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December 5, 2012
16:29 EDTP, TOT, MFRM, CIE, AVAV, PXP, MMR, C, FCX, AAPL, BACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day as the Dow and S&P 500 both finished in positive territory while the Nasdaq finished lower. Financial bellwethers Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) both gained over 5% on the session, while shares of Apple (AAPL) lost $37.05, or 6.43%, to close at $538.79, weighing on the Nasdaq... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said employers added 118,000 jobs last month, which was below analysts' forecasts, but Superstorm Sandy was estimated to have cut the total by 86,000 jobs. The Labor Department revised its estimate for Q3 productivity growth up to an annual rate of 2.9% from its initial estimate of 1.9%. Factory orders rose 0.8% in October, versus expectations for them to be flat. The ISM non-manufacturing PMI rose to 54.7, versus expectations for it to slip to 53.5... COMPANY NEWS: Citigroup announced a sweeping workforce reduction that will see 11,000 jobs, or 4% of its employees, cut. Citi sees pre-tax charges of around $1B in Q4 due to the restructuring but expects the cuts to save $900M next year and slightly more after that. Citi shares rose $2.17, or 6.33%, to $36.46... Apple's steady, day-long slide was attributed to a number factors, including a DigiTimes report of slowing demand for iPhone parts, a decision by a clearing firm to increase its margin requirement on purchases of Apple's stock and a bearish technical development on its chart... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) announced a huge deal, agreeing to repurchase McMoRan Exploration (MMR) for $14.75 per share in cash and to acquire Plains Exploration (PXP) for $6.9B in cash and stock. Following the news, which was broken last night by Financial Times, shares of Freeport plunged $6.12, or 15.99%, to $32.16, while McMoRan Exploration surged $7.36, or 87.00%, to $15.82 and shares of Plains gained $8.45, or 23.44%, to $44.50... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Cobalt International Energy (CIE), up $4.43, or 18.63%, to $28.21 after announcing a Gulf of Mexico discovery in partnership with Total (TOT). Also higher were shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), up $2.68, or 13.23%, to $22.94 after reporting better-than-expected earnings after yesterday's close and receiving an upgrade to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agree. Among the noteworthy losers were shares Mattress Firm (MFRM), down $6.65, or 21.93%, to $23.67, and Pandora (P), down $1.65, or 17.46%, to $7.80 following disappointing earnings and guidance... INDICES: The Dow was up 82.71, or 0.64%, to 13,034.49; the Nasdaq was down 22.99, or 0.77%, to 2,973.70; and the S&P 500 was up 2.23, or 0.16%, to 1,409.28.
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March 13, 2015
17:33 EDTFCXS&P announces changes to S&P 100 Index
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16:42 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:01 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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15:40 EDTCDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTCDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
14:31 EDTAAPLApple hits session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.2% to $122.85 at time of writing. At that price initial support is at the low of the day at $122.58 and then at $120.17.
10:34 EDTAAPLApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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10:04 EDTAAPLApple 'well beyond concept stage' for electric car, Apple Insider says
Apple is "well beyond the concept stage" on its electric car codenamed Titan, reports Apple Insider, citing two people with knowledge of the project. The sources said Apple received shipments of components to a site "minutes" away from the Cupertino campus, and "serious work" is underway. Reference Link
09:58 EDTPPandora calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:52 EDTPRumor: Pandora moves up on renewed takeover speculation
09:50 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:00 EDTAAPLNew MacBook to support third-party battery packs, chargers, 9to5Mac says
Apple's forthcoming MacBook will reportedly support "most" USB-C accessories, including external battery packs, third party chargers, external video adapters, and even allowing other Macs to charge the MacBook, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the situation. Sources say Apple will not be blocking or limiting any accessories, opening up the market for third party accessories. Reference Link
06:32 EDTTOTIEA says oil price pressure likely to resume, Reuters reports
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06:29 EDTTOTOil companies reach tentative agreement with union, WSJ says
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 11,000 people have signed up to study using ResearchKit
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06:07 EDTAAPLMillenials not completely sold on the Apple Watch, Re/code says
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05:57 EDTCJudge blocks Citi from processing Argentine bond payment, Financial Times says
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05:54 EDTAAPLReport: MacBook unlikely to exceed 450K in 1H15 sales, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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