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July 23, 2014
12:17 EDTAAPL, BA, MCD, ISRG, PBYI, JNPR, XLNXOn 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.
News For AAPL;BA;MCD;ISRG;PBYI;JNPR;XLNX From The Last 14 Days
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September 16, 2014
13:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's Canada to offer coffee in grocery stores, Reuters says
McDonald's (MCD) is poised to start offering its McCafe ground coffee throughout Canadian grocery stores this month in an effort to gain more customers in a country whose java market has been lead by competitors such as Tim Hortons (THI) and Starbucks (SBUX), according to Reuters, citing comments from McDonald's Canada CEO John Betts. Reference Link
12:18 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with some attributing the move to noted Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal giving the opinion that he does not believe the central bank will drop the language that interest rates will "remain low for an extended period of time" when it issues its latest policy statement tomorrow. The averages began the session in negative territory and appeared to be heading for another listless day of trading. The market drifted lower during the opening hour but the Dow and S&P crossed into positive ground and the Nasdaq eventually followed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index was unchanged in August, as expected. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, increased 0.1%, also matching expectations. Of note, the Fed's FOMC rate setting group kicked off its two-day policy meeting. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slid over 1% after Chinese-language 21st Century Business Herald reportedly said the company might not get the necessary approval to launch its new iPhone 6 models throughout China until next year after failing to come to an agreement with a regulator in the nation. Shares of China Mobile (CHL), which is buy far the largest phone carrier in China, slipped 2% after the report... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) surged 29% after it agreed to sell itself to fellow REIT Washington Prime Group (WPG) for $14.20 per share. Washington has agreed to buy Glimcher for about $4.3B in a cash and stock deal. Glimcher shareholders will receive $10.40 in cash and 0.1989 of a share of Washington stock upon the closing of the transaction, the companies stated. As part of the deal, Simon Property Group (SPG), which completed its separation of Washington Prime Group this May, agreed to buy two shopping malls owned by Glimcher for $1.09B in cash. Shares of fellow mall owning REITs CBL & Associates (CBL), Rouse Properties (RSE) and Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) rose following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bill Barrett (BBG), which rose 12% after selling natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids assets in the Piceance Basin in Colorado for $525M to Vanguard Natural (VNR). Vanguard Natural also gained 1% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was VirnetX (VHC), which plunged nearly 50% after an appeals court vacated a jury’s damages award in its patent case with Apple. Also lower were shares of Atlantic Power (AT), which dropped 32% after announcing that it concluded a sale or merger of the company is not in the best interests of the company or its stakeholders and the company cut its annual dividend. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.18, or 0.52%, to 17,119.32, the Nasdaq was up 16.11, or 0.36%, to 4,535.01, and the S&P 500 was up 11.94, or 0.6%, to 1,996.07.
11:57 EDTBAPentagon to most likely approve Musk's Falcon rockets, WSJ says
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11:44 EDTAAPLVirnetX increases after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
VirnetX (VHC) September call option implied volatility is at 249. October is at 110, December is at 91; compared to its 26-week average of 99 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple (AAPL).
11:16 EDTAAPLVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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11:09 EDTAAPLVirnetX wins mixed ruling in patent case with Apple, Bloomberg reports
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10:52 EDTAAPLApple, China Mobile trade lower as iPhone 6 unlikely to debut in China this year
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10:31 EDTAAPLApple has a bearish pattern on 1-day basis, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTAAPLBanks set for ad battle to be default choice for Apple Pay, Apple Insider says
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10:12 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 NFC chip restricted to Apple Pay, The Verge reports
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10:09 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 launch timing concerns in China overdone, says Susquehanna
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
09:13 EDTAAPLApple may need to wait until 2015 to launch iPhone 6 in China, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTAAPLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:44 EDTBABoeing may beat out SpaceX for NASA contract to ferry astronauts, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTAAPLPayPal running ads against Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLiPhone 6/6 Plus may suffer similar iPhone 5s/5c inventory issues, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTBABoeing, Lockheed ally with Amazon CEO on rocket engine, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTAAPLLenovo, Huawei look to pose threat in high-end smartphone segment, DigiTimes says
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06:02 EDTMCDMcDonald's offering free coffee during breakfast hours for 2 weeks, Time reports
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