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January 14, 2013
12:23 EDTBIDU, VRNT, QIHU, NICE, HRB, HGG, AZK, QCOM, AAPL, TNTEY, TQNT, CMVT, UPS, CRUSOn 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.
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April 11, 2014
06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:42 EDTHRBBofI Holding upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTHRBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
17:37 EDTHRBH&R Block to host conference call
Conference call to discuss definitive agreement to divest its bank will be held on April 11 at 9 am. Webcast Link
17:16 EDTHRBH&R Block, BofI Holding surge after acquisition agreement
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16:22 EDTHRBBofi Holding to acquire H&R Block bank assets
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16:15 EDTHRBH&R Block reaches definitive agreement to divest its bank
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16:12 EDTHRBH&R Block reaches definitive agreement to divest its bank
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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07:21 EDTHRBH&R Block risk/reward positive, says Oppenheimer
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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