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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 day’s 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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July 9, 2014
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:23 EDTBIIBBiogen price target raised to $375 from $325 at RBC Capital
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07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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07:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors names Mark Brashear as president of Men's, effective July 7
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
July 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 8, 2014
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13:12 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's sapphire screens likely in both new iPhones, says Stifel
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11:42 EDTAAPLUber poaches Apple's Chris Blumenberg, The Information reports
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10:24 EDTAAPLApple could be impacted by Chinese subsidy cuts, says UBS
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLApple to invest $55M in North Carolina solar farm, Hicorky Record reports
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07:34 EDTAAPLLeak points to sapphire screen for 4.7" iPhone 6
A newly posted YouTube video supposedly shows the screen that will be used in Apple's (AAPL) upcoming 4.7" iPhone 6 and claims that the part confirms that the smaller new model will have a sapphire display, not Gorilla Glass from Corning (GLW). The video adds that the existence of the part dispels rumors that only the larger, 5.5" iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire display. Note that Apple has a sapphire contract with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). Reference Link
06:53 EDTKORSMichael Kors re-launch of eyewear a multi-year catalyst, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the recently signed 10-year license agreement between Michael Kors (KORS) and Luxottica (LUX) represents a multi-year opportunity for both companies. After meeting with Luxottica, Piper believes the company's goal of $100M in wholesale sales in three years could prove conservative given the growing appeal for the Michael Kors brand. The firm views eyewear as another comp drive for Michael Kors and a multi-year catalyst for the company. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $115 price target.
05:48 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility movement; NNG KORS
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