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December 19, 2014
12:27 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:54 EDTRHT, VMWRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
10:29 EDTGOOGHarman's threat from Google more than just smartphones, says Morgan Stanley
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10:12 EDTRHTHigh option volume stocks
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09:28 EDTGOOGVringo updates on litigation with ZTE, Google
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09:28 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $80 from $74 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Red Hat after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. The firm thinks the company appears to have strong momentum, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:42 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $74 from $68 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Red Hat to $74 from $68 following the company's Q3 results, which beat estimates despite difficult comps driven by a record number of large deals, a record contract length, and continued strength in large deal renewals. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Red Hat shares.
07:42 EDTGOOG, INTCEPAM, WisdomTree added to Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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07:06 EDTGOOGBlackBerry expands support for cross-platform EMM solution for Android Lollipop
BlackBerry announced that BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution includes support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. BES12 support for Android Lollipop was made available to customers in early November. The capability underscores BlackBerry's commitment to unparalleled security in managing devices from multiple platforms in the enterprise, and further demonstrates the breadth of BES12 functionality.
07:04 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $76 from $64 at Stifel
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07:01 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $75 from $68 at Piper Jaffray
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06:12 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ORCL
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 20, Oracle (ORCL) 19 according to iVolatility.
December 18, 2014
18:22 EDTRHTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), up 9.3%... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 8%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 9.3%... Cintas (CTAS), up 6.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 25.9% after candidate for dog osteoarthritis shows positive results... Ally Financial (ALLY), up 5% after announcing that it will exit the Troubled Asset Relief Program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: American Apparel (APP), down 2.8% after New York Post reports on takeover bid.
18:14 EDTGOOGGoogle's next version of Android to be built directly into cars, Reuters says
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17:29 EDTRHTRed Hat continues higher to 9.4% in after hours trading after Q3 conference call
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17:27 EDTRHTRed Hat CFO to retire in next 12 months
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17:26 EDTRHTRed Hat sees Q4 EPS 40-41c, consensus 41c
Sees Q4 revenue $456M-$459M, consensus $459.39M. Guidance provided during Q3 earnings conference call.
17:25 EDTRHTRed Hat raises FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58, consensus $1.55
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16:42 EDTQCOMPTAB issues mixed decision on IPR petitions for three ParkerVision patents
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16:10 EDTRHTRed Hat trades higher in extended session
The shares are trading up above the prior 52-week high following earnings. At the current price of $65.43, next resistance is at $67.50. Support is at $63.69, the prior 52-week high.
16:10 EDTRHTRed Hat up 4.9% after reporting Q3 results
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16:06 EDTRHTRed Hat reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 40c
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14:01 EDTRHTRed Hat December 60 straddle priced for 6.2% movement into Q3
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14:00 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:06 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $32 from $29 at RW Baird
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06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to seek dismissal of Android antitrust lawsuit, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) will try to convince a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its practices related to its Android operating system violate antitrust laws, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs allege that Google forces handset makers to restrict competing apps such as Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine, Bing, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle signs Karbonn to Android One project, 9to5Google reports
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06:16 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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December 17, 2014
11:09 EDTGOOGFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
10:35 EDTCSCOBlackBerry expands enterprise application portfolio
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10:02 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
09:41 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:55 EDTINTCJD.com signs partnership pact with Intel on shopping tech, Marbridge Daily says
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08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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08:26 EDTVZMost headline concerns on Verizon overdone, says Bernstein
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07:32 EDTRHTRed Hat December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Red Hat December call option implied volatility is at 96, January is at 39, March is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today.
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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06:39 EDTVZVerizon could ship 3M own-branded tablets next year, DigiTimes reports
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06:12 EDTGOOGBaidu to take stake in Uber, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Verizon to Neutral due to higher spectrum costs, increased wireless competition that is driving higher churn and lower margins, and a reduced target multiple to reflect an uncertain outlook. Price target lowered to $48 from $55.
December 16, 2014
14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility increases as shares trends to 13-month low
Google December call option implied volatility is at 27, January is at 26, February is at 29, March is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near tem price movement.
13:19 EDTVMWResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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11:31 EDTINTCRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
10:01 EDTGOOG, VZGoogle, Verizon enter into global patent licensing agreement
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle facing Dutch privacy fine of up to $19M, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM CBST
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December 15, 2014
15:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to step up challenge to Amazon with new shopping features, WSJ says
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12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to shutter Russian engineering office, Guardian reports
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12:36 EDTGOOGVringo will seek Supreme Court review of court's reversal of Google judgement
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09:06 EDTVZVerizon announces voluntary sale and purchase program for small shareowners
Verizon Communications announced a program to provide its small shareowners with a convenient and inexpensive way either to round their Verizon holdings up to 100 shares or to sell all their shares. Verizon will not buy or sell any of the shares or otherwise participate in the program. The program is voluntary. It is intended to help owners of fewer than 100 Verizon shares who may have been deterred from selling their Verizon shares or buying additional shares because of the inconvenience. Similar odd-lot programs are commonly offered periodically by public companies to reduce administrative costs and offer a service to investors. Verizon's program will be independently administered by Georgeson, a Computershare company.
06:32 EDTGOOGUnwired Planet commented on Google Markman ruling
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December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTVZStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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12:26 EDTVMWPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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10:28 EDTRHTRed Hat December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:01 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:30 EDTGOOGAmazon forced to remove app from Google Play store, TechCrunch reports
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07:18 EDTGOOGCato Institute holds a conference
2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on December 12 with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:35 EDTRHTRed Hat resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down engineering operations in Russia, The Information reports
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December 11, 2014
15:31 EDTCSCOCisco CEO: CIA report won't hurt company, trusted worldwide
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10:17 EDTGOOGCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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09:37 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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08:53 EDTGOOGBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut Google News service in Spain
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
11:28 EDTVZVerizon heads for test of 52-week low, levels to watch
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10:24 EDTVZSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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10:10 EDTCSCOCisco intends to acquire security advisory company Neohapsis
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09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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09:12 EDTVZRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
16:28 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in the red on the heels of a sharp sell-off in China and amid continued concern over tumbling oil prices. The domestic economic calendar offered little in the way of a catalyst and the market moved in a narrow range throughout the morning. However, the averages began to pare their losses once the European markets closed. By mid-afternoon the averages had turned mixed with the Nasdaq higher, the S&P flat, and the Dow the laggard, which is the way the trading day closed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' optimism index rose to 98.1 from a prior reading of 96.1. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 149K to 4.83M in October, which was above the expectation for 4.795M openings. Wholesale sales increased 0.2% in October and inventories grew 0.4%, both of which were better than expected. In Asia, China's Shanghai composite index plunged 5.4%, making for the stock market's sharpest selloff in years, after the country’s securities clearing house raised the threshold for the type of collateral used for short-term loans and policymakers warned about potentially slower economic growth. In Europe, Greek stocks and bonds also tumbled after a move to bring forward presidential elections, which could potentially derail Greece’s bailout and austerity efforts. COMPANY NEWS: Verizon (VZ) was among the Dow's worst performers, sinking $1.98, or 4.05%, to $46.92 after the company warned that Q4 impacts of its promotional offers, together with the strong customer volumes this quarter, will put short-term pressure on its earnings per share. After last night's commentary from the company, Robert W. Baird downgraded Verizon shares to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target on the stock to $50 from $54... Merck (MRK) also weighed on the Dow, as the drugmaker fell $1.87, or 3.02%, to $60.01 after a Delaware court denied Cubist's (CBST) bid to stop Hospira (HSP) from selling a generic version of Cubicin in 2016. Merck announced just yesterday morning that it had agreed to buy Cubist in a transaction with a total value of approximately $9.5B. The news is a "tough start" to Merck's takeover and makes the $9.5B buyout price look $2B to $3B too high, according to analysts at Leerink. Shares of Cubist also fell $xxx, or xxx%, to $xxx following the court ruling. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was bluebird bio (BLUE), which surged $35.39, or 72.39%, to $84.28 after the company announced data from eight subjects treated with its LentiGlobin drug product and Piper Jaffray more than doubled its price target for the shares to $112 from $52. Among the noteworthy losers was Conn's (CONN), which plunged $14.26, or 40.64%, to $20.83 after unexpectedly reporting losses for its third fiscal quarter, withdrawing its FY15 guidance and announcing the departure of its CFO. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which slid $10.70, or 12.67%, to $73.77 after the company said last night that since late October there has been compression in the fare structure for close-in bookings, believed to be driven by the industry’s willingness to trade lower fuel prices for lower fares. Also, this morning, Raymond James downgraded Spirit Airlines to Market Perform from Outperform, citing valuation, European deflation headwinds, and earnings that are still being revised down. INDEXES: The Dow fell 51.28, or 0.29%, to 17,801.20, the Nasdaq rose 25.77, or 0.54%, to 4,766.46, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,059.82.
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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14:57 EDTVZTelecom equipment stocks rally after Verizon CFO comments on wireless CapEx
Telecom equipment stocks, which opened lower, rallied after Verizon (VZ) CFO Fran Shammo said he sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend upward. Shammo, speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media And Communications Conference, said, "The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Ciena (CIEN), JDSU (JDSU), and Finisar (FNSR) all reversed earlier losses. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Ciena is up 1.5%, JDS Uniphase is up 3.8%, and Finisar is up 4.5%. Verizon, which was downgraded this morning to Neutral from Buy by RW Baird, is trading down almost 5%.
12:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says not interested in doing large international M&A deal
CFO Fran Shammo sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend up, sees wireline CapEx continuing to trend down. Says does not believe wireless CapEx will decline. Shammo commented that ""The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Says dividend policy "very important." Says doesn't see share buybacks until balance sheet is delevered.
10:28 EDTVZVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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10:27 EDTVZVerizon CFO says would sell towers for 'right price, right terms'
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10:23 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:23 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:17 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says sees promotional pricing 'settling down' in 2015
Says Q4 has been a "pretty exciting" period, says seeing increase in activations, but seeing some increase in churn as well. Says has seen high volume in Q4 sales. Says continues to see strong momentum for wireless customer growth in Q4. Sees promotional pricing "settling down" in 2015. Shammo says social media, press has built this up as a price war; says rival's half-priced promotion "not as dramatic" as it looks. Says tablets a "tremendous" growth area for industry. Says streaming TV to mobile to begin in mid-2015. Says that over time, company believes can increase margins. Comments made at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference. Verizon shares are down 3.8% to $47.04 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco outlook has improved, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's negative catalysts are diminishing. The firm thinks the stock is being boosted by its successful efforts to keep its gross margin at or above the 61%-62% range, as well as a rebound in its switching business. RBC recommends buying the stock on dips and keeps a $29 price target and Outperform rating on the name.
07:41 EDTCSCOBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTVZVerizon competition increased, company should be able to respond, says Canaccord
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07:32 EDTVZUBS to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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06:15 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Verizon to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing last night's negative pre-announcement due to increasing competitive concerns, margin pressures, higher churn, and full valuation. Price target lowered to $50 from $54.
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:01 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTVZVerizon sees Q4 impacts of promotional offers will pressure wireless EBITDA, EPS
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12:43 EDTBRCDBrocade management to meet with JMP Securities
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 11 hosted by JMP Securities.
12:40 EDTCSCOUS Supreme Court to hear appeal in patent fight with Cisco
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a controversial appeals court decision that set aside a $63.8M patent infringement verdict won by The Woodlands, Texas-based Commil USA LLC against Cisco
10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:40 EDTCSCODeutsche Bank and Cisco to host a conference call
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08:14 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded Red Hat to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation. Target $64-$68.
08:02 EDTCSCOAruba says NHS replaces Cisco network with Aruba wireless infrastructure
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07:49 EDTCSCOArista Networks lawsuit not as threatening as believed, says SunTrust
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07:32 EDTCSCORaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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07:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks patent resolution likely 2-3 years away, says Citigroup
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05:54 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
December 7, 2014
13:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could reach $634 in a year, Barron's says
Google shares look attractive at current levels and shares could reach $634.00 in a year, driven by stabilizing ad pricing, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
12:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTCSCOCisco confirms two patent suits filed against Arista Networks
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10:45 EDTCSCOCisco files patent infringement complaints against Arista Networks
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10:44 EDTQCOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:20 EDTGOOGYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTGOOGYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility low into being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:51 EDTVMWSurvey indicates VMware outlook more positive than thought, says Pacific Crest
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07:38 EDTGOOGFollow-up: Google downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered estimates slightly below the Street due to lack of product catalysts, search maturity, and margin pressure from investments. BofA/Merrill is also cautious on online advertising growth given increased regulatory risk in the EU, potential Facebook (FB) competition, share loss from social growth, and a strong Apple (AAPL) product cycle. Price target lowered to $580 from $600.
07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle revamps incentive program for firms that sell productivity apps, services
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06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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