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April 25, 2012
16:59 EDTCAT, HES, UIS, BA, AH, NWSA, AAPL, KNDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as a number of quarterly earnings reports surpassed expectations. Stock futures were higher following a fantastic earnings report from Apple (AAPL). The earnings lifted the entire tech sector and brought the industrials along with it. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The market hit its highs in the opening hour and then drifted lower until it found a range where it remained for most of the day. After the Fed held rates steady, as expected, and issued some updated guidance following its FOMC meeting the market continued to drift. The Fed lowered its employment forecast and raised its GDP forecast but the averages did not react strongly and maintained their range bound action… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the bank is prepared to take additional action if necessary to boost the economy, despite leaving its policy unchanged for now. Earlier in the session, durable goods orders were reported to have fallen 4.2% in March, versus the expected decrease of 1.7%... COMPANY NEWS: Apple's results handily beat expectations, as sales rose to $39.2B, earning per share grew to $12.30 and the company reported it sold 35.1M iPhones in Q2... Two Dow components reported quarterly results with opposite investor reactions, as Boeing (BA) led all Dow advancers, up more than 5% after its report, while Caterpillar (CAT) fell over 4% after its revenues missed expectations on China sales that were lower than last year. In other news, News Corp.’s (NWSA) Rupert Murdoch denied ever seeking favors from any prime minister in an intensive media-ethics inquiry prompted by the company’s phone-hacking scandal... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Unisys (UIS), up $3.30, or 20.12%, to $19.70, following its encouraging quarterly report, and Kindred Healthcare (KND), up $1.56, or 18.80%, to $9.86, after it received two upgrades following the report of a proposed rule confirmation that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at long-term care hospitals. Noteworthy losers included Accretive Health (AH), down $7.74, or 41.86%, to $10.75, after Minnesota’s attorney general alleged that the company improperly posted debt collectors in hospitals, and Hess (HES), down $3.86, or 7.01%, to $51.18, after the company told analysts it will not meet its 60,000 barrels of oil per day target at the Bakken oil shale field in North Dakota… INDICES: The Dow gained $89.16, or 0.69%, to 13,090.72; the Nasdaq rose $68.03, or 2.30%, to 3,029.63; and the S&P 500 added $18.72, or 1.36%, to 1,390.69.
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April 14, 2014
06:50 EDTAAPLChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
06:40 EDTAAPLNo lines for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but carriers say demand healthy, Re/code says
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06:11 EDTAAPLIntel works with HzO to enhance water resistance in products, DigiTimes says
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April 11, 2014
12:12 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 34 into Q2
Apple 4/25/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 25, June is at 23, October at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 23.
10:19 EDTAAPLApple drops to session lows, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple Q1 should be in line but slight risk to Q2, says Cowen
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06:47 EDTAAPLSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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