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News For AAPL;GOOG;INTC From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
07:04 EDTINTCThe Deal to hold a virtual roundtable
The "Internet of Things: Dealmaking" roundtable discussion about opportunities in IoT which is driving growth and M&A in sectors from telecom, software groups and device makers, will be held on January 27 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:03 EDTAAPLDeutsche still sees limited catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says Apple's March quarter guidance implies a "significant decline" year-over-year in iPhone units, which likely drives a decline for FY16. The analyst remains concerned about the lack of growth in iPhone units this year, the slowdown in China sales and gross margin pressure following Apple's Q1 results. She sees limited catalysts for the shares in the near term and expects the stock to be range-bound. In a post-earnings research note titled "Is Apple season over?", Scribner keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $105 price target.
06:59 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle files patent for secure delivery component for drones, Reuters says
Alphabet's Google has filed a patent for a drone component designed to store packages securely, Reuters reports. The patent describes a "delivery receptacle" that will take packages from an "aerial delivery device" for deposit to a secure area, the report says. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 Plus may include dual camera system, 9to5Mac reports
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus will likely include a dual-camera system, 9to5Mac reports, citing Apple analyst KGI securities. By using two separate lenses, Apple can use the additional image data to create higher quality pictures, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple reported strong Q1 but guided weak for Q2, says JPMorgan
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06:20 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says Apple remains top pick for 2016
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's "insistence on broader macroeconomic headwinds" during its Q1 earnings conference call "may have spooked investors." He points out shares are trading down 3% despite iPhone guidance coming in above buy-side expectations. If macro headwinds remain an issue for Apple, the entire market would be impacted and the iPhone maker would be a relative winner, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes investors will view the safety of Apple's capital return program as a positive. Munster still predicts multiple expansion for Apple given the iPhone 7 and easier comps at the end of the year. The analyst lowered his price target for the stock to $172 from $179 but says Apple remains his top pick for 2016.
06:14 EDTGOOGFCC proposes set-top box rule revamp, WSJ reports
Federal regulators are anticipated to propose an overhaul of rules for television set-top boxes, a move that targets reducing bills for cable viewers and giving more access to web-based programming, the Wall Street Journal reports. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal would likely include providing cable and satellite customers more options when it comes to using their service provider's set-top box and cable app, the report says. Such a move could open up the market to alternative set-top-box providers, including TiVo (TIVO) and Alphabet's (GOOG) Google, the report notes. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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January 26, 2016
19:57 EDTGOOGGoogle preparing to reach EUR150M tax settlement with Italy, The Times says
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19:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CA Technologies (CA), up 4.8%... Ethan Allen (ETH), up 10.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 5.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 25% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 6.6% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: U.S. Steel (X), down 9%... AT&T (T), down 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), down 2.6%... VMware (VMW), down 4.7%... TSYS (TSS), down 7.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing the acquisition of TransFirst for $2.3B in cash. ALSO LOWER: Lannett (LCI), down 9% after giving second quarter and fiscal 2016 guidance... Baxalta (BXLT), down 2% after filing to sell $1.45B of common stock for holders.
18:54 EDTAAPLApple shares slide after mixed Q1 results, slower iPhone sales
Apple (AAPL) shares dipped Tuesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings and gave select second quarter guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Apple reported Q1 earnings per share of $3.28, above consensus estimates of $3.23, and revenue of $75.9B, below analyst expectations of $76.59B. The company also issued Q2 revenue guidance of $50B-$53B, against a consensus of $55.64B, and Q2 gross margin between 39%-39.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported Q1 iPhone sales of 74.78M units, versus 48.05M units sold in the fourth quarter and 74.47M units sold in Q1 of last year. Apple reported Q1 iPad sales of 16.12M units, versus 9.88M units sold in Q4 and 21.42M units sold in Q1 of last year. The company also reported Q1 Mac sales of 5.31M units, versus 5.71M in Q4 and 5.52M units in Q1 of last year. Apple's Other Products revenue, which includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories, was $4.35B, versus $2.69B last year. During the company's earnings conference call, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook remarked that Q1 was the best quarter for Apple TV sales and Apple TV app development, and the Apple Watch set a new quarterly sales record. Cook also said this quarter had more conversions of Android users to iPhones than previous quarters. Cook noted the company is maintaining its investment plans in China while also investing in India and other emerging markets, with the CEO adding that the company remains very bullish on China and is on target to have 40 stores in the region this year. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note following the earnings announcement indicating the research firm is maintaining its Overweight rating on the stock. Munster noted that although Apple guided below the Street's expectations, the outlook is above investor fears and will result in the reset of June expectations. Munster continues to expect the stock's multiple to expand as the September iPhone 7 launch approaches, and it remains the firm's top pick for 2016. OTHERS TO WATCH: iPhone suppliers are largely lower following Apple's results. Skyworks (SWKS) has dipped 0.7% to $65.32 while Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is down 2.03%. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Avago Technologies (AVGO) have declined 0.68%, 1.28%, and 1.07%, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple are lower by 2.69% to $97.31 in after-hours trading.
18:01 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Apple Watch set sales records in Q1
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company set a new quarterly record for Apple Watch sales. Cook also said that Q1 was the best quarter for Apple TV sales and app development. The company is maintaining its investment plans in China and the company is investing in India and other emerging markets as well. Cook said that the company remains very bullish on China and Apple is on target to have 40 Apple stores in China this year. Cook noted that Q1 had the most transitions from Android phones to iPhones. Comments provided during Q1 earnings conference call.
16:38 EDTAAPLApple declares 52c dividend, payable on February 11
Apple said its board declared a cash dividend of 52c per share of the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8.
16:36 EDTAAPLApple shares up 68c to $100.67 following Q1 results
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16:36 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 40.1% vs. 39.9% last year
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16:35 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Services business accelerated during Q1
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in today's earnings release, "Our team delivered Apple's biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world's most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices."
16:34 EDTAAPLApple says $153B of $200B capital return program now completed
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16:34 EDTAAPLApple CFO calls macroeconomic environment 'very difficult'
Apple CFO Luca Maestri said in today's earnings release, "Our record sales and strong margins drove all-time records for net income and EPS in spite of a very difficult macroeconomic environment. We generated operating cash flow of $27.5 billion during the quarter, and returned over $9 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends. We have now completed $153 billion of our $200 billion capital return program."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 Other Products revenue $4.35B vs. $2.69B last year
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