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April 25, 2012
16:59 EDTKND, CAT, HES, UIS, BA, AH, NWSA, AAPLOn 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.
News For AAPL;BA;CAT;NWSA;UIS;KND;AH;HES From The Last 14 Days
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November 17, 2015
08:03 EDTUISEPM renews contract with Unisys' subsidiary in Colombia
Unisys announced that Empresas Publicas de Medellin, or EPM, has renewed its contract with Unisys' subsidiary in Colombia for information security and event management services for the company's Colombia operations. The renewed contract with EPM, a public utilities company owned by the municipality of Medellin, extends Unisys' work for one year.
07:44 EDTBAInterest rate increases usually a bullish signal for Boeing, says Canaccord
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07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
06:56 EDTHESHess Corp. downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Fadel Gheit downgraded Hess Corp. to Perform citing continued deficit spending in a sub-$70 oil price environment. The analyst removed his $75 price target for shares.
November 16, 2015
19:40 EDTBALockheed Martin-Boeing JV won't bid for next U.S. satellite launch, Reuters says
Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Boeing's (BA) joint venture won't bid for the next U.S. GPS satellite launch due to the structure of the competition and because the venture didn't have engines for its Atlas 5 rocket. Reference Link
16:43 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:36 EDTCATCaterpillar November volatility up into overview of Financial Services
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13:29 EDTCATCaterpillar to host conference call
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13:17 EDTBABoeing forecasts $350B market for new airplanes in Latin America
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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12:02 EDTBABoeing Business Jets announces four new BBJ MAX 8 orders
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10:25 EDTAAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
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