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July 23, 2014
12:17 EDTMCD, PBYI, BA, XLNX, ISRG, AAPL, JNPROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The major stock indexes began the session mixed and remained that way at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The tech-heavy Nasdaq has been helped by shares of Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), which are both higher following their earnings reports last night. The blue-chip Dow, meanwhile, has been weighed on by Boeing's (BA) slide following its report this morning and weakness in McDonald’s (MCD) following multiple analyst downgrades. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced nearly 3% after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Cantor, which said it believes that Apple's execution in Q3 was solid and that the company's Q4 guidance was "good enough," keeps a Buy rating on the stock and raised it price target on the shares to to $123 from $111... Dow component Boeing sank 2.5% near noon despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's, fell 1% after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock almost tripled after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose almost 15% and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings reports that prompted downgrades were Xilinx (XLNX), which fell over 14%, and Juniper Networks (JNPR), which dropped 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 23.81, or 0.14%, to 17,089.73, the Nasdaq was up 21.27, or 0.48%, to 4,477.29, and the S&P 500 was up 4.65, or 0.23%, to 1,988.18.
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June 24, 2015
09:30 EDTAAPLGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone demand strong, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise survey indicates 53M iPhone unit demand for the June quarter, unchanged from last month's reading. The firm adds that Apple Watch demand has sustained healthy levls after the initial spike and investor expectations for iPhone and Watch growth are low. Morgan Stanley rates Apple an Overweight with a $166 price target.
07:45 EDTAAPLSharp asking suppliers to cut prices for LCD parts, WSJ says
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07:32 EDTBANew Boeing CEO Muilenburg to inherit tough decisions, Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 resale value suggests strong demand, says Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTAAPLGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
19:03 EDTBAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER PROVIDING GUIDANCE: MeetMe (MEET), up 18.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), up 4.3% after being added to S&P 600... Quidel (QDEL), up 5% after receiving FDA clearance for new Solana molecular system and assay... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 4.6% after announcing positive results from REPRIEVE study... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after announcing seven-for-one stock split. LOWER: Alcobra (ADHD), down 2.5% after announcing that it will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast presentation to present results from the Phase II clinical trial of MDX... Sysco (SYY), down 2.6% after bid for U.S. foods blocked was blocked by a federal judge... Boeing (BA), down marginally after announcing CEO transition.
18:27 EDTAAPLLiquidmetal, Apple extend intellectual property agreement
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17:40 EDTBABoeing incoming CEO Muilenburg says must deliver on 777 bridge program
Regarding the appointment of Dennis Muilenburg as Boeing CEO, outgoing CEO James McNerney says, "in many ways, there's not going to be a change." Muilenburg noted that the current defense market is more "challenging," and that the company needs to deliver on its 777 bridge program. Muilenburg added that the company's backlog remains "solid." Both executives are speaking on CNBC.
16:32 EDTBABoeing names Dennis Muilenburg CEO
The Boeing board has elected Dennis Muilenburg as the company's CEO, succeeding W. James McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and COO since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1. McNerney, who joined Boeing's board in 2001, continues as its chairman. To ensure a smooth transition of his CEO responsibilities to Muilenburg, he will continue working as a company employee until retiring at the end of February 2016.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
13:15 EDTBABoeing sued over claims of toxic airplane cabin air, Chicago Tribune says
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12:54 EDTAAPLPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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11:00 EDTISRGOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility:TRIP WPZ CMG BIIB WMB AMZN ISRG VMW
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:33 EDTJNPRJuniper, Ruckus Wireless announce new technology alliance
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