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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTINTC, AAPLOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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14:14 EDTAAPLFitbit shares tack on gains as analyst confidence grows
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13:09 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but have moved into negative ground in early afternoon trading. The nonfarm payrolls report showed that job growth slowed in June and the unemployment rate ticked down as many left the labor force. The news flow is expected to slow with investors preparing for the Independence Day weekend and the trading has been listless as is typical in the trading session prior to a long leave. However, U.S. investors will be returning to big news, either positive or negative, on Monday following the Greek referendum that is scheduled to occur on July 5. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the monthly nonfarm payrolls report showed the addition of 223,000 jobs, versus expectations for 233,000 jobs to have been added last month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3% from the prior month’s 5.5% rate. Initial jobless claims rose 10,000 to 281,000 in the week ended June 27, versus expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. Factory orders fell 1.0% in May, which was larger than the expected 0.5% decline. In Europe, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would resign from his post if the nation's referendum on bailout terms results in a "Yes" vote. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BP (BP) trading in New York rose more than 5% after the oil major announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle all U.S. federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon accident and spill in 2010. BP said it will pay up to $18.7B to settle the claims and that the expected impact of its agreements would be to increase the cumulative pre-tax charge associated with the accident and spill by around $10B from $43.8B at the end of the first quarter... Managed healthcare company Centene (CNC) announced a definitive agreement to acquire managed health care services rival Health Net (HNT) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $6.8B, including the assumption of approximately $500M of debt. Under the terms of the deal, Health Net shareholders would receive 0.622 shares of Centene common stock and $28.25 in cash for each share of Health Net common stock, which is equal to implied consideration of $78.57 per share based on Centene’s closing stock price on July 1. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which was 1.5% higher in afternoon trading after the company announced this morning that President Renee James informed the board that she will be stepping down to pursue an external CEO role. Also higher was Xoom (XOOM), which gained 22% after eBay's (EBAY) soon-to-be split PayPal (PYPL) unit announced last night that it has agreed to acquire the digital money transfer provider for $25 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Western Union (WU), which slipped about 6% after Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Hold and JMP Securities said that PayPal's deal for Xoom will negatively affect Western Union's prices over the longer term. Also lower were shares of Triple-S Management (GTS), which fell xxx% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "sell" rating, saying Puerto Rico's "crumbling" economy puts the company's earnings at risk. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 54.98, or 0.31%, to 17,702.93, the Nasdaq was down 20.30, or 0.4%, to 4,992.83, and the S&P 500 was down 5.11, or 0.25%, to 2,072.31.
12:22 EDTCBrazil investigates banks for exchange rate manipulation
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12:11 EDTLVSJPMorgan says Macau view largely unchanged after visa news, June numbers
JPMorgan views Macau's gaming revenue for June as modestly positive given that it was down less than the prior month and better than Street expectations. The firm also said the visa policy easing news was a surprising, but welcome, development, but that its view on the Macau names was largely unchanged following the news.
11:16 EDTLVSUBS 'constructive' on Macau names after restrictions eased
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGOOGYahoo begins testing search partnership with Google, New York Times reports
Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG) are exploring a new relationship in which Yahoo would use Google for some regular search results and search ads, reports the New York Times. Yahoo and Google confirmed that Yahoo has begun testing the use of Googl search ads for a small portion of its desktop and mobile web search results. Reference Link
09:03 EDTINTCIntel President Renee James stepping down to pursue external CEO role
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09:01 EDTINTCIntel President Renee James stepping down to pursue external CEO role
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08:29 EDTLVSUBS shifts from cautious stance on Macau gaming after policy change
UBS said it is taking a more constructive stance on of Macau gaming names sector as it believes the recent visa policy change lowers fears on further local tightening. The firm also cited the lowered risk of large scale downgrades in the sector and valuations that support the sector, though it noted that larger upside depends on an earnings upgrade cycle. UBS said it is unattractive to take a negative sector position given the backdrop. Publicly traded companies in the Macau gaming space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Melco Crown (MPEL) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
06:40 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may receive OLED displays from Samsung for watch, DigiTimes says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple removes Home Sharing support feature for music in iOS 8.4, 9to5Mac says
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06:05 EDTAAPL, GOOGBarclays extends cheque imaging to Android users
Barclays announced the extension of its pioneering mobile cheque imaging service to nearly a million more customers, including 500,000 customers with android phones. In another UK first, the service is also now being made available to iPad users. Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need to take a photo of the cheque then complete a few quick steps before the funds are immediately available in their current account. Reference Link
July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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13:23 EDTGOOGFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
10:07 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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10:05 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands breaks out, levels to watch
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09:46 EDTGOOGCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTGOOGGoogle outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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08:24 EDTAAPLApple outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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07:57 EDTCU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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06:48 EDTLVSMacau reports June casino revenue down 36.2% to 17.36B patacas
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s could feature 'numerous' internal changes, 9to5Mac reports
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac published photos that reportedly shows the outside of the rumored iPhone 6s. Gurman notes that the device "will look nearly identical" to the iPhone 6 on the outside, but will feature numerous internal changes, including Force Touch and a different internal mounting structure. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAAPLSecond Circuit affirms Apple's liability for e-book price-fixing conspiracy
Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division released the following statement yesterday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling in United States v. Apple Inc.: “We are gratified by the court’s decision. The decision confirms that it is unlawful for a company to knowingly participate in a price-fixing conspiracy, whatever its specific role in the conspiracy or reason for joining it. Because Apple and the defendant publishers sought to eliminate price competition in the sale of e-books, consumers were forced to pay higher prices for many e-book titles. I am proud of the outstanding work done by the trial team who initially established Apple’s liability and by the lawyers who defended the district court’s decision in this appeal. The Antitrust Division will continue to vigorously protect competition and enforce the antitrust laws in this important business, and in other industries that affect the everyday lives of consumers.”
05:54 EDTAAPLStagnant tablet demand to continue in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 30, 2015
17:34 EDTAAPLEricsson asks for documents that may be relevant in Apple case, Re/code says
Ericsson (ERIC) has asked a a Taiwanese company, Simplo Technology, thought to be an Apple (AAPL) supplier to hand over documents that may be relevant to its patent dispute case with Apple, says Re/code. Earlier this year, Ericsson filed complaints with the International Trade Commission as well the U.S. District Court in Texas claiming that Apple’s iPhones and iPads violate patents used in setting the 2G and 4G LTE wireless communications standards, added Re/code. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
15:17 EDTLVSMacau visa change does not signal a change in policy, says Wells Fargo
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13:37 EDTGOOGYouTube prevails in German court case regarding artists' fees, Reuters says
Google notched a legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had tried to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents, Reuters reports. Reference Link
12:50 EDTLVSMacau transit visa rules reversed, signal end of tightening, says BofA/Merrill
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12:44 EDTLVSMacau appears to re-lengthen visas to 7 days, says Brean Capital
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10:38 EDTGOOG, AAPLWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
10:36 EDTAAPLAppeals court says Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, Reuters reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTGOOGTwitter integration with Google could accelerate user growth, says Canaccord
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08:22 EDTGOOGMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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07:08 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLSprint to roll out $80 a month 'All-in' plan, Reuters reports
Sprint (S) will today launch an $80 a month "All-in" cellular phone plan, Reuters reports. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Crull says the plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones like the iPhone 6 (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Reference Link
05:59 EDTINTC, AAPLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
05:58 EDTINTCIntel 28nm SoFIA 4G AP delayed to early 2016, DigiTimes reports
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05:32 EDTGOOG, AAPLNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLSamsung looking to supply NAND to Apple for iPhone, AppleInsider says
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18:05 EDTAAPLApple MacBook's single USB port will prolong life of battery, Mac Observer says
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16:00 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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11:59 EDTGOOGGoogle deadline to answer EU antitrust claim extended, WSJ says
U.S. search giant Google was granted more time to respond to European Union regulators' claims that the company skews search results in favor of its own comparison-shopping service, says the Wall Street Journal. The new deadline is August 17, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPL, INTCAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple Music to be accompanied by iOS 8.4, Beats 1 at launch
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised at RBC Capital
RBC Capital raised its June quarter estimates for Apple after the firm's survey and supply checks indicated better than expected iPhone demand. The firm thinks that the company's gross margins will probably stabilize in the low 40% range, which it says is well ahead of investor expectations. The firm keeps a $150 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:22 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone estimate raised above conensus at Citi
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07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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06:24 EDTGOOGResearch shows Google hurts users by skewing search results, WSJ reports
New research by two U.S. academics shows that Google is harming internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own products and services, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study may present a “significant twist” in the European Union’s antitrust investigation into Google’s supposed anticompetitive practices, the report says. The research shows that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance as opposed to the way Google ranks them currently, the Wall Street Journal says.Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple Music will come to Sonos speakers by end of the year, Re/code reports
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06:08 EDTINTCIntel estimates lowered at Pacific Crest
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06:05 EDTAAPLNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 28, 2015
19:58 EDTAAPLApple starts production of next iPhone, Bloomberg says
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19:46 EDTAAPLApple acquires fingerprint-scan patents, could be eyeing startup, CNN says
Fingerprint-scan startup Privaris has transferred 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, CNN reported Friday. The report notes that one of the patents allows the use of a touchscreen and fingerprint reader simultaneously. The move could signal that Apple is looking to acquire the company, CNN speculates. Reference Link
14:24 EDTAAPLApple Music 'unlikely to move earnings needle,' Barron's says
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12:47 EDTGOOGTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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16:16 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTINTC, AAPLOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:41 EDTINTCIntel falls after weak Micron results and outlook
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09:36 EDTAAPL, INTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTLVSNevada reports May Statewide gaming win up 3.33% to $1.0B
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple Watch attracts few buyers at Zurich launch, Bloomberg reports
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07:28 EDTCKKR-backed Coffee Day plans $181M IPO in India, Bloomberg reports
Coffee Day Enterprises, which includes KKR (KKR) among its investors, plans to raise as much as $181M from an initial share sale in India, Bloomberg reports. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Citi (C), and Morgan Stanley (MS) are among the managers to the planned sale, the report says. Reference Link
07:14 EDTINTCIntel estimates lowered following Micon report at Jefferies
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06:58 EDTGOOGLost My Name raises $9M in funding round led by Google Ventures, TechCrunch says
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06:38 EDTCCiti plans to combine retail banking, mortgage operations, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Delphi self driving cars have near collision in Palo Alto, Reuters says
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05:51 EDTAAPLReport: Apple set to switch to OLED displays for iPhone, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTAAPLFoxconn expects to be largest handset, tablet ODM/OEM in 2015, DigiTimes says
Foxconn Chairman Terry Guo said the company is set to be the largest OEM/ODM for handsets, tablets and desktops in 2015, reports DigiTimes. Guo added that Foxconn will establish component supply chains to increase its advantage over competitors. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGOOGAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
17:56 EDTINTCMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
16:55 EDTGOOGGoogle-built self-driving cars hit the road
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16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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14:59 EDTAAPLFitbit tacks on gains after Leerink calls smartwatch competition overblown
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11:37 EDTAAPLTaylor Swift says to put '1989' on Apple Music
Recording artist Taylor Swift says in a tweet that "After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music...and happily so." Reference Link
10:11 EDTCBrooks Brothers, Citi announce exclusive credit card relationship
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07:13 EDTCFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:31 EDTGOOG, AAPLMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLIndependent music labels say they now support Apple Music, AP reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple to increase flexible PCB orders, DigiTimes reports
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05:35 EDTCCiti apppointed depository bank for Celyad ADR program
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTGOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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17:57 EDTINTCWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
14:13 EDTAAPLApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says have not sold one share of Apple
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12:37 EDTAAPLApple where Netflix was a couple of years ago, Icahn says
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares still have 'hundreds of points' left
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12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:27 EDTGOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:01 EDTINTCHoneywell and Intel to collaborate for Internet of Things security
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10:44 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn sells last of Netflix stake, positive on Apple
Carl Icahn said via Twitter, "Sold last of our $NFLX today. Believe $AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago."
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:48 EDTAAPLApple reaches royalty deal with Beggars Group
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09:37 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may adopt flexible OLED displays in 2018, DigiTimes says
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09:35 EDTINTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone demand strong, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise survey indicates 53M iPhone unit demand for the June quarter, unchanged from last month's reading. The firm adds that Apple Watch demand has sustained healthy levls after the initial spike and investor expectations for iPhone and Watch growth are low. Morgan Stanley rates Apple an Overweight with a $166 price target.
07:45 EDTAAPLSharp asking suppliers to cut prices for LCD parts, WSJ says
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06:37 EDTCDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTCCiti downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:12 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 resale value suggests strong demand, says Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLLiquidmetal, Apple extend intellectual property agreement
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17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:54 EDTAAPL, INTCPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
09:36 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
07:41 EDTINTCRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:05 EDTINTCIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTINTC, AAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPL, GOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTAAPL, INTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporation’s (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:31 EDTGOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
16:32 EDTINTCAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
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