News For AAPL;JPM;RDSA;NVS;BKS;WDC;GD;VIA;VIAB;BLK;MPC From The Last 14 Days
|December 8, 2014|
|09:27 EDT||BLK||BlackRock downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna|
As previously reported, Susquehanna downgraded BlackRock to Neutral from Positive citing weaker emerging markets and reduced expectations for active equity flow in 2015. Susquehanna maintained its $365 price target on BlackRock shares.
|07:23 EDT||VIA||UBS to hold a conference|
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
|07:03 EDT||BLK||BlackRock downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna|
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|06:37 EDT||AAPL||Apple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports|
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
|06:35 EDT||JPM||Value of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says|
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
|06:22 EDT||AAPL||Apple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup|
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
|06:21 EDT||JPM||Deadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports|
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|06:15 EDT||AAPL||Lenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports|
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
|05:42 EDT||NVS||Sandoz Phase III data shows filgrastim has similar safety, efficacy as NEUPOGEN|
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced Phase III data that demonstrated similarity of its investigational biosimilar filgrastim compared to the US-licensed reference product, Amgen's (AMGN) NEUPOGEN in the prevention of severe neutropenia in patients with breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. The study also showed that repeated switching at each cycle between the investigational biosimilar and the originator filgrastim showed no impact on efficacy, safety or immunogenicity. The PIONEER study was a Phase III study designed to compare the efficacy and safety of the investigational biosimilar and the reference product with respect to mean duration of severe neutropenia following Cycle 1 chemotherapy. PIONEER was a randomized, double-blind, four-group, multi-center non-inferiority trial conducted at 27 centers. The trial randomized 218 breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.