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December 6, 2012
16:46 EDTAAPL, DB, CZR, TD, EPHC, VRA, FCXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished slightly higher on the day after a session that again saw shares of Apple (AAPL) determine the Nasdaq's direction. Light volume in the markets and a light news flow saw the averages move in a narrow range through the session, as the U.S. continues its march toward the fiscal cliff with the political rhetoric only getting more inflammatory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 25,000 to 370,000, versus expectations for claims to fall to 380,000. Also, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that planned layoffs were up 34% in November compared to the prior year. In Europe, the European Central Bank and Bank of England both kept their benchmark interest rates unchanged and did not announce new stimulus measures. The ECB also lowered its growth and inflation forecasts for 2013...COMPANY NEWS: Three former Deutsche Bank (DB) employees told U.S. regulators that the bank hid as much as $12B in losses during the financial crisis, according to a report by The Financial Times, though the company has disputed the allegations and pledged cooperation with the investigation...Apple, the Nasdaq's largest component, again dominated the headlines ahead of the broadcast of CEO Tim Cook's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. Early comments from the interview hint at product innovations and supply chain changes for the company in 2013, notably the return of more Mac production to the U.S.... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Caeser's (CZR), up $1.01, or 16.03%, to $7.31 after a report from VegasInc said the company received a recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate online poker sites in the state. Also higher were shares of Epoch Investment (EPHC), up $5.78, or 26.38%, to $27.69 after announcing it would be acquired by TD Bank (TD) for $28.00 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Vera Bradley (VRA), down $3.07, or 11.71%, to $23.14 after its guidance missed estimates. Also lower were shares of Freeport McMoRan (FCX), which fell another $1.35, or 4.20%, to $30.81 after at least five downgrades the day after its big deal announcement... INDICES: The Dow was up 39.55, or 0.30%, to 13,074.04; the Nasdaq was up 15.57, or 0.52%, to 2,989.27; and the S&P 500 was up 4.66, or 0.33%, to 1,413.94.
News For AAPL;DB;CZR;TD;EPHC;VRA;FCX From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
09:01 EDTAAPLOffice Depot stores now accept Apple Pay
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08:44 EDTAAPLIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Freeport McMoRan to Neutral citing the recent pullback in shares. Citi keeps a $31 price target for the stock.
October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
08:00 EDTCZRCaesar's prepared to begin formal discussions with certain bank debt creditors
Caesars and its subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating Company announced that they have executed non-disclosure agreements with certain beneficial holders of debt issued by CEOC, including senior secured term loans, pursuant to the third amended and restated credit agreement, dated as of July 25, 2014, enabling the commencement of formal discussions with the Bank Lenders.
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:41 EDTTDToronto-Dominion upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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