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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTGOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:20 EDTGOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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11:16 EDTQCOMRumor: Qualcomm active on activist investor speculation
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10:02 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Tigress Financial
07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:15 EDTGOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:17 EDTVZVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTINTCXilinx rallies after dealReporter discusses potential takeout
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTINTCIntel upgraded at Bernstein
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07:53 EDTINTCAltera options indicate traders still hoping for deal, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
06:08 EDTGOOGMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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05:52 EDTINTCIntel makes push into mini desktop market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel plans to push into the mini desktop market in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel is also aggressively promoting its Compute Stick and aiming to ship 1.2M units in 2015. Currently, Intel is seeing strong demand for mini desktops in Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan. Reference Link
05:50 EDTINTCIntel to step up cooperation with ODMs and white-box vendors, DigiTimes reports
Intel will look to step up its cooperation with ODMs and white-box makers in China to strengthen its presence in China's handset market, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, some vendors will use Intel's quad-core solutions for its 3G smartphones in 3Q15 and 4G LTE models in 4Q15. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
18:32 EDTCSCOIdentiv, Cisco enter agreement to provide solutions for Internet of Everything
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16:27 EDTGOOG, INTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:53 EDTINTCAltera cases illustrates challenges Intel may face in dealmaking, WSJ says
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12:38 EDTGOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOG, INTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:52 EDTINTCBattleground: Analysts clash on Intel's ability to meet guidance
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10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTINTCIntel reported weak Q1 results, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says that Intel's Q1 EPs was in-line with its preannouncement, while its data center demand decelerated. The firm thinks the company's guidance for flat 2015 revenue growth is overly optimistic, while data center revenue is likely to decelerate further and elevated inventory levels add risk to gross margin expectations. The firm reiterates a $27 price target and Underperform rating on the shares.
08:39 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Intel to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm believes that bearish PC sentiment is fully priced into the shares, while investors should focus on the company's data center business as a driver of cash flow growth. Target $40.
08:15 EDTINTCIntel reported to be in talks to buy VIA Telecom, Bloomberg says
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08:15 EDTINTCIntel Q1 results impressive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says it was impressed by Intel's results and guidance. The firm has above consensus 2015 and 2016 EPS estimates for the company, and it reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares. Wells continues to identify the stock as a Top Pick.
08:09 EDTVMWGood Technology and VMware resolve patent litigation
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07:46 EDTCSCOEricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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06:51 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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06:41 EDTINTCCiti recommends Applied Materials, Lam after Intel capex cut
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06:35 EDTQCOMSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:35 EDTINTCCiti calls Intel guidance too bullish, predicts another cut
Citigroup believes the lowered 2015 revenue and margin outlook Intel offered last night remains too bullish. The guidance bakes in 17% revenue growth for the second half of 2015, but since 2010, Intel has grown second half revenue just 5% on average and has never had more than 8% revenue growth, Citi argues. As such, the firm thinks Intel's guidance has to come down again. Citi raised its price target for Intel shares to $32 and $31 and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock following the company's Q1 results.
06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTGOOGApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel gross margin higher than expected, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that despite lower revenue, Intel's gross margin in Q1 was better than expected due to higher platform average selling prices and lower factory start-up costs. Piper notes Intel's Q2 revenue outlook of $13.2B implies a 3% revenue increase quarter-over-quarter, in line with normal seasonality but modestly below current consensus expectations for $13.5B. The firm remains positive on Intel's product strategy and focus on shareholder returns. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $38 price target.
05:24 EDTBRCDBrocade to invest $300M in India over next five years
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:30 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
17:53 EDTINTCIntel says expects PC market to remain 'challenging' in 2015
Says on track to improving mobile profitability goal. Says on track reduce mobile losses by $800M, weighted towards back half of year. Says PC Industry burning through inventory and expects trend to continue in Q2. Says will not respond to rumors on M&A. Says growth in Data Center group will be "lumpy" near term, but long term expects mid-teens growth. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:04 EDTINTCSemiconductor equipment stocks lower after Intel cuts FY15 CapEx view
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16:41 EDTINTCIntel CFO: Q1 in came 'as projected'
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16:11 EDTINTCIntel up 3% following Q1 results, guidance
16:10 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx $8.7B, plus or minus $500M
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16:08 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 gross margin 62%, plus or minus couple of points
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 gross margin 61%
16:06 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 gross margin 60.5%, down 4.9 point sequentially
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 Client Computing Group revenue down 16% sequentially
Down 8% y/y. Reports Q1 Data Center Group revenue down 10% sequentially, up 19% y/y.
16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue approximately flat, consensus $55.69B
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16:03 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 revenue $13.2B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $13.51B
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16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
Reports Q1 revenue $12.8B, consensus $12.9B.
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:34 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
15:13 EDTINTCIntel April 31.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q1
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13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:55 EDTCSCOCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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11:16 EDTGOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
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10:48 EDTQCOMAnalysts differ on Qualcomm after activist JANA presses for change
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10:01 EDTBRCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm businesses worth more together than apart, says Bernstein
After activist investor JANA Partners took a stake of over $2B in Qualcomm and advocated separating the company's chipset and licensing businesses, Bernstein disagrees with JANA, saying that the two businesses are probably worth much more together than they are apart. Bernstein is cautious about the long-term outlook of Qualcomm's business and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:25 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Qualcomm to Buy and maintained its $80 price target citing valuation. The firm said negatives are widely known and positives include stabilizing royalty trends, potential margin improvement, and capital returns.
06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
05:56 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO MAC
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April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTVZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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19:18 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
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16:48 EDTINTCAltera up 1.4% following Bloomberg report of holders pushing for sale to Intel
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16:45 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:09 EDTBRCDBrocade initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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14:18 EDTINTCIntel April option elevated into Q1 and outlook
Intel April call option implied volatility is at 51, May is at 27, June is at 22, October is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the release of Q1 results today on April 14.
13:37 EDTINTCIntel technical notes ahead of results
The key technical feature on the 1-year chart is the potential large-scale bearish head and shoulders. That pattern began forming in October 2014. The neckline is at the $30 level. If the news is more bearish than anticipated and the $30 level is broken on the downside, the pattern will become active. Downside potential for the pattern if it remains active and completes is to the $23 to $22.50 area. On positive news, there is a smaller potential bullish inverted head and shoulders pattern that would become active above the $32.50 level which corresponds to the 50-day moving average. Upside potential for that pattern would be to the $35 to $35.50 level. Resistance above that area would be at $36.45.
13:26 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware® device connectivity platform.
07:31 EDTCSCOHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
19:07 EDTINTCCommerce Department block sales of Intel Xeon Phi chips to China, Gizmodo says
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16:46 EDTINTCIntel, Seagate may rise despite potentially weak earnings reports, Barron's says
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April 10, 2015
15:44 EDTGOOGGoogle X lab working on battery research, WSJ reports
A small part of Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) Google X research lab, made up of just four team members, had been testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices but has since moved on to investigating battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The small team is being led by a former Apple (AAPL) battery expert, the report noted. Reference Link
10:45 EDTGOOGNokia exploring sale of HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Nokia is exploring the sale of its maps business, known as HERE, and is attracting buyout interest for the unit from companies and private-equity firms, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Nokia has valued the unit at $2.1B in a recent financial report and bids are expected soon, the report added. HERE competes with maps products from Google (GOOG, GOOGL), among others. Nokia shares trading in New York are up a bit over 3% to near $8 following the report. Reference Link
09:47 EDTINTCAltera holders can act by written consent to replace board, CNBC's Faber says
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06:26 EDTINTCAltera shares not worth close to Intel's offer, says Citigroup
Citigroup says Altera (ALTR) should have accepted Intel's (INTC) reported takeover offer of $54 per share as it believes the "stock is not worth close to that." Citi states Altera has had a history of overestimating its growth rate, and notes it is "still in shock" that Intel offered that high a price. The firm reiterates a Neutral rating on both names.
April 9, 2015
18:11 EDTINTCWorldwide PC shipments decline 6.7% in Q1, IDC says
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14:08 EDTGOOGGoogle close to making Android Wear compatible with iPhones, The Verge says
Google (GOOG) is close to getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to function on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, reports The Verge, citing a source near the development team. The Verge notes that even if a solution is reached, Apple may still reject an Android Wear app from its App Store. Reference Link
12:45 EDTINTCAltera report doesn't mean deal is off, says Raymond James
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12:22 EDTINTCIntel unit awarded contract by DOE's Argonne Leadership Computing Facility
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11:34 EDTINTCAltera calls active on report of no deal
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10:49 EDTINTCAltera was offered $54 per share before turning down Intel, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTGOOGDunkin' Donuts adds Google Wallet as new mobile payment option
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09:55 EDTGOOGYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTINTCIntel falls after ending Altera talks, levels to watch
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09:06 EDTINTCIntel ends talks to acquire Altera, CNBC's Faber reports
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09:02 EDTINTCAltera talks ended with Intel, CNBC's Faber says
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07:36 EDTRHTRed Hat OpenStack could more than double in three years, says JPMorgan
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06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be developing GMeet video conferencing tool, 9to5Mac reports
Google is reportedly developing a video conferencing tool called GMeet, which is currently being tested by Google employees, 9to5Google reports. Reference Link
05:44 EDTINTCIntel sales, margins could bottom in March quarter, says Wells Fargo
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April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTINTC, GOOGAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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19:17 EDTGOOGGermany mandates transparency for Google data collection, VentureBeat says
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has ordered Google to limit its use of customer data, VentureBeat reported earlier, citing statements from the commissioner. The stipulations apply to Google's operations across Germany, and call for "a transparent mechanism for consent to process user data." Reference Link
16:47 EDTBRCDBrocade discloses stock plan amended to raise share reserve by 29.5M shares
Brocade disclosed in a regulatory filing that on April 7, the stockholders of Brocade approved an amendment and restatement of the company’s 2009 Stock Plan to increase the Stock Plan’s share reserve by 29.5M shares and change the fungible ratio at which certain awards without an exercise price are deducted from and returned to the Stock Plan.
15:01 EDTGOOGTwitter may see little impact from Google deal, says Stifel
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle plans ad-free YouTube subscription service, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) is planning to launch a YouTube subscription service as early as this year, reports Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter and a YouTube letter sent to certain content creators on the site. The new paid version of the site will be free of ads and may include a type of offline access to YouTube. Bloomberg notes that the move will put the streaming site into closer competition with Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, and similar paid streaming services. Reference Link
12:36 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook not discussing Twitter buyout, Re/code reports
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12:26 EDTGOOGThe Street's Eric Jackson says Google not buying Twitter
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11:12 EDTGOOGCLA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss Google Algorithm change for mobile on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 9 at 10 am.
06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle plans service to connect users with home-service providers, BuzzFeed says
Google (GOOG) is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, BuzzFeed reported yesterday, citing sources close tot he company. The new service is expected to be announced at an advertising conference later this spring. Amazon (AMZN) last week launched its new Home Services site. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
19:54 EDTCSCOCisco, American Express invest in mobile wallet startup, Economic Times says
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16:27 EDTGOOGFTC to review complaints against YouTube Kids app, Washington Post says
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16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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13:59 EDTGOOGGoogle says Google Moderator to shut down on July 31
Google says its Google Moderator will shut down on July 31. The company says, "Unfortunately, Google Moderator has not had the usage we had hoped, so we’ve made the difficult decision to close down the product. We want to ensure users have enough time to export their Moderator series data using our Takeout tool. Please take a look at the timeline below for more information. March 30 is the first day that you can download your Google Moderator data from Takeout. Your data from past Moderator series will be available in Takeout for at least two years. June 30 will be the last day you can create a new series, ask a question, or vote on a question. For the month of July, Google Moderator will be 'read-only. July 31 is Moderator’s last day. The site will no longer be available in any form, but you will be able to access data from past Moderator series through our Takeout tool for at least two years." Reference Link
10:43 EDTRHTInformatica rises after agreeing to be taken private for $48.75 per share
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09:57 EDTINTCAltera negotiations with Intel continue, says dealReporter
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09:35 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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07:03 EDTGOOGCyrusOne announces direct connectivity to Google Cloud Platform
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06:46 EDTGOOGApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTGOOGGroups urge authorities to probe YouTube app, Reuters says
Advocacy groups say they will urge federal regulators to probe a video app for Google's YouTube, according to Reuters. Aimed at children, the app deceptively blends video programming and ads, the news service quoted the groups as saying. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures leading $12M investment in CoreOS, Business Insider reports
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06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm likely to get back into Galaxy phones, says Citigroup
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06:00 EDTGOOGTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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April 6, 2015
19:42 EDTGOOGSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
17:01 EDTINTCIntel to change financial reporting structure
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16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
12:44 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTQCOMNVIDIA reports favorable ITC ruling in patent fight with Qualcomm, Samsung
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10:39 EDTINTC, QCOMQualcomm falls amid uncertainty about content in flagship Samsung phone
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10:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTVZWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:56 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with Hutchison for cheaper overseas calls, Telegraph reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Uniqure (QURE), up 44.2% following strategic collaboration with Bristol-Myers (BMY)... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), up 22.4% after Lorem Vascular receives regulatory clearance in China... Curis (CRIS), up 8.5% after FDA grants orphan drug designation to CUDC-907 for the treatment of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma... Capnia (CAPN), up 5.9% after being awarded a $220,000 NIH grant... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.8% after reporting first quarter deliveries up 55% to 10,030 cars... Ariad (ARIA), up 3.4% following approval of Iclusig in Canada... Lumber Liquidators (LL), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. LOWER: Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 8.9% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Herbalife (HLF), down following CNBC report that federal law enforcement agencies contacted the company regarding its business practices... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 2.2% following a Wall Street Journal report that the Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6 did not have a Qualcomm LTE modem... Skyworks (SWKS), down 2.1% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
09:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm trades lower in pre-market
The stock is down more than 2.4% at time of writing to $66.31 following an WSJ article that noted the Samsung Galaxy S6 did not use a Qualcomm-developed wireless modem. Next support is at $65.68.
06:45 EDTQCOM, VZQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
06:35 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
Nomura upgraded VMware to Buy with a $95 price target following favorable survey results. The firm's Q1 survey came in slightly ahead of plan and believes the Street is too cautious on shares, which could serve as a positive catalyst for shares. Separately, Nomura said the upcoming end of Windows Server 2003 in July could be an incremental catalyst as replacement servers will likely be virtualized.
06:32 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures-backed Buttercoin to shut down
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06:07 EDTCSCOSpherix issues update on several matters
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06:07 EDTQCOMSamsung uses internally developed wireless modem in Galaxy S6, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTGOOGYouTube planning advertising campaign aimed at Canada, Globe and Mail says
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05:43 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTGOOGEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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14:32 EDTGOOGAntitrust suit against Google over Android app limits dropped, Reuters says
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08:43 EDTVZAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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