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July 29, 2014
19:55 EDTGOOGBaidu developing 'self-driving' car, China Daily reports
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17:06 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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13:39 EDTVZVerizon previously looked at potential REIT, says Raymond James
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13:12 EDTINTCIntel working with cheap tablet makers in China, WantChinaTimes says
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12:23 EDTVZWindstream REIT spin off plan provides jolt for stock, telecom sector
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11:35 EDTVZAT&T and Verizon unlikely to consider a stucture like Windstream, says UBS
UBS said large telcos such as AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are unlikely to consider a structural separation, such as Winsteam's (WIN). as they would be forced to open up their networks to competitors at regulated rates.
09:52 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTVZWindstream worth at least $15/share after spinoff news, says Oppenheimer
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09:17 EDTVZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTVZAT&T, Verizon rally after Windstream announces plans for REIT
Shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are trading higher in the pre-market following news that Windstream (WIN) plans to spin off its telecom assets into a publicly traded REIT. Windstream provides network communications to businesses nationwide. It said the tax-free spinoff will enable it to realize "significant financial flexibility by lowering debt by approximately $3.2 billion and increasing free cash flow to accelerate broadband investments, transition faster to an IP network and pursue additional growth opportunities to better serve customers." The news is also pushing shares of CenturyLink (CTL) and Frontier Communications (FTR) higher. Windstream is rallying 28% in pre-open trading, while AT&T is up 4% and Verizon is up 3%.
07:31 EDTVMWEMC shareholders unlikely to endorse break up, says UBS
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05:58 EDTVZT-Mobile US CEO announces 10 gigabytes of data for $100 a month
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July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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13:15 EDTGOOGBaidu mirrors Google with self-driving vehicle, FT says
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13:11 EDTVZT-Mobile new offering substantive, says Wells Fargo
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10:02 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
09:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness creates opportunity, says Argus
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08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle rumored to work on 5.9" Nexus phone, Android Police says
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07:40 EDTGOOGAmazon could see new cloud competition on many fronts, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
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05:58 EDTGOOGApple nears deal to buy Swell radio app for $30M, Re/code reports
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05:46 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco (CSCO) shares to Sector Perform citing valuation and concern the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes shares are fairly valued at $26. Cisco closed Friday up 14c to $25.97.
July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTCSCO, GOOG, VMW, VZAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
16:02 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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14:36 EDTVZVerizon to slow down data speeds for top 5% of users with unlimited 4G LTE
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12:49 EDTGOOGYouTube could name music subscription service 'MusicKey,' GigaOM reports
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08:47 EDTINTCMellanox points to bigger than expected Grantley ramp, says Janney Capital
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07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle X project to gather 'baseline' of healthy human, WSJ says
Google X, the search giant's research arm, is undertaking "Baseline Study," an ambitious project to collect genetic and molecular information first from 175 people, and later from thousands more, to amass a much larger and broader set of new data on what a healthy human being should be than is currently available or being gathered by other mass studies, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:17 EDTINTCIntel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet models in Q4, DigiTimes says
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05:59 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 17, Williams (WMB) 22 according to iVolatility.
05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to buy Twitch for $1B, VentureBeat reports
Google will acquire Twitch, a game livestreaming company, for around $1B, sources confirm to VentureBeat. It is unclear when the deal will be announced or what the exactly purchase price will be, but the sources say YouTube is heading the purchase. Reference Link
July 24, 2014
12:32 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
10:03 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:03 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm China royalty problem likely to keep lid on multiple, says BMO Capital
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07:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $90 from $95 at Canaccord
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07:52 EDTVZVerizon upgraded at FBR Capital
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07:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm fundamentals remain intact, says Deutsche Bank
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07:46 EDTVZWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Small Cell Symposium to be held in New York on July 24.
07:15 EDTVZVerizon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:38 EDTGOOGWatchdog says Google evokes memories meant to be omitted, Bloomberg says
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06:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore
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06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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06:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm confirmed in China as having monopoly, China Daily reports
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
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05:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits up to $150M to strategic venture fund in China
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July 23, 2014
16:10 EDTQCOMQualcomm says China continues to present significant challenges, opportunities
The company said, "China continues to present significant opportunities for us, particularly with the rollout of 4G LTE, but also presents significant challenges, as our business practices continue to be the subject of an investigation by the China National Development and Reform Commission. Please refer to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended June 29, 2014 filed with the SEC for our most recent disclosures regarding the NDRC investigation. We also believe that certain licensees in China currently are not fully complying with their contractual obligations to report their sales of licensed products to us (which includes certain licensees underreporting a portion of their 3G/4G device sales and a dispute with a licensee) and that unlicensed companies may seek to delay execution of new licenses while the NDRC investigation is ongoing. We expect calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments to be approximately 1.3 billion globally. However, our estimate of calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments that we currently expect to be reported to us is approximately 1.04 billion to 1.13 billion, which is adjusted for units that we believe may not be reported to us, are in dispute or are currently unlicensed. We are taking steps to address these issues, although the timing of any resolution is uncertain."
16:08 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 MSM chip shipments 230M-245M, up 21%-29% YoY
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16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm expects to complete minimum of $1B in share repurchases in Q4
16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 MSM chip shipments 225M units, up 31% YoY
Up 20% sequentially.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.21-$5.36 from $5.05-$5.25
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.20-$1.35, consensus $1.39
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 EPS outlook
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.44, consensus $1.22
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15:30 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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14:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly 81 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
13:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical commentary ahead of results
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13:01 EDTGOOGSprint teams with Google to offer Google Apps for business
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12:27 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires drawElements
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11:33 EDTQCOM, INTCSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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11:21 EDTVMWOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: INO SHPG IRBT CMG LXK PSEC CROX ATHN VMW
10:02 EDTVMW, QCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:41 EDTVZNQ Mobile and A Wireless partner for device security solution
NQ Mobile (NQ) and A Wireless, one of the largest Verizon (VZ) Wireless Premium Retailers, announced the availability of a comprehensive, bundled security solution that ensures the safety of subscribers' devices and the valuable data they hold. The solution is available at over 200 A Wireless stores across the US. The new package combines physical device insurance with NQ Mobile's security protection for both iOS and Android.
08:40 EDTVZVerizon reported good results, says BMO Capital
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08:06 EDTVMWVMware upgraded at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA upgraded VMware to Buy from Outperform. The firm upgraded shares after the Q2 report citing expectations for solid growth, new product introductions, and the potential spin-off from EMC (EMC) following recent actions by Elliott Management. Price target is $115.
07:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
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07:26 EDTVMW, VMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle, Spotify didn't talk about a deal, Re/code says
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06:45 EDTGOOGMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle tried to buy Spotify last year, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 18, Shire (SHPG) 19 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTGOOGYouTube's Chris LaRosa quits as music head, WSJ reports
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July 22, 2014
17:34 EDTVMWVMware sees FY14 revenue $5.96B-$6.08B, consensus $6.02B
Sees FY14 operating margin approximately 31%.
17:33 EDTVMWVMware sees Q3 revenue midpoint, narrows revenue guidance to $1.48B-$1.52B
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16:36 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:03 EDTVMWVMware reports Q2 EPS 81c, consensus 79c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.44B.
15:41 EDTQCOMQualcomm replaces NVIDIA in newest Xiaomi Mi phone, TechInAsia reports
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15:39 EDTQCOMNVIDIA loses another Tegra socket to Qualcomm, says Pacific Crest
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15:30 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:07 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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12:54 EDTVMWVMware technical notes ahead of results
Shares have sharply underperformed in the last three months. Ahead of results the stock is trading up toward the top of the narrow range which has developed over the last ten weeks. The bulk of the range is contained by a low at the $93 area and a high at the $98 area. As we have seen several times in this earnings season, narrow ranges with the right catalyst can lead to very strong post-earnings moves. Technically for the range to be broken it would require a strong move below the low of above the high, and so these boundaries become key. On better than expected news or guidance, a move above $98 on an increasing scale of positive surprise would have $99.24, $102.83, and $106.87 as upside objectives. If the news disappoints, the low at the $93 area would be the first test of support. If that low is broken, supports below as downside objectives would be at $90.93, and then at $87.10 and $85.
12:53 EDTINTCApplied Materials drops following report of opposition to merger
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12:30 EDTGOOGEU regulators to revisit Google antitrust settlement, WSJ reports
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12:29 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm advances after Cowen sees shares poised to break-out
Shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which develops mobile device components, are climbing after research firm Cowen wrote that the stock is poised to break-out above its recent range. WHAT'S NEW: Qualcomm's stock is well-positioned to advance above the trading range it has stayed in over the past three months, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The company's Q3 results, due to be announced on July 23, should be in-line with or better than expectations, the analyst predicted. The company's QCT business unit - which provides solutions for smart connected devices - likely exceeded expectations last quarter, driven by gains in LTE technologies, according to Arcuri. Meanwhile, he believes that Qualcomm's technology licensing business should generate results at the high end of the unit's total available market, as its revenue from licensing technology for devices using the CDMA standard appears to have exceeded the high end of its guidance. Qualcomm's Q4 guidance could exceed expectations and the company's revenue growth may accelerate to double digit percentage levels, the analyst forecast. Furthermore, Qualcomm's profits are likely to be boosted by cost cutting and higher margins in its QCT business, Arcuri predicted. He kept an $86 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Qualcomm climbed $2, or 2.5%, to $81.69.
11:56 EDTGOOGEU may revise antitrust settlement with Google, Dow reports
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10:16 EDTGOOGAmazon quietly debuts mobile wallet app, TechCrunch says
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09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm poised to break out of trading range, says Cowen
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08:14 EDTCSCOCisco to establish Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona
Cisco and Barcelona City Council announced plans to open a Cisco Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona. The Innovation Center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market opportunities related to the Internet of Everything for smart cities. The new 1,720 SQM Cisco center will be located at Ca l'Alier, a 19th century heritage building at the core of the 22@Barcelona district, as part of the new Smart City Campus. Based on its current plans, from 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30M in the facilities' restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.
07:25 EDTVZVerizon down 1.4% after reporting Q2 results
06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
06:37 EDTVZVerizon backs FY14 investments of $16.5B-$17B
Verizon continues to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline.
06:35 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 adjusted EPS 91c, consensus 90c
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06:30 EDTGOOGItaly grants Google 18 months to modify data use habits, Reuters says
Italy's data protection regulator granted Google 18 months to modify the manner in which it treats and stores user information, ending a probe that is part of a European target to change the company's privacy practices, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the Italian watchdog. A Google spokesman said the firm had always complied with the regulator and would continue to do so. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGWitsView: Acer surpasses Samsung in Chromebook shipments in Q2, DigiTimes says
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
15:30 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
14:30 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon CEO says 1.4M postpaid subscribers added in Q2
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 7:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 90c on revenue of $31.12B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-93c on revenue of $30.84B-$31.35B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 84c against estimates for 87c on revenue of $30.8B against estimates for $30.7B. For Q1, the company reported adding 549,000 net retail connections, including 539,000 net retail postpaid connections. It reported retail postpaid churn of 1.07%, 103.3M total retail connections, and 97.3M total retail postpaid connections. Consumer ARPU was up 11.3% year over year. It reported 98,000 FiOS Internet and 57,000 FiOS Video net additions in the quarter. Verizon said it continued to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline. On July 10, during an interview on CNBC, CEO Lowell McAdam said the company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. McAdam added that Q2 churn was "very good" with margins consistent with the past several quarters. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q2 earnings report. On May 22, Verizon was initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein with a price target of $57. On July 1, Verizon was initiated with a Buy at BTIG and a price target of $60. On July 18, Oppenheimer added Verizon to its Triple Play list. The firm said its Triple Play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions, and have an attractive technical profile. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have gained approximately 10% following the company's Q1 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are up only about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are flat.
13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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12:56 EDTVZVerizon launches rewards program for wireless customers
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12:41 EDTINTCIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:45 EDTGOOGAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTVZ, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTINTCIntel mobile business could be source of growth, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Intel's Mobile & Communications segment could be an important growth and profit driver for the company starting next year. The firm thinks the company's manufacturing technology lead and efforts to establish a foundry business could boost its Mobile & Communications segment. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:15 EDTRHT, GOOG, INTCO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
06:14 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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July 18, 2014
18:47 EDTGOOGGoogle considers transforming NYC pay phones to Wi-Fi hot spots, Bloomberg says
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16:47 EDTINTC, GOOGMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:42 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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12:42 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
12:36 EDTINTCPlug Power said to be on list of companies probed by SEC, Probes Reporter says
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12:21 EDTGOOGCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:42 EDTINTCAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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11:03 EDTGOOGEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:41 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
10:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August is at 20, September, October and January is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 23.
09:48 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:18 EDTGOOGSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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08:38 EDTVZVerizon added to Triple Play list at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer added Verizon (VZ) to its Triple Play list. The firm says its triple play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions and have an attractive technical profile. The firm removed Riverbed (RVBD) from the list after it downgraded that stock.
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $690 from $675 at RW Baird
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $715 from $700 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Google to $715 from $700 following its strong Q2 results. The firm cited valuation, potential for margin expansion, and undiscounted potential from Youtube, mobile ad pricing and other adjacent businesses. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Google.
07:55 EDTGOOGGoogle results positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle looks to expand Google Fiber to Britain, Telegraph reports
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $645 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Google shares to $670 citing accelerating growth and mobile monetization improvements following the company's "strong" Q2 results. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:23 EDTGOOGYouTube making new content push with video-makers, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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05:57 EDTVZLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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05:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reported solid Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTINTC, GOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora leaving to join Softbank
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16:13 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 average cost-per-click down 6%
Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 6% over prior year and remained constant from Q1. Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 25% over prior year increased approximately 2% over Q1.
16:12 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 sites revenue up 23% to $10.94B
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16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 EPS $6.08, consensus $6.24
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16:01 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:26 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:26 EDTGOOGRaymond James remains positive on Google ahead of tonight's results
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13:33 EDTGOOGAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
11:01 EDTVZVerizon Wireless, ControlTec announce partnership
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09:40 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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07:51 EDTINTCSenate Finance Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "The Role of Trade & Technology in 21st Century Manufacturing" with Vice President Sturm of Intel on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:50 EDTGOOGAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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05:56 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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July 16, 2014
17:55 EDTINTCIntel looks like a hold, Barron's says
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17:39 EDTGOOGeBay says Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June
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16:24 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:00 EDTINTC, GOOGOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
14:03 EDTVZNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:05 EDTVZVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:47 EDTGOOGYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
12:42 EDTVZTime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:26 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:29 EDTQCOM, INTCIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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10:58 EDTGOOGSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
08:05 EDTINTCHP has positive read through from Intel results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest has an upward bias on its estimates for HP (HPQ) following Intel's (INTC) positive comments on the PC market. The firm thinks that HP's stock could jump another 20% if enterprise PC fundamentals continue to improve. It keeps an Outperform rating on HP.
07:47 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $50 from $40 at Drexel Hamilton
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07:39 EDTINTCIntel comments bode well for Mellanox, says Macquarie
Intel (INTC) said on its earnings call that the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 high-performance CPU built on the Grantley platform is already being shipped in pre-production quantities and is on track for a CYQ3 launch. Macquarie said Intel's commentary is a positive for the HPC market and Mellanox (MLNX) should see corresponding demand. Shares are Outperform rated with a $52 price target.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $45 from $40 at Jefferies
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07:17 EDTINTCIntel facing headwinds, says RBC Capital
After Intel reported stronger than expected results, RBC Capital thinks the company will be burdened by start-up costs in Q4 and 1Q15. The firm thinks there is a risk that the company's gross margins will drop and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $36 from $31 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Intel after the company reported stronger than expected results for its June quarter and provided guidance for its September quarter that the firm views favorably. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:01 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $40 from $35 at Deutsche Bank
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07:00 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $40 from $35 at Credit Suisse
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06:14 EDTGOOGABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTINTCIntel moving 360 employees from Israel to Ireland, Globes reports
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06:06 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $37 from $31 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Intel shares to $37 saying the company's momentum continues following its Q2 report. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
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