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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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April 10, 2014
14:54 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases as shares trend lower
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:48 EDTYHOOYahoo's strategy similar to past efforts, Re/code says
Yahoo, which is reportedly looking to become a major player in Internet video, was working on similar initiatives in mid-2012, according to Re/code. Reference Link
06:26 EDTYHOOYelp deal with Yahoo receives criticism from small business owners, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero Ė in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo likely to report 'tepid' quarter, BGC says
BGC's Colin Gillis said he expects Yahoo to report another "tepid quarter" when it reports earnings next week, with the firm expecting revenue to be flat year-over-year with underlying metrics that are discouraging. Gillis added that the near-term valuation for Yahoo's stake in Alibaba, which has aided investor enthusiasm for Yahoo, has likely peaked, and the firm maintains a Hold rating and $34 price target on shares.
13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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April 8, 2014
13:27 EDTMSFTGoogle, Citrix to collaborate on Chromebooks
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12:24 EDTYHOOYahoo quarter 'lackluster,' near deal for Chief Revenue Officer, Re/code says
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12:12 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTMSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
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09:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
07:28 EDTYHOOFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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April 6, 2014
14:21 EDTYHOOYahoo plans to acquire bigger budget TV programming, WSJ says
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