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May 30, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPL, CHA, CHLApple 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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August 21, 2014
10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:41 EDTCHANQ Mobile's vLife Technnology adopted by China Telecom
NQ Mobile (NQ) announced a partnership with China Telecom (CHA) that will bring NQ Mobile's vLife technology to China Telecom's "E Surfing" product. Under terms of the agreement, vLife will power the user interface for the mobile cloud platform.
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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