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February 1, 2015
18:34 EDTCJPMorgan settles FX probe for $99.5M, Reuters says
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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOG, AAPLMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
16:18 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; January 30, 2015
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12:45 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:28 EDTGOOGAnalysts upbeat on Google despite earnings miss
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09:35 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:33 EDTLVSNevada reports December Statewide gaming win down 8.1% to $950.69M
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08:35 EDTCCiti management to meet with UBS
Group breakfast to be held in New York on January 30 at 8:30 am hosted by UBS.
07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle noisy quarter masks solid results, says UBS
UBS said Google posted another solid quarterly performance, but It was masked by noise including foreign exchange, one time operating expenses, Nexus 6 shortages, and real estate purchases. The firm believes investors should focus on solid advertising trends. UBS reiterated its Buy rating but lowered its price target to $630 from $660 on Google shares.
07:44 EDTGOOGGoogle website revenue growth encouraging, sayst JMP Securities
After Google reported weaker than expected Q4 results, JMP Securities was nonetheless encouraged by the 18% revenue growth of the company's owned and operated websites. The firm thinks that YouTube is executing well, while Google's traction in mobile is increasing and the factors that negatively impacted its other revenue growth are fixable. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle results could improve in 2015, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Google's Q4 results were disappointing, but the firm believes that the company hinted that its spending could decelerate this year. Additionally, the firm is more upbeat on YouTube. It continues to recommend buying the stock.
07:22 EDTGOOGMarket looks set to open sharply lower
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07:16 EDTGOOGGoogle to change privacy policy after ICO investigation
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle core business grew at healthy rate, says Cantor
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $629 from $652 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google shares to $629 saying currency will remain a significant headwind for the foreseeable future. Citi, however, believes "overly negative sentiment" is priced into shares following Google's weaker than expected Q4 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
January 29, 2015
19:14 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTGOOGGoogle reverses after-hours decline, now higher by almost 2%
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile advertising on YouTube is up more than 100%
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17:56 EDTGOOGGoogle says seeing 'great' momentum in mobile advertising on YouTube
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16:08 EDTGOOGGoogle shares drop 2% to $504.78 following Q4 results
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16:07 EDTGOOGGoogle expects 'significant capital expenditures' to continue
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 Sites revenue $12.43B vs. $10.54B last year
Reports Q4 Network revenue $3.72B vs. $3.52B last year. It revenue from outside of the United States totaled $10.23B, representing 56% of total revenues in Q4, compared to 58% in Q3.
16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 average cost-per-click down 3% vs. last year
Google said Q4 average cost-per-click decreased approximately 3% over last year and decreased approximately 3% over Q3. Cost-per-click for Google sites decreased approximately 8% over last year and decreased approximately 8% over Q3. Network cost-per-click increased approximately 6% over last year and increased approximately 10% over Q3.
16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 aggregate paid clicks up 14%
Google said Q4 aggregate paid clicks approximately 14% over last year and increased approximately 11% over Q3. Sites paid clicks increased approximately 25% over last year and increased approximately 18% over Q3. Network paid clicks decreased approximately 11% over last year and decreased approximately 7% over Q3.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 EPS $6.88, consensus $7.11
Reports Q4 revenue $18.1B, consensus $18.46B.
16:00 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:58 EDTAAPLSpotify working with Goldman on new fuding round, may delay IPO, WSJ says
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15:37 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly 507 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
13:10 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google down more than 5.7% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 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 $7.11 on revenue of $18.46B. The consensus range is $6.39-$7.97 for EPS, and $17.95B-$18.99B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported third quarter EPS of $6.35 against estimates of $6.53 on revenue of $16.52B against estimates of $16.57B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% and Q3 average-cost-per-click down 2%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B and Q3 Network revenue $3.43B. NEWS: In the past quarter, Google acquired Firebase, RelativeWave and Revolv, while also developing a business relationship with PwC. Google partnered with PwC to bid for a Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems contract. Google's YouTube launched a Music Key Beta monthly subscription service after negotiating music licensing deals with thousands of independent labels in November. YouTube also said it plans the launch of original content initiative by the end of 2015. Operationally, Google has shut down its news service in Spain and engineering operations in Russia. A Wall Street Journal report said Google was near a $1B investment in SpaceX and a Financial Times report said Chromebooks overtook Apple's (AAPL) iPads for the first time in U.S. schools. STREET RESEARCH: Google was downgraded at BofA/Merrill, Stifel and Atlantic Equities, citing a lack of product catalysts, search maturity, margin pressure from investments, and challenges due to an ongoing shift to mobile. The company's price target was also lowered at JPMorgan, citing slower organic growth, the strength of the U.S. dollar, and the company's ongoing investments. Citigroup, on the other hand, is upbeat on the company. Citi analysts say Google has underperformed its Internet index, but believes the worst case scenario is largely baked into Google shares at current levels. Citi also says Google's total worldwide search revenue is expected to be $51B in 2014 with $12B coming from mobile devices. Bernstein said Google shares are undervalued and concerns for apps that could derail Google's search engine are overdone. SunTrust also said the company's risk/reward is compelling, and Google could potentially create a positive surprise by initiating a dividend. Ahead of earnings, BGC Financial believes Google should be bought. BGC Financial expects Google to report Q4 paid click growth of 17% and a cost-per-click decline of 2%. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have fell more than 5.7% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. In Thursday afternoon trading ahead of Q4 report, Google shares are down a little over 1%.
11:53 EDTAAPLQualcomm sinks after cutting outlook, confirming being dropped in Galaxy
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB KO NFLX PFMT GILD YHOO TSLA MCD
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, VMware collaborate on enterprise public cloud
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07:51 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:36 EDTCStandard Chartered CEO growing unpopular with shareholders, executives, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPLChina implementing new requirements for some tech companies, NY Times says
China is forcing companies which sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to divulge secret source code and submit to audits, according to The New York Times. It is also requiring such companies to provide the government with access to hardware and software products, the newspaper indicated. Cisco (CSCO), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Microsoft (MSFT) have raised issues about accessing the Chinese market, while Apple (AAPL) is looking to increase its business in the country, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPL, GOOGMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTLVSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:56 EDTCFederal judge says FOREX manipulation case to proceed, Reuters reports
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16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:24 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands up 2.7% after reporting Q4 results, dividend increase
16:14 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands raises Q1 dividend to 65c per share from 50c per share
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16:04 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 92c, consensus 81c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.42B, consensus $3.51B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:37 EDTLVSNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:29 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors gaining share in iPhone, says Raymond James
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15:25 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands January weekly 56 straddle priced for 4.3% movement into Q4
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14:22 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands technical notes ahead of earnings
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13:51 EDTGOOGAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTGOOGAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:52 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should do Dutch tender for buyback
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:40 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple one of the best buys in 'last couple of decades'
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12:38 EDTAAPLSchechter says Apple can grow earnings 30% in 2016, 2017
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12:37 EDTAAPLIcahn says short squeeze likely going on in Apple shares
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLIcahn says likely to revise higher Apple price target of $200
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12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
11:31 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAPL
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10:13 EDTAAPLAnalysts upbeat on Apple after iPhone powers big earnings beat
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09:35 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $135 at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $140 citing the December quarter blow out.
08:26 EDTAAPLApple strengthening ecosystem with strong iPhone sales, says Janney Capital
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08:17 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $133 from $126 at Morgan Stanley
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07:58 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple at 42.25
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple growth poised to slow, says Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $125 at UBS
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07:24 EDTAAPLCan Fed and Apple rescue market?
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07:23 EDTINTCIntel pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple catalysts limited ahead of Watch launch, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blow out' results, says Bernstein
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06:47 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $143 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Apple after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm called the results "exceptional," and it thinks the company has a number of additional upcoming catalysts, including the 4G ramp in China and the Apple Watch. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $112 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 following the phone maker's better than expected December quarter results. JPMorgan believes new products in 2015 will drive Apple's earnings growth ahead of peers. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Apple are rallying $7.61, or 7%, to $116.75 in pre-market trading.
06:30 EDTCCiti unit reaches agreement with NY AG on ChexSystems data, WSJ reports
Citigroup's Citibank unit is expected to announce today that it has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to change its screening processes for checking and savings accounts to be more forgiving of customers' histories, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new rules, which will begin on March 15, will change how the bank uses information from consumer-reporting agency ChexSystems. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons why Apple shares can go higher
Citigroup lists five reasons following Apple's better than expected December quarter results why it believes the stock can go higher. Citi says device acceleration, the potential for consensus estimates to move up, a lack of margin decline, Apple Pay, and the company's opportunity in enterprise can drive the stock higher. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $135 price target, noting it views Apple Watch as a bonus upside catalyst.
05:58 EDTINTCIntel cooperates with Spreadtrum, Rockchip to enter China market, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) has cooperated with and Rockchip Electronics to rpomote its platforms in the China market, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the move is to compete with Qualcomm (QCOM) and Mediatek for smartphone and tablet use chip solutions. Intel is set to ship 44M tablet processors in 2015. Reference Link
05:48 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility movement; INTC QQQ
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05:37 EDTAAPLApple guidance ex-currency would be 5% higher, says Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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18:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple says mobile users switching to Apple from Android at highest rate ever
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17:53 EDTAAPLApple says targeting additional 40 stores in China by end of 2016
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17:40 EDTAAPLApple says Apple watch expected to ship in April
Says the company has gained market share in 34 of the last 35 quarters. Says 2015 will be, "The year of Apple Pay." Says App store sales increased by 41%. Says Q1 results would have been even stronger without Forex volatility. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:18 EDTAAPLApple suppliers higher after company beats estimates
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16:37 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 39.9% vs. 37.9% last year
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares jump 5% to $114.50 after Q1 results top estimates
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPhone units 74.47M vs. 39.27M last year
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sold 74.5M iPhones in Q1
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q2 revenue $52B-$55B, consensus $53.79B
Sees Q2 gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 EPS $$3.06, consensus $2.60
Reports Q1 revenue $74.6B, consensus $67.69B.
16:00 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; January 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.40 to 32.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB MSFT X RIG YHOO C GILD according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 110 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q1
15:35 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:46 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 113 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q1
14:27 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple China iPhone sales seen eclipsing U.S. for first time
Apple (AAPL) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, 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 $2.60 on revenue of $67.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.44-$2.97 on revenue of $65.01B-$74.27B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $63.5B-$66.5B and a gross margin of 37.5%-38.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently raised the firm's iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M based on the company reaching supply/demand balance before the end of the quarter. The firm reduced its iPad expectation to 22M from 25M and said it expects Mac sales to be roughly in line with the Street at around 5.3M units. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.42, which topped the consensus estimate for $1.31. Fourth quarter revenue of $42.1B also beat the $39.85B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 39.27M iPhones, 12.32M iPads, 5.52M Macs, and 2.64M iPods in Q4. Apple reported Q4 gross margin of 38%, versus 37% last year, and noted that international sales accounted for 60% of the quarter’s revenue. NEWS: On November 11, Alibaba's (BABA) Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said the company and Apple were in talks for a potential partnership that would focus on the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Tsai said, “We are positive about the potential cooperation, but it depends on the details being worked out.” On January 8, Apple announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50% and apps generated over $10B in revenue for developers, Apple added. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Apple is expected to say it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year. Analysts estimate the turning point in sales came last year after a deal with China Mobile (CHL), the publication added. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, Cantor Fitzgerald said Apple "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm added that it believed investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company. It raised its price target for shares to $143 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, said it believed strong near-term growth was largely priced into Apple shares at then-current levels, while catalysts were limited ahead of Apple Watch. The firm expected shares to be range bound and kept a Hold rating on Apple following the company's better than expected Q4 results. On January 13, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. The same day, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. On January 15, Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy and maintained its $115 price target based on its belief that the risk/reward for the stock was balanced. The firm said it expects solid Q1 results and for the company's March outlook to be in-line with consensus, but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint. Yesterday, Piper Jaffray said it believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter. Piper, which thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles, believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced about 2.7% on the first day of trade following its Q4 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up a bit over 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report tonight, Apple was down almost 2% to just over $111 per share.
14:08 EDTAAPLApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:43 EDTINTCIntel would not let AMD x86 license 'fall into hands' of China, Hesseldahl says
Following a Chinese language report claiming that Chinese company BLX IC Design could be interested in buying AMD (AMD), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl said on Twitter that he believes there is "no way" Intel (INTC) would allow AMD's x86 license to fall into the hands of a China-based owner. AMD shares, which rose significantly yesterday, are up another 5.2% today in afternoon trading. Reference Link
13:35 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Google Fiber coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, two other cities
Google said in a blog post, "It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on... Today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds." Google adds, "We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year." Reference Link
13:16 EDTINTCAMD continues advance following Chinese report of takeover interest
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11:14 EDTINTCMicrosoft sinks after outlook brings multiple downgrades
Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are falling after the company last night issued guidance for its quarter ending in March that came in significantly below analysts' expectations. JPMorgan, Citigroup, MKM Partners and Nomura responded to the company's results by downgrading the stock. BACKGROUND: Microsoft's revenue guidance for its March quarter missed expectations, driven by U.S. dollar strength, and continued weakness in China, Russia and Japan, according to JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy. The company's second quarter results were roughly in-line with expectations, but its software sales came in below the consensus outlook, as customers shifted to cheaper Web-based products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, JPMorgan's Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral for Overweight. Microsoft plans to spend more money than anticipated going forward, according to the analyst, who consequently cut his fiscal 2015 earnings per share forecast for the company by 8%. The reduced profit outlook could delay the stock's move above $50, warned Murphy, who reduced his price target on the name to $47 from $53. But the analyst did note that the tech giant’s commercial cloud revenue growth jumped 114% year-over-year last quarter, a higher growth rate than during the same period a year earlier. Citigroup cut its rating on Microsoft to Sell from Neutral, saying that the company's earnings headwinds are becoming clearer. The firm set a $38 price target on the stock. Both Nomura and MKM Partners cut its ratings on the name to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft fell 9.55 to $42.50. Other companies
10:14 EDTINTCIntel drops after Microsoft results, levels to watch
Shares are down 4.6% to $34.15 at time of writing as Microsoft's (MSFT) results weigh on PC-related shares. At current price, next support is at $33, a recent pivot low. Resistance is at $34.79.
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08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:17 EDTAAPLXiaomi's latest smartphone sells out in three minutes, Android Central says
Xiaomi's latest smartphone Mi Note launched in China today and sold out in less than three minutes, reports Android Central. The next shipment of the $370 phone is scheduled for February 3 and the upgraded $530 Mi Note Pro is launching in March. Xiaomi is positioning the Mi Note as an Apple iPhone competitor and the company expects 100M handset sales across all products for 2015. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for iPhone gaming controller, Apple Insider says
Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that snaps around the phone to offer additional controls, reports Apple Insider. The patent was first filed after the iPhone 3G was announced six years ago, and includes capabilities for directional pads, joysticks, extra buttons, rumble feedback, secondary displays, additional cameras and speakers, and a physical keyboard. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWestern Union to offer Apple Pay at flagship locations
Western Union (WU) announced it will offer Apple (AAPL)’s technology Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
07:35 EDTAAPLApple Q1 results should be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q1 iPhone sales should exceed most expectations, while Q1 results should boost the stock. However, the firm does not expect the company to generate significant EPS growth in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
07:03 EDTCCiti Foundation CEO Pam Flaherty to retire, WSJ says
Pam Flaherty, Citigroup veteran since 1968 and current head of Citi's charitable foundation, will retire Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Citi Foundation COO Brandee McHale is expected to succeed Flaherty. Reference Link
06:44 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce as sales growth eases, Reuters says
Apple supplier Foxconn Technology plans to reduce its workforce, according to Reuters. The Taiwan based manufacturer is experiencing declining revenue growth and increasing wages in China, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies announces nationwide rollout of new Apple Pay points
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTAAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
14:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
12:49 EDTCFederal Reserve discloses plan to improve U.S. payment system, WSJ reports
The Federal Reserve released a plan that would improve the U.S. payment system, saying the current outlook, which covers banking, checking, credit cards and online transactions is fragmented and outdated with respect to new technologies that may harm consumers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Reserve invited banks, credit card companies and payment processors to coordinate efforts. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
10:28 EDTINTCIntel trades down, testing lows of the recent range
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09:49 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
06:46 EDTAAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
14:33 EDTCCiti CEO Corbat denies rumors of selling subsidiary Banamex, Forbes reports
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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08:20 EDTLVSSands China names Sheldon Adelson as CEO
The board of directors of Sands China Ltd. announced that: (A) Sheldon Gary Adelson, the Chairman and a non-executive director of the company, will be appointed as the CEO of the company and re-designated as an executive director of the company, in each case, with effect from March 6. After the appointment and re-designation, Adelson will be the Chairman, the CEO and an Executive Director of the company; (B) Robert Glen Goldstein, a Non-Executive Director, will be appointed as the Interim President and re-designated as an Executive Director of the company, in each case, with effect from March 6. After the appointment and re-designation, Goldstein will be the Interim President and an Executive Director of the company; and (C) Goldstein will also be appointed as a member of the CAPEX Committee with effect from March 6.
08:07 EDTGOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
07:23 EDTCBass does not expect large U.S. banks to break up
Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
07:08 EDTCNorwegian Statoil seeks to cut costs as oil prices drop, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTCU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
06:04 EDTINTCIntel may look to form stylus alliance, DigiTimes reports
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance in order to establish a specification standard for stylus, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from IC designers, the alliance's first product is expected to launch in Q3 and will be to make the input device usable across different mobile devices. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
15:26 EDTCCiti to hold a conference call
4Q14 Fixed Income Investor Review conference call to be held on January 23 at 11 am. Webcast Link
14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:12 EDTAAPLXoom will incorporate Apple’s Touch ID technology in app
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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13:03 EDTAAPLAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:03 EDTLVSOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:43 EDTAAPL, LVSActive equity options trading
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
08:17 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming Research
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08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
07:59 EDTAAPLSanDisk growth story remains intact, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the 7% post-earnings drop in shares of SanDisk (SNDK) to the company unexpectedly announcing that Apple (AAPL) was dropping SanDisk as a supplier of client SSDs. The firm estimates that the Apple SSD business is roughly 8%-10% of SanDisk's revenue. Citi says it was relieved, however, when management attributed the Q4 miss to product shortage, implying NAND industry excess inventory is not an issue. It believes the company's secular growth story remains intact, and keeps a Buy rating on the name despite lowering its price target to $97 from $110.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple survey could mean earnings upside, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
12:31 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTAAPL, GOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTLVSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
07:55 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
Nomura downgraded Las Vegas Sands to Neutral to reflect lower Macau EBITDA forecasts following Beijing's tightening and enforcing of travel and capital flow regulations. The Price target lowered to $54 from $70.
07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:00 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
09:38 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
16:57 EDTCCiti may have lost more than $150M on Swiss franc volatility, Bloomberg says
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16:07 EDTLVSMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
15:14 EDTCMashreqbank interested in Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer unit, Bloomberg says
Dubai-based bank, Mashreqbank PSC confirmed it is interested in acquiring Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer banking unit, says Bloomberg citing comments from Mashreqbank PSC CEO Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Reference Link
13:45 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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