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January 18, 2013
16:27 EDTCOF, LIFE, FB, AMRN, MS, INTC, MOV, GE, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day, as earnings and economic data did little to spur the markets, which traded in a narrow range for much of the session. Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC), which traded lower after its earnings report, and Facebook (FB) all lost ground on the day, weighing on the Nasdaq, while the S&P 500 and the Dow gained modestly, closing at five-year highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading dropped to 71.3, versus an expected first look reading of 75.0 for January. In Asia, China's GDP grew 7.9% in the final quarter of the year. The late-year rebound led the nation's full year GDP to grow 7.8%, beating analyst consensus of 7.7% and the government's 7.5% target. Also, Japan's stock market surged on increased expectations that the government will take even more aggressive easing steps... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) reported earnings that were just above Street estimates and a record equipment and services backlog of $210B to end the year, sending shares up 74c, or 3.47%, to $22.04 on the day... Morgan Stanley (MS) also reported earnings that beat consensus estimates, and the company said expenses could decline by about $1.6B through 2014. Shares of Morgan Stanley lead the financial sector on the day, gaining $1.63, or 7.86%, to $22.38... Intel lost $1.43, or 6.31%, to $21.25 after the company reported earnings last night that were generally in-line with Street estimates, though investor concerns over slowing sales and continued capital spending spurred a sell-off of shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Technologies (LIFE), up $5.82, or 10.59%, to $60.79 as a number analysts said a takeover or leveraged buyout could be in the works for the company following a media report indicating talks are ongoing. Also higher was Movado (MOV), up $3.17, or 9.32%, to $37.17 after shares were upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup with price target of $40. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Capital One Financial (COF), down $4.60, or 7.47%, to $56.99 after Janney Capital downgraded shares to Neutral citing last night's disappointing Q4 results, and Amarin (AMRN), down 68c, or 7.42%, to $8.48 after an FDA Orange Book update did not indicate further exclusivity for its drug Vascepa... INDICES: The Dow was up 53.68, or 0.39%, to 13,649.70; the Nasdaq was down 1.29, or 0.04%, to 3,134.71; the S&P 500 5.04, or 0.34%, to 1,485.98.
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, AAPL, GEOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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11:35 EDTGEDeutsche Bank adds General Electric to the short-term sell list
Shares of General Electric (GE) are lower after a Deutsche Bank analyst put shares of the company on the firm's short-term sell list. WHAT'S NEW: GE could trade lower in the short term as the Synchrony Financial (SYF) split-off transaction is nearing completion, Deutsche Bank analyst John Inch said in a note to investors this morning. The analyst noted that the firm continues to believe GE "is on the right track strategically." Significant expected share repurchases should provide a buffer for share prices and provide a critical earnings per share catalyst for shares, the analyst maintained. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The analyst, who reiterated a Hold on shares, sees a deteriorating industrial economy, and questions some investors' willingness to look too far into the future to justify their bullish view of GE shares. The firm, which derived a $28 price target on shares, sees potentially rising risks to near-term fundamentals and execution risks to the company's selling off GE Capital's overseas assets. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GE declined 0.46% to trade near $30.14 per share as Synchrony Financial fell 1.25% to $30.14.
11:24 EDTCOFClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
10:25 EDTAAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:42 EDTCOFCapital One reports October net charge-off rate 3.38% vs. 312% last month
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09:37 EDTINTC, FB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
09:03 EDTGEGE Healthcare Life Sciences, Emerson announce collaboration
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08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
08:00 EDTAMRNFood & Drug Law Institute to hold a webinar
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07:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric shares could drop in near term, says Deutsche Bank
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07:11 EDTGEGeneral Electric added to the short-term sell list at Deutsche Bank
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
18:43 EDTGESumitomo, Shinsei emerge as final bidders for GE's Japan lease unit, WSJ says
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17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
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