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October 26, 2012
16:25 EDTAAPL, AMZN, C, FB, DV, TASR, VRSNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day and the averages were down significantly on the week. Following a midday sell-off, the markets recouped their losses and moved into positive territory during the afternoon before weakening a bit at the end of the session. Among those set to report earnings next week are Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), and Ford Motor (F)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the first GDP reading for the third quarter showed growth of 2.0%, versus expectations for 1.8% growth. This was up from the 1.3% growth rate in the second quarter. Personal consumption for the third quarter was in line with expectations, rising 2.0%. The University of Michigan final consumer sentiment reading for October was 82.6, down a bit from the preliminary reading of 83.1... COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) last night reported quarterly sales that marginally beat expectations and earnings that missed them. The company reported iPhones sales rose 58% compared to last year and iPads sales increased 26% from the prior year's quarter. Shares fell immediately after the results were released and saw a big drop midday, but eventually closed down just $5.54, or 0.91%, to $604.00... Amazon's (AMZN) quarterly losses and revenue were worse than expected, but shares rose through the day, eventually settling up $15.32, or 6.87%, to $238.24 as investors digested the report and Jefferies defended the Q3 results in a note to investors... Citigroup (C) fired an analyst, Mark Mahaney, after the firm was fined $2M by the state of Massachusetts for disclosure violations related to the initial public offering of Facebook (FB)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were DeVry (DV), up $5.19, or 24.93%, to $26.01, and TASER (TASR), up $1.67, or 26.13%, to $8.06, following their stronger than expected quarterly reports. Noteworthy losers included Verisign (VRSN), down $7.21, or 15.47%, to $39.39 despite higher than expected quarterly earnings as the company warned the Commerce Department may not complete its review of the company's .com registry agreement before it expires at the end of November. Also lower were shares of Constant Contact (CTCT), down $5.10, or 29.95%, to $11.93 after the company's quarterly report spurred a rash of downgrades and lowered price targets... INDICES: The Dow gained 3.53, or 0.03%, to 13,107.21; the Nasdaq rose 1.83, or 0.06%, to 2,987.95; and the S&P 500 fell 1.03, or 0.07%, to 1,411.94.
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August 21, 2014
12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hired workers for drone delivery program, TechCrunch says
Amazon has hired several technical workers for its Amazon Prime Air project, which involves attempting to set up a program to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less using drones, according to TechCrunch. Among the employees that Amazon has hired for the project are former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth, TechCrunch stated. Reference Link
11:44 EDTAAPLHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPL, CActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:43 EDTCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTTASRCivil libertarians endorse wearable cameras for police, NY Times says
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:18 EDTTASRTASER volatility low on sharp rally
TASER September call option implied volatility is at 48, October is at 46, December is at 48; below its 26-week average of 50 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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06:17 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell Japanese retail banking unit, Reuters says
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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