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May 30, 2014
13:06 EDTCHA, AAPL, 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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December 11, 2014
06:35 EDTAAPLUnited's 23,000 flight attendants to get iPhone 6 Plus, Business Insider reports
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06:32 EDTAAPLGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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14:20 EDTAAPLUnited Continental providing 23,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
06:38 EDTAAPLBose products to return to Apple stores, 9to5Mac reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
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