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IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 10/13/2016 04:22:29 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 10/11/2016 04:30:57 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 10/11/2016 04:25:44 PM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 10/11/2016 04:21:49 PM
IDCC News: InterDigital Announces Date for Third Quarter 2016 Results 10/10/2016 09:37:26 AM
#382423  Sticky Note Sticky info: Analyst Reports, Rmarchma Reference Information, etc. postyle 02/21/14 03:45:14 PM
#412508   Or $77.50? pochemunyet 10/20/16 02:04:27 PM
#412507   Options Friday, will we break $80 or better hrbart 10/20/16 11:55:17 AM
#412506   Cooper takes another shot at the apple Paullee 10/20/16 11:03:57 AM
#412505   This is why Intel should be a cash FISH21049 10/19/16 08:01:51 PM
#412504   BE DUMB TO SELL BEFORE EARNINGS! JMO jjff 10/19/16 06:22:15 PM
#412503   Trades before that block $79.30, didn't move it jjff 10/19/16 06:20:09 PM
#412502   Somebody just paid $5.5MM zombywolf 10/19/16 06:03:32 PM
#412501   Jjffy, you know we will zombywolf 10/19/16 05:59:01 PM
#412500   Hey jjff, What was the PPS before the hrbart 10/19/16 05:24:22 PM
#412499   Now that's different, "a fish saying something stinks" hrbart 10/19/16 05:18:54 PM
#412498   Regarding $80 share price... to paraphrase Bum Phillips bulldzr 10/19/16 05:10:37 PM
#412497   70,000 shares at $79.25 jjff 10/19/16 04:05:23 PM
#412496   Huge trade at the close! pochemunyet 10/19/16 04:04:30 PM
#412495   It certainly seems like someone knows something good pochemunyet 10/19/16 03:55:39 PM
#412494   Need blow out earnings, news would be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jjff 10/19/16 03:37:48 PM
#412493   Yes, indeed. Two steps up, one step back pochemunyet 10/19/16 03:28:04 PM
#412492   It's all good. Base building! dws 10/19/16 02:15:12 PM
#412491   It's sniffed here,eighty dollar level three times since macc14 10/19/16 02:14:59 PM
#412490   Jynx scruffynyc1 10/19/16 01:59:09 PM
#412489   Heck! Something Stinks ! ! ! 12:53 FISH21049 10/19/16 01:55:17 PM
#412488   Sniffing $80!! pochemunyet 10/19/16 01:35:36 PM
#412487   So far, your observation appears to be valid. la-idcc-fan 10/19/16 10:58:26 AM
#412486 looks like the Oct expiry is... jeffree 10/19/16 10:53:34 AM
#412485   I predict there are some mighty nervous people mickeybritt 10/19/16 10:23:55 AM
#412484   olddog967, thanks for your help. LTE 10/19/16 12:06:04 AM
#412483   LTE: "The pilot will run for olddog967 10/18/16 11:45:17 PM
#412482   Yes- Out of the Wedge Formation, and a tnyellowtomcat 10/18/16 10:10:05 PM
#412481   <<What's up - we just went off the nickles!>> LTE 10/18/16 08:00:05 PM
#412480   Today may have been the beginning of a Caveman Cooking 10/18/16 07:48:16 PM
#412479   hrbart, I don't think they owe anything as JimLur 10/18/16 04:31:16 PM
#412478   IMO if google phones are made by HTC orientbull 10/18/16 04:21:53 PM
#412477   squingebob: Those few trades must be IAW one olddog967 10/18/16 04:10:51 PM
#412476   3sons, "Samsung sales going down to them hrbart 10/18/16 04:08:13 PM
#412475   What difference does it make if HTC is scruffynyc1 10/18/16 04:03:00 PM
#412474   May google sell a bunch of those phones. I my3sons87 10/18/16 03:59:26 PM
#412473   What's up - we just went off the nickles! squingeqbob 10/18/16 03:55:30 PM
#412472   <<Boy, that reminds me of the 1/8 and LTE 10/18/16 02:50:28 PM
#412471   Yes,made by HTC djfanning 10/18/16 02:33:50 PM
#412470   M3S I don't know Paullee 10/18/16 02:23:04 PM
#412469   Mickey, in addition to the shares that I JohnSamuel 10/18/16 01:13:20 PM
#412468   I had prericted we would be over $85.00 mickeybritt 10/18/16 12:38:52 PM
#412467   Nice price action & Decent Volume, looking good!! hrbart 10/18/16 12:36:55 PM
#412466   Paullee isn't the new Google phone being built my3sons87 10/18/16 12:21:30 PM
#412464   I agree on the nickel increments. pochemunyet 10/18/16 12:19:36 PM
#412463   so who's in the new google phone Paullee 10/18/16 12:01:16 PM
#412462   United States Patent 9,473,272 Gamco 10/18/16 11:09:26 AM
#412461   Looks like we are at the end of eagle-i13 10/18/16 11:09:06 AM
#412460   United States Patent 9,473,986 Gamco 10/18/16 11:08:57 AM
#412459   United States Patent 9,474,006 Gamco 10/18/16 11:08:24 AM
#412458   United States Patent 9,474,009 Gamco 10/18/16 11:07:55 AM