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September 26, 2014
06:47 EDTGOOGFAA drone decision could be milestone, NY Times says
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06:42 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may release 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2Q15, PhoneArena says
Apple may release its 12.9-inch iPad pro for Q2 of 2015, reports PhoneArena, citing sources from Tech News Taiwan. The larger iPad may be released along with the 3rd generation iPad mini, and the iPad Air 2 will feature 2GB of RAM. The iPad Pro is also rumored to be using an upgraded A8X processor. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAAPL, GOOGMost connected devices have security flaw, NY Times says
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06:39 EDTAAPLApple launches iOS 8.0.2 to amend iPhone 6 defects, Reuters says
Apple launched a new software update after some customers who recently purchased the iPhone 6 noted that they were experiencing call service interruptions and other issues due to a prior upgrade, according to Reuters, citing comments from company spokeswoman Trudy Muller. Muller noted that less than 40K iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones were affected after downloading iOS 8.0.1, but iOS 8.0.2 amends the problems. Reference Link
06:16 EDTAAPLBCN: Japan overwhelmingly choose iPhone 6 over 6 Plus, Patently Apple says
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06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle checks show accelerating search spend, says Citigroup
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05:27 EDTINTCIntel to invest up to $1.5B in semiconductor business under Tsinghua Unigroup
Intel Corporation and Tsinghua Unigroup, an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, a solely state-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China, jointly announced that both parties have signed a series of agreements. The purpose of the agreements is to expand the product offerings and adoption for Intel-based mobile devices in China and worldwide by jointly developing Intel Architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones. Intel also has agreed to invest up to about $1.5M for a minority stake of approximately 20% of the holding company under Tsinghua Unigroup which will own Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. will jointly create and sell a family of Intel Architecture-based system-on-chips, or SoCs. Initial products will be available beginning in the second half of next year and will be Intel Architecture-based SoCs sold by both companies. The companies expect Intelís investment to close in early 2015.
September 25, 2014
17:06 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles sees Apple taking back share this year
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16:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower and suffered their worst day in nearly two months, with market participants pointing to a number of reasons for the broad-based weakness. Shares of Apple (AAPL) were a drag on the market, and particularly on the Nasdaq, as the tech giant slid after a number of reports pointed to customer issues with its new iPhone 6 and an update to its mobile operating system. Cautious comments about rates by a noted Federal Reserve "hawk" may have also contributed, as well as reports that Russia may respond to U.S. and EU sanctions with a new law that will allow it to seize foreign property within the country. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 12K to 293K in the week ended September 20, though this was below the consensus forecast for 296K new claims. Durable goods orders fell 18.2% in August following a 22.5% surge in July. However, excluding transportation, orders were up 0.7%, which was a bit above the forecast for a 0.6% increase. Additionally, the head of the Dallas Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, said that the central bank may start raising rates in the spring of 2015, which is earlier than most market watchers expect. Also, a Reuters report that Russia has drafted a law that would allow it to seize foreign assets on Russian territory to compensate those impacted by sanctions or who have had their own property seized outside of Russia garnered significant attention. COMPANY NEWS: Apple declined $3.88, or 3.81%, to $97.87 after reports yesterday from various tech blogs said the company pulled a new update of iOS 8 after complaints that the new software was crashing cellular service and Touch ID on users' phones. Other reports indicate the new iPhone 6 is reportedly bending in some owners' pockets, though the company told CNBC's John Fortt that it has only received nine customer complaints regarding bent phones. Also, Barron's reported that Apple insiders, including CEO Tim Cook, have sold over 1.4M shares of Apple stock this month. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Swift Transport (SWFT), which gained $1.83, or 9.56%, to $20.98 after the company backed its Q3 earnings outlook and said it was "cautiously optimistic" about the trends it has seen as a result of its strategic decision regarding driver compensation. Also higher was IGI Laboratories (IG), which rose $1.36, or 18.26%, to $8.81 after the company acquired the regulatory rights and related documents and records for 18 drug products from AstraZeneca (AZN). Among the noteworthy losers was BlackBerry (BBRY), which fell 71c, or 6.76%, to $9.80 the day before it reports on its quarterly results. Ahead of tomorrow morning's report, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis downgraded shares of the smartphone maker to Hold from Buy, saying the company's results "may prove underwhelming." Also lower were shares of adhesives maker H.B. Fuller (FUL), which fell $6.30, or 14.32%, to $37.68 after the company's third quarter results and fourth quarter profit outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: The Dow plunged 264.26, or 1.54%, to 16,945.80, the Nasdaq dropped 88.47, or 1.94%, to 4,466.75, and the S&P 500 declined 32.31, or 1.62%, to 1,965.99.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 25, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.09 to 30.38. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP PBR GILD DOW according to Track Data.
15:10 EDTCHolder resignation as AG positive for banks, says Rafferty Capital
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14:29 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: BlackBerry downgraded at BGC ahead of tomorrow's report
BlackBerry (BBRY) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, September 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. BlackBerry manufactures and markets mobile devices, such as smartphones, and creates software and services for those devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting losses per share of (16c) on revenue of $949.64M. The consensus range is (36c)-(4c) for EPS on revenue of $855.9M-$1.16B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 19, BlackBerry reported a loss per share, excluding certain items, of (11c), versus analysts' consensus estimate of a (26c) per share loss. The company's revenue of $966M was a bit higher than the consensus expectation near $963M. The smartphone maker said that it had recognized revenue on about 1.6M of its smartphones, up from about 1.3M during the previous quarter. Moreover, it said that it was close to reaching the breakeven point on hardware sales and added that it expects its subscriber numbers to be steady going forward. BlackBerry should be profitable sometime in fiscal 2016, company CEO John Chen stated. NEWS: On July 21, BlackBerry announced that it has named Marty Beard as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to the appointment, Beard had been chairman and CEO of LiveOps. After Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) announced an enterprise partnership, BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Financial Times on July 24 that his company was in early talks with companies about working together in parts of the enterprise market, though he declined to comment on who the discussions have been with. Last month, BlackBerry announced that it has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's technology assets, including QNX, Project Ion, Certicom and Paratek as well as BlackBerry's patent portfolio. Two weeks ago, BlackBerry announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though the next day Wells Fargo wrote that it thinks the deal brings a degree of differentiation to BlackBerry's mobile device management solutions and will make BYOD better for both companies and employees. Yesterday, BlackBerry launched the Passport, a high-end smartphone featuring a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard. Inspired by actual passports, the device was "purpose-built for productivity-driven business professionals," the company stated. STREET RESEARCH: On the day of BlackBerry's last quarterly report, BGC Financial said that it thought that the negative thesis on BlackBerry was falling apart, at least in the short-term. However, this afternoon BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis downgraded shares of BlackBerry to Hold from Buy, saying the company's quarterly results tomorrow "may prove underwhelming." Gillis expects BlackBerry's revenue declines to continue in the current quarter and noted that his estimate is below consensus. He has an $11 price target for the shares. Also today, MKM Partners stated in a note to investors that it believes BlackBerry's new Passport phone is for "hardcore entrenched BB users" and unlikely to make much of a difference. The firm kept a Neutral rating on the stock with a $10 price target. PRICE ACTION: On the day of its last report, shares of BlackBerry climbed 9.65% to close at $9.09. Since the day after that initial pop, the stock has gained about another 10%. In afternoon trading, BlackBerry was down 51c, or almost 5%, to $10.00.
14:05 EDTAAPLApple has only received nine complaints regarding bent iPhone 6, John Fortt says
Apple has only received nine customer complaints regarding bent iPhone 6's, CNBC's John Fortt says. Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone bending concerns bring opportunity, says Cantor
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12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:30 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HAL
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10:55 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL up 22.4% to 28.79
VIX methodology for Apple VXAPL up 22.4% to 28.79, compared to its 10-day moving average of 24.28
10:45 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit falls amid market pullback despite Q4 earnings beat
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09:55 EDTAAPLApple falls below $100, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.9% to $99.68 at time of writing following update issues for iOS 8.0.1 impacting cell service and potential security vulnerabilities related to the 'Bash' bug. Next support is at $98.38. Resistance is at $100.53.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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