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February 7, 2014
16:25 EDTLNKD, OWW, TWTR, TRIP, CI, ATHN, PCLN, EXPE, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite a disappointing U.S. employment report that showed the economy added 113,000 non-farm jobs in January, well short of analysts' expectations. The averages bounced around after the market opened, but eventually found upside momentum and traded steadily higher throughout the day, closing near session highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 113,000 non-farm jobs were added last month, versus the expected increase of 180,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 6.6%, hitting its lowest level since October 2008. U.S. consumer credit for December was reported at $18.8B, topping estimates for $12B and better than the revised November reading for $12.4B. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) gained $7.44, or 1.45%, to $519.95 after CEO Tim Cook revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the company has bought back $14 billion of its own shares since it reported its earnings on January 27. Cook also said that Apple had bought back a total of more than $40 billion of its own shares over the past year... Online travel agency Expedia (EXPE) gained $9.31, or 14.29%, to $74.45 after reporting stronger-than-expected quarterly results, and a number of its online travel peers, including priceline.com (PCLN), up $58.22, or 5.11%, to $1,196.56, and Tripadvisor (TRIP), up $7.31, or 9.48%, to $84.45 and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), up 30c, or 4.21%, to $7.43 also advanced following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following its earnings report was healthcare services company athenahealth (ATHN), up $34.85, or 25.06%, to $173.93, putting the stock's gains over the last year near 100%. Also higher was microblogging site Twitter (TWTR), up $4.32, or 8.63%, to $54.35 as the stock rebounded following its more than 20% decline during Thursday's session after its quarterly report. Among the noteworthy losers was professional networking site LinkedIn (LNKD), down $13.86, or 6.2%, to $209.59 after giving first quarter and fiscal 2014 revenue outlooks that fell short of expectations. Also lower were shares of health insurer Cigna (CI), down $7.90, or 9.25%, to $77.47 after issuing a disappointing profit forecast for fiscal 2014. INDEXES: The Dow was up 165.55, or 1.06%, to 15,794.08; the S&P 500 was up 23.59, or 1.33%, to 1,797.02; the Nasdaq was up 68.74, or 1.69%, to 4,125.86.
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January 13, 2015
13:12 EDTTWTRTwitter February volatility elevated at 63
Twitter January call option implied volatility is at 49, January weekly is at 48, February is at 63; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
12:33 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for remote-controlled camera system, Patently Apple says
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10:59 EDTAAPLApple rises after Credit Suisse, Canaccord hike iPhone estimates
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after two research firms issued upbeat notes on the company in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margins are being boosted by the increased popularity of both its 64 GB memory phones and of the IPhone 6 Plus, the analyst stated. Garcha increased his earnings per share estimate for the iPhone maker by 18% in fiscal 2015 and 20% in fiscal 2016. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. The analyst thinks the shares can reach $130 at least. After analyzing surveys in the U.S. that took place in December and into January, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said the surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results. The increases were based on the positive demand trends, particularly for models with higher memory levels and prices, Walkley stated. He expects these positive trends to continue and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apple climbed $3.39, or 3.1%, to $112.64.
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTAAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TWTROptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
15:43 EDTTWTRTwitter in talks to acquire ZipDial of India, TechCrunch reports
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12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPL, TWTRActive equity options trading
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08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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07:17 EDTATHNJPMorgan to hold a conference
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