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Microsoft's massive device launch: Expect new Surfaces, Lumia phones, and Band

Hurricane Joaquin may be skipping New York City, but Microsoft's own maelstrom of hardware is still expected to hit October 6—most likely three new Lumia phones, an updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, and a new Microsoft Band.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft’s device business will steal the spotlight. But their success could arguably turn on something else: software.

Somewhere within Redmond, Microsoft executives are making a choice: Do they show Microsoft’s new flagship phones running the safe, stable, and established Windows Phone 8.1 OS? Or will this be the official coming-out party for Windows 10 Mobile? More

Valeant Pharmaceuticals falls

Shares of biotech Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) dropped $3.57, or 1.8%, to $195.78 Monday as the biotech stock boom turns into a bust. CEO Michael Pearson sent a letter to employees supporting the company’s business model, despite the falling share price. Shares of Valeant are down nearly a third from their high over the past 52 weeks. Biotech investors are still worried about messaging from Hillary Clinton vowing to address rising medical costs if elected the next president of the U.S. More

The Greece Effect: German stocks sink then soar

Emerging-market investments are widely expected to get clobbered when the Federal Reserve begins raising interest rates as soon as September. Not according to one analyst. Economist David Rees of Capital Economics says emerging-market stocks are “set for a revival in 2016-17.”

That defies many predictions that such investments will be pummeled much as they were in 2013, when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled the central bank was poised to phase out a U.S. bond buying program that had been pushing down long-term interest rates. Money poured out of countries like Brazil and South Africa and into the rising yields of Treasury bonds and other U.S. fixed-income assets. More

Disney shares fall after lower profit outlook

Shares of Walt Disney Co. plunged more than 8% Wednesday after the media giant revealed fiscal third quarter revenue that fell short of estimates and lowered its estimate for the cable networks’ profit.

The Burbank, Calif.-based company, which owns ESPN, ABC and family resorts worldwide, said Tuesday afternoon that quarterly income rose 11% from a year ago to $2.5 billion as all major business lines reported higher revenues. But its revenue for the quarter, $13.1 billion, fell short of $13.2 billion estimated by analysts. More

Netflix stock rallies, closes at record high
Netflix (NFLX) has been on fire lately. Shares of Internet streaming powerhouse climbed to a record high Tuesday, closing the trading day up nearly 8% to $121.15.

The company reported second-quarter earnings last month and indicated growth that passed even its own expectations. The company recorded an addition of more than 3 million subscribers in Q2, and revenue of $1.64 billion (compared to $1.34 billion a year ago). More

Here’s the ‘wild card’ for a Fed hike this year
Kudos to the Atlanta Fed GDPNow model forecast, which nailed that ugly GDP number while plenty on Wall Street didn’t. “Wall Street doesn’t control it or pay for it and can’t fire it if it says the wrong thing. It can destroy myths without having to worry about flipping hamburgers for the rest of its life,” writes Wolf Richter in his Wolf Street blog that deftly explains how that model works.

A one-two punch from growth-data aftershocks plus a view from Bill Gross and others that a June interest-rate hike is out to pasture continue to maul the dollar this morning.

William Adams, head of research at FastMarkets, says the dollar is on its way to a long-overdue correction. With a rate hike now pushed back to September or later, he says the market will finally “realize the dollar has run ahead of the fundamentals.” More

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A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles.

Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains secret, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. More

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