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February 7, 2014
16:25 EDTPCLN, TRIP, OWW, ATHN, TWTR, LNKD, CI, AAPL, EXPEOn 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.
News For AAPL;EXPE;PCLN;TRIP;OWW;ATHN;TWTR;LNKD;CI From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTAAPL, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
08:40 EDTCICigna downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Apple's price target to $110 and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside.
06:37 EDTAAPLUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:49 EDTCICigna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTOWWOrbitz upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
10:50 EDTTWTRTwitter reverses lower on the session, levels to watch
Shares are down 2% to $49.38 at time of writing, nearing 1-month lows. Support below is at $47.56, the 1-month low. Resistance is at $50.16.
10:00 EDTEXPEExpedia October calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:46 EDTEXPERumor: Expedia moves up on renewed takeover chatter
Shares of Expedia are moving higher on takeover speculation emanating from the following link. Reference Link
09:39 EDTTWTR, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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October 12, 2014
18:06 EDTTWTRTwitter, French bank partner to allow money transfers via tweets
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