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July 22, 2014
13:18 EDTBLK, AAPL, IBMEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
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November 12, 2015
12:31 EDTAAPLPayPal will see limited impact from competition, says Baird
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian expects competition from other online payment platforms, including Apple's (AAPL) ApplePay, to have a limited impact on PayPal (PYPL). The cross-border remittance market, with regulations, compliance costs and management of fraud risk, has high barriers to entry, Sebastian tells investors in an intraday research note. He believes PayPal's combination with Xoom (XOOM) creates a "well-established remittance service" that should see accelerating growth. The ApplePay remittance threat "seems misunderstood," Sebastian argues. He keeps an Outperform rating on PayPal with a $45 price target. The stock is down today $1.04 to $35.29.
09:59 EDTAAPLSterne Agee sees 'great buying opportunity' in NXP pullback
The weakness in NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) following its third quarter results gives investors "a great buying opportunity," research firm Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors today. NXP Semiconductors is a chip maker that agreed to acquire another player in the space, Freescale (FSL), last March. WHAT'S NEW: Synergies from the Freescale deal could increase NXP's EPS by 31c in 2016 and 92c in 2017, Sterne Agee CRT analyst Douglas Freedman wrote. Moreover, NXP's ability to generate stronger earnings growth than its peers despite a tough demand environment is "impressive," contended the analyst. The company's outperformance and debt deleveraging should cause its stock's multiple to rise, forecast Freedman, who kept a $107 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NXP Semiconductors was among the chip makers whose stock rose after Apple (AAPL) reported stronger than expected results on October 27. However, Credit Suisse on November 10 cut its estimates for iPhone shipments going forward into 2016, noting that NXP is one of the chip makers that gets 10% or more of its revenue from Apple. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP lost 0.4% to $80.98.
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09:19 EDTAAPLPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
06:49 EDTAAPLQualcomm share loss at Samsung worse than expected, says JPMorgan
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06:49 EDTAAPLPayPal volatility elevated after reports of Apple working on payment service
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06:37 EDTAAPLCiti says PayPal thesis unchanged with possible Apple P2P launch
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05:51 EDTAAPLApple P2P offering to have limited impact, says Piper Jaffray
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05:40 EDTIBMIBM, HCL Technologies announce strategic partnership
IBM and HCL Technologies announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things. HCL will also use IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer, to offer cloud-based solutions to its clients.
November 11, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower following a range-bound session marked by lighter than normal volume due to the Veteran's Day holiday. The lower participation allowed the market to digest the latest round of earnings with the reporting season beginning to wind down. Oil remained under pressure and closed near three week lows, as production has not really declined despite lower pricing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major data reported. U.S. bond markets were closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) trading in New York fell $1.62, or 1.98%, to $79.81 despite its report of blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast... Macy's (M) shares fell 14% to $40.41 after the department store operator cut its fiscal year sales and profit forecasts and said it would not follow an activist investor's suggestion to form a real estate investment trust. A number of its peers fell as well, including J.C. Penney (JCP), which dipped 1.9% despite previewing that its own quarterly results should be better than its prior expectations. Penney, which pre-announced stronger than expected same-store sales growth of 6.4% for Q3, is set to report full quarterly results on Friday morning... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner following today's announcements, rising 4.4% to $92.19. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rose 33c, or 4.39%, to $7.85 after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) issued a statement saying it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire the company. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained $14.18, or 2.15%, to $673.86 after research firm Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the name to $800 from $750 on the growing opportunity of Amazon Web Services. Separately, Wayfair (W) rallied 5.4% to $41.57 after Cowen analysts raised their target on the shares to $61 from $56 and reiterated an Outperform rating, calling Tuesday's selloff misguided. Among the noteworthy losers were Horizon Pharma (HZNP) and Insys (INSY), which declined a respective 19.6% and 8.7% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with Linden Care, a specialty pharmacy used by both companies. Also lower was PayPal (PYPL), which fell 67c, or 1.81%, to $36.33 shortly before the close after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform. Additionally, Intercept (ICPT) lost $24.02, or 11.66%, to $181.95 after FBR Capital cut its price target on the stock to $192 from $273, saying the market opportunity for Intercept's obeticholic acid liver disease candidate appears smaller than initially thought. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 55.99, or 0.32%, to 17,702.22, the Nasdaq slid 16.22, or 0.32%, to 5,067.02, and the S&P 500 declined 6.72, or 0.32%, to 2,075.00.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 11, 2015
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15:38 EDTAAPLApple at work on potential rival to PayPal Venmo payment service, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's (PYPL) Venmo platform, the Journal said. Paypal shares fell 2.5% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:33 EDTAAPLPayPal dips after report of Apple woking on payment service
Shares Paypal (PYPL) are down 1.7% following a Dow Jones report that says Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile person-to-person payment service that could challenge Paypal's Venmo.
15:31 EDTAAPLApple in talks with banks on mobile person-to-person payment sevice, DJ says
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook vows to stay in Ireland regardless of tax verdict, RTE says
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09:38 EDTAAPLApple slides lower, levels to watch
The stock was last at $116, down fractionally on the day so far but suggesting a test at $115 is possible. That level has been important support in the past. Below it, support the next key level is at the $105 area. There is still a potential bearish head and shoulders pattern on the long-term chart that would trigger below that point. Resistance is at yesterday's closing price at $116.77.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple acquired 15 firms in past year, 6 unknown, AppleInsider reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLApple to hire an additional 1,000 staff in Ireland, Reuters reports
Apple is set to add 1,000 jobs in Ireland, Reuters reports, citing comments made by Irish jobs minister Richard Burton. The jobs are expected to be added at Apple's base in Cork. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAAPLApple Music available for Android, BuzzFeed News reports
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