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December 5, 2012
16:29 EDTP, TOT, MFRM, CIE, AVAV, PXP, BAC, MMR, C, FCX, AAPLOn 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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July 21, 2015
06:19 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTTOTTotal starts production from Dalia Phase 1A on deep offshore Block 17
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05:34 EDTAAPLPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
16:01 EDTC, BAC, AAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
13:10 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan 30-day call volatility increases as gold pulls back
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13:03 EDTBAC, CFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
10:00 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan hits new 52-week low, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTBAC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTBAC, CFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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