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News For SNE;TOSBF;SSNLF;SHCAY From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
19:17 EDTSSNLFSamsung to sell chemical, defense units to Hanwha for 1.9T Won, Bloomberg says
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12:22 EDTSNESony unit to provide consumer refunds to settle FTC charges over misleading ads
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11:10 EDTSSNLFWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
06:21 EDTSSNLFPanel makers look to secure orders from Motorola in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Motorola is assessing new panel makers going into 2015 as it prepares for stronger shipments, reports DigiTimes. Samsung (SSNLF), LG Display (LPL), Taiwan Display and Innolux are all aiming to secure orders from Motorola in 2015. The company is also continuing to focus on emerging markets with an emphasis on promoting entry-level handsets in India and Brazil. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung sued by Milk Studios for patent infringement, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTSNESony Pictures Entertainment suffers widespread hack, LA Times reports
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November 24, 2014
20:12 EDTSNESony sees FY17 Game, Network Services segment revenue Y 1.4T-Y 1.6T
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung may reshuffle its leadership organization next week, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Apple, LG rank as top 3 smartphone vendors in 2014, DigiTimes says
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November 23, 2014
18:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung contemplates management shake-up, WSJ says
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17:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung files complaint aimed at blocking Nvidia chips, Bloomberg says
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November 21, 2014
14:08 EDTSNEHacker group releases login info for three gaming networks, CNet says
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10:00 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:07 EDTSNESony upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Sony to Overweight saying the stock is pricing in all the negatives related to handset and TV while a strong Japan stock market provides upside potential to the Financial Services unit.
November 20, 2014
07:47 EDTSNE, SSNLFSupply chains see FY15 TV shipments up 10%, DigiTimes says
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07:42 EDTSNEStudios looking abroad for opportunity in TV licensing, WSJ reports
For U.S. television studios, such as Time Warner’s (TWX) Warner Bros., licensing shows abroad, which was once a small side business, has become a much-needed source of growth and is increasingly needed to make shows profitable, reported The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Time Warner, CBS Corp. (CBS), Sony (SNE) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) also see huge promise from international TV distribution, the report noted. Reference Link
06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung introduces 'Milk Video' mobile video service, WSJ reports
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November 19, 2014
10:54 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA discloses Samsung files patent infringement suit
NVIDIA (NVDA) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on November 10, Samsung (SSNLF) filed a complaint against NVIDIA and Velocity Micro, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that NVIDIA infringed six patents and falsely advertised that the Tegra K1 processor is the world’s fastest mobile processor. Samsung seeks unspecified damages and an injunction prohibiting NVIDIA from any future violations. NVIDIA has not yet responded to the complaint.
November 18, 2014
10:34 EDTSNESony climbs after setting long-term targets for movie unit
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09:56 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony looking to boost movie entertainment revenue, Reuters reports
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06:39 EDTSNESony to re-evaluate support for free online music, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Sony to Buy after the company gave Pictures and Music sales targets for FY17 saying it had undervalued management's strategic initiatives.
06:28 EDTSNESony targets FY17 Pictures sales $10B-$11B, Music sales $4.8B-$5.2B
Sony announced its financial targets for the Pictures and Music segments for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For Pictures, Sony targets FY17 sales of $10B-$11B and operating income margin of 7%-8%. For Music, Sony targets FY14 sales of $4.8B-$5.2B and operating margin income 10.5%-11.5%. Sony also announced that it has increased its $250M in targeted overhead and procurement savings in its Pictures segment that it announced in November 2013, by $50 for a total of $300M. Sony expects the annualized savings to be fully implemented by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For FY15, Sony targets Pictures sales of $8.1B and Music sales of $4.8B.
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung to reduce number of smartphone models by 25%-30% in 2015, FT reports
Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, says that his company will reduce the number of handset types by 25%-30% in 2015 in a bid to cut costs and boost profits, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing supply chain to cut OLED panel component prices, DigiTimes says
Samsung Display (SSNLF), which is looking to be price competitive with its own smartphone and has also attracted new customers including Motorola Mobility, Dell and Lenovo (LNVGY) that are developing Samsung Display OLED technology either in smartphones or notebooks, is pushing supply chains, including backlight makers, to lower pricing for components by as much as 30% during Q4, said DigiTimes. Reference Link
November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTSNEJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
15:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung to host investor forum
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09:05 EDTSNENPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
November 13, 2014
15:17 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry CEO says has complimentary strengths with Samsung
BlackBerry CEO speaking on CNBC.
12:04 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry announces strategic partnership with Samsung
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08:08 EDTTOSBFCisco, Toshiba announce collaboration for Internet of Things
Toshiba (TOSBF) and Cisco (CSCO) announced that they are collaborating on new ways to utilize the Internet of Everything that can dramatically improve processes, productivity and experiences in manufacturing, transportation and city environments. Representatives from Toshiba and Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, this week with the intention to advance the progress of a new Smart Community. This global collaboration brings together the Cisco Fog Computing network environment featuring Cisco's network-wide security solution with the Toshiba Group's endpoint management technology. The joint effort will help monitor and maintain multiple devices, stream computing technology for high-speed information processing collected from devices, and provide storage technology to accumulate information generated with M2M technology.
06:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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November 12, 2014
12:55 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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09:10 EDTSSNLFSamsung and M-GO launch UHD transactional VOD service
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