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December 19, 2014
09:37 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand tracking ahead of estimates, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate Apple iPhone demand is 67M units for the December quarter, above its estimates of 62M units and consensus of 63M. The firm said demand is tracking in-line with supply chain build of 65-70M and expects a channel inventory fill to occur in the March quarter or beyond. Shares are Overweight rated with a $126 price target.
07:09 EDTAAPLBlackBerry announces Ocean Capital Investments migrates to BES12
BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that Ocean Capital Investments, and its subsidiaries, members of the Irving family of companies, are migrating to BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry. Ocean Capital Investments will be deploying BES12 as a BlackBerry hosted cloud solution to manage BlackBerry and iOS devices, displacing their former mobile device management provider, MobileIron (MOBL). Ocean Capital Investments will replace the majority of their Apple (AAPL) iOS devices with BlackBerry's best-in-class QWERTY keyboard smartphones, BlackBerry Passport and the newly launched BlackBerry Classic.
06:23 EDTFBCiti raises valuation of Facebook's Instagram to $35B from $19B
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06:09 EDTRSHStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; RSH ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; RadioShack (RSH) 278, Achillion (ACHN) 269 according to iVolatility.
December 18, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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14:39 EDTTGTBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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14:19 EDTAAPLMacmillan CEO says new deal struck with Amazon
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08:31 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $90 from $75 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS), citing better than expected handset demand at Apple (AAPL) and Samsung. The firm expects Skyworks' revenue and gross margins to continue rising significantly into 2015. Pacific Crest recommends buying Skyworks.
06:13 EDTFBKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPal’s VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
17:47 EDTTGTTarget names Laysha Ward as chief corporate social responsibility officer
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17:44 EDTTGTTarget names Casey Carl as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Target announced that Casey Carl, president, omnichannel and senior vice president, strategy, will assume the role of chief strategy and innovation officer.
16:36 EDTAAPLGT Advanced issues response to Apple's statement
GT Advanced (GTATQ) issued the following statement: Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO, stated, "The position that Apple (AAPL) has taken in response to the release of our October 8th declaration is in line with our expectations, as reflected in paragraph 52 of Dan Squiller's October 28 declaration in support of the Apple Settlement. Although we have different views on the matter, we believe we have settled our disputes with Apple and see no point in further addressing the circumstances that led to our Chapter 11 filing or our relationship with Apple. Our focus now is on moving the company forward through the bankruptcy process. We remain optimistic that the Bankruptcy Court will approve the Apple Settlement Agreement on November 25th because it is in the best interest of all parties."
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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09:00 EDTAAPLEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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08:54 EDTFBMGT Capital launches fantasy sports platform on Facebook
MGT Capital (MGT ) launched Daily Fantasy Legend, a fantasy sports game based in Facebook (FB) where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTAAPLApple slips lower after halt to online store sales in Russia
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14:54 EDTAAPLVirnetX says appeals court denies rehearing petition in Apple case
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple halts online sales in Russia over ruble, Bloomberg reports
Apple said that it its online store in Russia is "currently unavailable while we review pricing," according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed statement. The phone marker noted the "extreme" ruble fluctuations, the news agency added. Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors rises after positive analyst mention, Apple Pay news
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13:08 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, CNBC reports
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13:00 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, Bloomberg reports
10:53 EDTRSHRadioShack hires FTI Consulting for interim management services
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10:42 EDTAAPLVirnetX drops 4% after reportedly losing appeal in case with Apple
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10:42 EDTAAPLAppeals court rules decision in VirnetX suit with Apple stands, Bloomberg says
VirnetX (VHC) lost its bid to reinstate $368.2M damage award from Apple (AAPL), reported Bloomberg.
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10:10 EDTAAPLSamsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015, Re/code reports
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10:09 EDTLULUlululemon initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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10:03 EDTTGTTarget initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $85.
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09:27 EDTLULUlululemon men's store impressive, says SunTrust
After touring lululemon's first store that carries men's products only, SunTrust was impressed with what it sees as the differentiated shopping experience and improved products offered by the store. The firm is confident that lululemon can maintain its recent momentum. It reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
07:01 EDTFBFacebook engagement metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says Facebook’s share of overall Internet time improved month-over-month to 16.9% from 16.2% in October while its share of mobile time excluding Instagram and Whatsapp increased to 21% versus 20% in October. The firm says Facebook's engagement metrics remain strong and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:57 EDTFBGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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06:48 EDTAAPLMore companies adopting Apple Pay, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple, Samsung offer price cuts for tablet products, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's settlement with Apple approved by bankruptcy court, WSJ reports
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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15:27 EDTLULUKering explored sale of Puma athletic brand, Bloomberg reports
Kering SA (PPRUY), which owns Gucci, Puma, and other brands, contacted potential buyers earlier this year to gauge interest in a potential a sale of the sportswear company, though the talks haven't lead to any takeover proposals yet, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Other companies in the sportswear space include Nike (NKE), Under Armour (UA), lululemon (LULU) and Adidas (ADDYY). Reference Link
12:15 EDTAAPLCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
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08:44 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $95 from $75 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) as the firm says that its checks indicate that the company is benefiting from strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and for Chinese smartphones. The firm thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts, including rapidly proliferating Internet of Things applications. JMP Securities reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:40 EDTAAPLCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple checks show solid brand recognition in China, says Jefferies
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07:58 EDTFBWhatsApp rumored to be at work on web version of app, Business Insider says
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could pay $450M if it loses e-book appeal, WSJ says
A report from yesterday explains that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin considering Apple's appeal for a ruling that the company was engaged in illegal price-fixing over e-books, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Apple loses the appeal, the company could pay $450M, with most of it going to e-book customers, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus acquires Nimble VR, 13th Lab
Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced on its blog last week that it has acquired startup companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab AB. Terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
05:39 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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December 12, 2014
16:25 EDTRSHRadioShack files to sell 150,000 convertible preferred shares
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16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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10:20 EDTLULUlululemon continues rebound as analysts turn more positive
Telsey Advisory, SunTrust, Wells Fargo, and Oppenheimer have all turned more bullish on the stock. Oppenheimer raised its price target to $58, saying the business had reached a positive turning point. Telsey Advisory upgraded the shares to Outperform. Wells Fargo bumped its price target range to $56 to $60, and SunTrust to $60. The shares are responding positively, adding to an already strong rebound in share price in recent weeks. With the stock last at $53.30, next resistance is at $54.56. Support is at $52.45.
10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:59 EDTLULUlululemon price target raised to $60 from $52 at SunTrust
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08:43 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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07:59 EDTLULUlululemon upgraded at Telsey Advisory
As previously reported, Telsey Advisory upgraded lululemon to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm said the brand is rehabilitating as new products are gaining traction and traffic is improving. Telsey is encouraged by the improvement in sequential trends and believes the company is well-positioned to capitalize on the ongoing secular growth in the active-wear space. Price target raised to $60 from $45.
07:57 EDTLULUlululemon traffic rebound 'a big win,' says Wells Fargo
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07:41 EDTLULUlululemon business has reached positive turning point, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that lululemon's business reached a positive turning point in Q3, as its performance improved each month and it has had positive traffic trends for two quarters in a row, according to the firm. Oppenheimer views the company's growth outlook as one of the most compelling in retail and raised its price target on the name to $58 from $53. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:35 EDTLULUlululemon Q3 results a mixed bag, says Canaccord
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06:57 EDTLULUlululemon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
06:37 EDTAAPLApple online store begins accepting PayPal, Re/code reports
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December 11, 2014
17:40 EDTAAPLPriceline becomes first online travel agency to integrate Apple PayApple
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16:30 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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14:50 EDTAAPLApple to start selling new iPads in China this week
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13:57 EDTFBFacebook using contact info to measure ad effectiveness, Wired says
Facebook is measuring how much its ads influence shoppers by comparing phone numbers and e-mails collected in stores with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on Facebook accounts, Wired quoted Brian Boland, the vice president of ad tech at Facebook,as saying. Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLApple February volatility elevated at 28
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13:03 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:23 EDTLULU, LULUlululemon upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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11:22 EDTLULUlululemon rises sharply after results and guidance, levels to watch
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10:38 EDTFBFacebook holds a webcast
Facebook holds a live Q&A webcast with Mark Zuckerberg on December 11 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
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10:17 EDTAAPLCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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09:37 EDTLULUlululemon sees Q4 gross margin 51%-52%
Sees Q4 tax rate 30.2%. Sees FY14 gross margin approx. 51%, down vs. last year. Expects to open 48 corporate owned stores in FY14. Sees FY14 operating margin delevering from FY13. Sees FY CapEx $115M-$120M. Says store traffic was stronger in Q3 vs. Q2. Says late store openings in U.K. due to construction delays, will open in late January. Lululemon shares are up 9.01% to $50.91.
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09:31 EDTRSHRadioShack says faces 'signficant challenges' from some lenders on restructuring
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09:24 EDTRSHRadioShack says working to reduce mobile chargebacks
RadioShack says it is changing its incentives to motivate its sales force.
09:16 EDTRSH, LULUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTLULUlululemon says Black Friday sales 'very strong'
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09:13 EDTRSHRadioShack sees bringing marketing spending more in line with peers
RadioShack says marketing spending was curtailed during quarter with no visible impact on store results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:05 EDTAAPLTSMC reports November sales down 10.5% to $2.32B, DigiTimes reports
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08:54 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in London on December 11 hosted by UBS.
08:53 EDTAAPL, FBBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch mass production rumored to start in January, AppleInsider says
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08:09 EDTAAPLGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:04 EDTRSHRadioShack said it began cost reduction initiatives to enhance earnings by $400M
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07:03 EDTRSHRadioShack reports Thanksgiving holiday US retail comparable store sales up 35%
Reports Thanksgiving holiday US mobility comparable sales down 27%.
07:02 EDTRSHRadioShack: Retail segment comparable store sales down 2%
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07:01 EDTRSHRadioShack reports Q3 EPS ($1.58), consensus ($1.04)
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06:35 EDTAAPLUnited's 23,000 flight attendants to get iPhone 6 Plus, Business Insider reports
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06:32 EDTAAPLGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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05:39 EDTLULUlululemon sees FY14 normalized EPS $1.74-$1.78, consensus $1.77
Sees FY14 revenue $1.77B-$1.78B, consensus $1.79B. Sees FY14 SSS up in the low single digits on a constant dollar basis. Sees FY14 EPS $1.53-$1.57.
05:36 EDTLULUlululemon sees Q4 EPS 65c-69c, consensus 72c
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05:34 EDTLULUlululemon reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 38c
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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15:25 EDTRSH, LULUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lululemon (LULU), consensus 38c; RadioShack (RSH), consensus ($1.04); Ciena (CIEN), consensus 13c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 55c.
14:20 EDTAAPLUnited Continental providing 23,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus
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14:12 EDTLULULululemon December weekly 48 straddle priced for 10% move into Q3
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14:06 EDTLULUEarnings Preview: Lululemon Q3 could be positive turning point, analyst says
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, December 11, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Lululemon is a designer and retailer of yoga-inspired apparel operating primarily in North America and Australia. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 38c on revenue of $424.68, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 37c-41c on revenue of $420M-$430.54M. LAST QUARTER: Lululemon reported second quarter EPS of 33c on revenue of $390.7M, beating estimates for 29c and $367.8M, respectively. Total same-store sales were flat in Q2 on a constant dollar basis; Comparable store sales for Q2 decreased by 5% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 30% on a constant dollar basis. Looking ahead, the company raised its fiscal year 2014 normalized EPS view to $1.72-$1.77 from $1.71-$1.76 and narrowed its revenue view to $1.78B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.8B against estimates at that time for $1.74 and $1.78B, respectively. Third quarter EPS was forecast at 36c-38c on revenue of $420M-$425M. Q3 guidance was based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low single digits on a constant dollar basis. The retailer forecast Q3 and FY14 gross margin of approximately 51%. NEWS: During its Q2 earnings conference call, lululemon said it was "happy" to have Advent back as a shareholder and is "looking forward" to having Advent's guidance going forward. STREET RESEARCH: Yesterday, Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Lululemon should benefit from the strength of the athletic apparel category, as well as the annual growth of over 10% in the total square footage of its stores, Wells Fargo believes. Meanwhile, the firm said its merchandise margins should increase in 2015, as it is offering smaller discounts than in the past. Barclays, which has an Overweight rating and $55 target, also wrote yesterday that the company's Q3 results could be a positive turning point for shares. Although Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock expects the company to report Q3 earnings per share of 38c, in-line with the consensus estimate, he believes that the company's comparative sales rose 1.8% last quarter, versus the same period a year earlier. If lululemon reports a 1.8% comp increase, it would mark the first time since the second quarter of 2013 that its comparative sales growth accelerated compared with the previous quarter, the analyst noted. In November, Sterne Agee downgraded lululemon to Neutral from Buy, as it believes that the company's brand has been damaged, causing many customers to leave, while its competition has become stronger. At the time of its downgrade on November 14, Sterne Agee had a price target of $39 on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, lululemon shares are up almost 25%. Year-to-date, shares are down nearly 20%. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are down 1.25% to $47.13.
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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10:24 EDTRSHSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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09:12 EDTRSHRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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06:38 EDTAAPLBose products to return to Apple stores, 9to5Mac reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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11:43 EDTLULUlululemon advances after Wells upgrade, upbeat Barclays note
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:28 EDTLULUlululemon trades up in down tape, levels to watch
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10:23 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... LHC Group (LHCG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded at Needham... Wells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon (LULU), upgrades shares... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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07:44 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:30 EDTLULUWells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon, upgrades shares
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07:09 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 results could mark an inflection point, says Barclays
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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05:41 EDTLULUlululemon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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07:51 EDTRSHRadioShack denies claims of default under $250M credit agreement
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
06:12 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LULU ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 53, Achillion (ACHN) 216 according to iVolatility.
December 7, 2014
17:43 EDTRSHRadioShack looks to amend terms of loan from Salus, Bloomberg says
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11:23 EDTFB, AAPLOption volume leaders
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10:40 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:47 EDTRSHRadioShack ending 401(k) matching as part of cuts, Bloomberg reports
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08:16 EDTEXPRExpress price target lowered to $16 from $20 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital cut its price target on Express after the company reduced its Q4 guidance. However, the firm thinks the company's outlet continues to exceed expectations, while its spring product is seeing signs of improvement. The firm adds that the company has easier comparisons in 2015, giving it the opportunity to post positive comp sales. BMO keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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