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November 28, 2014
07:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to detail Windows 10 consumer features at Jan. event, The Verge says
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07:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft accidentally pre-announces purchase of Acompli, TechCrunch reports
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November 26, 2014
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cuts Xbox price for limited time to $329
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06:20 EDTYHOODuPont Fabros price target raised to $38 on Yahoo extension at Barclays
Barclays said DuPont Fabros' (DFT) tri-party agreement extending expiration related to Yahoo's (YHOO) sublease of its space in ACC4 to 2019 from 2017 removes an overhang. The firm raised its price target to $38 from $31 and maintains its Overweight rating.
05:48 EDTYHOONetflix suing former employee, current Yahoo CIO, Re/code reports
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November 25, 2014
18:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft fined $140M by China for tax evasion, Re/code reports.
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10:16 EDTYHOOYahoo seeks to replace Google when Apple deal ends next year, Information says
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07:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft filed lawsuit against IRS over contract with law firm, Reuters says
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November 24, 2014
08:34 EDTMSFTJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:13 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Cooliris, terms not disclosed
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November 21, 2014
17:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft remains a Buy, Barron's says
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
14:08 EDTMSFTHacker group releases login info for three gaming networks, CNet says
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13:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTMSFTJefferies says Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Symantec facing significant problems
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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November 20, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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06:28 EDTMSFTBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:59 EDTYHOOYahoo, Mozilla form strategic partnership
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15:53 EDTYHOOSome make case for Yahoo considering BlackBerry acquistion, Re/code says
Sources close to Yahoo (YHOO) said the company has been considering several "big acquisitions," largely aimed at helping its display business, and is eyeing tech-related companies including MediaMath, RadiumOne and Turn, reported Re/code's Kara Swisher. Swisher added that "one of the most far-out" ideas that has been "floated by bankers and other sundry pundits" is that Yahoo should buy BlackBerry (BBRY), and Swisher said that while that may seem unlikely, such a purchase would be "well within the amount" that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has to spend. Reference Link
11:20 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; FSLR YHOO
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10:50 EDTYHOO, YHOOYahoo price target raised to $57 from $47 at CLSA
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09:38 EDTYHOOCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:40 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft U.S. suit against Samsung over royalties can proceed, Reuters reports
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07:19 EDTMSFTServer replacement seen coming as Microsoft ends 2003 support, DigiTimes says
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06:31 EDTMSFTISS recommends invsetors vote against Microsoft CEO pay package, WSJ says
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, is recommending shareholders vote against the pay package for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a nonbinding vote at the software company’s December annual meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. ISS criticized a "mega" grant of restricted stock to Nadella, which the firm values at $65M, and said iti s "concerning" that Microsoft plans to grant Nadella additional shares annually. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
12:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid announce alliance
Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology. This alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the experience enjoyed by members and supporters of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices.
10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility: YHOO PSEC
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) after raising its estimate of Alibaba's valuation to $350B. Bernstein keeps a Market Perform rating on Yahoo.
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could spin off Nokia MixRadio, TechCrunch reports
According to sources, Microsoft (MSFT) is considering spinning off Nokia MixRadio, the music streaming service it acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia's (NOK) Devices and Services unit, TechCrunch reports. Microsoft is reportedly seeking investors for Nokia MIxRadio, and the potential spin-off is said to be making "good progress." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid to announce 'significant' partnership, Re/code reports
Microsoft is expected to today announce a "significant" tie-up with Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, Re/code reports. The partnership is likely to be a technology and sponsorship deal. Reference Link
05:49 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MSFT UNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Microsoft (MSFT) 19, United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 57 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
11:44 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NFX
Yahoo (YHOO) February 60 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Newfield Exploration (NFX) March 38 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 40 according to IVolatility.
09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:16 EDTYHOOInvestors wanting Alibaba should consider Yahoo, says Citigroup
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTYHOOSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:03 EDTYHOOYahoo rises after analysts boost targets
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $61 from $49 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) as the firm raised its valuation of Alibaba (BABA) to $324B from $275B. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo.
08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $60 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) stock appreciation. FBR says Yahoo offers a lower-cost play on Alibaba with the potential for improved core Yahoo performance. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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