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February 7, 2013
16:42 EDTAAPL, CZR, VSAT, TRLG, M, AKAM, GMCROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower though the averages recovered to finish well off the lows reached near midday... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims fell 5K from the prior week to 366K, versus expectations for 360K claims. Nonfarm productivity fell 2.0% in Q4, versus an expected decrease of 1.4%. In Europe, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England both left their benchmark interest rates unchanged... COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor David Einhorn and his fund, Greenlight Capital, said a legal action has been initiated against Apple (AAPL) over the company's refusal to unbundle three distinct corporate governance proposals, alleging that the bundling breaks SEC rules. Einhorn also said Apple rejected his idea for the creation of a "perpetual preferred stock," which he contends could unlock value for holders of the common shares. Late in the session, Apple issued a statement in response to Einhorn's comments, saying that the company's board has been in active discussion about returning additional capital to shareholders. Following the company's statement Apple shares spiked higher, settling up $13.55, or 2.98%, to $468.25... Caesar's Entertainment (CZR) was among the casino names trading higher following news that New Jersey governor Chris Christie will conditionally allow the state of legalize Internet gambling. Caesar's rose $1.58, or 18.61%, to $10.07... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers after earnings reports that spurred analyst upgrades were ViaSat (VSAT), up $9.55, or 24.03%, to $49.29, and True Religion (TRLG), up $5.25, or 22.11%, to $29.00. Also higher were shares of Macy's (M), up 79c, or 2%, to $40.27 after the company reported January same-store sales rose 11.7% and raised its Q4 EPS view. Among noteworthy losers was Akamai (AKAM), down $6.32, or 15.2%, to $35.26 after the company's Q1 revenue view came in below Street estimates and shares were downgraded at Jefferies and Janney Capital. Also lower after its earnings report was Green Mountain (GMCR), down $2.62, or 5.35%, to $46.32 in spite of beating Q1 earnings expectations and raising its FY13 EPS view... INDICES: The Dow was down 42.47, or 0.30%, to 13,944.05; the Nasdaq was down 3.35, or 0.11%, to 3,165.13; and the S&P 500 was down 2.73, or 0.18%, to 1,509.39.
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July 10, 2014
07:54 EDTAAPLTSMC begins shipping microprocessors to Apple, WSJ reports
TSMC (TSM) has begun shipping microprocessors to Apple (AAPL) for use in smartphones and tablets, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, TSMC began shipping the microprocessors in Q2 and agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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10:56 EDTAKAMAkamai call activity on attributed to takeover speculation
Akamai June 60 and 60.5 calls are active on total call volume of 4,100 contracts (200 puts) on renewed takeover speculation. July call option implied volatility is at 41, July is at 34, November is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:41 EDTAKAMRumor: Akamai strength attributed to takeover speculation
10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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07:05 EDTGMCRKeurig now exclusive manufacture of Harris Teeter K-Cup packs
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
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