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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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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
17:00 EDTCATCommercial Vehicle Group realigns leadership team
Commercial Vehicle (CVGI) realigned its executive leadership team. Under the new structure, Ulf Lindqwister will join CVG, effective August 4, as Chief Administrative Officer. Lindqwister comes to CVG from Caterpillar (CAT). The company also realigned its Aftermarket business, with the North American Aftermarket business now reporting to Pat Miller in his capacity of President of Global Truck & Bus. In connection with these organizational changes, Timo Haatanen, President of Global Aftermarket and Bob Averitt, Chief Information Officer, are no longer with the company.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:51 EDTBABoeing expands maintenance support to customers in Southeast Asia
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
05:24 EDTBABoeing, Emirates finalize order for 777Xs valued at $56B
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05:10 EDTBABoeing, Air New Zealand announce first 787-9 Dreamliner delivery
Boeing announced the first 787-9 Dreamliner delivery with launch customer Air New Zealand. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand's fleet. The airline said the airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.
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