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October 26, 2012
16:25 EDTVRSN, FB, AAPL, TASR, C, DV, AMZNOn 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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11:04 EDTCCitigroup January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:59 EDTAAPLApple rises after Credit Suisse, Canaccord hike iPhone estimates
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after two research firms issued upbeat notes on the company in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margins are being boosted by the increased popularity of both its 64 GB memory phones and of the IPhone 6 Plus, the analyst stated. Garcha increased his earnings per share estimate for the iPhone maker by 18% in fiscal 2015 and 20% in fiscal 2016. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. The analyst thinks the shares can reach $130 at least. After analyzing surveys in the U.S. that took place in December and into January, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said the surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results. The increases were based on the positive demand trends, particularly for models with higher memory levels and prices, Walkley stated. He expects these positive trends to continue and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apple climbed $3.39, or 3.1%, to $112.64.
10:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests $300, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create television series
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07:44 EDTCNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says created, filled over 6,000 permanent jobs across EU in 2014
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com survey suggests solid growth trends, says RW Baird
Baird said their recent inventory survey for Amazon.com suggests solid growth trends in selection and marketplace. The firm sees the selection as a key growth driver for Amazon retail. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $340 price target on Amazon shares.
07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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06:38 EDTCCiti cut consumer banking business, Reuters reports
Citi is cutting its consumer banking operations in some of the world's largest cities, according to Reuters. Last year, the bank decided to target 100 cities with retail banking services, down from its previous level of 120 cities, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Amazon.com to Buy saying the risk/reward on shares is attractive below $300. Citi believes holiday data points look good for Amazon's Q4 results and that the retailer's gross margins will rise in 2015, reversing 2014's downward trend. The firm raised its price target for Amazon to $354 from $325 and thinks the stock has support around $300. Shares of the retailing giant closed yesterday down $5.52 to $291.41.
06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon sued for $25M by Durst Organization, Forbes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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