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July 2, 2013
09:23 EDTS, NVAX, ACHN, LNCO, NLSN, FMS, MSFT, LINE, HDSN, DVA, ZNGA, BRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zynga (ZNGA), up 12% after confirming it hired former Microsoft (MSFT) executive Don Mattrick as CEO... Nielsen Holdings (NLSN), up 4.2% after being selected to replace Sprint (S) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on July 8... Novavax (NVAX), up 3.8% after announcing top-line results from Phase 1 trial of RSV vaccine candidate. LOWER: Hudson Technologies (HDSN), down 30% after warning on earnings, downgrade at Roth Capital... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 21% after FDA placed clinical hold on development of the company's hepatitis C drug sovaprevir... LINN Energy (LINE), down 11% after disclosing informal SEC inquiry, downgrades at JPMorgan and Raymond James. LinnCo (LNCO) down 10% and Berry Petroleum (BRY) down 6% on news as well... DaVita (DVA), down 6.5%, Fresenius Medical (FMS), down 8.7%, after CMS proposed rules that would lower Medicare dialysis spending... Constellation Brands (STZ), down 2% after Q1 adjusted EPS miss expectations.
News For ZNGA;MSFT;ACHN;DVA;FMS;NVAX;HDSN;NLSN;S;LINE;LNCO;BRY From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
10:19 EDTLNCOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTDVADaVita sees taking $250M reserve for Vanier litigation
In a regulatory filing yesterday related to a bond offering, DaVita noted it has received subpoenas or other requests for documents from the federal government in connection with the Vainer private civil suit, the Swoben private civil suit, the 2011 U.S. Attorney Medicaid investigation, the 2015 U.S. Attorney Transportation Investigation and the JSA investigation. In each of the Vainer and Swoben private civil suits, a relator filed a complaint against the company in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and pursued the claims independently after the government declined to intervene. With regard to the Vanier private civil suit, the parties are engaged in active litigation. The parties in that suit completed discovery in early 2014; however, in August 2014, the court granted relators’ motion for sanctions and reopened discovery on a limited basis. The court in Vainer is considering the plaintiffs’ request for further sanctions, which could result in a range of outcomes from no other sanctions to plaintiffs’ request to strike our answer. Certain of these sanctions could materially adversely impact the company's ability to defend the case, DaVita said. "While we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this case, if the case is resolved in favor of the plaintiffs, its resolution could have a material adverse effect on our earnings and cash flows. We recently commenced settlement discussions with the plaintiffs in Vainer." The company said it expects to accrue an estimated loss contingency reserve of $250M related to this matter. "Negotiations are ongoing and we can make no assurances as to whether the Vainer suit will settle and, if it does settle, whether it will settle for an amount higher than the current reserve," DaVita added. With regard to the Swoben private civil suit, in July 2013, the court granted HCP’s motion and dismissed with prejudice all of the claims in the Third Amended Complaint, and in October 2013 the plaintiff filed an appeal of the dismissal, which is currently pending.
07:41 EDTFMSEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
April 14, 2015
12:13 EDTDVADaVita announces $725.94M repurchase program
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:51 EDTSGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
13:34 EDTHDSNHudson Technologies management to meet with Craig-Hallum
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
11:56 EDTNLSNMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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10:00 EDTNLSNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:11 EDTNLSNNielsen downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
Pivotal downgraded Nielsen to Hold due to valuation and maintained its $49 price target.
06:06 EDTSSprint introduces Sprint Direct 2 U service
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April 12, 2015
19:21 EDTSSprint introduces free international roaming
In a press release Friday, Sprint introduced "International Value Roaming," giving customers the ability to travel to areas in Latin America, Europe and Japan and roam with up to 2G speeds to read emails and surf the web at no additional charge. Additionally, they can send unlimited text messages for no extra charge, and they can call for 20c per minute. Eligible countries for International Value Roaming are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Customers looking for higher data speeds can choose from three "International Speed Data Roaming options" offering up to 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day and 14-day passes, starting at $15.
19:01 EDTMSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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