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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTSODA, CMG, SBUX, YUM, IBM, BBRY, TRLA, Z, MCD, BA, HOG, AGN, NFLX, GM, AMZN, FB, AAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
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September 8, 2014
08:40 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into September 9 press event
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:42 EDTNFLXNetflix expands in Europe amid scrutiny, skepticism, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTAMZN, AAPLAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:22 EDTAAPLFormer GT Advanced manager points to sapphire covers at Apple, MacRumors says
While neither Apple (AAPL) nor GT Advanced (GTAT) have confirmed that Apple plans to use sapphire covers for its upcoming iPhones, a former product manager at GT claims on his LinkedIn profile that he played a key role in selling Apple on sapphire display covers for its "mobile devices," according to MacRumors, citing a prior report from TechViking. Reference Link
07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTBARyanair to possibly place $10B Boeing order, Reuters says
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06:44 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch could have own App Store, will run third-party apps, 9to5Mac says
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06:34 EDTFBFacebook's Zuckerberg sees WhatsApp reaching up to 3B users, WSJ reports
Speaking at an event in Mexico City, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says messaging service WhatsApp could reach two to three billion users through a tie-up with Facebook, though WhatsApp will stay an independent service, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook agreed to pay $19B for WhatsApp earlier this year. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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06:21 EDTAAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTAAPLApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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15:29 EDTBABoeing, Ryanair set to make significant fleet announcement, Reuters says
Boeing (BA) CEO Ray Conner and Ryanair (RYAAY) CEO Michael O'Leary are set to announce on Monday a significant purchase by Ryanair of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners, says Reuters. With this order, Boeing will further cement its lead over rival Airbus Group (EADSY) in the order tally so far this year, added Reuters. Reference Link
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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14:24 EDTFBFacebook CEO ready to spend billions to spread internet access, Bloomberg says
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14:10 EDTAAPLApple hires 'renowned' industrial designer Marc Newson, Bloomberg says
Apple has hired "renowned" industrial designer Marc Newson to work on future products, says Bloomberg. Newson will work on the small secretive Apple team that work on designs that give the company's products their physical look and feel, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:40 EDTAAPLApple looks to focus on health with unveiling of smartwatch, WSJ says
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September 6, 2014
16:51 EDTBABoeing shares could climb 20%
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