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July 23, 2014
12:17 EDTXLNX, ISRG, AAPL, JNPR, MCD, PBYI, BAOn 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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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
12:58 EDTAAPLRecent Apple hires have backgrounds in automotive hardware, 9to5Mac says
Many of the automotive experts poached by Apple (AAPL) come from automotive hardware backgrounds, strongly hinting at development beyond automotive software, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the company. The new hires have backgrounds in motor and gearbox design, safety components, transmissions, power trains, drive trains, electric vehicle batteries, hybrid vehicles, interior vehicle components, and other areas. Reference Link
11:51 EDTAAPLCiti, RBC lay out reasons to be bullish on Apple
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09:35 EDTMCD, AAPLOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
08:50 EDTAAPLApple could return $150B-$200B to shareholders, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Apple could return $150B-$200B to its shareholders over the next three years. The firm expects the company to return 100% of its annual free cash flow to shareholders. It raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple Pay faces resistance from China, MarketWatch says
Apple (AAPL) is attempting to launch Apple Pay in China, but a People's Bank of China official stated the company has not acknowledged regulators and "it's unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements,” while talks with state-owned card payment operator UnionPay "have stalled" according to sources close to the companies, reports MarketWatch. Alibaba (BABA) currently operates the similar Alipay service and an Alibaba employee stated the two companies "have stayed in contact and are preparing for several projects," but because all payments go through UnionPay, Apple's entry into the market is ultimately controlled by the state-owned firm. The Chinese government has raised numerous concerns regarding Apple Pay, and is demanding the company open a mainland China data center to house customer information. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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07:46 EDTBAAustralia opens bids for $8B armored vehicle defense contract, WSJ says
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06:39 EDTAAPLA123 Systems sues Apple for poaching employees, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons for why Apple shares are going higher
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February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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09:37 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:02 EDTBAOrbital ATK begins production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner frames
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08:16 EDTBAKaman awarded 777/767 fixed trailing edge kits LTA by Boeing
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08:03 EDTBAAlaska Air purchasing six Boeing Extended Range aircraft
Alaska Airlines (ALK) is purchasing six more Boeing (BA) 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594M. Boeing's current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska's total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.
07:59 EDTAAPLBlackBerry files copyright lawsuit against Typo Products, AP says
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07:07 EDTBABarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:52 EDTAAPLApple could bringing Touch ID to Mac, 9to5Mac says
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06:45 EDTAAPLApple Watch launching without health monitoring functions, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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