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October 31, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 31, 2014
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06:28 EDTGOOGMPAA, NATO announce updated theatrical anti-theft policy, ban wearable devices
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's robotics head Andy Rubin leaving company, WSJ reports
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October 30, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 30, 2014
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12:53 EDTGOOGFirm says Apple's tablet market share fell in Q3
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09:00 EDTTWXTime Warner Cable not concerned about other companies eating into business
In light of announcements from HBO (TWX) and CBS (CBS) for stand-alone streaming services, the company said it is more intrigued and more than prepared to work with video programmers to provide better video propositions.
08:23 EDTTWXMurdoch sees HBO online service doing 'fine' to start, WSJ reports
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06:53 EDTGOOGLenovo completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google
Lenovo (LNVGY) and Google (GOOG) announced that Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google is complete. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Motorola will retain over 2,000 patent assets and a large number of patent cross-license agreements, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio. The total purchase price at close was approximately $2.91B, including approximately $660M in cash and 519,107,215 newly issued ordinary shares of Lenovo stock, with an aggregate value of $750M, representing about 4.7% of Lenovo’s shares outstanding, which were transferred to Google at close. The remaining $1.5B will be paid to Google by Lenovo in the form of a three-year promissory note. A separate cash compensation of approximately $228M was paid by Lenovo to Google primarily for the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time of close. The transaction has satisfied all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions, including clearance by competition authorities in the U.S., China, EU, Brazil and Mexico, and by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
06:34 EDTTWXHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
October 29, 2014
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 29, 2014
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14:54 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Akamai reports following recent downgrade at Wells Fargo
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09:39 EDTGOOGRuckus to provide routers for Google small business Wi-Fi program, GigaOM says
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06:26 EDTGOOGMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UNP NFLX
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October 28, 2014
16:43 EDTGOOGRogers Communications appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer
Rogers (RCI) announced the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer Officer, effective November 10. Khandelwal joins Rogers from Google (GOOG) where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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14:34 EDTGOOGcomScore reported strong Q3 results, says Cantor
After comScore (SCOR) reported higher than expected Q3 revenue and EBITDA, Cantor thinks the company has a number of positive catalysts, including high renewal rates, new product sales, and vCE's ongoing integration into Google (GOOg) and Yahoo (YHOO). The firm expects comScore to grow at a mid-teen percentage clip in 2015 and beyond, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle designing particles to search for diseases, WSJ reports
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12:18 EDTGOOGTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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09:44 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO to announce layoffs this week, Variety reports
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle levy weighed by new EU digital commissioner, Reuters says
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09:04 EDTGOOGGoogle, PwC announce joint business relationship
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06:44 EDTGOOGApple warns of 'event' that would cause people to think about privacy, BI says
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06:37 EDTGOOGYouTube may charge for new services, Re/code reports
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06:25 EDTGOOGLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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October 27, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:03 EDTGOOGCVS says 'cannot accept' Apple Pay at this time, CNBC says
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:14 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $605.
07:38 EDTGOOGCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
06:15 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX CREE
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06:09 EDTGOOGCVS may be disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay, Google Wallet, MacRumors says
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest acquires Revolv, terms not disclosed
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle names Sundar Pichai to lead core Google products, Re/code reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGRyan Wyatt becomes Google's Head of Gaming at YouTube
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October 24, 2014
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:53 EDTTWXAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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13:14 EDTGOOGMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
06:14 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNX NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Xilinx (XLNX) 24, Netflix (NFLX) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 21, 2014
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:27 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 26, Netflix (NFLX) 38 according to iVolatility.
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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12:01 EDTNFLXNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 27, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTNFLX, GOOGStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:38 EDTNFLXNetflix shares 'so far underpriced right now its amazing,' says Cuban
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12:17 EDTNFLXMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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11:38 EDTNFLXCuban say buying Netflix stock, predicts 'someone will try to buy them'
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10:58 EDTTWX, NFLXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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09:38 EDTGOOG, NFLXActive equity options trading on
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08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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07:53 EDTGOOGFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
06:24 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:13 EDTGOOGLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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