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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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October 8, 2014
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.
10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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.
07:38 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
As noted earlier, MKM Partners downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy. The firm thinks that the bull case on the stock is too centered on cost cuts and low valuation, and not enough on the company's growth outlook. MM Partners also believes that the service provider router market faces numerous overhangs. Target $24.
07:28 EDTMCDMcDonald's brand solid but execution issues remain, says UBS
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07:10 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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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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