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April 25, 2012
16:59 EDTAAPL, BA, CAT, NWSA, UIS, KND, AH, HESOn 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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October 9, 2014
06:22 EDTBACFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLNuance October calls active amid speculation Icahn speculation
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15:00 EDTAAPLApple shares climb following Icahn tweet of open letter to Tim Cook
Activist investor Carl Icahn tweeted that he is sending an open letter to Tim Cook tomorrow. This news along with the better tone in markets has helped lift the shares back above the psychologically important $100 level. Next resistance is at $101.79. Support is at $99.90.
14:54 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat, Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 20, November is at 26, December is at 24, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on Carl Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow.
14:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says to send open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple sends out invites for October 16 event, 9to5Mac reports
Apple has sent out invitations for its October 16 event that is expected to introduce new iPads and Macs, 9to5Mac reports. The event will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California and begin at 1pm ET. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAAPLApple 'surprised' by GT Advanced's Chapter 11 filing, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) says it was "surprised" by GT Advanced's (GTAT) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple says it is focused on preserving jobs in Arizona and will continue to work with state and local officials "as we consider our next steps." GT Advanced is a partner for Apple's sapphire initiative. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
11:34 EDTCATCaterpillar maintains dividend of 70c per share
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10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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09:57 EDTAAPLBlog reveals next-generation Apple iPad Air, 9to5Mac says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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08:19 EDTBAAerCap reports 134 aircraft transactions completed during Q3
AerCap Holdings (AER) announced the completion of 134 aircraft transactions during Q3. Signed lease agreements for 84 aircraft. Delivered 26 aircraft under contracted lease agreements. Purchased nine new aircraft, including five Boeing (BA) 787-8s, three Boeing 737-800s and one Airbus (EADSY) A321-200. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 15 aircraft, including: one Airbus A300-600F, one Airbus A340-300, eight Boeing B737 classics, one Boeing B767-300ER and two MD-11s from AerCap's owned portfolio. One Boeing 737 classic and one Airbus A320-200 from AerCap's managed portfolio. Signed financing transactions for $1.5B, including the previously announced private offering of $800M. The total financing transactions completed year-to-date amount to $8.9B.
06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTAAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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