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September 20, 2014
21:20 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus is selling out at some U.S. stores, Bloomberg says
The new larger Apple iPhone 6 Plus has been selling out at some stores across the U.S., says Bloomberg. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTINTC, AAPLStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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11:51 EDTINTCMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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11:35 EDTAAPLCerner, Athenahealth developing applications for Apple HealthKit, Reuters says
Cerner (CERN) and Athenahealth (ATHN) said yesterday that they are working with Apple (AAPL) to develop applications for Apple's HealthKit, Reuters reports, citing Cerner and Athenahealth representatives. Athena said they will be utilizing HealthKit to assist patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, while Cerner said that doctors and nurses will be able to access health data from the patients HealthKit with consent, Reuters added. Reference Link
11:00 EDTAAPLApple lines suggest better than expected start for iPhone 6, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said lines at Apple's flagship New York store were up 33% and that lines at 3 Midwest retail stores were up 39% from the prior iPhone launch, suggesting iPhone 6 sales are off to a better than expected start. The firm maintains its Overweight rating on Apple shares.
10:59 EDTAAPLSamsung working with PayPal for mobile payments on smartwatch, Gigaom says
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10:12 EDTGOOGSony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTAAPLUBS Internet and IT hardware analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:33 EDTAAPLCalpian to support Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian (CLPI) is set to support Apple Pay and provide merchants with access to Apple’s (AAPL) new mobile payments ecosystem. The new mobile payment system from Apple, Apple Pay will allow consumers to pay for goods and services with Touch ID using Apple’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch through an antenna design.
08:23 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $106 at Cowen
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08:11 EDTAAPLTriQuint chip among those in iPhone 6 Plus, iFixit reports
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08:03 EDTAAPLInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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07:42 EDTINTCIntel dividend can rise up to 45% over next two years, says Jefferies
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06:43 EDTGOOG, AAPLYouTube spending more money on original content, Re/code reports
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06:33 EDTAAPLTELUS announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus available in stores
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06:22 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle planning to encrypt phone data in Android, Washington Post reports
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September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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15:47 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, buy shares, says Northland
Northland said Google (GOOG) has finished testing the Samsung OLED displays and have determined they are not bright enough. The analyst believes Google will go back to Himax (HIMX). Google has the option to invest in HIMX by October 21, which the firm believes they will do if they go back to them for displays. Norhtland recommends buying shares aggressively into an expected strong September quarter.
15:44 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, says Northland
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15:22 EDTAAPLBroadcom appears to be WiFi chip provider for Apple Watch, Chipworks says
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle mulls new R&D unit focused on longer term projects, The Information says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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08:46 EDTAAPLApple patent points to development of bone conducting EarPods, AppleInsider says
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple, U2 collaborate on digital format to up music-buying, Time says
Apple and U2 are collaborating on a new project to develop a digital music format which will increase music purchases and fairly compensate artists, reported Time. Reference Link
07:26 EDTGOOG, AAPLGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple launches new iOS 8 phones with 'kill switch'
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon revealed that new iPhones sold with iOS 8 will include Apple’s theft deterrent system, Activation Lock, as a default setting. This marks the first time in the history of the smartphone industry that theft deterrent technology is available by default on new products. In addition to being standard on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, newly-sold iPhones will also prompt users to upgrade to iOS 8. Additionally, the new operating system can also be installed on most previous models of iPhones. As co-chairs of the Secure Our Smartphone, or S.O.S. Initiative, Attorney General Schneiderman and District Attorney Gascon led the effort to call on the wireless industry to address the global rise in smartphone thefts. The ultimate goal of SOS is for every mobile device to have a “kill switch” on by default. A default solution is imperative because it ensures that the device will be worthless to thieves. Reference Link
06:50 EDTINTCIntel, Spreadtrum may enter partnership to develop x86 products, DigiTimes says
Intel is looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers and may enter a partnership with Spreadtrum, reports DigiTimes Research. The cooperation would allow Intel to fill some of its empty capacity while Spreadtrum would gain advantages from Intel's advanced manufacturing processes to reduce costs. Reference Link
06:40 EDTAAPLApple wants to sell 50M Apple Watches in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLReport says one iPhone 6 Chinese license approved, Reuters says
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05:40 EDTAAPLApple says will never allow government access to servers
Apple launched a website dedicated to privacy with a message from its CEO Tim Cook. The message stated in part, "We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple...Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
16:46 EDTAAPLApple says HealthKit apps not available until end of month
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple using own CDN, not Akamai, Level 3, for iOS 8, StreamingMediaBlog says
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13:57 EDTAAPLiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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12:27 EDTAAPLNet Element shares higher by over 29% after integrating Apple services
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11:42 EDTAAPLVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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10:15 EDTAAPLDiscover calls active, rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple could announce new products at October event, Apple Insider says
Apple is said to be planning an event for the second half of October where it will unveil more gadgets, a source tells Apple Insider. The company may unveil a next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini which is rumored to feature the company's Tough ID fingerprint sensor. Reference Link
10:04 EDTGOOG, AAPLDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple iPhone prices could rise, says RBC Capital
After conducting a survey of consumers, RBC Capital believes that average sales prices for Apple's iPhone could rise $90 quarter-over-quarter and $65 year-over-year, while gross margins could increase as a result of higher average memory per device. The firm raised its price target on the name to $114 from $110 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTAAPLEarly reviews point to iPhone 6 battery life similar to iPhone 5s, BI says
After analyzing the first round of major tech publications' reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Business Insider said critics have "mixed" opinion's on the battery life of the 6 and that it "seems like" the smaller phone's battery life won't be radically different from the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAAPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 products sell out fast in Taiwan market, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:17 EDTAAPLApple supplier reportedly struggling to meet iPhone demand, WSJ reports
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September 16, 2014
16:58 EDTAAPLTime to buy Apple, Barron's says
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16:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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14:55 EDTAAPLVirnetX filed new suit against Apple prior to appeal ruling, Patently Apple says
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13:54 EDTAAPLVirnetX announces Apple VPN on Demand confirmed to infringe patents
VirnetX Holding Corporation (VHC) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or USCAFC, issued their ruling in the VirnetX vs. Apple (AAPL) infringement lawsuit. In that ruling, The USCAFC affirmed the jury's finding that all 4 of VirnetX's patents are valid, confirmed the jury's finding of infringement of VPN on Demand under many of the asserted claims of the '135 and '151 patents, and confirmed the district's court's decision to allow evidence concerning the VirnetX's licenses and royalty rates in connection with the determination of damages. In its order, the USCAFC also vacated the jury's damages award and the district court's claim construction with respect to parts of the '504 and '211 patents and remanded the damages award and determination of infringement with respect to FaceTime, for further proceedings consistent with its opinion. "While we are disappointed that the Federal Circuit has vacated portions of the judgment for further proceedings, we are bolstered by the fact that the patents were again found valid and that it was confirmed that Apple's VPN on Demand functionality infringes the VirnetX patents," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and president. "We look forward to readdressing the FaceTime infringement and damages issues as soon as possible."
12:18 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with some attributing the move to noted Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal giving the opinion that he does not believe the central bank will drop the language that interest rates will "remain low for an extended period of time" when it issues its latest policy statement tomorrow. The averages began the session in negative territory and appeared to be heading for another listless day of trading. The market drifted lower during the opening hour but the Dow and S&P crossed into positive ground and the Nasdaq eventually followed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index was unchanged in August, as expected. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, increased 0.1%, also matching expectations. Of note, the Fed's FOMC rate setting group kicked off its two-day policy meeting. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slid over 1% after Chinese-language 21st Century Business Herald reportedly said the company might not get the necessary approval to launch its new iPhone 6 models throughout China until next year after failing to come to an agreement with a regulator in the nation. Shares of China Mobile (CHL), which is buy far the largest phone carrier in China, slipped 2% after the report... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) surged 29% after it agreed to sell itself to fellow REIT Washington Prime Group (WPG) for $14.20 per share. Washington has agreed to buy Glimcher for about $4.3B in a cash and stock deal. Glimcher shareholders will receive $10.40 in cash and 0.1989 of a share of Washington stock upon the closing of the transaction, the companies stated. As part of the deal, Simon Property Group (SPG), which completed its separation of Washington Prime Group this May, agreed to buy two shopping malls owned by Glimcher for $1.09B in cash. Shares of fellow mall owning REITs CBL & Associates (CBL), Rouse Properties (RSE) and Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) rose following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bill Barrett (BBG), which rose 12% after selling natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids assets in the Piceance Basin in Colorado for $525M to Vanguard Natural (VNR). Vanguard Natural also gained 1% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was VirnetX (VHC), which plunged nearly 50% after an appeals court vacated a jury’s damages award in its patent case with Apple. Also lower were shares of Atlantic Power (AT), which dropped 32% after announcing that it concluded a sale or merger of the company is not in the best interests of the company or its stakeholders and the company cut its annual dividend. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.18, or 0.52%, to 17,119.32, the Nasdaq was up 16.11, or 0.36%, to 4,535.01, and the S&P 500 was up 11.94, or 0.6%, to 1,996.07.
11:44 EDTAAPLVirnetX increases after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
VirnetX (VHC) September call option implied volatility is at 249. October is at 110, December is at 91; compared to its 26-week average of 99 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple (AAPL).
11:16 EDTAAPLVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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11:09 EDTAAPLVirnetX wins mixed ruling in patent case with Apple, Bloomberg reports
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10:52 EDTAAPLApple, China Mobile trade lower as iPhone 6 unlikely to debut in China this year
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10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
10:31 EDTAAPLApple has a bearish pattern on 1-day basis, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTAAPLBanks set for ad battle to be default choice for Apple Pay, Apple Insider says
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10:12 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 NFC chip restricted to Apple Pay, The Verge reports
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10:09 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 launch timing concerns in China overdone, says Susquehanna
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTAAPLApple may need to wait until 2015 to launch iPhone 6 in China, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTAAPLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:42 EDTAAPLPayPal running ads against Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLiPhone 6/6 Plus may suffer similar iPhone 5s/5c inventory issues, DigiTimes says
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06:28 EDTAAPLLenovo, Huawei look to pose threat in high-end smartphone segment, DigiTimes says
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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September 15, 2014
17:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 73c to 29.34 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP NFLX YHOO FB VLO according to Track Data.
12:59 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Android One smartphones in India
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12:23 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 pre-orders imply slight upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
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11:09 EDTAAPLRadioShack rises after CFO resigns, analyst suggests Amazon should buy stores
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10:04 EDTAAPLAT&T to particularly benefit from strong Apple iPhone 6 demand, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:32 EDTAAPLMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
08:32 EDTAAPLApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:09 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies can benefit as Apple Pay drives interest, says H.C. Wainwright
H.C. Wainwright expects Apple's (AAPL) payment entry to validate the mobile wallet concept, which can shift the balance in the industry and benefit USA Technologies (USAT). The firm noted that USA Tech provides the backbone of the operation behind Softcard, the mobile wallet joint venture owned by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-Mobile (TMUS), and the firm believes that this system may "somehow" be absorbed into Apple Pay (AAPL) in the future. H.C. Wainwright reiterates its Buy rating on USA Technologies.
07:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch could provide one-third of 2015 growth, says UBS
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07:36 EDTAAPLPayment networks to hand over 0.15% of Apple Pay purchases to Apple, FT reports
According to two sources familiar with the matter, banks and payment networks will give 0.15% of each Apple Pay purchase to Apple, or 15c out of a $100 purchase, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
07:26 EDTAAPLTwo U.S. hospitals initiate trials using Apple HealthKit, Reuters says
Two major hospitals in the U.S. are poised to initiate trials using Apple's Healthkit with diabetics and chronic disease patients, reported Reuters. The trials will showcase how the tech giant's healthcare goals will actually work when implemented. Reference Link
07:24 EDTGOOGTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTINTC, GOOGSNIA to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple in midst of another super cycle, says Cantor
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06:44 EDTAAPLeBay risks from Apple likely overstated, says Citigroup
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06:40 EDTAAPLNew Apple products blasted by Baidu, WantChinaTimes says
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhones are low quality products with high breakdown rates, and the devices will not generate strong sales in China, Chinese search engine Baidu (BIDU) said in a blog on Saturday, according to WantChinaTimes. Another blog from Baidu stated that Apple is not innovating and is not taking its smart watch seriously enough, WantChinaTimes reported. Reference Link
06:18 EDTGOOGFacebook hires Google satellite exec Michael Tseytlin, WSJ reports
Facebook (FB) has hired Michael Tseytlin, a Google (GOOG) executive working to deliver Internet service via satellite, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to sources, Tseytlin will work on satellite technology for Facebook's Connectivity Lab. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAAPLT-Mobile to upgrade test phones to iOS 8, Re/code reports
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle unlikely to buy stake in eBay, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says press reports that Google (GOOG) is in talks to purchase a stake in eBay (EBAY) are "largely unsubstantiated" and that the tech giant is unlikely to purchase part of the online marketplace. Munster notes that Google has only a limited history in taking stakes in public companies. He believes Google's general philosophy emphasizes full ownership in key assets as opposed to taking stakes in companies. Munster thinks a more attractive deal could be Google making a full acquisition of eBay's PayPal unit. He notes, however, that eBay has resisted activist investors who have proposed spinning off PayPal. Munster keeps a Neutral rating on eBay shares with a $55 price target. Shares of eBay rallied $1.51 to $52.19 on Friday amid speculation that Google was in talks to take a stake in the company.
September 14, 2014
16:33 EDTAAPLApple CEO says working on products that haven't been rumored yet, Re/code says
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16:25 EDTAAPLLVMH's TAG Heuer plans smartwatch, Reuters says
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16:06 EDTAAPLAT&T says has 'biggest iPhone, pre-order launch day ever'
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13:54 EDTAAPLDon't listen to bears about Apple, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTGOOG, AAPLMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 12, 2014
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13:04 EDTAAPLApple says response to iPhone 6, 6 Plus has been 'incredible'
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12:51 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The day’s economic data, including retail sales figures, a report on import prices, and business inventories data, were generally in line with expectations. The economic bright spot was the University of Michigan consumer confidence report which came in higher than expected. The market is on the verge of ending the week lower, which would be its first weekly loss in the last seven. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales at retailers climbed 0.6% in August, matching expectations but also representing the fastest pace in four months. Retail sales growth for July was also revised upward to 0.3% from a prior estimate of having been flat. Import prices dropped 0.9% in August, while export prices slipped 0.5%. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment reading for for September rose to 84.6, beating expectations for it to be up more modestly to 83.3. Business inventories grew 0.4% in July, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) were up more than 2% near noon after rumors circulated that Google (GOOG) may look to take a stake in the company. However, an eBay spokesperson denied the speculation, telling Reuters that the company has held "no conversations" with Google about acquiring a stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was digital marketing services company Conversant (CNVR), which soared 30% after Alliance Data Systems (ADS) agreed to acquire it for about $2.3B in cash and stock. Following last night's announcement of the deal, some Conversant peers rose as well, as Criteo (CRTO) gained almost 5% and TubeMogul (TUBE) rose 1%, while Alliance Data gained over 2%. Among the noteworthy losers was Amarin (AMRN), which dropped 22% after an office within the FDA denied the company's appeal of FDA's rescission of the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment agreement. Also lower were shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which fell 5% after one analyst downgraded the shares and another initiated coverage of the stock with an Underweight rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 66.43, or 0.39%, to 16,982.57, the Nasdaq was down 19.83, or 0.43%, to 4,571.97, and the S&P 500 was down 10.28, or 0.51%, to 1,987.17.
11:52 EDTGOOGeBay has had 'no conversations' about Google taking stake, Reuters says
eBay (EBAY) spokesman Alan Marks says the company has held "no conversations" with Google (GOOG) about acquiring a stake in the company, Reuters reports. Rumors had been swirling that Google could look to take a significant stake in eBay. Reference Link
11:43 EDTGOOGeBay off highs are denying talks with Google over stake
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are off their highs after the company told Reuters that it has had no conversations with Google (GOOG) over a possible stake. The stock remains up 82c to $51.50. The rally in eBay earlier was attributed to speculation that Google was in talks to acquire a stake in the company.
10:56 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 Plus seeing 'severe' supply constraints, says Cantor
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10:44 EDTGOOG, AAPLeBay rises amid rumors of investment by Google
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10:35 EDTAAPLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTAAPLApple, carriers seeing very strong demand for new iPhone models, Re/code reports
Demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is greater than that seen in either of the past two years, a spokesperson for AT&T (T) tells Re/code. Re/code notes that Apple and the major carriers, including Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS), appear to have sold through their pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:05 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle to rival Apple apps by backing Japan developers, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple getting discounted card fees for Apple Pay, NY Times reports
Banks are charging Apple lower than usual credit card fees for the tech giant's new mobile payment system, according to The New York Times. The banks hope that participating in Apple Pay will enable them to process transactions that aren't currently being paid for with credit cards, the newspaper explained. The banks and credit card networks also hope to use Apple Pay to prevent technologies that don't incorporate banks from becoming popular, The Times reported. Publicly traded credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Publicly traded banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC)..Reference Link
06:33 EDTAAPLApple may launch 12-inch MacBook Air with new colors, Apple Insider reports
Apple is expected to launch a 12-inch MacBook Air with iPhone inspired colors such as gold and Space Gray, reports Apple Insider, citing the blog A Tech Website. According to a person familiar with Apple's product pipeline, Apple is aiming for a 2015 launch but cautions the timeline has already been pushed back multiple times. Reference Link
06:33 EDTAAPLApple's website crashes as users look to pre-order iPhone 6, BI reports
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06:30 EDTAAPL, GOOGGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:28 EDTAAPLWitsView: Apple expected to release high-res monitors in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:17 EDTGOOGFacebook looks to lure YouTube's video content providers, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTGOOGGoogle-backed Calico announce spartnership with UT Southwestern, 2M
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05:12 EDTAAPLSprint to offer iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
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September 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 11, 2014
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15:45 EDTAAPLPandora management getting savvier on content costs, says Maxim
Maxim said Pandora's (P) new multi-year rights agreement with BMG supports its view that management is getting more savvy on managing content costs. The firm also thinks the tone of Apple (AAPL) at its launch event suggests its service has yet to gain traction as a competitor to Pandora and that comments from Sirius XM's (SIRI) CFO indicate Pandora is gaining traction in car integration. The firm maintains it Buy rating and $35 price target on Pandora.
13:51 EDTINTCIntel tablet AP shipments could reach 7M units in 2H14, Digitimes reports
In the first half of 2014, Intel shipped approximately 1.5M tablet application processors, but Digitimes Research expects the company's shipments to total 7M units in the second half due to China brand vendors' and white-box players' full support, Digitimes reports. Reference Link
13:13 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Polar, terms not disclosed, Techcrunch reports
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12:52 EDTAAPLWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
12:47 EDTAAPLT-Mobile to bring iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus to customers beginning Sept. 19
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11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle hires former Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, GigaOM reports
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09:37 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple aims to ship 80M units of iPhone 6 products by end of 2014, DigiTimes says
iPhone supply chain component suppliers are preparing parts for production of 80M iPhone 6s by the end of 2014, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain, Apple's aim to ship 80M units is higher than the 60M units of the iPhone 5 shipped in 2014. Shipments of iPhone 6s should be able to reach 10M units by the end of September and total 60M-70M in Q4. Reference Link
08:46 EDTAAPLApple at work to bring Apple Pay service to Europe, FT says
Apple (AAPL), which is introducing its Apple Pay wallet technology only in the U.S. at launch, is in talks with banks and credit card organizations to expand the service to Europe, but there is still uncertainty over the timing, reported Financial Times. The periodical quotes Steve Perry, the chief digital officer at Visa Europe (V), as saying, "We are working closely with Apple and with our member banks to bring this new service to market in Europe." Reference Link
08:38 EDTAAPLDemand for NXP Semiconductors NFC products could rise, says Sterne Agee
After Apple (AAPL) launched a mobile payments product, Sterne Agee thinks that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) was one of the clear winners of the Apple product launches. The firm thinks that broader adoption of NXP's NFC chips and secure element could cause the company's stock to rise significantly. The firm keeps an $82 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:59 EDTGOOGEU antitrust chief says Google probe won't end before he leaves, Reuters reports
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07:40 EDTGOOGGoogle put 'on notice' about tougher regime by new EU digital chief, FT says
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07:35 EDTINTC, GOOG, AAPLAntitrust suit over tech giants' hiring pushed back, WSJ reports
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07:13 EDTAAPLSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
06:56 EDTAAPLeBay to see limited near-term impact from Apple service, says Cantor
Cantor believes that Apple's (AAPL) new mobile payment service will have a limited impact on eBay's (EBAY) PayPal in the near to medium term. Among the reasons cited by the firm for its view are Apple's limited market share and its assertion that Street estimates for eBay do not include any contribution from PayPal POS revenue. The firm keeps a $63 price target and Buy rating on eBay.
06:42 EDTAAPLApple consumers in China unable to buy new iPhones this month, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple hires Gap's Marcela Aguilar for marketing role, Ad Age reports
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple tries to calm privacy concerns, NY Times reports
After Apple introduced a watch with health-monitoring technology and launched a mobile payment system, hackers will look to target the company's new services, while regulators who are worried about the privacy of health information could also pose a threat, according to The New York Times. Apple will not store any payment information and isn't interested in knowing what people buy, the company's CEO, Tim Cook told the newspaper. Meanwhile, the tech giant is preventing app developers from storing information on the cloud, and all health information stored by the watch will be encrypted, the company's head of operations said, according to the newspaper. Reference Link
September 10, 2014
16:19 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTINTCIntel acquires Powerwave patent portfolio
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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13:03 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar General’s tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
12:50 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Lift Labs, terms not disclosed
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12:36 EDTAAPLNet Element up 130% after Apple announces Apple Pay
Net Element (NETE), which is involved in mobile commerce and payment processing, is up 130% after Apple (AAPL) announced Apple Pay, which is an Apple mobile payment solution.
12:35 EDTGOOGNearly 5M older Gmail passwords may have been leaked, The Daily Dot says
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12:05 EDTAAPLSources say Apple not happy with watch battery life, Re/code says
Apple is not pleased with the battery life of its new Apple Watch, according to Re/code, citing sources. In reference to the device's current battery life, one source said, "It’s about a day right now." The source adding that the tech giant is in the middle of developing various improvement modifications prior to the watch's FY15 reveal. Reference Link
11:59 EDTAAPLeBay downgraded, continues slide after Apple Pay announced
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are falling for a second straight day after Apple (AAPL) announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple unveiled and confirmed its widely anticipated mobile payment system, dubbed Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. The service, which works with both of Apple's latest iPhone 6s and its Apple Watch, could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal. Apple is collaborating with American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) on the platform, as well as banks including Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Some retailers that will support Apple Pay include Bloomingdale's, Disney (DIS), Macy’s (M), McDonald’s (MCD), Panera (PNRA), Staples (SPLS), Subway, Walgreens (WAG) and Whole Foods Market (WFM). ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay to Neutral from Overweight following the details regarding Apple Pay. He believes that Apple's new payment system is likely to disturb the mobile payments market and is certain that the "unknown competitive threat" of Apple Pay will further burden eBay's multiple throughout the next six months. Munster said that he expected Apple to announce an initiative like this, so news of Apple Pay does not surprise him. He noted, however, that he did not expect Visa, MasterCard and American Express to collaborate with the platform along with partners such as Macy's and McDonald's. Munster anticipates investors in the near term to be more "conservative" in regards to the PayPal multiple. The analyst lowered his price target for eBay to $55 from $63. Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck feels that Apple Pay could negatively impact sentiment towards eBay's longer-term opportunity. The tech giant is gaining more traction in the e-commerce space than Beck had initially thought, which could ultimately mean an increased rivalry with eBay's PayPal. The analyst keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay. Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner said that eBay's weakness on Apple's latest news is a buying opportunity for investors. He said that the tech giant's new payment platform is targeting offline payments, noting that offline payments are not imbedded in analyst's estimates for eBay's PayPal. He said that it would take at least a few years for Apple Pay to reach a 12% market share of online payments. He does not see this news as an obstacle for PayPal and Kirjner keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on eBay. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, eBay fell $1.64, or 3%, to $51.09, while Apple rose $1.64, or 1.7% to $99.63.
11:37 EDTAAPLGarmin bounces back, Fossil continues slide after Apple Watch unveiled
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10:19 EDTAAPLOn Track, USA Technologies rise after Apple Pay seen as positive
Shares of On Track Innovations (OTIV) and USA Technologies (USAT) are moving higher after research firm Northland Capital predicted that both companies would benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) mobile payment system which is based on NFC technology. On Track Innovations sells contactless/NFC readers, while USA Technologies provides products that facilitate electronic payment transactions. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors today, Northland Capital analyst Michael Latimore wrote that his discussions with vending operators indicate that Apple Pay will likely provide a major impetus to upgrade payment terminals, benefiting On Track Innovations and USA Technologies. On Track Innovations has gained share in the contactless/NFC reader market and now sells these readers to most of the vending operators in the U.S., Latimore stated. Accelerated adoption of contactless/NFC technology will help increase the number of contactless/NFC readers that are sold, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, US Technologies' cloud services revenue could accelerate as more vending operators deploy NFC readers, Latimore added. The analyst kept Outperform ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, On Track Innovations soared 42% to $4.70, while USA Technologies advanced 7% to $2.20. VeriFone (PAY), which sells point of sale electronic payment devices, gained 4% to $36.
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTAAPLOn Track and USA Technologies to benefit from Apple Pay, says Northland
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09:22 EDTGOOG, AAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Twitter (TWTR), up 2.8% after upgraded at UBS... SunEdison (SUNE), up 2.7% after Google (GOOG) to provide $145M investment in the company's Regulus solar plant... Camtek (CAMT), up 15% after receiving new orders of $3.0M from large OSAT... Doral Financial (DRL), up 12.5% after announcing sale of approximately $430M in assets... Imperva (IMPV), up 1.5% after upgraded at Oppenheimer... Mandalay Digital (MNDL), up 13.7% after updating its guidance. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Land's End (LE), up 8.7%... Palo Alto (PANW), up 4.4%. LOWER: eBay (eBAY), down 2.6% after downgraded at Piper Jaffray following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay (AAPL)... Mobileye (MBLY), down 2.5% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 2% after Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 7% after downgraded at Goldman and Piper Jaffray... Boyd Gaming (BYD), down 3.3% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2% after reporting Q3 SSS were so far in the low single-digits negative... Armada Hoffler (AHH), down 6% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... AvalonBay (AVB), down 1.8% after to sell 4.5M shares in a forward sales agreement with Goldman... AngloGold (AU), down 12% after announcing plans to restructure its international mining under a new company and saying equity capital raising being contemplated.
09:19 EDTAAPLApple product launches not pivotal, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities believes that Apple's iPhone 6 launch event was solid but not pivotal, as it had several shortcomings, including the Apple Watch missing the holiday season, no surprises on the Apple TV front, and no blowout hardware features beyond the iPhone. The firm thinks the company is executing "reasonably well," and keeps a $135 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:58 EDTAAPLApple iWatch likely to use Universal Display, says Goldman
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08:57 EDTAAPLApple September weekly volatility elevated after product launch event
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08:55 EDTAAPLFossil risk increased by Apple Watch, says Sterne Agee
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08:48 EDTAAPLGarmin unlikely to be derailed by Apple Watch, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer does not view Apple Watch as "a category killer" in the running or fitness band markets. The firm says that the necessity of pairing the Apple Watch with an iPhone, along with Apple Watch's use of a built-in optical hear rate sensor which is likely to be prone to malfunction are disadvantages. Additionally, Apple Watch's price is much higher than the prices that Garmin (GRMN) charges for its watches, while the Apple Watch's battery life is likely much shorter, according to Oppenheimer. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Garmin.
08:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire still a growth area longer term, says Cowen
Cowen lowered its estimates on GT Advanced (GTAT) and trimmed its price target on the stock to $18 from $19 following Apple's (AAPL) event, but the firm still believes sapphire is a growth area longer-term. Cowen sees the longer term opportunity for sapphire in improving trends in solar and the commercialization of new products.
08:32 EDTAAPLSynaptics to benefit from Apple Pay, says Pacific Crest
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08:20 EDTAAPLeBay to see more competition than expected from Apple, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple Pay could hurt sentiment towards eBay's (EBAY) longer term opportunity, while Apple (AAPL) is more focused on e-commerce than the firm had anticipated, creating greater competition for PayPal. The firm keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay.
08:14 EDTAAPLVisa best positioned among card networks for Apple Pay, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Visa (V) is the best positioned to benefit from Apple Pay among credit card networks, as the firm notes that Visa cards were prominently displayed in the demonstrations, that accompanied the launch of the service. The firm thinks that Visa's technology leaves it well-positioned to play a critical role in fostering mobile payments with Apple and potentially others like Google (GOOGL). Pacific Crest adds that Apple Pay is also positive for MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP). It keeps an Outperform rating on Visa and Sector Perform ratings on MasterCard and American Express.
08:12 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 802.11ac support a positve for Broadcom, says Macquarie
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08:04 EDTAAPLWells Fargo CFO says Apple Pay an 'interesting development'
Wells Fargo (WFC) CFO John Shrewsberry says the company is "happy to be a part" of the initial roll-out of Apple Pay (AAPL). Shrewsberry says Wells Fargo is focused on mobile and wants to support its customers in however they want to do business with the bank.
08:02 EDTAAPLApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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07:51 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors a key beneficiary of Apple's new products, says ISI Group
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07:50 EDTAAPLApple stock performs favorably on Mondays following iPhone events, says UBS
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07:47 EDTAAPLApple new iPhones much better than iPhone 5S, says Cantor
After Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Cantor says "there is simply no comparison" between the new iPhones and the iPhone 5S. The firm adds that, "Apple outdid itself" with the new devices. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:37 EDTINTCIntel products look strong, says Wells Fargo
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07:32 EDTAAPLApple payment platform initial opportunity will be small, says Wells Fargo
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07:22 EDTAAPLeBay weakness on Apple news a buying opporutnity, says Bernstein
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07:11 EDTAAPLApple new products mixed, outlook mostly unchanged, says Bernstein
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07:04 EDTGOOGGoogle to provide $145M investment in SunEdison's Regulus solar plant
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $116 from $110 at Barclays
Barclays raised Overweight rated Apple's price target to $116 citing the launch of new iPhone's, payment s solution, and iWatch.
06:55 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 on iWatch and Apple Pay at Mizuho
Mizuho raised Apple's price target to $110 from $105 do to potential upside to estimates from the launch of the iWatch and Apple Pay. Shares are Buy rated.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple could acquire Path social network, Pando Daily reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLFossil risk/reward attractive after Apple Watch news, says Jefferies
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch could be $15B-$60B opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple Pay most important announcement yesterday, says Piper Jaffray
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle holding discussions in Europe on 'right to be forgotten,' WSJ reports
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05:36 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Apple (AAPL) shares to Sector Perform from Outperform citing a lack of big new profit drivers following the company's event yesterday. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves says that while he is impressed with the new iPhone models, the potential from these devices is largely priced into the stock at current levels. Hargreaves estimates fair value for Apple shares at $100. The stock closed yesterday down 37c to $97.99.
05:32 EDTGOOGCray appoints Steve Scott as Chief Technology Officer
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05:31 EDTAAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) to Neutral after Apple (AAPL) did not include sapphire display technology in either of the new iPhone 6 models. Goldman believes GT Advanced is the supplier of the sapphire display for Apple's new smartwatch, but views being out of the new iPhones as disappointed. The firm dropped its price target for shares to $14 from $20.
05:05 EDTAAPLVantiv announces support of Apple Pay
Vantiv (VNTV) announced it is supporting Apple Pay, Apple's (AAPL) new NFC payment solution for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
September 9, 2014
19:49 EDTAAPLSprint unveils 'iPhone for life plan' promotion
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17:44 EDTAAPLWells Fargo confirms Apple Pay available to customers
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16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:10 EDTAAPLApple exceeded expectations on payments during event, says Piper Jaffray
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16:00 EDTAAPLiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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15:46 EDTAAPLVerizon offering free 16GB iPhone 6 with trade-in of old iPhone
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15:38 EDTAAPLCapital One Financial working with Apple's new payment service, Apple Pay
Capital One Financial (COF) announced that it is working with Apple’s (AAPL) new payment service, Apple Pay, available on the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch beginning in October. Apple Pay adds a new dimension to mobile payments. With Apple Pay, Capital One customers will be able to use their credit or debit cards directly from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch to pay for purchases at many of their favorite stores. To pay, customers just need to hold their iPhone 6 near the contactless reader with their finger on Touch ID and payment is made. In addition, Apple Pay will also allow users to pay for a variety of online purchases in apps.
15:32 EDTAAPLNCR Corp. to help industries integrate Apple Pay
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15:14 EDTAAPLVisa to support consumer payments with Apple Pay
Visa (V) announced it is supporting consumer payments with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple (AAPL) Watch. Thanks to a new capability called Visa Token Service, participating financial institutions in the U.S., and eventually abroad, will be able to add Visa debit and credit cards to Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment service, and enable their customers to make easy and secure purchases at select U.S. merchants both in stores and in apps. Visa Token Service technology works by replacing sensitive payment account information found on plastic cards with a digital account number or “token” that can be safely stored on mobile devices and used for in store and in app purchases. Visa will roll out the service to financial institutions in phases, initially supporting early participants in the Apple Pay launch, and then extending the service availability to all of its U.S. clients.
15:11 EDTAAPLApple goes negative on the session, levels to watch
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15:11 EDTAAPLMasterCard works with Apple to integrate Apply Pay
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15:09 EDTAAPLApple down 2% after conclusion of product launch event
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15:07 EDTAAPLTSYS supports Apple Pay
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14:58 EDTAAPLApple to give away U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' to iTunes customers
Apple, Universal Music Group and U2 announced the release of the album “Songs of Innocence,” which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world. This makes for the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed, Apple noted. Customers who sign up for an iTunes Store account in the next five weeks will get the album as a gift. “Songs of Innocence” is also available to stream via iTunes Radio and will be available on Beats Music.
14:54 EDTAAPLApple introduces Apple Watch, available early 2015 starting at $349
Apple unveiled Apple Watch, which will enable user to communicate in new ways right from their wrists by sending and receiving messages and answering calls to their iPhone. Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition—available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. Apple Watch comes with a unique charging system that combines Apple’s MagSafe technology with inductive charging. Apple Watch straps include the Sport Band in black, blue, green, pink and white; the Classic Buckle in black and midnight blue; the Leather Loop in bright blue, light brown and stone; the Modern Buckle in midnight blue, brown, soft pink, rose gray and bright red; the Milanese Loop in stainless steel; and the Link Bracelet in brushed stainless steel and polished space black. Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
14:54 EDTAAPLApple announces Apple Pay
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
14:48 EDTAAPLApple announces iOS 8 available September 17
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14:47 EDTAAPLStaples to support Apple Pay in stores this fall
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14:42 EDTAAPLApple Watch starts at $349, available early next year
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14:39 EDTAAPLApple Watch can be used to control Apple TV
14:37 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL -13.7% to 26.15
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14:33 EDTAAPLApple fades from session peak, levels to watch
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14:32 EDTAAPLApple shows Facebook, Twitter apps on Apple Watch
14:31 EDTAAPLWhole Foods confirms participation with Apple Pay
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14:28 EDTAAPLUniversal Display down 6.8% during Apple event
Shares of Pixelworks (PXLW) have also slid as Apple continues its introduction of two new iPhone models and the Apple Watch.
14:19 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone required for Apple Watch
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14:16 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Watch has two sizes, three collections
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14:15 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Watch has touch screen, customizable bands
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14:12 EDTINTC, AAPLApple confirms wireless charging for Apple Watch
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14:03 EDTAAPLGarmin down 3% after Apple confirms launch of Apple Watch
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14:00 EDTAAPLApple announces Apple Watch
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced off lows as Apple confirms sapphire glass for watch
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13:59 EDTAAPLVisa, MasterCard near highs of day after Apple confirms mobile payment plans
13:55 EDTAAPLeBay down 1.2% as Apple continues discussing mobile payment system at event
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13:52 EDTAAPLVeriFone rises after Apple confirms new 'Apple Pay' mobile payment service
VeriFone Systems (PAY), which is engaged in secure electronic payment solutions, is up 1.4% as the Apple (AAPL) event continues.
13:50 EDTAAPLApple up over 3% as iPhone launch event continues
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13:50 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors turns positive after Apple confirms NFC in new iPhone
Shares of On Track Innovations (OTIV) are still negative but moving higher.
13:49 EDTAAPLApple move higher on 'Apple Pay' portion of event announcements
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13:47 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors off lows as Apple unveils 'Apple Pay' service
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13:47 EDTAAPLApple announces Apple Pay mobile payment process
13:41 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6 to start shipping September 19
13:41 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver and space grey
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13:40 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 costs $199, $299, $399, iPhone 6 Plus costs $299, $399, $499
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13:37 EDTAAPLInvenSense rises 2.5% during Apple iPhone launch event
InvenSense (INVN) provides intelligent motion processing solutions. Apple (AAPL) discussed the motion sensing capabilities of its new phone during the launch presentation.
13:33 EDTAAPLSonus Networks shares jumps during Apple event
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13:30 EDTAAPLT-Mobile first U.S. carrier to support WiFi calling feature on Apple iPhone 6
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13:25 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus battery as good or better than iPhone 5S
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13:24 EDTAAPLApple says A8 chip in iPhone 6 25% faster than A7 chip
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13:18 EDTAAPLApple says App Store has 1.3M applications available
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13:12 EDTAAPLGT Advanced drops 12% during Apple event
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13:12 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 has 4.7 inch screen, iPhone 6 Plus has 5.5 inch screen
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13:11 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6 models have Retina HD displays
13:09 EDTAAPLApple introduces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
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13:03 EDTINTCIntel head feels expensive tablet chip plan beneficial, Reuters says
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13:01 EDTAAPLApple September weekly calls active into product event
Apple September 107 weekly calls that expire this Friday are active on 49K contracts as a trader purchased 10K contracts into the company’s product launch event. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, September is at 35, October is at 28, November is at 26, December is at 26, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
12:31 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says been adding to Apple position, Trish Reagan reports
Trish Reagan of Bloomberg TV reported via Twitter that Carl Icahn has been adding to his Apple position.
12:10 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after opening in the red and trading in a narrow range throughout the morning. The domestic economic calendar only had two reports of consequence, and neither was particularly market moving. All eyes are on Cupertino, California, where Apple (AAPL) will shortly begin its much-anticipated product launch event. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism survey for August came in at 96.1, which was above the expected 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, showed job openings slipped 2K to about 4.67M in July. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were up 1% near noon ahead of the tech giant's latest product launch event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm ET. Expectations are for the company to introduce the iPhone 6, which has widely been speculated to be bigger than past members of the line-up and may come in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch sizes. The company is also expected to unveil a wearable device, likely a smartwatch, and a mobile payment system integrated with both... Shares of fast food giant McDonald’s (MCD) slid 1% after reporting its comparable sales were down 3.7% worldwide in August and that its China supplier issue will negatively impact its Q3 EPS by 15c-20c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Annies (BNNY), which surged 38% after prepared foods giant General Mills (GIS) last night said that it had agreed to buy the mac and cheese maker for $820M, or $46 per share in cash. Shares of a number of other natural food makers climbed after the deal, as WhiteWave (WWAV) rose nearly 3% and Boulder Brands (BDBD) jumped over 8%. Following the deal announcement, shares of General Mills slipped about 0.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which dropped 15% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and cuts its EPS view for the fiscal year. Also lower was MaxLinear (MXL), which fell 15% after the company said several of its cable and satellite customers have requested push-outs of shipments, resulting in the company lowering its Q3 revenue outlook and Needham downgrading the stock to Buy from Strong Buy. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 69.02, or 0.4%, to 17,042.40, the Nasdaq was down 14.93, or 0.33%, to 4,577.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.74, or 0.34%, to 1,994.80.
10:47 EDTAAPLLeak points to no NFC or sapphire cover for smaller iPhone 6, BGR says
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10:36 EDTAAPLJeffrey Gundlach says would sell Apple shares
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10:36 EDTAAPLGundlach says Apple has 'tremendous optimistic' guidance
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL KNDI NFLX YHOO TWTR TSLA C BAC FB MCD
09:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest says adds Dropcam to Works with Nest
Nest announced on its blog, "This year at CEDIA, we can announce our success - developers have come pouring in and Nest now works with a whole family of products. Today that family includes Dropcam and, at long last, leading whole-home automation systems. Over the last year, our focus has been connecting Nest Learning Thermostats and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the rest of your home... Now we’ve added Dropcam to Works with Nest. When your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam records a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and saves it for you, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away and walk out the door, Dropcam automatically turns on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house. Our other major announcement at CEDIA is that Nest products now work seamlessly with URC, RTI, Crestron and Control4." Reference Link
08:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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08:51 EDTINTCIntegrated Device says 'working closely' with Intel on wireless charging
Integrated Device Technology (IDTI) announced earlier at the Intel Developer Forum that it is working closely with Intel (INTC) on the development of wireless charging solutions to accelerate the delivery and adoption of the technology. The two companies, both board members of the Alliance for Wireless Power, will define, design and manufacture solutions that comply with the A4WP magnetic resonance standard. The new technology will offer the ability to charge both lower and higher power devices, from wearables and phones to tablets and PCs. The companies expect to have their technology in products in 2015, IDT stated.
08:42 EDTAAPLApple's online store goes down ahead of today's event
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08:34 EDTAAPLWebMD to benefit from Apple initiatives, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects WebMD (WBMD) to benefit from Apple's (AAPL) launch of initiatives in the consumer health IT market. The firm believes that Apple's efforts in this area will provide more publicity for WebMD. RBC Capital keeps a $70 price target and Top Pick rating on WebMD.
08:24 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple at 30.30, above its 10-day moving average of 27.66
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07:30 EDTAAPLApple new launches biggest test yet for CEO Cook, WSJ says
Three years into his tenure, and with his company trying to prove that it can still be a groundbreaking innovator, Apple CEO Tim Cook will look to make his mark on the company with the expected launch of larger iPhones and its first wearable device, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:29 EDTINTCUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTAAPLFutures drift in early trading
U.S. equity futures are suggesting another quiet open as they trade near fair value. There is little to look forward to as far as a catalyst, but investors will be watching the highly anticipated launch of Apple's (AAPL) new products .Meanwhile, little market moving economic data is expected to be announced today.
07:28 EDTGOOG, INTC, AAPLThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple partner Mayo Clinic to demonstrate HealthKit at event, Star Tribune says
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple expanding Siri team in Boston, BetaBoston reports
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07:17 EDTINTC, GOOGThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:13 EDTINTCIntel to hold a forum
Annual Developers Forum: IDF 2014 to be held in San Francisco on September 9-11.
07:11 EDTINTCUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTAAPLApple September weekly 98 straddle priced for 4.2% move into press event
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into press event
Apple September weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, September is at 35, October is at 28, November is at 26, December is at 26, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into today’s press event.
06:35 EDTAAPLApple looking to refocus on 9.7-inch iPad in 2H14, DigiTimes Research says
Apple looks to refocus its aggressiveness on the new 9.7-inch iPad and overall iPad shipments in Q3 are expected to return to growth, reports DigiTimes Research. For the full year, however, the weakening demand in Europe and the US, the upcoming larger iPhones and the delay of the next-generation iPad mini are expected to impact iPad sihpments, with the volume estimated to be lower than 70M units. Reference Link
06:33 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone 'iPhone 6 Plus,' Business Insider reports
Apple may call the 5.5-inch iPhone the "iPhone 6 Plus," Business Insider reports, citing Japanese Apple blog Macotakara. The 4.7-inch version of the device is expected to be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGOOG, AAPLForrester: Apple could sell 10M iWatches this year, FT reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors volatility low into Apple event
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06:15 EDTAAPLSynaptics volatility low into Apple event
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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13:59 EDTAAPLApple tests support ahead of product announcement
The shares are down less than a percent to $98.20 ahead of Tuesday's expected product announcements. At that price the shares are below the 30-week moving average, but above the 50-week moving average at $96.92. So far there appears little in the way of significant technical damage in spite of recent concerns from the sell-side community. A breakdown tomorrow below the 50-day moving average following the announcements would be cause for greater concern. A move below $95 would break the intermediate-term uptrend on a technical basis. Conversely a move back above the $101 area, near the 10-day moving average, would signal an all-clear on a technical basis for higher prices. The life high for the shares is at $103.74.
13:51 EDTAAPLApple may launch both iPhone models on Sept 19, Apple Insider reports
Apple may launch both iPhone 6 models on September 19, reports Apple Insider. Citing rumors from iGen.fr, the larger 5.5-inch model may not lag behind the 4.7-inch model after all although quantities of the larger version could be limited. Reference Link
13:18 EDTINTCIntel 'Grantley' line could drive server processor unit growth, says Wells Fargo
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13:15 EDTINTCIntel introduces Xeon processors for servers
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11:37 EDTGOOGGoogle rises after Jefferies highlights YouTube growth potential
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11:19 EDTAAPLApple begins sending email alerts when iCloud accounts assessed, MacRumors says
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11:15 EDTAAPLApple to unveil a new product
The product launch will be held on September 9 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
09:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced risk profile 'neutral at best' into Apple event, says Canaccord
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09:43 EDTGOOGEU authorities seek more concessions from Google in ongoing probe, WSJ says
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
09:29 EDTAAPLCraig-Hallum says Integrated Device likely in Apple iWatch
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09:25 EDTAAPLAlleged leaked images of Apple's iWatch show mic, speaker, Siri, 9to5Mac says
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08:40 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into September 9 press event
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07:35 EDTAAPLAmazon 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
06:44 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch could have own App Store, will run third-party apps, 9to5Mac says
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle organizes meetings to talk about privacy rights in EU, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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06:21 EDTGOOG, AAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass goes on sale in U.S. Google Play store
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05:35 EDTGOOGGoogle added to Franchise Picks List at Jefferies
Jefferies added Google to its Franchise Picks List saying the company's YouTube division looks best positioned to benefit from growth in online video advertising, which the firm estimates could be a $17B opportunity by 2017 in the U.S. alone. Jefferies has a Buy rating on Google with a $700 price target.
September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ 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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