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May 30, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPL, CHL, CHAApple seen adding carriers, facing headwinds from Chinese rules
Three research firms issued notes on Apple (AAPL) today, with Wells Fargo reporting that more carriers are selling the company's iPhone and Goldman Sachs raising its price target on the tech giant. UBS, however, wrote that initiatives in China could slow the company's momentum there. WHAT'S NEW: The number of carriers that offer Apple's iPhone has been steadily increasing, with seven new carriers adding the device since April, Wells Fargo wrote. Apple appears to have been more aggressively looking to add new carriers in the last six months, the firm added. This development could help Apple sell more iPhones this year, added Wells, which increased its price target range on Apple to $595-$640 from $515-$585. However, the firm thinks the stock's potential gains may be limited and its multiple may decline beyond 2014 if the company doesn't deliver on heightened investor expectations. Wells kept a Sector Perform rating on the name. Goldman Sachs increased its price target on Apple to $720 from $635, saying it believes that the company's software enhancements in mobile payments, personal health monitors, and home products will enable it to sell more devices over time. The firm now has greater confidence that these software enhancements will drive robust cash flow and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. New developments in China could hinder Apple's growth there, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich warned. Specifically, a regulator is urging the country's three major telecom companies to reduce their marketing and sales costs and is also looking to form a company to manage mobile base stations. These developments could slow the pace of the roll-out of LTE technology in China, potentially negatively impacting iPhone sales, the analyst contended. Meanwhile, any reduction in marketing budgets could impact cell phone subsidies, warned the analyst. Mobile carriers China Telecom (CHA) and China Mobile (CHL) both subsidize sales of iPhone in China. Despite his warning, Milunovich kept a $700 price target and Buy rating on Apple. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Apple shares were virtually unchanged near $635.
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May 13, 2015
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPLSamsung releases next-gen smart watch details to developers, SamMobile says
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13:06 EDTAAPLVivendi says talking to Spotify about streaming, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) said on its earnings conference call that is having discussions with Spotify regarding a streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple's (AAPL) streaming service may affect music sales and margins, Vivendi noted. Shares of Spotify competitor Pandora (P) are up 36c to $18.53 in afternoon trading.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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13:17 EDTCHL, CHAMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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09:56 EDTAAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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