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August 4, 2014
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October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
15:01 EDTAAPLDunkin Donuts testing mobile ordering system, considering Apple Pay, NRN reports
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14:46 EDTAAPLApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire not used for iPhones because 'proved brittle,' WSJ says
Apple's (AAPL) decision to choose glass screens over GT Advanced's (GTAT) sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was because of "tests in which the synthetic sapphire proved brittle, cracking when phones were dropped from various heights and angles," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's decision to withhold GT Advanced's expected $139M payment was the tipping point for GT Advanced to declare bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter added. Reference Link
11:15 EDTTSLATesla expected to unveil all-wheel drive Model S, Re/code reports
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10:50 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies mentioned cautiously by ShareSleuth
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTAAPLSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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09:36 EDTAAPL, TSLA, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:35 EDTTSLAPanasonic says Tesla plant stake worth 'tens of billions' of yen, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan now sees FY loss of Y17B
McDonald's Japan is forecasting a loss for the full year of Y17B vs. its previous guidance for a Y6B profit, the Financial Times reports. The company, which is 50% owned by McDonald's, sees food supplier problems impacting sales by Y45B.
06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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