$AAN (Aaron's, Inc.)

$AAN {{ '2016-01-19T14:50:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Lease-to-own retailer $AAN said President Steven Michaels will replace Gilbert Danielson as CFO and President of Strategic Operations. Douglas Lindsay, former EVP and COO of ACE Cash Express, Inc., has been named President of $AAN's Sales & Lease Ownership. Michaels and Lindsay will report to CEO John Robinson.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-20T22:39:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT, the 3rd largest market cap firm in US after $AAPL and $GOOGL, reported a profit that doubled in the tech giant's final quarter of 2017. The strong performance was boosted by growth in Cloud and Office businesses. GAAP net income surged 109% to $6.5Bil. GAAP EPS spiked up 112% to $0.83, aided by tax benefits. Non-GAAP EPS grew 42% to $0.98.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-20T21:41:07+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$MSFT Microsoft Corp. Earnings AlphaGraphics: Q4 2017 highlights

$TXN {{ '2017-07-20T12:54:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Semiconductor major $TXN, which derives about 85% of revenue from shipments to locations outside US, announced today that Brian Crutcher has joined its Board. Crutcher has been with the chipmaker for more than 20 decades. Texas' CEO commented, "He knows TI well and brings strong financial acumen and business judgment to the board."

$AAPL {{ '2017-07-20T12:48:23+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In regard with its battle against $AAPL, $QCOM has filed patent infringement complaints against the iPhone maker with both the International Trade Commission and in Federal Court in the US. The ITC investigation is expected to commence in August and the case will be tried next year.

$TXN {{ '2017-07-20T11:15:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The BoD of $TXN has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on Aug. 14, 2017, to stockholders of record on July 31, 2017.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-19T21:56:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT and $DNB announces a strategic partnership. $DNB will use Microsoft Azure as its cloud platform. Dun & Bradstreet data will be made available through Microsoft Dynamics 365, a cloud-powered service, and the Microsoft’s Common Data Service. Also, the tech giant and D&B will enter into a co-selling arrangement beginning later this year.

$QCOM {{ '2017-07-19T21:27:34+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

For 4Q17 $QCOM expects its revenue to be in the range of $5.4-6.2Bil. The company expects its diluted EPS to be about $0.55-0.65 and non-GAAP EPS to be in the range of $0.75-0.85. This guidance does not include QTL revenues related to the sale of $AAPL products by Apple’s contract manufacturers

$QCOM {{ '2017-07-19T21:23:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$QCOM's 3Q17 results were negatively impacted due to the actions taken by $AAPL's contract manufacturers, who failed to fully report and not pay royalties due on the sales of $AAPL products. Due to this the company did not provide certain metrics of its QTL business, which include total device sales and related estimated ranges of device shipment.

$QCOM {{ '2017-07-19T21:08:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$QCOM, that is facing several litigation issues, posted 40% drop in 3Q17 earnings, mainly due to the bitter legal battle with $AAPL, who did not report and pay royalties. Revenues fell 11% YoY to $5.4Bil. Net income were $0.9Bil, or $0.58 per share, down 40% from $1.4Bil, or $0.97 per share in 3Q16. Excluding items, $QCOM earned $0.83 per share.

$DNB {{ '2017-07-19T14:40:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DNB said it is teaming up with $MSFT to give companies worldwide direct access to its data through $MSFT's cloud services. $DNB has selected $MSFT as a strategic cloud provider to accelerate the company's digital transformation and deliver its customers more efficient and seamless access to its commercial data.

$AAPL {{ '2017-07-19T12:49:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Isabel Ge Mahe, VP of Wireless Technologies, has been named $AAPL's VP and MD of Greater China business, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. In this newly created role, Ge Mahe will provide leadership and coordination across Apple’s China-based team. She will assume her new role, based in Shanghai, later this summer.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-18T14:54:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT partners with Chinese Internet search giant $BIDU. Baidu will use the tech giant's cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure for its self-driving car project Apollo. Baidu, which competes with $GOOG and $TSLA in the self-driving vehicle market, will use Microsoft's Azure and share its technologies with Apollo partners outside China.

$RCII {{ '2017-07-18T14:06:07+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$RCII, a provider of rent-to-own service, reported a 7.7% decline in core US same store sales in June. The Acceptance Now same store sales increased 8.6% YoY during the month. US delinquencies were 7.1%, 60 basis points unfavorable compared to the prior month. The Acceptance Now delinquencies of 8.1% was 90 basis points unfavorable versus May.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-18T12:18:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Kate Johnson to join $MSFT as President and Corporate VP of Microsoft US on Sept 8, 2017. Johnson currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer of GE Digital, a unit of $GE.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-13T21:38:54+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT and Puget Sound Energy receive approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for energy purchasing agreement. This contract enables Microsoft to buy more carbon-free energy. $MSFT added that when the transaction is completed, the vast majority of its Puget Sound campus will be powered exclusively by carbon-free fuels.

$IT {{ '2017-07-13T12:15:11+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

According to preliminary results by $IT, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1MM units in 2Q17, a 4.3% decline from last year. Shipments in 2Q17 were the lowest quarter volume since 2007. $HPQ reclaimed the top position from Lenovo in the worldwide PC market in 2Q17, followed by $DELL and $AAPL succeeding in third and fourth place.

$ABM {{ '2017-07-12T20:31:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, has agreed to acquire GCA Services Group (GCA) from affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division for approx. $1.25Bil in cash and stock. $ABM expects revenue contribution of GCA to be approx. $1.1Bil after the first full year of ownership.

$FORR {{ '2017-07-12T18:55:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FORR appointed Kelley Hippler as chief sales officer, effective immediately, replacing Mike Morhardt. Hippler will participate in $FORR's 2Q17 earnings conference call. $FORR expects to exceed or be at the high end of its revenue and earnings guidance for 2Q17.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-11T18:05:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT introduced the Mixed Reality Partner program, which expands the existing HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program. More system integrators and digital agencies around the world will join the new program, which will also include the existing HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners. HoloLens is a holographic computer and head-mounted display.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-11T17:37:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT launches all-in-one software bundle Microsoft 365. This includes Windows 10 updates, Office 365, and various security and analytics tools. Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for large organizations. Microsoft 365 Business, which will be available for preview on August 2, will cater the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses.

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