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May 27, 2015
07:51 EDTAAPLSamsung patents potential notebook with 'phablet' dock, Patently Mobile reports
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed a U.S. patent application for a new dual OS operating system hybrid device that would allow a mobile device docked in a notebook automatically detect and switch its OS based on the companion device, which Patently Mobile said "could be a sign marking a huge new move into the enterprise space where Apple (AAPL) is currently winning handily." Reference Link
07:20 EDTAAPLMicrosoft bringing Cortana assistant to iOS, Android, The Verge reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple data center in Arizona catches fire, ABC15 reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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06:05 EDTGMGM issued patent for system, method for auctioning geoboxed radio presets
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06:02 EDTAAPLApple granted patent describing dual-purpose keyboard
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05:53 EDTAAPLReport: TSMC to build 10nm pilot line in June, DigiTimes says
TSMC (TSM) is scheduled to build a 10nm pilot line at its 12-inch water plant in northern Taiwan in June, reports DigiTimes. Citing a recent Economic Daily News report, TSMC is eyeing orders for Apple's (AAPL) A10 SoC chips, but Samsung (SSNLF) will also be involved in the race for orders. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLLenovo ranks 3rd behind Samsung, Apple in Q1 smartphone rankings, DigiTimes says
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May 26, 2015
17:25 EDTGMGeneral Motors stock still looks like 'a buy', Barron's says
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16:01 EDTAAPLTaiwan Semiconductor plans 10-nanometer chip test in June, AppleInsider says
Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor (TSM) plans to being testing production of 10-nanometer microprocessors in 12 factories by June, and hopes to sign production contracts by year's end, reports AppleInsider, citing unnamed sources quoted by UDN.com. The report notes that Apple (AAPL) is likely to pursue the 10NM chips, and sources quoted by G for Games said TSMC will be capable of handling the majority, if not all, of manufacturing responsibilities for Apple's rumored A10 chip. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 26, 2015
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15:45 EDTAAPLNext generation iPhone to include 'force touch' screen, 9to5Mac says
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13:20 EDTGMGM to Invest $1.2B in full-size truck plant
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13:17 EDTAAPLApple considering issuing $1.62B in bonds as early as June, Nikkei reports
Apple is considering a Y200B, or $1.62B, bond issuance as early as June, The Nikkei reports. The company could use the proceeds to increase shareholder returns and to expand its operations in Japan. The bonds would target Japanese investors, but would also likely be sold to overseas investors. Reference Link
12:11 EDTAAPLGlobal smartphone growth expected to slow to 11.3% in 2015, IDC says
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11:30 EDTFFord expands operations in North Africa
As part of its global growth plan, Ford Motor Company is expanding its operations in North Africa with a new regional sales office in Casablanca and a purchasing office in Tangier. “Morocco is a great place to do business,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, Director, Ford Middle East & North Africa. “Morocco has a very skilled and motivated workforce, a growing automotive supplier ecosystem, access to ports, free and fair trade agreements and a very pro-business mindset. Ford is delighted to partner with Morocco to expand our operations in North Africa.” Ford is bringing seven new vehicles to North Africa this year and will more than double the amount of parts it purchases from North African-based suppliers. The growing automotive supplier network in North Africa, primarily in Morocco, will supply parts to Ford’s assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, among other operations. Ford has completed a 2.3B euro investment in its Valencia plant – the largest automotive investment in Spanish history – allowing it to increase its volume and the number of nameplates it produces.
10:55 EDTAAPLApple edges below its short-term bullish price channel
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09:51 EDTAAPLUniversal Display outlook has improved, says Needham
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09:47 EDTTSLA, AAPLActives on open:
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07:17 EDTFConsumer Electronics Association to hold a conference
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07:10 EDTBA, EADSYLockheed Martin, Boeing may bid for GBP2B MoD contract, Independent says
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05:59 EDTGMGM ignition fund approves claims for 107 deaths, Detroit News says
General Motors' ignition compensation fund said it has approved compensation for 107 deaths, an increase of three from the previous week, The Detroit News reports. An additional eight injured people also will be compensated, the report says. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLApple promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer, 9to5Mac reports
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May 25, 2015
20:10 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO sent email to GM's Barra to suggest merger, NYT says
Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email in March to General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra discussing a potential merger of the two companies, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Sources said Barra flatly rejected the idea, and also rejected Marchionne's offer to discuss the subject in person. Reference Link
18:56 EDTDDAIFDaimler to invest EUR500M in Berlin Mercedes-Benz plant
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17:55 EDTGMProsecutors nearing criminal charges for GM, WSJ says
The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office has concluded that General Motors made misstatements about faulty ignition switches for over a decade and will likely pursue a fine exceeding $1B, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said prosecutors have still not determined whether to charge individual GM employees. GM will probably strongly oppose a guilty plea, said one of the sources. Reference Link
12:37 EDTDDAIFQualcomm, Daimler announce strategic collaboration on connected car technology
Daimler AG (DDAIF) and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced a strategic collaboration focused on vehicle innovation. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on developing vehicles with mobile technologies such as 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology, and implementation of the Qualcomm "Halo" wireless electric vehicle charging technology. In addition, the companies are jointly assessing the application of Qualcomm's newly developed "Automotive Solutions." Qualcomm Technologies is collaborating with Daimler on its wireless power transfer 2.0 program for electric vehicles. The Qualcomm Halo technology could allow Daimler customers to charge their electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid EVs without having to plug them in. In addition, Qualcomm WiPower technology enables consumer electronics to charge wirelessly in-vehicle.
May 22, 2015
18:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors stock is significantly undervalued, Barron's reports
General Motors’ stock trades at 7.5 times forward earnings, and is about 55% cheaper than the broad market, making it significantly undervalued, Barron's reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTAAPLStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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12:21 EDTAAPLApple to focus on quality instead of new additions in OS upgrade, 9to5Mac says
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11:00 EDTAAPLIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:39 EDTAAPLData firm: Apple Watch orders haven't grown since initial surge, Quartz says
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10:38 EDTAAPLMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
09:01 EDTAAPLApple wants TV service to have local programming, Re/code reports
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08:57 EDTVLKAY, DDAIFNokia CEO says good bids received but no rush on selling HERE, Retuers reports
Nokia (NOK) CEO Rajeev Suri said the company has received high quality bids for its HERE maps unit, while declining to comment on bidders, but added that the company is in no hurry to sell, reported Reuters, citing comments made in an interview with trade magazine European Communications. Prior reports have indicated that Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi and BMW (BAMXY) are partnering with private equity firm General Atlantic in their pursuit of the unit, while Uber is said to be teaming up with Baidu (BIDU) and Apax Partners to also pursue a bid. Reference Link
06:56 EDTAAPLTrendforce expects iPhone shipments to reach 230M in 2015, DigiTimes says
Trendforce said Apple's iPhone shipments is expected to reach over 230M in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June and will be shipped in Q3. Quarterly shipments is projected to reach 24M units. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple developing dual-app mode, 12-inch iPads, multi-user support, 9to5Mac says
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06:05 EDTTSLATesla implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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May 21, 2015
19:51 EDTTSLASolarCity CEO says Tesla Battery works with solar homes
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17:16 EDTAAPLApple plans 12-inch iPads, split-screen functionality, 9to5Mac says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:48 EDTGMU.S DOT extends federal oversight of General Motors
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15:25 EDTAAPLApple to add public transit support to Maps app, 9to5Mac says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
12:47 EDTGMGabelli says 'just started buying' General Motors in last 60 days
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11:21 EDTAAPL, TSLAApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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11:07 EDTBABoeing reports three new orders since last update
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTVLKAY, DDAIFGerman automakers partnering with PE firm on bid for Nokia unit, Reuters says
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09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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06:52 EDTEADSYAirbus would consider leaving UK if Britain exits EU, Guardian says
Airbus head of UK division, Paul Kahn, stated that the company would reconsider its investment in Britain if the country exits the EU, reports the Guardian, citing Paul Kahn. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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05:52 EDTTSLA, AAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:41 EDTBAThe Wings Club holds a luncheon meeting
Luncheon Meeting with David Longridge, President of Boeing Business Jets, is being held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 20 at 11:45 am.
06:25 EDTAAPLSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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06:06 EDTBA, EADSYUnited Technologies in talks to sell Sikorsky unit, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTFFord's Turkish unit forced to cancel shift on supply chain issues, Reuters says
Ford's Turkish arm cancelled an extra work shift yesterday as labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector hit the supply chain, Reuters reports. Ford Otosan commented, "As it was not possible to supply parts from intermediate product makers in Bursa, the preplanned extra working shift has been cancelled." Reference Link
06:00 EDTF, TM, HMC, NSANY, GMTakata to widen airbag recall to nearly 34M, enters Consent Order
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May 19, 2015
16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
14:31 EDTGMCovisint expands strategic relationship with Cisco, General Motors
Covisint (COVS) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Cisco (CSCO) to use the Covisint platform to power General Motors (GM) OnStar and SupplyPower through 2020. Under the terms of this five-year, non-cancelable contract, GM will materially increase their use of the Covisint platform to support growth in these solutions. This economically favorable transaction is a major milestone in the strategic partnership with Cisco, and a win for General Motors, Cisco and Covisint.
13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
13:20 EDTF, HMC, TM, GM, NSANYTakata expected to recall 33.8M vehicles, Detroit News reports
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12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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07:36 EDTF, TM, HMC, VLKAY, GMAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
07:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees maintaining profitability goals in China, WSJ reports
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
05:59 EDTAAPLSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:16 EDTBABoeing Business Jets receives two orders for BBJ, BBJ 787-8 Dreamliner jets
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:12 EDTTSLAModel S has higher than average rate of door problems, Consumer Reports says
Consumer Reports said the driver-side door handle failed on the $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D it was testing after just 27 days and just over 2,300 miles of ownership, adding that its car reliability survey showed that the Model S has "far higher than average" rates of such door handle problems. Reference Link
14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
13:37 EDTDDAIFBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTHMC, NSANY, FMarathon Patent unit enters into settlement agreement with Jaguar Land Rover
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:45 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA AAL
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11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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09:54 EDTF, VLKAY, TM, GM, HMC, NSANYNHTSA looks to accelerate V2V rollout by automakers, Motor Authority says
Automakers have been notified that initial proposals for the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology will be outlined by before January 1, 2016, which would be a full year ahead of schedule, according to Motor Authority. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Mobileye (MBLY) makes chips utilized in advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTAAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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09:04 EDTTSLA, TSLATesla challenges remain in China at CLSA
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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07:54 EDTBADeutsche still prefers Boeing over Precision Castparts
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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06:57 EDTNSANYNissan won't change capital alliance with Renault, Reuters says
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, stated that the company will not change its capital alliance with Renault, after France increased its stake and voting rights in Renault, reports Reuters. Reference Link
06:26 EDTHMC, GM, TM, NSANY, FStudy shows Toyota and Honda leads in best supplier relations, Reuters says
A new study revealed that Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) led automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, reports Reuters. According to the study led by Planning Perspectives President John Henke, Toyota led Honda while Ford (F) was a distant third and Nissan (NSANY) came in fourth. General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) were last on the list. Reference Link
05:56 EDTNSANYNissan CEO says its autonomous cars will be ready by 2020, AP reports
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05:16 EDTHMCRaytheon secures contract with Honda in Europe
Raytheon Professional Services GmbH, or RPS, a subsidiary of Raytheon (RTN), has signed a long-term contract with Honda Motor Europe Limited (HMC) for the outsourcing of all development of their Pan-European dealer training, as well as domestic training delivery operations in the UK and Germany. As part of the contract, RPS will manage Pan-European curriculum content development, product launch training and Learning Management System administration and support. RPS' training services will cover Honda's complete product range including Cars, Motorcycles and Power Products, and will extend to all sales, aftersales, technical, and management personnel. The contract also includes the outsourcing and management of Honda's accredited apprenticeship program, across the whole product range, in the UK. Students will be able to achieve either an Intermediate or Advanced apprenticeship through the program.
May 17, 2015
20:11 EDTBABoeing may move jobs overseas if U.S. Export-Import Bank fails, FT says
In a Financial Times interview regarding the uncertain future of the U.S. Export-Import bank, Boeing Capital's regulatory strategy chief Scott Scherer said Boeing "is not going to let itself be hurt by the lack of an ExIm Bank... If it means sourcing... to other countries who will support us we may have to look at that. Other countries have more aggressive export policies. We will find an alternative." Reference Link
18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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16:18 EDTNSANY, TM, HMCJapanese carmakers delay Takata restructuring until post-recall, Reuters says
Japanese automakers including Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM) are delaying pressure for a restructuring at Takata (TKTDY) until the company ships out a healthy supply of replacement parts, reports Reuters, citing Masaki Higurashi, deputy director of the Japanese trade ministry's auto division. "After all the replacement parts are supplied, the automakers have to decide whether to let Takata stay on as it is... I think the automakers are starting to think about that," added Higurashi. Reuters notes that Takata and the carmakers disagree on whether the most recent round of airbag recalls are necessary, and as a result have not reached an agreement on costs. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
18:12 EDTBALockheed Martin, Boeing JV to cut executive ranks by 30%, Reuters reports
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16:51 EDTGMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:28 EDTGMAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:54 EDTEADSYAirbus to partner with Indian company in $2B deal, Defense News says
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11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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09:37 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
08:24 EDTEADSYStandex awarded contract from Airbus for A320neo aircraft
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06:59 EDTHMCLatest Honda airbag recall could impact Japan sales, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTHMCHonda's India unit to recall 11,381 vehicles, Reuters reports
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May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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18:39 EDTAAPLApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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11:43 EDTGMU.S. appeals court dismisses UAW retiree benefit suit, Reuters reports
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11:04 EDTBABoeing says has received one new order since last update
Boeing says it has received one new order since the last update, from TUI Travel for one 787.
10:27 EDTFDTE Energy partners with Domino's Farms and Ford to build solar arrays
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $1B in Warren Technical Center campus
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08:54 EDTFFord says 'poised for breakthrough' year in 2015
Comment made during Ford's annual shareholder meeting.
07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTHMCHonda recalls another 4.89M vehicles due to faulty airbags, Financial Times says
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05:32 EDTBABoeing and TUI Group finalize order for 787-9 Dreamliner
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May 13, 2015
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
14:11 EDTTMToyota-Mazda partnership to focus on engineering over capital, Nikkei says
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13:15 EDTAAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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12:31 EDTTSLAMobileye trades higher after WSJ report on Tesla autopilot functions
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12:25 EDTTSLATesla cars soon to be equipped with autopilot functions, WSJ says
Tesla (TSLA) will soon be furnishing newer Model S sedans with semiautonomous features including the ability to pass other cars without driver intervention, says the Wall Street Journal. The Fly notes that Mobileye (MBLY) designs and develops software and related technologies for camera-based advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
11:18 EDTBASouthwest sees FY15 ASM growth approximately 7%; FY16 ASM growth 6%-7%
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11:15 EDTBASouthwest sees FY15 CapEx approximately $1.8B
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09:39 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTTM, GMGeneral Motors and Toyota implement Microchip's infotainment networking devices
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:59 EDTTSLATesla to meet Chana standards for vehicle charging, WSJ says
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06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:11 EDTBABoeing ends work on only small satellite program, WSJ reports
Boeing is no longer working on a program for HySpecIQ, a private equity-backed startup, which had ordered two Boeing 502 Phoenix satellites that were expected to be launched in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reports. Boeing has ended work on the imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite order, due to the downturn in the natural resources market, the publication adds.
06:09 EDTTM, NSANYToyota and Nissan recall 6.56M vehicles over Takata air bags, WSJ reports
Toyota (TM) and Nissan (NSANY) issued recalls for 6.56M vehicles worldwide over problems with Takata air bags, reports the Wall Street Journal. The companies cited new findings about the risk of moisture seeping inside the devices. The recalls come in addition to 25M vehicles already recalled due to the Takata air bags. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
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