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May 6, 2014
04:55 EDTVZ, VZ, VZ, AKAM, AKAM, AKAM, CYNI, CYNI, CYNI, CALX, CALX, CALX, ELNK, ELNK, ELNK, NATI, NATI, NATI, MSFT, MSFT, MSFT, EHTH, EHTH, EHTH, CCOI, CCOI, CCOI, VVTV, VVTV, VVTVJefferies to hold a conference
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January 28, 2016
18:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lowers FY16 operating expenses outlook to $31.4B-$31.6B
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18:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects a negative impact of 4 points on total Q3 revenue
Microsoft CFO Amy Hood provided the following Q3 segment guidance: sees Commercial unearned revenue $18.8B-$19B; sees Productivity and Business Processes revenue of $6.4B-$6.6B; sees Intelligent cloud revenue of $6.1B-$6.3B; sees Personal Computing revenue $9.1B-$9.4B; sees COGS of $7.7B-$7.8B. Management expects commercial business to remain healthy. Microsoft reported Office 365 consumer subscribers of 20.6M vs. 9.2M last year and 18.2M in Q1. Hood expanded on the company's More Personal Computing guidance, noting that Windows will return to a normal level of pro-inventory in Q3 and the company expects non-Pro revenue to align more closely with the consumer PC market. Hood said that Bing will continue to gain share and remain profitable. The company expects continued momentum and growth in Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 and sees the Surface expanding into additional countries. The company expects normal post-holiday seasonality in gaming. Hood expects her income and expenses to be negative $300M in Q3. Hood concluded her remarks by saying that the company remains focused on creating new markets and taking share in existing ones. Guidance and comments provided in Q2 earnings conference call.
16:40 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of America's bellwether corporations and oil prices, which approached $34 a barrel. The market was unable to hold its opening gains and eventually crossed into negative territory. Before the losses became too big the averages reversed and moved back across the flat line. With oil holding onto its gains and closing above $33 a barrel, the averages closed in positive territory ahead of the next barrage of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% to $109.11 after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. Facebook management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster pointed out... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded 4.7% to $61.08 after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... Under Armour (UA), which had similarly been the focus of concern recently for some bearish analysts, posted better than expected results on the top and bottom line and backed its fiscal year revenue forecast, proving its doubters wrong and sending its share rocketing up 22.5% to $84.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Intrexon (XON), Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS), which gained a respective 10%, 7.6% and 1.4% as the ongoing Zika virus scare brought attention to the companies' efforts fighting the illness. Also higher were SolarCity (SCTY), Sunrun (RUN) and Vivint Solar (VSLR), with the solar stocks jumping 8.5%, 20.5% and 3.6%, respectively, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved new net-metering rules. Meanwhile, Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) rose 12.2% to $74.44 after announcing commercial availability of its Bendeka injection in partnership with Teva (TEVA). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which lost 3.2% to $28.75 despite a pre-market spike after SpringOwl Asset Management urged the company to seek an investment from a strategic partner. The news was also followed by reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has started restructuring efforts with an "invest/maintain/kill" list, as well as news that Verizon (VZ) denied a report that it had bid for the company's core Internet business. Also lower were OSI Systems (OSIS), Qualcomm (QCOM) and eBay (EBAY), which fell a respective 31.8%, 8.3% and 12.5% following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 125.18, or 0.79%, to 16,069.64, the Nasdaq gained 38.51, or 0.86%, to 4,506.68, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.41, or 0.55%, to 1,893.36.
16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Intelligent Cloud revenue up 5% to $6.3B
Reports Q2 Intelligent Cloud revenue up 5%, 11% in constant currency, to $6.3B. Reports server products and cloud services revenue grew 10% in constant currency. Reports Azure revenue grew 140% in constant currency with revenue from Azure premium services growing nearly 3x year-over-year. "Over one third of the Fortune 500 have chosen our Enterprise Mobility solutions, up nearly 3x year-over-year," said the company. Reports revenue in Productivity and Business Processes declined 2%, or grew 5% in constant currency, to $6.7B. Reports Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5% in constant currency driven by Office 365 revenue growth of nearly 70% in constant currency. Reports Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 20.6M. Reports revenue in More Personal Computing declined 5%, or down 2% in constant currency, to $12.7B. Reports Windows OEM revenue declined 5% in constant currency, driven by higher consumer premium and mid-range device mix. Reports Surface revenue increased 29% in constant currency driven by the launch of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Reports Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs grew 21% in constant currency with continued benefit from Windows 10 usage. Reports Xbox Live monthly active users grew 30% year-over-year to 48M.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 71c
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16:06 EDTNATINational Instruments sees Q1 adjusted EPS 17c-29c, consensus 19c
Sees Q1 revenue $290M-$320M, consensus $305.8M.
16:04 EDTNATINational Instruments reports Q4 adjusted EPS 34c, consensus 28c
Reports Q4 revenue $334M, consensus $330.93M.
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
15:05 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Microsoft since last quarter's blowout
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Thursday, January 28, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets computer, phone and gaming hardware. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $25.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 66c-75c on revenue of $24.62B-$25.92B. On its last earnings conference call, Microsoft said it expected Q2 productivity revenue of $6.6B-$6.67B, Q2 revenue for intelligent cloud of $6.2B-$6.3B and Q2 personal computing revenue of $12B-$12.4B. LAST QUARTER: On October 22, Microsoft reported first quarter earnings per share of 67c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 59c. The company's revenue came in at $21.7B, topping the consensus estimate of $21.03B. NEWS: On December 17, Microsoft announced a new joint venture that will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China's government agencies and certain state owned enterprises and provide ongoing support and services for these customers. That announcement followed Microsoft inking a partnership with Baidu (BIDU) to make it easy for their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 while providing local browsing and search experiences, and universal apps. On January 4, Microsoft said in a blog post that operating system Windows 10 was currently active on over 200M devices, bringing the company closer to its goal of seeing Windows 10 active on more than 1B devices. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last earnings report, BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral, saying he believes the company was at a turning point with its operating income headed for growth following four years of flattish performance. At the time, Rangan increased his price target on the stock to $63 from $46. On November 20, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors that actions taken by Google parent Alphabet (GOOG) and comments made by its executives indicated that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market. Based on a comment from executive Urs Holzle that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, Sandler estimated that the company is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. On November 30, Raymond James analyst Michael Turits upgraded Microsoft two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Turits. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating, despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. On January 13, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss upgraded Microsoft to Overweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Buy" rating, from Equal Weight. Microsoft is emerging as a public cloud winner, is gaining share in the data center market and Office 365 is seeing its base grow and its per user pricing increase, all of which set up the company to resume earnings growth after a five year period of stagnation, Weiss told investors. The analyst, who believes Microsoft's earnings growth and "aggressive" return of capital to shareholders should help its multiple expand, raised his price target on the stock to $66 from $57. This morning, UBS analyst Brent Thill said that given Apple's (AAPL) recent negative commentary around macro uncertainty he was lowering his second half of the year estimates for Microsoft on the potential for more conservative guidance when it issues its Q2 report after the closing bell. Thill trimmed his price target on Microsoft to $58 from $60, but said he remains confident the company is making the right moves to the cloud and kept a Buy rating on shares. PRICE ACTION: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Microsoft shares jumped 10.4% to $53.03. In late afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Microsoft advanced 1.25% to $51.86.
14:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 52 straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q2
14:29 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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10:44 EDTMSFTStocks with call strike movement; AMZN MSFT
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:50 EDTMSFTUBS trims Microsoft estimates for second half on macro uncertainty
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08:04 EDTMSFTHarman CEO: On track to deliver full year plan
"I am pleased to announce our 11th consecutive quarter of top and bottom line growth. Our strong first half results were in-line with our expectations. While we are closely monitoring macroeconomic developments, at this time, we are on track to deliver on our full year plan," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman (HAR) Chairman, President and CEO. "HARMAN continues to innovate and bring industry-first solutions to market. We are also partnering with key technology leaders such as Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Under Armour (UA) to capitalize on the opportunities presented by IoT for automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics. In addition, our acquisition of TowerSec will strengthen our cybersecurity leadership position for automotive."
06:56 EDTVZVerizon denies report of bidding on Yahoo core business, CTFN says
Verizon (VZ) spokesperson for Bob Varettoni said the New York Post "was wrong" in reporting on January 23 that the telecom company made an offer to acquire Yahoo's (YHOO) Internet search business, reported CTFN. Varettoni told the publication: "The rumor's false...We've made no offer to acquire Yahoo." Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:30 EDTVZYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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05:44 EDTVZSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
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