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February 8, 2016
06:17 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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February 7, 2016
17:49 EDTGOOGGoogle developing new virtual reality headset, FT says
Google (GOOG) is developing a new virtual reality headset for smartphones and updating its Android VR technology, reports the Financial Times, citing sources. The headset will be a successor to the company's Cardboard device, still relying on a user's smartphone but featuring improved sensors, lenses, and solid plastic casing, the sources told the Financial Times. The device will be similar to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR and is expected to launch alongside the improved Android VR tech this year, the report added. Reference Link
16:38 EDTVZVerizon makes Go90 data free, responds to net neutrality criticism, Re/code says
Verizon has exempted its Go90 video platform from counting against data caps for Verizon subscribers, reports Re/code. In response to questions of whether the policy violates net neutrality principles, a company spokesperson told the publication, "Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 service... an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis. Any interested content provider can use FreeBee Data 360 to expand their audiences." Reference Link
15:31 EDTRHTRed Hat participates in a conference call with CLSA
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February 5, 2016
16:37 EDTGOOGStocks end week lower as tech melts down despite strong Alphabet report
Stocks ended the week lower, with the Nasdaq index the clear laggard, as a number of well-known tech stocks felt the brunt of the market pullback. The week was bookended by a strong report Monday night from Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), which still ended the week lower despite its better than expected earnings, and weak guidance Thursday evening from social media name LinkedIn (LNKD), which was severely punished by investors and analysts alike in the wake of its outlook. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. The Labor Department said that productivity fell at an annual rate of 3% in the fourth quarter, marking the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years and worse than the expected decline of 2%. Labor costs rose 4.5% in the fourth quarter, versus expectations for an increase of 4.3%... In Asia, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. The Chinese government's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. The Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month... In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. The European Commission lowered its 2016 economic growth forecast for the 19-nation single currency area to 1.7% from the 1.8% expansion the commission had forecast in November. The Bank of England also cut its economic growth forecasts, saying it now expects Britain's economy to grow 2.2% this year and 2.3% next year, which is down from the 2.5% growth for 2016 and 2.6% in 2017 that it previously predicted. Additionally, the BoE maintained its bank rate and held the size of its asset purchase program steady. COMPANY NEWS: After the closing bell Monday, Alphabet reported better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, along with breaking the results of its core Google businesses out from its "Other Bets" for the first time. The report was followed by analysts around Wall Street hiking their price targets on the stock, with Deutsche Bank notably raising its target to $1,080 per share, but the company's Class A shares only gained a bit more than 1% on Tuesday and finished the week down by nearly 8%... Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined nearly 5% on Wednesday after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders, but the assurance that the company will listen to offers from potential suitors did little to help its stock performance this week... GoPro (GPRO) shares sunk to all-time lows on Thursday after the action camera maker reported fourth quarter revenue that fell $60M short of expectations and guided first quarter revenue even further below analyst forecasts... LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged over 40% on Friday after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling nearly 50%... In addition to tech companies, it was a big week for earnings reports from names in the oil space. Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2% on Tuesday after the report. Fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged more than 8% the same day after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring. ConocoPhillips (COP) declined nearly 9% on Thursday after the oil and gas explorer reported a worse than expected quarterly loss and slashed its dividend to 25c from 74c per share. CEO Ryan Lance said the decision to reduce the dividend was a "difficult one," but the company believes it is prudent to plan for lower commodity prices for a longer period of time... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Dow Chemical (DOW), Comcast (CMCSA), Michael Kors (KORS), Mattel (MAT), Sysco (SYY), and Aetna (AET) gained immediately following their reports, while Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), General Motors (GM), Mondelez (MDLZ), Match Group (MTCH), Cardinal Health (CAH), ADT (ADT), Royal Caribbean (RCL), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Kohl's (KSS) all slid following their own... On the M&A front, Syngenta (SYT) agreed to a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Alere (ALR) surged after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. Questar (STR) jumped on Monday as well after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B. Lowe's (LOW) fell 6% on Wednesday after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B... Sumner Redstone stepped down as executive chairman of both CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB), being replaced by the CEOs of the companies in both cases. CBS shares were up fractionally Thursday after Leslie Moonves was named the next chair of its board, while Class A shares of Viacom gained 2% after Philippe Dauman was selected to succeed Redstone... Like Chipotle has been in the past months, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) shares were punished by food safety worries after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. Late in the week, the Department of Health of Johnson County, Kansas, confirmed one case of norovirus associated with an area Buffalo Wild Wings location, according to Bloomberg. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 1.6% to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 5.4% to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 3.1% to 1,880.02.
10:36 EDTCSCOActive puts: SPY QQQ MDLZ IWM CSCO
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06:49 EDTGOOG, VZApple, Amazon, Google, Verizon in mix to bid for NFL stream rights, Variety says
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06:23 EDTVZ20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTGOOGApple considers porting more services to Android, 9to5Mac reports
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February 4, 2016
15:17 EDTGOOGObama to propose $300B in investments in 'clean transportation,' Politico says
Aides to President Barack Obama told Politico the president will propose more than $300B worth of investments over the next decade in "clean transportation," such as mass transit, high-speed rail and self-driving cars, and will call for a $10 "fee" on every barrel of oil to be paid by oil companies to fund the plan. The report added that there is "no real chance that the Republican-controlled Congress will embrace Obama's grand vision of climate-friendly mobility in an election year." Tesla (TSLA), Mobileye (MBLY) and Google (GOOG) are among companies that have been working on self-driving automobile technology. Reference Link
13:30 EDTGOOGGoogle's U.K. tax deal may have been weaker than feared, Bloomberg says
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11:33 EDTINTCSamsung postpones investment in Xi'an semi plant, BusinessKorea says
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11:15 EDTQCOMBroadcom, Analog Devices seen as beneficiaries of cellular/Wi-Fi convergence
Shares of three companies involved in cellular and Wi-Fi technology -- Broadcom Limited (AVGO), Analog Devices (ADI), and Microsemi Corporation (MSCC) -- are all trading higher after a Sterne Agee research note suggested they would benefit from a trend toward the convergences of the two communications technologies. WHAT'S NEW: On February 3, Qualcomm (QCOM) and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) announced that, through the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands, recent testing demonstrated the ability of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access, or LAA, to extend coverage and increase network capacity, while delivering seamless mobility, and ensuring a fair coexistence with Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum. "LAA is one of the key technologies that will help satisfy the increasing demand for data and better mobile connectivity," said Deutsche Telekom Chief Technology Officer Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. "The trial will help the wireless ecosystem and key stakeholders verify and experience the benefits of LAA first hand." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Douglas Freedman believes the line between cellular and Wi-Fi is likely to blur, pointing to the Qualcomm-Deutsche Telekom partnership as an example of this technology trend. Freedman said three stocks that could benefit from the shift are Broadcom Limited, given its premium RF filtering and Wi-Fi connectivity solutions, Analog Devices, because of its increased data converter content in small cell applications, and Microsemi Corporation, due to its Wi-Fi access point and timing enablers. The firm has Buy ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Broadcom was trading higher by 2.2%, Analog Devices was up fractionally and Microsemi rose 1%.
10:25 EDTGOOG, INTC$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Abaxis (ABAX) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... IDEXX (IDXX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nexvet Biopharma (NVET) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... PetMed Express (PETS) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... SeaWorld (SEAS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... VCA Inc. (WOOF) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Verizon (VZ) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Zoetis (ZTS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse.
10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Alpha & Omega (AOSL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Ambarella (AMBA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Arlington Asset Investment (AI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CDK Global (CDK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cadence Design (CDNS) upgraded on valuation, guidance at DA Davidson... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Cloud Peak (CLD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... CrossAmerica (CAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded on results at Stifel... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Lannett (LCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Argus... New Oriental Education (EDU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... RONA (RONAF) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wayfair (W) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Whirlpool (WHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Zumiez (ZUMZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... adidas (ADDYY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:18 EDTQCOMSterne Agee CRT names three winners from convergence of cellular, Wi-Fi
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09:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Deutsche Telekom say LAA technologies to enhance mobile broadband
Qualcomm (QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) announced that, through the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands, recent testing demonstrated LTE Licensed-Assisted Access' ability to extend coverage and increase network capacity, while delivering seamless mobility, for an enhanced end user experience. The over-the-air trial was completed on November 20, 2015, in Nuremberg, Germany after a three-week period of extensive measurement campaigns. The team measured and demonstrated LAA's extended coverage and increased network capacity in utilizing unlicensed spectrum compared to Wi-Fi, as well as smooth and opportunistic aggregation of unlicensed spectrum during drive tests which also included seamless inter-eNB handovers. The fair coexistence between LAA and Wi-Fi in unlicensed 5 GHz bands was also demonstrated under different radio interference conditions and for a varied number of interfering nodes, the companies announced yesterday.
08:59 EDTGOOGAmazon.com Alphabet Microsoft should get huge cloud boost, says Pacific Crest
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07:07 EDTINTCHMG Strategy is holding a summit
2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit is being held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 4.
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