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January 14, 2013
12:23 EDTHGG, BIDU, VRNT, QIHU, NICE, HRB, CMVT, UPS, CRUS, AZK, QCOM, AAPL, TNTEY, TQNTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow clinging to modest gains and Apple's (AAPL) decline weighing on the Nasdaq. The earnings calendar, like the economic calendar, was light today but earnings season will pick up in earnest this week with reports due from some of the biggest names in the financial industry, including JPMorgan (JPM), Citibank (C), Bank of America (BAC), Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Capital One (COF)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. After the close, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan, which will be closely monitored by those on the Street... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple are down about 3% but back above the psychologically and technically important $500 level near noon after a dip below that round number at the open. The weakness has been attributed to a Wall Street Journal report from over the weekend citing sources that claim Apple has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weak demand. The report also dented several of Apple's component suppliers, including Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 8%, TriQuint (TQNT), down 1%, and Qualcomm (QCOM), also down 1%... UPS shares rose over 1% after the company announced it will drop its pursuit of TNT Express (TNTEY) after concluding their proposed merger would not be allowed in the EU. Following the announcement, UPS shares were upgraded to Buy at Deutsche Bank and to Market Perform at Avondale... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aurizon Mines (AZK), which rose 33% after Alamos Gold launched an offer to buy the miner for C$780M. Also higher were shares of Comverse Technology (CMVT), Verint Systems (VRNT) and Nice Systems (NICE) which all rose about 7% following a report from Globes that said Verint and Nice are in tie-up talks. Verint Systems signed a merger agreement with Comverse in August of last year. Among the noteworthy losers were hhgregg (HGG), down nearly 9% after cutting its yearly earnings view, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU), down over 5% after reports that Baidu (BIDU) is making a strategic investment in one of its key competitors. Also lower were shares of H&R Block, which slid 3.7% following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 4.49, or 0.03%, to 13,492.92; the Nasdaq was down 14.84, or 0.47%, to 3,110.79; and the S&P 500 was down 3.72, or 0.25%, to 1,468.33.
News For AAPL;CRUS;TQNT;QCOM;UPS;TNTEY;AZK;CMVT;NICE;VRNT;HGG;QIHU;BIDU;HRB From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTHRBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:08 EDTHRBH&R Block reports Q2 EPS (45c), consensus (42c)
Reports Q2 revenue $134.63M, consensus $141.99M.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:19 EDTHRBNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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08:11 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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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
December 5, 2014
11:23 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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10:44 EDTQCOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTAAPL, BIDUActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTQIHUCapital Ventures International reports 6.6% passive stake in Qihoo 360
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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07:12 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTHRBH&R Block to host investor meeting
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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