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May 30, 2014
16:59 EDTLGF, BIG, VRX, TSN, SPLK, SNN, AGN, HSH, BNNY, SYK, PPC, AAPLMarket 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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January 27, 2016
09:12 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
08:16 EDTAAPLApple set-up 'increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple guidance better than feared, says Morgan Stanley
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08:05 EDTSYKStryker reported strong Q4 organic sales growth, says Stifel
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $140 at Stifel
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07:57 EDTAAPLCiti recommends buying Skyworks on Apple weakness
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple revenue view already factored in Skyworks, Qorvo shares, says Stephens
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $145 at Citi
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $150 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives says Apple CEO Tim Cook "finally ripped the band-aid off" and lowered the company's outlook based on softer iPhone 6S demand and a choppy macro environment. Apple has a "few tough quarters ahead" pending the iPhone 7 buildup later this year, Ives tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He lowered his price target for the iPhone maker to $130 from $150 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $130 at UBS
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07:33 EDTAAPLApple to remain range bound , says RBC Capital
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple guidance more firm than expected, says Brean Capital
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Oppenheimer
After Apple's guidance indicated that iPhone sales would decline during the current quarter, Oppenheimer nonetheless believes that the company's "growth potential in China and other emerging markets has not been fully realized." The firm says that patient investors in the stock will be rewarded. It keeps a $120 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:03 EDTAAPLDeutsche still sees limited catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says Apple's March quarter guidance implies a "significant decline" year-over-year in iPhone units, which likely drives a decline for FY16. The analyst remains concerned about the lack of growth in iPhone units this year, the slowdown in China sales and gross margin pressure following Apple's Q1 results. She sees limited catalysts for the shares in the near term and expects the stock to be range-bound. In a post-earnings research note titled "Is Apple season over?", Scribner keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $105 price target.
06:59 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:35 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 Plus may include dual camera system, 9to5Mac reports
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus will likely include a dual-camera system, 9to5Mac reports, citing Apple analyst KGI securities. By using two separate lenses, Apple can use the additional image data to create higher quality pictures, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple reported strong Q1 but guided weak for Q2, says JPMorgan
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06:20 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says Apple remains top pick for 2016
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's "insistence on broader macroeconomic headwinds" during its Q1 earnings conference call "may have spooked investors." He points out shares are trading down 3% despite iPhone guidance coming in above buy-side expectations. If macro headwinds remain an issue for Apple, the entire market would be impacted and the iPhone maker would be a relative winner, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes investors will view the safety of Apple's capital return program as a positive. Munster still predicts multiple expansion for Apple given the iPhone 7 and easier comps at the end of the year. The analyst lowered his price target for the stock to $172 from $179 but says Apple remains his top pick for 2016.
06:07 EDTSYKStryker upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital
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05:47 EDTAAPLTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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