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January 29, 2014
08:46 EDTIBM, JPM, T, TMUS, JCP, MSFT, QCOM, BAYRY, S, LNVGY, FB, NDAQ, YHOOOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Sprint (S) meets with DOJ on possible T-Mobile (TMUS) deal...Alibaba’s growth concerns weigh on Yahoo (YHOO)...FDA: Bayer's (BAYRY) Aleve may carry lower cardiac risk than others...REUTERS: AT&T (T) CEO: Spy scandal affects our business...Nasdaq (NDAQ) wants to cut prices, rivals say it helps big exchanges...Qualcomm (QCOM) could face significant antitrust fine in China...BLOOMBERG: JPMorgan (JPM) close to sale of commodities unit...Facebook’s (FB) open computer project adds Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM)...Lenovo (LNVGY) would pay IBM (IBM) an 8% to 9% breakup fee...OTHER NEWS: IBM (IBM) exploring potential sale of SDN business, Re/code reports...J.C. Penney (JCP) may have altered poison pill for tax purposes, NY Times reports.
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March 17, 2015
06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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06:37 EDTYHOOAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan providing financial advice to UK government to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:43 EDTLNVGYAnalyst sees Himax facing headwinds, risks in near-term
The shares of Himax Technologies (HIMX) are falling sharply after research firm Northland Securities warned that the company's March revenues could come in at the lower end of its guidance. Himax develops semiconductors used in thin film transistor-liquid crystal displays and displays using other technologies. WHAT'S NEW: The Chinese sales of smartphones made by a number of Himax's customers, including Samsung, Lenovo (LNVGY), and ZTE, have been weak, Northland analyst Tom Sepenzis wrote in a note to investors today. Additionally, Samsung's new smartphones will probably ship with OLED displays, rather than TFT displays, the analyst stated. These developments create risks for Himax in the March-June time period, according to Sepenzis. Meanwhile, January and February data reported by a number of Taiwanese vendors, including HTC and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), do not bode well for Himax, as their sales were down 26.5% in February versus January. Additionally, Sepenzis is now more pessimistic on the near-term outlook for sales of augmented reality headsets, leading him to believe that Himax's revenue from these products will be lower than he previously estimated in the near-term. The analyst kept a $110 price target and Outperform rating on the shares, as he remains upbeat on the company's longer term outlook. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Himax dropped 51c, or 6.5% to $7.47.
12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
10:44 EDTYHOONetflix 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.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports February net credit losses 2.42% vs. 2.53% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.35% vs. 1.34% last month.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
06:20 EDTJPMU.S.poised to charge JPMorgan hacking suspects, NY Times says
U.S. authorities probing last summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan are increasingly confident that they will be able to file criminal charges against perpetrators of the attack in coming months, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources who have been briefed on the investigation. Several of the suspects are located in countries with whom the U.S. has extradition treaties, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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06:09 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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March 15, 2015
16:14 EDTIBMBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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