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May 30, 2014
16:59 EDTTSN, SPLK, SNN, AGN, HSH, BNNY, SYK, PPC, AAPL, LGF, BIG, VRXMarket finishes week higher after M&A deals, upbeat data
Stocks ended the week higher after several economic data points beat expectations and there were a number of new developments on the M&A front. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., durable goods orders for April, a nationwide service sector index, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Personal income for April and an index of consumer confidence for this month were slightly below expectations, while GDP was revised downward to reflect 1% annualized contraction in Q1... The European Central Bank could take steps to make credit more available to businesses at its next meeting on June 5, ECB President Mario Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) agreed to buy privately owned Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3B. The Beats companies sell headphones and operate a streaming music service... Early in the week, meat products maker Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) offered to buy another company in the sector, Hillshire Brands (HSH), for $45 per share in cash or $6.4B. After Pilgrim's Pride announced its bid, another meat producer, Tyson Foods (TSN), made a $50 per share bid for Hillshire. Shares of Pinnacle Foods (PF), which Hillshire had previously agreed to purchase, ended the week lower, as the new bids cast doubt on that deal... In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) raised the cash portion of its takeover bid for Allergan (AGN), first by $10 and then by about another $14 per share in a second offer that came today. Valeant also added a contingent value right worth up to $25 per share which is based on sales of Allergan's DARPin product, an experimental drug that Allergan is developing as a treatment for the leading cause of blindness in elderly people... Financial Times reported that orthopedic device maker Stryker (SYK) was looking to make a takeover bid for another company in the sector, Smith & Nephew (SNN). Stryker said it was in the early stages of evaluating a bid for its peer, but does not intend to make an offer at this time... Few notable companies reported earnings this week, but closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and raising its guidance. Among the companies that fell after reporting results were data analysis software maker Splunk (SPLK), organic foods maker Annie's (BNNY), and "Hunger Games" producer Lionsgate (LGF). INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.37% to 16,717.17, the S&P 500 was up 2.43% to 1,923.57, and the Nasdaq was up 3.72% to 4,242.62.
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February 17, 2015
13:18 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:31 EDTAAPLApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTSPLKSplunk says Yahoo selects Hunk for Hadoop analytics platform
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07:32 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to make 5M-6M Apple Watches in Q1, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple design chief working on store redesign ahead of Watch, New Yorker says
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07:22 EDTAAPLMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
13:56 EDTAAPLApple working on car technology in secretive lab, FT says
Apple, which often investigates wide ranging product areas, has been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the company’s Cupertino campus, Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:44 EDTSPLKSplunk checks still showing very limited competition, says Wedbush
Wedbush said its reseller checks provided more anecdotal commentary that Splunk's superior solution still has very limited competition and the firm expects the company to beat consensus expectations when it reports next Thursday after the market close. Wedbush said it remains bullish on Splunk and reiterated its Outperform rating and $78 target on the shares.
08:43 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $130 at BMO Capital
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07:45 EDTSNN, SYKStryker would need at least $45 per share to buy Smith & Nephew, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes any deal for Stryker (SYK) to buy Smith & Nephew (SNN) would take at least $45 per share to get done and would most likely require cash and stock. The firm believes a deal would also require certain divestitures to appease regulators and would most likely impact the sports medicine and endoscopy businesses. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $102 price target on Stryker shares.
06:28 EDTVRXSources: Shire takes initial steps towards Salix bid, Reuters reports
According to sources, Shire (SHPG) is beginning to take steps towards a bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), including evaluating how to secure financing for a potential bid, Reuters reports. Bloomberg previously reported that Valeant (VRX) is weighing a bid of over $150 per share for Salix. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLTSMC transfers more peripheral IC orders to Vanguard, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has transferred more orders for peripheral ICs for use in Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices to Vanguard International, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Vanguard has already entered Apple's supply chain by providing TSMC 8-inch production capacity for power management IC orders placed by Dialog Semiconductor. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich raised his price target for Apple shares to $150 from $130 citing the tech giant's "expanding ecosystem." Milunovich believes services based on Apple's operating system, such as Apple Pay, Car Play, HomeKit, and HealthKit, will play key role in extending Apple's reach. He believes Apple is evolving into a "platform company" from a "device company" and that this transition may bring the iPhone maker's market capitalization to $1T. Milunovich has a Buy rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday up $1.58 to $126.46, representing a market cap of $739B.
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