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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.
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March 16, 2015
10:44 EDTAAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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06:09 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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March 13, 2015
18:22 EDTAAPLSalesforce.com CEO Benioff: Analytics cloud can run on Apple watch
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16:42 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple hits session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.2% to $122.85 at time of writing. At that price initial support is at the low of the day at $122.58 and then at $120.17.
13:38 EDTCRUSNXP climbs after analyst says Freescale deal creates semiconductor 'powerhouse'
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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10:04 EDTAAPLApple 'well beyond concept stage' for electric car, Apple Insider says
Apple is "well beyond the concept stage" on its electric car codenamed Titan, reports Apple Insider, citing two people with knowledge of the project. The sources said Apple received shipments of components to a site "minutes" away from the Cupertino campus, and "serious work" is underway. Reference Link
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07:00 EDTAAPLNew MacBook to support third-party battery packs, chargers, 9to5Mac says
Apple's forthcoming MacBook will reportedly support "most" USB-C accessories, including external battery packs, third party chargers, external video adapters, and even allowing other Macs to charge the MacBook, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the situation. Sources say Apple will not be blocking or limiting any accessories, opening up the market for third party accessories. Reference Link
06:23 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 11,000 people have signed up to study using ResearchKit
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06:07 EDTAAPLMillenials not completely sold on the Apple Watch, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLReport: MacBook unlikely to exceed 450K in 1H15 sales, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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