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May 29, 2014
16:38 EDTAAPL, HSH, TSN, PPC, BIIB, PLKI, TLYS, KORSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session on the plus side and remained there throughout the day. Most of the day was spent close to the flat line as the market essentially ignored the dayís economic data, including a worse than expected downward revision to Q1 gross domestic product. The averages began to lift late in the day to go out on their highs, though once again the move came on light volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated that gross domestic product decreased at a 1% annual rate in the first quarter of the year, which is down significantly from the government's first estimate of positive 0.1% growth for the period and below the consensus expectation for a revision to a 0.5% decline. Initial jobless claims dipped 27K to 300K in the week ended May 24 from a revised 327K previously. An index of pending home sales edged up 0.4% to 97.8 in April, which was less than the expected 1% rise. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) shares rose $11.37, or 1.82%, to $635.38 after the company confirmed last night that it has agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. Financial Times first reported on May 8, citing people familiar with the negotiations, that Apple was in talks to acquire Beats. In a note to investors after the confirmation, JPMorgan wrote that the deal "is really about what Apple can do with Beats Music" to revitalize its own iTunes music business. Meanwhile, PiperJaffray stated that Apple acquired Beats for several reasons, including the opportunity to bring Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple to work on content... Hillshire Brands (HSH) jumped $7.94, or 17.73%, to $52.76 after the company received an unsolicited, all-cash takeover offer of $50 per share from Tyson Foods (TSN), which also rose $2.50, or 6.13%, to $43.25. Tyson's newly disclosed offer topped the $45 per share bid announced just two days ago from Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), which rose $5.51, or 14.47%, to $43.58 after reporting better than expected quarterly results and raising its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher was Biogen Idec (BIIB), which gained $11.04, or 3.58%, to $319.85 after JPMorgan upgraded the shares to Overweight, citing upside potential from the company's multiple sclerosis franchise as well as its mid-stage pipeline opportunities. Among the noteworthy losers was apparel, footwear and accessory retailer Tilly's (TLYS), which dropped $1.81, or 17.11%, to $8.77 after the company reported a decline in its first quarter same-store sales and gave lower than expected earnings guidance for the new quarter. Also lower were shares of luxury retailer Michael Kors (KORS), which slipped $4.73, or 4.88%, to $92.28 after the stock was downgraded at Avondale to Market Perform from Outperform. INDEXES: The Dow was up 65.56, or 0.39%, to 16,698.74, the Nasdaq was up 22.87, or 0.54%, to 4,247.95, and the S&P 500 was up 10.25, or 0.54%, to 1,920.03.
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August 12, 2014
11:21 EDTKORSKate Spade falls as company remains 'cautious' on FY16 margin outlook
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says itís likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
17:20 EDTTSN, HSHUltimate Software to replace Hillshire Brands in S&P 400 as of 8/14 close
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:50 EDTBIIBBiogen weakness attributed to Forward Pharma IPO filing
Shares of Biogen Idec (BIIB) came off their earlier highs and moved into negative ground in early trading, with some attributing the move lower to another pharmaceutical company, Forward Pharma (FWP), filing its registration statement with the SEC relating to a proposed initial public offering and reporting that Joel Sendek has been appointed CFO. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Forward Pharma focuses on a proprietary formulation of dimethyl fumarate, or DMF, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. DMF is the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient, or API, found in Tecfidera, which Biogen Idec began selling for the treatment of RRMS following approval by the FDA in March 2013 and approval by the European Commission in February 2014, Forward Pharma indicated in its IPO filing. In addition to its filing, Forward Pharma announced this morning that it has hired Joel Sendek from Stifel Financial, where he served as Managing Director, Biotechnology and led the firm's healthcare equity research group. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Biogen are down fractionally in mid-morning trading after being up over 1% soon after today's opening bell.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTKORSMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:16 EDTAAPLU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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10:34 EDTKORSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTTSNTyson Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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07:31 EDTAAPLChina refutes report of Apple product procurement ban, Re/code reports
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