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News For AAPL;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
08:04 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for iPhone gaming controller, Apple Insider says
Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that snaps around the phone to offer additional controls, reports Apple Insider. The patent was first filed after the iPhone 3G was announced six years ago, and includes capabilities for directional pads, joysticks, extra buttons, rumble feedback, secondary displays, additional cameras and speakers, and a physical keyboard. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWestern Union to offer Apple Pay at flagship locations
Western Union (WU) announced it will offer Apple (AAPL)’s technology Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
07:35 EDTAAPLApple Q1 results should be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q1 iPhone sales should exceed most expectations, while Q1 results should boost the stock. However, the firm does not expect the company to generate significant EPS growth in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce as sales growth eases, Reuters says
Apple supplier Foxconn Technology plans to reduce its workforce, according to Reuters. The Taiwan based manufacturer is experiencing declining revenue growth and increasing wages in China, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies announces nationwide rollout of new Apple Pay points
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTAAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
14:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
09:49 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
06:46 EDTAAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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