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January 26, 2014
21:04 EDTMSFT, IBM, SAP, ORCLSAP, Atos target government cloud deals amid security concerns, Bloomberg says
SAP and Atos are working with the European Union to define standards for Web-based programs and data-storage services with the aim of creating labels that signal to authorities which services and programs are safe, potentially spurring demand, says Bloomberg. Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and International Business Machines (IBM) are other companies targeting government cloud contracts, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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April 9, 2015
05:57 EDTORCLOracle plans to hire 300 in India, Economic Times reports
Oracle is planning to hire 300 people in India to create a specialized cloud force, according to The Economic Times. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTMSFTAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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12:21 EDTIBMIBM announces U.S. Army is using IBM Hybrid Cloud for logistics
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10:01 EDTIBMIBM announces longstanding collaboration with Care.com
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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTIBMXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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09:19 EDTIBMCLSA holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:31 EDTIBMIBM an unlikely target for activists, Reuters columnist says
Shareholders calling for activist investors to take aim at IBM are likely to be disappointed, according to a Reuters columnist. The company has already carried out a great deal of financial engineering, and it will probably need to spend heavily on R&D and invest in its business for a couple of years in order to turn itself around, the columnist believes. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTSAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTSAPSAP downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded SAP to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation and its belief that transitioning to cloud computing will prove challenging for the company ,given technical weaknesses and the shortcomings of the HS/4 HANA product. Wells does not expect the product to drive material growth.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:37 EDTSAPSAP downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded SAP to Underperform saying the stock is fully valued while the company faces a "fundamental challenge" in transitioning to cloud computing. Wells believes SAP is "paying for the poor technical decisions made last decade." It has a EUR56-EUR60 price target range for shares.
07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
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