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July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, GOOGOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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13:15 EDTGOOGBaidu mirrors Google with self-driving vehicle, FT says
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12:45 EDTAAPLApple says large amount of data can be obtained about iPhone users, Reuters says
Apple employees can extract personal data from iPhones through previously unpublicized methods, Apple acknowledged last week, Reuters reported on Friday night. The company's admission came after a researcher showed last week how iPhone services extract a "surprising" amount of data about their users, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:26 EDTAAPLIHS teardown says Amazon Fire phone costs $205 to build, Re/code reports
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10:22 EDTAAPLMIT Technology Review discusses new sapphire production at GT
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09:50 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle rumored to work on 5.9" Nexus phone, Android Police says
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07:40 EDTGOOGAmazon could see new cloud competition on many fronts, WSJ says
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple's acquisition of Beats cleared by European Commission
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music. Beats Electronics was established in 2008 and designs, develops and sells audio products such as headphones and audio speakers. The Commission concluded that the combination of the two businesses did not raise competition concerns because the combined market share of Apple and Beats Electronics is low. In addition, Apple and Beats Electronics are not close competitors because the headphones they sell differ markedly in functionality and design.
07:21 EDTAAPLBlackBerry, Dell play-down risk of Apple-IBM partnership, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLRival asks for ban on sale of Beats products, Re/code says
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06:17 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
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05:58 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple nears deal to buy Swell radio app for $30M, Re/code reports
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July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTGOOGAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:38 EDTAAPLApple acquires book analytic startup BookLamp, TechCrunch says
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10:40 EDTAAPLLarger iPhone could squeeze iPad sales further, Barron's says
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTAAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:02 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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13:55 EDTAAPLBose sues Beats Electronics over alleged patent infringement
Bose Corporation filed a lawsuit requesting that the International Trade Commission commence an investigation to "remedy the unlawful importation" into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. of certain noise canceling headphones and components from Beats Electronics that are alleged to infringe one or more valid and enforceable U.S. patents owned by Bose. Beats Electronics has agreed to be acquired by Apple. Reference Link
13:13 EDTAAPLEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
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12:49 EDTGOOGYouTube could name music subscription service 'MusicKey,' GigaOM reports
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12:12 EDTAAPLEinhorn takes stake in Lam Research, Bloomberg reports
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11:03 EDTCCitigroup unit LavaFlow to pay $5M in settlement with SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Citigroup business unit operating an alternative trading system with failing to protect the confidential trading data of its subscribers. New York-based LavaFlow Inc. has agreed to pay $5M to settle the SEC’s charges, including a $2.85M penalty that is the agency’s largest to date against an ATS. According to the SEC’s order instituting a settled administrative proceeding, LavaFlow allowed an affiliate operating a technology application known as a smart order router to access and use confidential information related to the non-displayed orders of LavaFlow’s ECN’s subscribers. While LavaFlow only allowed the affiliate to use the confidential trading data for order router customers who also were ECN subscribers, the firm did not obtain consent from its subscribers to use their confidential information in this way, nor did LavaFlow disclose the use in its regulatory filings with the SEC. In addition to the Regulation ATS violations, the SEC’s order finds that LavaFlow aided and abetted a violation by the same affiliate that operated the smart order router, Lava Trading Inc., which continued to provide broker-dealer services for several months after it deregistered in August 2008.
10:05 EDTAAPLSwatch says not working with Apple on smartwatches, Business Insider reports
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09:37 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTLVSNevada reports June statewide gaming win up 14.4% to $906.9M
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09:31 EDTAAPLApple rumored to push out larger iPhone 6 production, AppleInsider says
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08:47 EDTINTCMellanox points to bigger than expected Grantley ramp, says Janney Capital
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07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle X project to gather 'baseline' of healthy human, WSJ says
Google X, the search giant's research arm, is undertaking "Baseline Study," an ambitious project to collect genetic and molecular information first from 175 people, and later from thousands more, to amass a much larger and broader set of new data on what a healthy human being should be than is currently available or being gathered by other mass studies, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-books agreement terms troubles U.S. judge, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTINTCIntel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet models in Q4, DigiTimes says
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05:59 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC WMB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 17, Williams (WMB) 22 according to iVolatility.
05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to buy Twitch for $1B, VentureBeat reports
Google will acquire Twitch, a game livestreaming company, for around $1B, sources confirm to VentureBeat. It is unclear when the deal will be announced or what the exactly purchase price will be, but the sources say YouTube is heading the purchase. Reference Link
July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTC, AAPLiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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13:16 EDTAAPLAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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10:37 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPLApple set to become TSMC's largest client, DigiTimes reports
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09:28 EDTAAPLApple to release iPhones at different times to avoid competition, DigiTimes say
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could launch mobile wallet as early as this fall, The Information reports
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06:38 EDTGOOGWatchdog says Google evokes memories meant to be omitted, Bloomberg says
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
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July 23, 2014
18:03 EDTAAPLInvestors shouldn't wait too long to buy Apple, Barron's says
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17:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way throughout the trading day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was helped by a post-earnings rise in shares of Apple (AAPL), while the blue-chip index was weighed down by Boeing's (BA) under-performance following its own quarter report. There was little movement in the averages during the day as they remained in a narrow range, but the increase in the S&P 500 did manage to push it to a new all-time closing high. After the bell, investors will receive the next wave of earnings with AT&T (T), Facebook (FB) and Qualcomm (QCOM) scheduled to report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced $2.47, or 2.61%, to $97.19 after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Another research firm, Janney Capital, said Apple did not address rumored new products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch, on its earnings call, but did indicate that its wider than normal revenue guidance range was due to "many moving pieces," suggesting one or two new products may be introduced, but late in the quarter... Dow component Boeing sank $3.03, or 2.34%, to $126.71 despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's (MCD), fell 92c, or 0.96%, to $95.35 after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock surged $174.40, or 295.44%, to $233.43 after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose $69.47, or 17.71%, to $461.63 and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers was Xilinx (XLNX), which tumbled $6.89, or 14.31%, to $41.26 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. After the report, analysts at William Blair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital all downgraded the stock. Also lower were shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR), which fell $2.39, or 9.63%, to $22.43 and was also downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after its Q3 guidance missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slid 26.91, or 0.16%, to 17,086.63, the Nasdaq rose 17.68, or 0.4%, to 4,473.70, and the S&P 500 gained 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,987.01.
16:02 EDTCSallie Mae names Jeffrey Dale as company’s first Chief Risk Officer
Sallie Mae (SLM) appointed Jeffrey Dale as the company’s first Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Dale will work with senior executives and other company stakeholders to build out the enterprise risk management function and framework for the company and its Sallie Mae Bank subsidiary. Mr. Dale arrives from Citigroup (C) where he most recently served as the North American Group Risk Director responsible for consumer credit in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
16:00 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
14:47 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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13:01 EDTGOOGSprint teams with Google to offer Google Apps for business
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12:27 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires drawElements
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12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:01 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HLF
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11:33 EDTINTCSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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10:40 EDTAAPLApple tentatively plans to announce iPhone 6 in mid-September, 9to5Mac says
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX FB MSFT CELG TWTR TSLA VALE CNW
08:52 EDTAAPLApple guide suggests big products to come late in quarter, says Janney Capital
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08:49 EDTAAPLVirnetX volatility elevated into CAFC decision
VirnetX (VHC) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 110, September is at 106, September is at 89; compared to its 26-week average of 85 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement as investors await a with regard to VirnetX's case with Apple (AAPL).
08:08 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at CLSA
07:47 EDTAAPLApple results more or less status quo, says Wells Fargo
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07:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $111 at Cantor
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06:54 EDTAAPLApple shares recommended after June quarter results at Citigroup
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06:50 EDTGOOGGoogle, Spotify didn't talk about a deal, Re/code says
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06:45 EDTAAPL, GOOGMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle tried to buy Spotify last year, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 18, Shire (SHPG) 19 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTGOOGYouTube's Chris LaRosa quits as music head, WSJ reports
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July 22, 2014
18:33 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple guidance suggests Sept. 26 iPhone launch, says Piper Jaffray
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple says iPad sales were 'gated' by channel inventory, market softness
Comment made on Q2 earnings conference call.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple shares up 17c to $94.89 following Q3 results
16:34 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'strong' sales of iPhone, Mac in Q3
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3
Apple sold 13.28M iPads in Q3, 4.4M Macs, and 2.93M iPods.
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.4% vs. 36.9% last year
International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter's revenue.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $37B-$40B, consensus $40.44B
Sees Q4 gross margin between 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.23
Reports Q3 revenue $37.4B, consensus $37.99B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:30 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:12 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 94.64 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q2
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13:18 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it 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. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
12:53 EDTINTCApplied Materials drops following report of opposition to merger
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12:30 EDTGOOGEU regulators to revisit Google antitrust settlement, WSJ reports
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11:56 EDTGOOGEU may revise antitrust settlement with Google, Dow reports
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10:51 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:30 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3
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10:16 EDTGOOGAmazon quietly debuts mobile wallet app, TechCrunch says
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10:01 EDTAAPLPandora advances after upbeat notes from analysts
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09:36 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for smartwatch with gesture support, AppleInsider says
A patent granted to Apple and published by the USPTO provides one of the clearest signs yet that the company has been working on a smartwatch, reported AppleInsider, which noted that the patent covers a wrist-worn wearable device, dubbed "iTime" in one illustration, that supports arm and wrist gestures and has advanced proximity-sensing circuitry. Reference Link
07:31 EDTAAPLInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
06:30 EDTGOOGItaly grants Google 18 months to modify data use habits, Reuters says
Italy's data protection regulator granted Google 18 months to modify the manner in which it treats and stores user information, ending a probe that is part of a European target to change the company's privacy practices, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the Italian watchdog. A Google spokesman said the firm had always complied with the regulator and would continue to do so. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGWitsView: Acer surpasses Samsung in Chromebook shipments in Q2, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to produce 80M large-screen iPhones, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SHPG
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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12:41 EDTINTCIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
10:45 EDTGOOG, AAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTGOOG, AAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:34 EDTINTCIntel mobile business could be source of growth, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Intel's Mobile & Communications segment could be an important growth and profit driver for the company starting next year. The firm thinks the company's manufacturing technology lead and efforts to establish a foundry business could boost its Mobile & Communications segment. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:23 EDTCCiti unit, Mexican regulator at odds over fraud probes, Reuters says
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07:15 EDTGOOG, INTCO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
18:47 EDTGOOGGoogle considers transforming NYC pay phones to Wi-Fi hot spots, Bloomberg says
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16:47 EDTAAPL, INTC, C, GOOGMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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12:42 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
12:36 EDTINTCPlug Power said to be on list of companies probed by SEC, Probes Reporter says
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12:21 EDTGOOGCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
12:01 EDTCCitigroup says DOJ settlement includes est. of cost of consumer relief
Says $3.8B charge for DOJ settlement included estimates of cost of consumer relief.
11:42 EDTINTCAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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11:30 EDTCCitigroup sees issuing 'somewhat more' securitizations during rest of year
Says liquidity position remains strong. Sees FY NCL rate in Asia, Latin America roughly in line with 1H. Says expects to repurchase or redeem $10B of debt this year. Expects to issue preferred stock between now and when Basel III rules are implemented at a measured pace. Sees 2014 preferred stock issuance volume below 2013 levels. Says capital position remains among the strongest in the industry. Says will issue "somewhat more" securitizations during the rest of the year, says credit cards to be primary source of additional securitizations. Comments made on the company's Q2 Fixed Income Investor Review.
11:03 EDTGOOG, AAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:41 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
10:32 EDTCCitigroup says making continued progress in resolving legacy issues
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09:48 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:18 EDTGOOGSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $690 from $675 at RW Baird
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $715 from $700 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Google to $715 from $700 following its strong Q2 results. The firm cited valuation, potential for margin expansion, and undiscounted potential from Youtube, mobile ad pricing and other adjacent businesses. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Google.
07:55 EDTGOOGGoogle results positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle looks to expand Google Fiber to Britain, Telegraph reports
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06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $645 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Google shares to $670 citing accelerating growth and mobile monetization improvements following the company's "strong" Q2 results. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
06:23 EDTGOOGYouTube making new content push with video-makers, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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05:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reported solid Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTGOOG, INTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:40 EDTAAPLBill Campbell retires from Apple's board, replaced by Susan Wagner
Apple (AAPL) announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012.
16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora leaving to join Softbank
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16:13 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 average cost-per-click down 6%
Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 6% over prior year and remained constant from Q1. Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 25% over prior year increased approximately 2% over Q1.
16:12 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 sites revenue up 23% to $10.94B
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16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q2 EPS $6.08, consensus $6.24
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16:01 EDTGOOG, AAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:26 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:26 EDTGOOGRaymond James remains positive on Google ahead of tonight's results
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15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple heads lower to test of support, levels to watch
The shares are heading lower, last at $93.48. At that price the stock is just above uptrend support at the 30-day moving average, last at $93.11. A break below the 30-day moving average would set the stage for a test down to the 50-day moving average at $90.57. Resistance is at $95.10, the 10-day moving average.
14:44 EDTAAPLAsus tablet sales in Japan top Apple in first half of year, Nikkei says
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13:33 EDTGOOG, AAPLAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
09:40 EDTINTC, LVS, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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07:51 EDTINTCSenate Finance Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "The Role of Trade & Technology in 21st Century Manufacturing" with Vice President Sturm of Intel on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:50 EDTGOOGAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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18:26 EDTLVSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:55 EDTINTCIntel looks like a hold, Barron's says
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17:39 EDTGOOGeBay says Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June
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16:54 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple's Tim Cook doing a 'good job'
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16:24 EDTAAPL, INTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:08 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands down 2.9% after reporting weaker than expected Q2 results
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16:02 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Q2 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 90c
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16:00 EDTC, AAPL, INTC, GOOGOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
15:27 EDTLVSNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:16 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands July 75 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q2
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12:47 EDTGOOGYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
12:26 EDTAAPL, INTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:07 EDTAAPLApple, IBM rise after agreeing to collaborate on mobile products
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12:05 EDTAAPLNew York AG enters E-Book price fixing settlement with Apple
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12:01 EDTAAPLNew York AG announces e-book price settlement with Apple
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11:29 EDTINTCIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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11:28 EDTCLeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
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11:16 EDTCCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
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10:58 EDTAAPL, GOOGSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLPhoto claims to show iPhone 6 Touch ID component, Business Insider says
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09:23 EDTAAPL, INTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
08:05 EDTINTCHP has positive read through from Intel results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest has an upward bias on its estimates for HP (HPQ) following Intel's (INTC) positive comments on the PC market. The firm thinks that HP's stock could jump another 20% if enterprise PC fundamentals continue to improve. It keeps an Outperform rating on HP.
08:03 EDTAAPLApple deal with IBM could drive enterprise sales, says Canaccord
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08:00 EDTAAPLInvenSense Orbotech look good into Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:47 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $50 from $40 at Drexel Hamilton
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07:39 EDTINTCIntel comments bode well for Mellanox, says Macquarie
Intel (INTC) said on its earnings call that the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 high-performance CPU built on the Grantley platform is already being shipped in pre-production quantities and is on track for a CYQ3 launch. Macquarie said Intel's commentary is a positive for the HPC market and Mellanox (MLNX) should see corresponding demand. Shares are Outperform rated with a $52 price target.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $45 from $40 at Jefferies
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07:17 EDTINTCIntel facing headwinds, says RBC Capital
After Intel reported stronger than expected results, RBC Capital thinks the company will be burdened by start-up costs in Q4 and 1Q15. The firm thinks there is a risk that the company's gross margins will drop and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $36 from $31 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Intel after the company reported stronger than expected results for its June quarter and provided guidance for its September quarter that the firm views favorably. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:01 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $40 from $35 at Deutsche Bank
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07:00 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $40 from $35 at Credit Suisse
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06:55 EDTAAPLSurvey shows Samsung losing smartphone ground, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $107 on enterprise opportunity at Goldman
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06:20 EDTAAPLDRAM chip prices likely to increase 10% in July, DigiTimes reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone orders to benefit Taiwan component maker revenue, DigiTimes says
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup believes consensus expectations are underappreciating the upgrade potential of Apple’s installed base. Citi believes Street estimates for 2015 and 2016 are too low and started shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $110 price target.
06:14 EDTGOOG, AAPLABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTINTCIntel moving 360 employees from Israel to Ireland, Globes reports
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06:06 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $37 from $31 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Intel shares to $37 saying the company's momentum continues following its Q2 report. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
July 15, 2014
18:29 EDTAAPL, INTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 4.1% after reporting second quarter results... AMD (AMD), up 1.6% after Intel reported quarterly results... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.6% after reporting fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: IBM (IBM), up 1.8% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with Apple (AAPL), which is up 1.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), down 2.3% after reversing direction during the company's second quarter earnings conference call. ALSO LOWER: BlackBerry (BBRY), down 3.4% following IBM and Apple partnership announcement.
18:23 EDTGOOGGoogle hires cyber-security researchers to improve internet security, WSJ says
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18:05 EDTINTCIntel says consumer remains challenging, soft
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18:02 EDTGOOGAdobe, Google announce digital type breakthrough
Adobe (ADBE) announced the release of Source Han Sans, an open source typeface supporting Japanese, Chinese and Korean, as well as Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. It was developed in collaboration with Adobe’s key partner Google (GOOG) and contracted foundry partners across East Asia. Source Han Sans marks a record-breaking typeface in terms of size, scale, complexity and support for Japanese, Chinese and Korean all within the same font family. It provides designers and developers creating content for international audiences one uniform font to use in print and Web files no matter the language - eliminating the need to license multiple fonts.
17:40 EDTAAPLBlackBerry slides after Apple, IBM partner on mobile enterprise
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17:35 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Alan Mulally appointment to board
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16:51 EDTAAPLBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:50 EDTAAPLApple, IBM both higher after announcing enterprise mobile partnership
In after-hours trading, Apple (AAPL) is up 1.5%, while IBM (IBM) is up 2.1%.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTINTCIntel CFO says company strategy 'played out nicely' in first half
Says data center business extremely strong. Says still seeing soft consumer. Says on the cusp of a PC refresh cycle. Says goal is to keep long-term margins in 55%-65% range. Says needs to push costs down, battery life up. Stacy Smith is speaking on CNBC.
16:22 EDTINTCIntel announces increase of $20B to share repurchase plan
Intel announced that it intends to return more cash to shareholders by lowering its cash balance further through increased share repurchases. The board of directors authorized an increase of $20B to its share repurchase program and the company is forecasting share repurchases of approximately $4B in the third quarter, with additional share repurchases in the fourth quarter. Over the last decade Intel has returned almost $90B to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.
16:15 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints ex Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board, CNBC says
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16:15 EDTINTCIntel targets $4B for share repurchases in Q3
16:12 EDTINTCIntel up about 4% following better than expected Q2 results
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16:10 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 PC Client Group revenue $8.7B, up 9% sequentially, up 6% YoY
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16:07 EDTINTCIntel says on track to meet 40M unit tablet goal
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 gross margin 64.5%
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 revenue growth approximately 5%, consensus $54.55B
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16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.02B
Sees Q3 gross margin 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 52c
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16:00 EDTAAPL, GOOGOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:27 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:48 EDTCCitigroup reports June credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.40% last month
Reports June delinquencies 1.43% vs. 1.46% last month.
12:55 EDTAAPL, INTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
10:37 EDTCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTGOOG, INTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
07:43 EDTCCitigroup successfully executing plan, says RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTCAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
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07:34 EDTCCitigroup shares cheap on valuation, says UBS
UBS views Citigroup shares as cheap and does not expect them to trade below tangible book value indefinitely. The firm sees earnings stabilization, better than expected trading results, strong loan growth, and valuation as reasons to maintain its Buy rating and raise its price target on Citigroup shares to $61 from $60.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:23 EDTINTCFortune to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTGOOGIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle Fit may benefit remote medical care industry, DigiTimes Research says
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06:02 EDTGOOGSamsung, Nest, ARM team up for Thread wireless networking protocol
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05:44 EDTGOOGNovartis to license Google 'smart lens' technology
Novartis (NVS) announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google (GOOG) to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems, provides Alcon with the opportunity to develop and commercialize Google's "smart lens" technology with the potential to transform eye care and further enhance Alcon's pipeline and global leadership in contact lenses and intraocular lenses. The transaction remains subject to anti-trust approvals. The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google's key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis's deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.
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