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December 3, 2013
08:04 EDTWDC, BIDUWestern Digital and Baidu to integrate storage services
WD, a Western Digital company (WDC) and Baidu (BIDU) have agreed to integrate Baidu Yun public cloud storage services with WD's personal cloud and external storage platforms to provide Chinese consumers a hybrid digital storage solution. WD's My Cloud personal cloud drives, available now in China in capacities of 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB, enable consumers to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device and from anywhere in the world.
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February 12, 2016
12:33 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have continued to gain upside momentum throughout the session. The are being aided by a surge in oil prices, which have rallied more than 10% on the heels of reports that OPEC nations may be ready to talk about a production freeze. The market, hoping to put an end to it recent losing streak, looks on track to do so with participation likely to tail off in the afternoon ahead of a long holiday weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Import prices dropped 1.1%, while export prices fell 0.8% last month. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell to 90.7 in the preliminary February print, versus expectations for a 92.3 reading. In Europe, the euro zone's gross domestic product grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2015, meeting expectations. In Asia, Japan suffered another ugly day, with its key indexes each falling about 5%, after the market reopened following a one-day holiday. COMPANY NEWS: Square (SQ) advanced 8% after credit card giant Visa (V) disclosed in a regulatory filing that it holds shares in the company that could convert to the equivalent of a 9.99% stake in the payments up-and-comer. The details about the stake held by the Dow member, which has held an investment in Square since prior to its IPO, also appeared to give a boost to Twitter (TWTR), which both share Jack Dorsey as their Chief Executive Officer... The Dow is being helped by the advance in shares of JPMorgan (JPM), which are higher by 8% after its CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed he bought 500,000 shares of the bank's stock in the open market yesterday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Baidu (BIDU), which rallied 9% after it received a non-binding proposal to acquire Qiyi.com. Also higher were Groupon (GRPN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained 27.5% and 13.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the notable losers was Pandora (P), which fell 12% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share. The loss gave back all of the gains, and then some, that the stock enjoyed yesterday after the New York Times said the music service operator has held talks about selling the company. Also lower were Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and CBS (CBS), which were down 9.5% and 1%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.58, or 1.51%, to 15,896.76, the Nasdaq was up 58.02, or 1.36%, to 4,324.85, and the S&P 500 was up 28.03, or 1.53%, to 1,857.11.
08:11 EDTBIDUBaidu receives non-binding offer to acquire Qiyi.com
Baidu announced that its board of directors has recently received a non-binding proposal from Robin Yanhong Li, chairman and CEO of Baidu, and Yu Gong, CEO of Qiyi.com, proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qiyi beneficially owned by Baidu based on an enterprise valuation of $2.8B for 100% of Qiyi on a cash-free and debt-free basis. Pursuant to the non-binding proposal, the buyers expect that Qiyi will remain a strategic partner of Baidu after the consummation of the transaction and enter into business cooperation agreements with Baidu. Baidu currently owns 80.5% of Qiyi's total outstanding shares on an as-converted and fully-diluted basis. The Board has formed a special committee comprised of three independent directors to evaluate the transaction. "The Board cautions Baidu's shareholders and others considering trading in its securities that the Board recently received the non-binding proposal and no decisions have been made with respect to Baidu's response to the proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any legally binding agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated," Baidu stated.
February 5, 2016
06:33 EDTBIDUChinese public growing unhappy with Baidu, WSJ says
The people of China are becoming unhappy with Baidu, and the internet search giant needs to exercise a balance to maintain profit and public interest, Wall Street Journal columnist Li Yuan says. Yuan brings up the example of Pan Longfei, a man with a rare heart and kidney disease who was led astray to a private hospital featured on a sponsored link on Baidu, when a public hospital in Guangzhou was able to properly diagnose and treat his condition better. Baidu is the largest search engine in China with approximately 80% of the market, the report says. Pan joined a revolt against Bauidu after seeing a post claiming that Baidu populated the web with information from shoddy businesses, including a hospital which reportedly didn't have a medical license, the report says. Reference Link
February 4, 2016
10:25 EDTWDC$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
08:43 EDTWDCEuropean Commission clears acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK) by rival Western Digital (WDC) after concluding the takeover would not adversely affect competition in Europe. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, stated: "I am pleased that we have been able to ensure that this multi-billion dollar deal in a fast-developing industry can go ahead without delay. We have worked efficiently, in cooperation with our US counterparts, to scrutinise this takeover in the strategically important IT sector and concluded that there would be no adverse effects on either retail or commercial customers."
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:44 EDTWDCAutodesk, Akamai among top tech picks after January selloff, Barron's says
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