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September 21, 2015
12:55 EDTVLKAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with a triple digit gain for the Dow and remained in a fairly narrow range for most of the morning. However, once the European markets closed, the U.S. averages weakened and are now struggling to remain in positive ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales fell 4.8% to a 5.31M rate in August, versus expectations for them to be down 1.6% to a rate of 5.5M. Over the weekend, three Federal Reserve officials, namely an Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. In Europe, Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party gained 35.5% of the vote in the Greek election. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in Germany plunged and the ADRs trading in New York dropped more than 17.5% after the EPA and California Air Resources Board detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards while testing Volkswagen diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters... Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards, including the 29 Creative Emmys it won last week. Meanwhile, Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins and Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, whose company won four awards, tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which jumped 12% after agreeing to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Among the noteworthy losers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which dropped 9% following the announcement that ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) plans to acquire two new drug applications from Merck (MRK) that could compete with Acthar, Mallinckrodt's largest product. Also lower was uniQure (QURE), which fell 15% after announcing topline results of one-year follow-up data from a Phase I/II clinical trial in four Sanfilippo B syndrome patients. Both stocks were among the many big pharma and biotech decliners after Hillary Clinton, on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report detailing Turing Pharmaceuticals' price hike to $750 from $13.50 per pill of a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, vowed to lay out a plan tomorrow to take on what she calls "price gouging" of specialty drugs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.57, or 0.24%, to 16,423.15, the Nasdaq was down 21.13, or 0.44%, to 4,806.10, and the S&P 500 was up 1.85, or 0.09%, to 1,959.88.
12:47 EDTVLKAYTenneco put active on EPA legal proceedings against Volkswagen
Tenneco (TEN) October 46 and 47 puts area active on total put volume of 538 contracts (63 calls) after the EPA launched legal proceedings against its parts customer, Volkswagen (VLKAY). October call option implied volatility is at 32, November is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 47. Active put volume suggests large near term price movement
10:49 EDTAAPLGoPro falls after Barron's predicts 'dramatic' drop in share price
GoPro (GPRO) shares fell in morning trading after an article from Barron's argued that the company's share price may drop to as low as $25. WHAT'S NEW: Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's stock price may see a "dramatic" slip of as much as 30% to $25 due to significant competitive pressure from Apple (AAPL), Sony (SNE) and others. Eule noted that the company's shares have crashed to a recent $35 after peaking at $98 in October 2014 and even called the mostly bullish analyst views on the camera maker's stock "wishful thinking." Additionally, Eule called the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" and compares them to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers, which previously dominated their respective markets. The article adds that there is risk in being overly bearish on the company, since the "impressive" brand might become an acquisition target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Wednesday, Citi analyst Jeremy David said that GoPro chief financial officer Jack Lazar confirmed at the bank's Global Tech Conference the week before that the Hero4 Session camera has been off to a slow start since its launch on July 12. David said that the recent selloff in the company's shares has been motivated by investor concerns about the Session. At the time, Citi cut its third quarter fiscal 2015 estimate for the company to $425M from $438M and fourth quarter estimate to $560M from $737M, $148M below consensus estimate at the time of $708M. David also said he was reducing estimates for the second half of fiscal 2015 and first quarter of fiscal 2016 as a result of downside from the Hero4 Session, but left estimates after 1Q16 unchanged, saying the long-term fundamentals of the company are "intact." The analyst added that his firm was "humbled" by the recent move in share price and acknowledged that GoPro is the "quintessential product cycle stock," though he said he remains bullish on the long-term prospects of the camera maker and reiterated a $90 price target. David argued that GoPro missing Q3 estimates and guiding below the consensus for Q4 is largely priced in. Separately, The Wall Street Journal said on September 13 that shares of GoPro were starting to look like a bargain after dropping 50% in a month. The company had a difficult time selling its Hero4 Session camera in July in the face of competition from older GoPro models, the publication added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares are down 5.15% to $33.34. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, is down 3.7% to $68.81.
09:40 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC ESV BABA FB NFLX TSLA TWTR GE GPRO JPM ONVO MU
09:36 EDTVLKAYBorgWarner volatility increases on EPA legal proceedings against Volkswagen
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08:40 EDTTSLATesla October volatility elevated at 78
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus to arrive on Friday, September 25
Apple announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 25 at Apple's retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9. Apple says "iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone's revolutionary Multi-Touch(TM) interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold."
08:29 EDTHMCOff-road dealer checks 'somewhat mixed' for Polaris, says Wunderlich
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests strong iPhone demand, says Baird
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07:58 EDTVLKAYAccusations against Volkswagen 'profoundly serious,' says Bernstein
After the EPA launched legal proceedings against Volkswagen, Bernstein says that the agency is accusing the company of trying to deliberately mislead it. After speaking with experts, the firm says that the best case scenario for the company is a multi-billion dollar fine, "pariah status" with the U.S. government and possibly its consumers, damage to its leading position in the U.S. diesel sector ,and a slowing of its Nroth American business. The firm says that a $2B fine would cost about 2.5% of its market cap ,excluding other costs such as recalls and consumer compensation. If the fine reaches $18B as media outlets have reported may be the case, the company's balance sheet would be "damaged," and the fine would amount to about 20% of its market cap according to the firm. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:43 EDTAAPLApple surveys indicate iPhone increasing high-end share, says Canaccord
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07:17 EDTVLKAY, DDAIFMercedes-Benz saw no impact from VW's U.S. EPA issue, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTAAPLSamsung may be planning leasing program for Galaxy phones, Forbes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is rumored to be planning to launch a leasing program for its Galaxy phones in the U.S., similar to the program Apple (AAPL) recently announced, Forbes reports, citing an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans. According to the source, Samsung could launch the leasing program in the next few months. Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program encourages consumers to buy iPhones directly from the Apple Store instead of going through carriers, the publication notes. Publicly traded wireless carriers include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile US (TMUS). Reference Link
06:24 EDTAAPLFoxconn seeks to acquire Sharp's LCD business, Nikkei reports
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn (HNHPF) has offered to buy Sharp's (SHCAY) struggling LCD business and plans to seek funding from Apple (AAPL), a key Sharp customer, The Nikkei reports. According to the report, Foxconn would take a majority stake in a LCD company spun off by Sharp, with Apple also making an investment. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple hit by rare malware in China, Financial Times reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple meets with regulators to discuss self-driving cars, Financial Times says
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September 20, 2015
19:54 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to halt sales of certain diesel cars, NY Times says
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17:29 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen CEO apologizes for alleged emissions violation, orders external probe
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14:46 EDTAAPLCompany split may not end troubles at Hewlett-Packard, Barron's says
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12:49 EDTAAPLGoPro shares could fall another 30% to $25, Barron's says
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