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April 24, 2014
18:55 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: Amazon (AMZN) reported first quarter earnings that were in-line with expectations on revenues that topped estimates. The company also provided second quarter revenue outlook that was in-line with expectations and shares of the online retailer were roughly flat in after hours trade... Starbucks (SBUX) gained 1.6% after reporting profit that in-line with estimates on revenue that was a bit light. The company reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 revenue outlook and said it expects same-store sales growth for 2014 to be in the mid-single digits... Microsoft (MSFT) gained 2.8% after reporting earnings that beat expectations on revenues that were roughly in-line with estimates. The company added that it sold 1.2M Xbox One units during the quarter and said Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11%. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baidu (BIDU), up 5.5%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), up 6.3%... Synaptics (SYNA), up 7.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Clean Harbors (CLH), up 7% after Relational Investors reported a 9% stake in the company, adding that it has been in dialogue with the company's management regarding certain actions the fund believes Clean Harbors can take to enhance shareholder value... Under Armour (UA), up 2.5% after it was announced the company will join the S&P 500 as of the close on April 30. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dow member Visa (V) fell 3.5% despite reporting earnings and revenue that topped estimates. The company said it expects earnings per share growth for its fiscal 2014 in the mid-to-high teens... Pandora (P), down 4% after its second quarter outlook disappointed. The streaming internet radio company did, however, raise its fiscal 2014 profit and sales outlooks... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 4%.
17:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices & consumer licensing revenue $4.1B-$4.3B
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 commercial revenue up 7% to $12.23B
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16:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 devices and consumer revenue up 12% to $8.3B
16:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports sold 1.2M Xbox One units in Q3
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16:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS 68c, consensus 63c
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16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; April 24, 2014
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15:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical comments before earnings, levels to watch
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15:26 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report for first time with Nadella at helm
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15:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly 40 straddle priced for 3.5% move into Q3
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06:41 EDTMSFTNokia to not include India phone plant in Microsoft deal, Bloomberg says
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April 23, 2014
16:08 EDTMSFTZynga hires Microsoft's Garden, Pinkus to leave Chief Product Officer role
Zynga (ZNGA) announced that it has hired Alex Garden as President of Zynga Studios, reporting directly to CEO Don Mattrick. Garden joins Zynga from Microsoft (MSFT), where he held the positions of General Manager for Xbox LIVE and Xbox Music, Video and Reading. Additionally, Zynga has hired Academy Award nominated visual artist, Henry LaBounta as its first Chief Visual Officer and Jennifer Nuckles as its Chief Marketing Officer. Zynga also announced that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
15:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April volatility elevated at 56 into Q3
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April 22, 2014
12:18 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill's software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analysts, along with Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO at Constellation Research, provide their perspectives on pertinent topics in the software industry and how disruptive technologies impact cross channel commerce and technology optimization on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 25 at 11 am.
10:59 EDTMSFTValueAct's Ubben says fund owns more than $2.5B of Microsoft shares
ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben was speaking on CNBC.
April 21, 2014
14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo holdings cut by Fidelity ahead of Alibaba IPO, WSJ says
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Motorola sign licensing agreement
Microsoft (MSFT) announced a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solution (MSI). The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.
10:07 EDTMSFTNokia sees sale of Devices & Services business to Microsoft closing on April 25
Nokia (NOK) announced that it expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) to close on April 25. The transaction is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions. The transaction was originally announced on September 3, 2013.
07:16 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
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06:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft faces internal & external conflicts in three segments, DigiTimes says
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April 17, 2014
18:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 311,000 Xbox One units in March
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10:11 EDTYHOOHigh option volume stocks: CMG INFY GOOGL GOOG SNDK MAT YHOO BX KSU GILD
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07:20 EDTYHOOWeibo grosses $285.6M in IPO with low-end pricing, Bloomberg says
Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service owned by Sina (SINA) and Yahoo's (YHOO) Alibaba, grossed $285.6M in its U.S. IPO after pricing the shares on the lower-side of a marketed range, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:13 EDTYHOOAfter Alibaba's IPO, Yahoo still poised to gain value, Bloomberg says
Yahoo is selling nearly 40% of its Alibaba stake during the Chinese e-commerce company's IPO, but it still poised to have a large piece of Alibaba afterwards, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
April 16, 2014
17:57 EDTYHOOYahoo nominates three new board members
Yahoo announced the nomination of three new members to the company's board. Shareholders will vote on the nominees at the company's Annual Meeting on June 25. The nominees are David Filo, co-founder, Yahoo! Inc. and Chief Yahoo; Charles R. Schwab, chairman and a director of The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW); and H. Lee Scott, Jr., former President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart (WMT).
17:57 EDTYHOOYahoo seeks default search status for Apple products, Re/code says
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16:40 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
12:47 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTYHOOYahoo assumed with a Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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08:54 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli
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07:47 EDTYHOOAlibaba's growth quickens, U.S. IPO anticipated next week, Reuters says
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07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and weíre going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:42 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $47 from $44 at Bernstein
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07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:15 EDTYHOOFutures suggest a higher open
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07:12 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40. Following the company's Q1 results last night, Wells raised its estimates for Alibaba, which Yahoo has a stake in. It also believes modest improvements in Yahoo's core results should lead to a higher share price.
07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTYHOOYahoo seems to be moving towards revenue growth, says Cantor
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06:31 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
April 15, 2014
18:58 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:39 EDTYHOOYahoo says Tumblr DAUs up 70% in Q1
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17:07 EDTYHOOYahoo said moving from declining growth to 'stable to modest' growth
Company made on company's Q1 earnings webcast.
16:17 EDTYHOOYahoo now up 9% after reporting Alibaba's Q4 revenue up 66% year-over-year
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16:16 EDTYHOOYahoo sees Q2 revenue ex-TAC $1.06B-$1.1B, consensus $1.08B
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16:15 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Alibaba Q4 net income $1.36B vs $650M for prior year
16:14 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Alibaba Q4 revenue $3.06B vs $1.84B for prior yaer
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16:09 EDTYHOOYahoo up about 1% after Q1 results
16:08 EDTYHOOYahoo reports paid clicks up 6% in Q1
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16:08 EDTYHOOYahoo repurchased 12M shares for $450M in Q1
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16:07 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 display revenue ex-TAC up 2% to $409M
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16:05 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 EPS 38c, consensus 37c
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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15:19 EDTYHOONotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Intel (INTC), consensus 37c; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 37c; CSX (CSX), consensus 37c; Linear Technology (LLTC), consensus 48c; Wintrust Financial (WTFC), consensus 67c.
14:32 EDTYHOOYahoo technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo April 33 straddle priced for 7.4% move into Q1
12:32 EDTYHOOEarnings Preview: Yahoo shares trading down 10% since last earnings report
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10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:09 EDTYHOOYahoo slow to add outside board members, Re/code says
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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05:45 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Yahoo (YHOO) to Outperform citing the 17% pullback in shares since March 5. The firm recommends buying Yahoo ahead of the Alibaba IPO and has a $40 price target for the stock. Yahoo shares closed yesterday up 58c to $33.44 following an upgrade at SunTrust.
April 14, 2014
11:11 EDTYHOOVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:54 EDTYHOOYahoo April volatility increases into Q1 and strategy outlook
Yahoo April call option implied volatility is at 76, May is at 46, June is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 15.
08:59 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:25 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
SunTrust upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy from Neutral saying the risk/reward is favorable following the recent pullback in shares. The firm sees the potential for 21% upside to its $40 price target.
06:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba asks public to help identify China's polluted water, Bloomberg says
Alibaba (YHOO) is asking the public to help map water quality throughout China to increase environmental awareness, reported Bloomberg. Testing kits are sold through the company for $10 and volunteers can measure pollutants in freshwater sources and upload the data to a digital map via smartphones. Reference Link
05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
08:55 EDTYHOOTravelzoo makes management changes amid continued weakness in Local & Search
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