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News For TM;AAPL;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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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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13:33 EDTMSFTVirnetX to receive $23M from Microsoft in patent settlement
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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).
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
09:24 EDTTMJohnson Controls Magna could be hurt by Toyota consolidation, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo beleives that Johnson Controls (JCI) and Magna (MGA) could be hurt in the intermediate term by Toyota's (TM) decision to merge the seating manufacturing operations of four of its affiliates. Wells thinks Toyota's move should make bidding for seating deals more competitive. It keeps Market Perform ratings on Johnson Controls and Magna.
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.
07:09 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.
December 18, 2014
18:27 EDTTMToyota to consolidate seat-making operations, Nikkei reports
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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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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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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
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.
08:07 EDTTMToyota to invest $126M to expand Southeast Michigan R&D campuses
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06:50 EDTMSFTGoogle 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
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports
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December 17, 2014
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."
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