$OUTR (Outerwall Inc.)

$OUTR {{ '2016-07-25T14:26:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$OUTR said it will be acquired by certain funds managed by $APO. Morgan Stanley is serving as financial advisor to $OUTR and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Perkins Coie are serving as legal counsel. In addition, on July 24, $OUTR's BoD declared a quarterly dividend of $0.60 per share, payable on Sept. 6 to stockholders of record on Aug. 23.

$AAPL {{ '2017-10-18T15:24:08+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AAPL and $GE announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial IoT platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

$IT {{ '2017-10-18T14:44:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

According to $IT, mobile phone sales are expected to return to year-over-year growth in 2018, with shipments totaling 1.9Bil units. Smartphones will represent 86% of total mobile phone shipments in 2018, up 6% from 2017. $IT expects $AAPL's iPhone X to be the sales driver in North America, China and Western Europe, despite its high price.

$IT {{ '2017-10-18T14:43:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IT said business PC shipments are estimated to return to growth by the end of 2017, driven by faster Windows 10 replacement in many regions, especially in Western Europe. $IT expects that the PC market (desk-based, notebook and ultramobiles) is set to return to 0.8% growth in 2018.

$IT {{ '2017-10-18T14:40:20+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are expected to exceed 2.35Bil units in 2018, an increase of 2% from  2017, according to $IT. Traditional PC shipments are forecast to decline 4.4% in 2018 while mobile phone shipments are expected to increase 2.4%.

$GWW {{ '2017-10-18T13:18:39+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q3 2017 Highlights

$GWW {{ '2017-10-18T12:21:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW now expects FY17 sales growth of 1.5 - 2.5% and EPS of $10.40 - 10.90. The midpoint of the EPS guidance remains unchanged at $10.65.

$GWW {{ '2017-10-18T12:15:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Industrial supply company $GWW's sales in 3Q17 inched up 2% to $2.6Bil, driven by volume growth in its US business. But higher costs during the quarter weighed on its earnings, which fell 13% to  $186MM, or $2.79 per share. Excluding special costs, $GWW's earnings slid 5% to $2.90 per share during the quarter.

$PLD {{ '2017-10-18T12:11:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLD's guidance range for net earnings per diluted share increased and narrowed to $3.01-3.06 and the range for Core FFO per diluted share narrowed to $2.79-2.81 in FY17.

$PLD {{ '2017-10-18T12:09:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Even as earnings soared in 3Q17, $PLD saw total revenues slide to $603MM from $705MM. Core FFO slipped to $370MM or $0.67 per share from last year's $402MM or $0.73MM a share in the quarter.

$PLD {{ '2017-10-18T12:07:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Higher gains on dispositions of real estate and improved operating conditions in 3Q17 caused the net attributable earnings of $PLD to more than triple to $876MM or $1.63 per diluted share, from $279MM or $0.52 per share a year ago.

$PAY {{ '2017-10-17T14:23:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PAY and China's leading third-party payment platform Alipay, announced the extension of their existing global partnership to Verifone Taxi Solutions. Through the agreement, Chinese consumers traveling in New York and Las Vegas will be able to pay for taxis in the U.S. for the first time using their Alipay Mobile Wallet.

$COST {{ '2017-10-12T18:08:49+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Although it is really late to enter the e-commerce club, $COST has rolled out two new e-commerce initiatives - two-day (dry grocery) and same-day delivery (both dry and fresh grocery) last week. With $AMZN’s acquisition of $WFM set to shake the grocery industry, the warehouse club Costco is looking to expand the grocery offerings over time.

$AMZN {{ '2017-10-12T14:15:18+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN's Amazon Web Services unit and $MSFT announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, that allows developers to prototype, build, train and deploy machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps. The Gluon interface works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit in an upcoming release.

$AMZN {{ '2017-10-12T13:56:39+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN is creating more than 120,000 positions this holiday season across its US network of fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites. The positions are available in around 33 states including Arizona, California, Washington, New York, Ohio, Kansas and Michigan, among others.

$AMZN {{ '2017-10-11T14:29:38+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN unveiled the new Kindle Oasis, with high-resolution Paperwhite display. The Kindle Oasis is the first waterproof Kindle, with a longer battery life and fast-charging capability. With Audible built in, users can listen to a large library of audiobooks. Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order for $249.99 and will start shipping October 31.

$HON {{ '2017-10-09T13:58:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HON has named Anne T. Madden as SVP and General Counsel, reporting to President and CEO Darius Adamczyk. Madden succeeds Kate Adams, who decided to leave $HON to become General Counsel at $AAPL.

$AAPL {{ '2017-10-06T15:51:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AAPL said Katherine Adams, formerly SVP and general counsel of $HON, will join the company as general counsel and SVP of Legal and Global Security. She will report to CEO Tim Cook and serve on its executive team. The tech giant added that Bruce Sewell, who has served as its general counsel since 2009, will be retiring at 2017-end.

$AMZN {{ '2017-10-05T21:16:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN announced that $GE has selected Amazon Web Services as its preferred cloud provider. $GE continues to migrate thousands of core applications to AWS. Over the past few years, $GE migrated more than 2,000 applications, several of which leverage AWS’s analytics and machine learning services.

$SPG {{ '2017-10-05T19:43:34+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SPG broke ground on Denver Premium Outlets in Thornton, Colorado. Denver Premium Outlets is slated to open in fall 2018. It will be the 92nd Premium Outlets center in $SPG’s portfolio, generating more than 500 construction jobs and around 700 full and part-time jobs.

$IT {{ '2017-10-04T15:36:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IT is evaluating strategic alternatives for its CEB Talent Assessment business, formerly SHL. The company is considering a range of strategic options, including a sale of the business. For the twelve month period ending June 30 2017, CEB Talent Assessment’s revenue represented about 6% of $IT and CEB combined adjusted revenue.

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