demand at Apple (AAPL) and Samsung. The firm expects Skyworks' revenue and gross margins to continue rising significantly into 2015. Pacific Crest recommends buying Skyworks.
07:23 EDTSNEIMAX and RealD could benefit from The Interview cancellation, says B. Riley
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06:50 EDTGOOG, MSFTGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle signs Karbonn to Android One project, 9to5Google reports
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports
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December 17, 2014
18:26 EDTSNEU.S. connects North Korea to Sony cyber attack, NY Times says
American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, NY Times reports. Reference Link
18:08 EDTSNEInvestigators confirm North Korea behind Sony cyber attack, CNN reports
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17:37 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas delays exhibition of "The Interview" due to Sony cyber-attack
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17:19 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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17:00 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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16:36 EDTAAPLGT Advanced issues response to Apple's statement
GT Advanced (GTATQ) issued the following statement: Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO, stated, "The position that Apple (AAPL) has taken in response to the release of our October 8th declaration is in line with our expectations, as reflected in paragraph 52 of Dan Squiller's October 28 declaration in support of the Apple Settlement. Although we have different views on the matter, we believe we have settled our disputes with Apple and see no point in further addressing the circumstances that led to our Chapter 11 filing or our relationship with Apple. Our focus now is on moving the company forward through the bankruptcy process. We remain optimistic that the Bankruptcy Court will approve the Apple Settlement Agreement on November 25th because it is in the best interest of all parties."
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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11:09 EDTGOOGFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
10:42 EDTMSFTDigital River spikes after renewing agreement with Microsoft
Digital River (DRIV) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to extend the terms of its distribution agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). WHAT'S NEW: Digital River this morning disclosed in a filing that it has agreed to extend the term of its Operations Digital Distribution Agreement with Microsoft to March 31, 2017. Additionally, Microsoft can extend the expiration date for up to four separate six month renewal terms, according to Digital River. Earlier this month, Digital River shares declined up to 24% after disclosing that the company granted Microsoft an extension to December 19 from December 1 as the deadline by which Microsoft was required to provide notice to the company of its decision as to whether it would choose to extend the expiration date of the agreement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Digital River also announced this morning that the Federal Trade Commission informed the company on December 5 that it granted early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period for the company's acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital for $26 per share in cash, or about $840M. The "go-shop" period expired on December 7, and Digital River did not receive a competing proposal. Digital River says the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. PRICE ACTION: Digital River shares are up $7.58, or 45%, to $24.44 in morning trading.
10:14 EDTMSFTHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
10:02 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
09:41 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Tech signs contract with Buffalo and Ford Erie Public Bridge Authority
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09:16 EDTMSFTDigital River renews pact with Microsoft
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09:00 EDTAAPLEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:52 EDTSNELions Gate wanted to talk to Sony about M&A, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTSNETheater cancels Sony movie debut after threat, NY Times says
A New York movie theater canceled the New York premier of Sony's film, "The Interview," after a terrorist threat was made against theaters that show the film, according to The New York Times. North Korea has harshly criticized the movie. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOG, MSFT, SNEGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTSNEAU Optronics should see increased orders for Ultra HD TV panels, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux should see increased orders for Ultra HD LCD TV panels as a result of active promotions for the TVs by Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFY), industry sources tell DigiTimes. Reference Link
06:12 EDTGOOGBaidu to take stake in Uber, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas pulls screenings of Sony's "The Interview," AP reports
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December 16, 2014
17:53 EDTSNESony hackers threaten 'The Interview' attendees, WSJ says
People claiming to be the Sony hackers said that there would be attacks like those of Sept. 11, 2001 at theaters showing the studio’s movie “The Interview,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTAAPLApple slips lower after halt to online store sales in Russia
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14:54 EDTAAPLVirnetX says appeals court denies rehearing petition in Apple case
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility increases as shares trends to 13-month low
Google December call option implied volatility is at 27, January is at 26, February is at 29, March is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near tem price movement.
14:06 EDTAAPLApple halts online sales in Russia over ruble, Bloomberg reports
Apple said that it its online store in Russia is "currently unavailable while we review pricing," according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed statement. The phone marker noted the "extreme" ruble fluctuations, the news agency added. Reference Link
13:17 EDTSNETencent, Sony make music rights deal, Re/code says
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13:11 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors rises after positive analyst mention, Apple Pay news
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13:08 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, CNBC reports
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13:00 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, Bloomberg reports
12:51 EDTSNESony sued by former employees over data protection, Reuters says
Two former Sony employees are suing the company for failing to adequately protect their data, according to Reuters. Sony's Sony Pictures unit suffered a massive hacking attack last month. Reference Link
10:42 EDTAAPLVirnetX drops 4% after reportedly losing appeal in case with Apple
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10:42 EDTAAPLAppeals court rules decision in VirnetX suit with Apple stands, Bloomberg says
VirnetX (VHC) lost its bid to reinstate $368.2M damage award from Apple (AAPL), reported Bloomberg.
10:10 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015, Re/code reports
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10:01 EDTGOOGGoogle, Verizon enter into global patent licensing agreement
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09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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06:48 EDTAAPLMore companies adopting Apple Pay, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTSSNLF, AAPLApple, Samsung offer price cuts for tablet products, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle facing Dutch privacy fine of up to $19M, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's settlement with Apple approved by bankruptcy court, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTSNESony says film studio's business remains strong, WSJ reports
Sony Pictures executives apologized in a staff meeting Monday for leaked emails and sensitive documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. Despite damage from the November hacking attack, executives said the film studio’s business remains strong. Reference Link
06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
05:44 EDTSNESony Pictures confirms extent of cyber attack
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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15:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to step up challenge to Amazon with new shopping features, WSJ says
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12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to shutter Russian engineering office, Guardian reports
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12:36 EDTGOOGVringo will seek Supreme Court review of court's reversal of Google judgement
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12:15 EDTAAPLCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
11:09 EDTMSFTSkype app to enable real-time voice translation, The Verge says
A new app from Microsoft's Skype enables voice calls in English or Spanish to be translated to the other language in real time, according to The Verge. The app will be available as a preview starting today, The Verge added. Reference Link
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08:44 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $95 from $75 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) as the firm says that its checks indicate that the company is benefiting from strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and for Chinese smartphones. The firm thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts, including rapidly proliferating Internet of Things applications. JMP Securities reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:40 EDTAAPL, SSNLFCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple checks show solid brand recognition in China, says Jefferies
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could pay $450M if it loses e-book appeal, WSJ says
A report from yesterday explains that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin considering Apple's appeal for a ruling that the company was engaged in illegal price-fixing over e-books, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Apple loses the appeal, the company could pay $450M, with most of it going to e-book customers, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:45 EDTSNESony tells media outlets to stop reporting leaked information, Reuters says
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06:32 EDTGOOGUnwired Planet commented on Google Markman ruling
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06:06 EDTMSFTFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
06:03 EDTSNEAlleged Sony hackers offer to selectively withhold stolen data, Re/code reports
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06:00 EDTSNESony Pictures not shutting down film production because of hack, Deadline says
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05:39 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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December 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading
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08:43 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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08:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $57 from $53 at FBR Capital
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07:30 EDTGOOGAmazon forced to remove app from Google Play store, TechCrunch reports
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07:18 EDTGOOGCato Institute holds a conference
2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on December 12 with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. The stock closed yesterday up 27c to $47.17.
06:37 EDTAAPLApple online store begins accepting PayPal, Re/code reports
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06:16 EDTSNEGlobal demand for e-paper on the decline, DigiTimes reports
Global demand for e-paper from e-book vendors is decreasing due to competition from tablets, reports DigiTimes, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. Due to the decline, Toshiba (TOSBF), Sony (SNE), and Panasonic (PCRFY) have withdrawn from the e-book reader market. According to the sources, Amazon is still look at growth in the China market, but the e-book reader market is not showing any signs of a rebound. Reference Link
06:12 EDTSNESony considered selling stake in Crackle, Bloomberg reports
Sony Pictures Television had weighed the sale of a majority stake in Crackle, reports Bloomberg. Citing e-mails made public by hackers, executives at Sony discussed a deal with Evolution Media Capital. An outside investment in Crackle would free up cash the website could spend on original series and marketing, Berger wrote in an e-mail to Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television. Reference Link
06:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge curved variant may not be in works, SamMobile says
There may not be an Edge variant with a curved screen for Samsung's Galaxy S6, reports SamMobile.com. There may be a separate variant of Galaxy S6 in the works, but at the moment, the prototype device does not have an Edge screen. Reference Link
06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down engineering operations in Russia, The Information reports
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December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTSNE, MSFTMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
17:40 EDTAAPLPriceline becomes first online travel agency to integrate Apple PayApple
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16:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to now accept bitcoin
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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14:50 EDTAAPLApple to start selling new iPads in China this week
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13:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to reveal Windows 10 features at January 21 event, Re/code reports
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13:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLApple February volatility elevated at 28
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10:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires HockeyApp, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTAAPL, MSFT, GOOGCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:05 EDTAAPLTSMC reports November sales down 10.5% to $2.32B, DigiTimes reports
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08:53 EDTGOOG, AAPL, MSFTBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch mass production rumored to start in January, AppleInsider says
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08:09 EDTGOOG, AAPL, MSFTGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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06:35 EDTAAPLUnited's 23,000 flight attendants to get iPhone 6 Plus, Business Insider reports
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06:32 EDTAAPL, SSNLFGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut Google News service in Spain
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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14:20 EDTAAPLUnited Continental providing 23,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 12 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:20 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs agreement with Albermarle County Service Authority
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed an agreement with the Albemarle County Service Authority to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes implementation and related professional services, support, and training.
08:36 EDTAAPLApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
07:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung combining U.S. electronics, mobile units, WSJ reports
Samsung Electronics is merging Samsung Electronics America, its subsidiary that oversees consumer electronics distribution in the U.S., and Samsung Telecommunications America, which focuses on mobile devices, into one unit, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from the company. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLBose products to return to Apple stores, 9to5Mac reports
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06:22 EDTAAPL, SSNLFChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:35 EDTSSNLFCorning Gorilla Glass 4 chosen for Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
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08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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06:27 EDTMSFT, SSNLFSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
18:19 EDTSNESony hacker releases additional private data, issues threat, Re/code says
Guardians of Peace, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, released an additional trove of private data and issued threats against the studio, according to Re/code. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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09:21 EDTSNESony Pictures called the cyberattack 'unprecedented in nature', Re/code reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:24 EDTSNENorth Korea denies role in recent Sony hacking, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:17 EDTSNESony PlayStation store may have suffered possible cyberattack, AP reports
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06:15 EDTSSNLF, AAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
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