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April 24, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLTD Bank Group announces Apple Watch app
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes ahead of Apple earnings
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13:45 EDTAAPLGrubHub launches Seamless App for Apple Watch
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12:33 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: MEMP GPRO TWTR AAPL
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Apple to report stronger than expected Q2 results, and says that the company could raise its dividend by 20%+ and buy back an additional $80B+ of its shares through 2017. The firm thinks Apple Watch could increase its gross margins by one percentage point. It raised its price target on the name to $142 from $135 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Apple sales growth slowing from here
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple Watch teardown casts doubt on rumored upgradability, iFixit reports
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple job postings point to improvements in Siri, speech technology, AI reports
Apple is said to be working on improvements to its Siri speech recognition technology, Apple Insider reports. The company on Thursday opened posted several job listing relating to Siri, speech technology and language recognition, and is seeking a platform development manager and developer tools engineer for Siri, the publication says. Additionally, the company is seeking two pattern recognition engineers and software engineers in its Natural Languages Group. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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05:27 EDTAAPLExpedia app now available on Apple watch
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05:24 EDTAAPLAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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09:52 EDTNVSEli Lilly sees at least $200M in savings from Novartis Animal Health acquisition
09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
05:25 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of growth in mid-single digits
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05:22 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q1 Core EPS $1.33, consensus $1.10
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April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
14:02 EDTBLKBlackRock Infrastructure acquires 90% interest in 80MW wind portfolio in Iowa
A fund managed by BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group has purchased a 90% interest in an 80MW Wind Portfolio consisting of the 42.5MW Elk and 37.5MW Hawkeye Wind Projects, located in Iowa from RPM Access. The projects began commercial operations in December 2011, and October 2012, respectively and comprise a total of thirty-two 2.5MW Nordex turbines. The Portfolio interconnects with the ITC Midwest transmission system within the Mid-continent Independent System Operator market. All of the output of the Portfolio is sold to Central Iowa Power Cooperative pursuant to long-term power purchase agreements.
10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics NASSCO awarded $23M for LCS sustainment
General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1M contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships, or LCS, sustainment execution in support of LCS' home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the contract, General Dynamics NASSCO will plan, furnish material and provide support and facilities to maintain and modernize twelve LCS-class ships. This contract covers both variants, Freedom and Independence. These ships are fast, agile, focused-mission platforms designed for operation in near-shore environments and capable of open-ocean operation.
09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:14 EDTJPMBrookings Institute to hold a conference
Global Cities Detroit Economic Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on April 22 at 9 am.
07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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April 21, 2015
18:35 EDTAAPLChinese court rules in favor of Apple in Siri patent case, Economic Times says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
13:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: AT&T sees Q1 charge of approximately $130M
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11:00 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:34 EDTAAPLCorning sapphire glass rumored to be in new Apple iPhone, PatentlyApple says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLOrbitz app now customized for Apple Watch
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06:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Chien, Li as co-heads of Greater China banking, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLCitigroup unenthused with IBM mix, still prefers Apple
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05:58 EDTAAPLReport: AU Optronics to supply Apple with iPhone panels, DigiTimes says
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05:26 EDTNVSNovartis says data shows Gilenya high efficacy
Novartis announced new analysis from the Phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II. The data showed that previously-treated patients with highly-active relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, who were treated with Gilenya had a six-times greater likelihood of achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures of disease activity compared to placebo over two years. This is referred to as NEDA4 and is achieved when a patient with RMS has no relapses, no new MRI lesions, no MS-related brain shrinkage and no disability progression. This analysis was the first time patients with highly-active RMS who had been treated in the previous year with an injectable therapy were assessed using the NEDA4 definition that includes brain shrinkage. Brain shrinkage is a marker of the widespread inflammatory damage in the central nervous system and is associated with accumulated loss of function. By using this updated NEDA4 definition, physicians are able to get a more complete picture of a patient's disease and response to treatment, which is crucial to identify the optimal therapy to slow short- and long-term disease progression. This is especially important for people with highly-active RMS, who are at a greater risk of relapses and future loss of function, and may therefore require a different treatment approach.
April 20, 2015
19:32 EDTJPMU.S. pressures JPMorgan, Citi, others to settle forex case by mid-May, FT says
The U.S. Department of Justice is pressuring JPMorgan (JPM), Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and UBS (UBS) to reach a settlement by mid-May regarding alleged foreign exchange manipulation, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the situation. The Financial Times notes that the settlement could see some of the banks paying roughly $1B. Sources say that the Department is demanding guilty pleas from "most" of the banks. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:35 EDTMPCSenator to introduce legislation to repeal U.S. crude export ban, Fuelfix says
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pledged during the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference to advance legislation lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, reported Fuelfix. Publicly traded refiners include Delek US (DK), HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Phillips 66 (PSX), Tesoro (TSO), Valero (VLO) and Western Refining (WNR). Reference Link
14:56 EDTMPCSenator to introduce legislation to repeal U.S. crude export ban, Reuter says
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13:24 EDTBLKSEC charges BlackRock Advisors with breaching fiduciary duty
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12:31 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:44 EDTNVSCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple Q2 EPS estimate raised above consensus at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its Q2 EPS estimate for Apple to $2.17 from $2.15, putting it above the consensus estimate of $2.14. The firm raised its Q2 estimate based on an increase in its iPhone unit outlook, and raised its fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates for the company based on higher iPhone and Apple Watch estimates. Nonetheless the firm expects the company to face growth challenges in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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07:20 EDTNVSAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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06:19 EDTMPCCiti still bullish on U.S. Refiners, Marathon Petroleum a top pick
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06:18 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees Apple Watch as company's 'most profitable product ever,' BI reports
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05:44 EDTAAPLApple cuts orders to upstream partners to reduce risks, DigiTimes reports
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05:22 EDTAAPLBooking.com launches first booking travel app for Apple Watch
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April 19, 2015
14:17 EDTAAPLSony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTJPMStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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16:23 EDTJPMPrudential enters $4B credit agreement with JPMorgan
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16:11 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, WSJ reports
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10:25 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, DJ reports
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTJPMU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:33 EDTAAPLChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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15:40 EDTNVSGeneric Copaxone approval a bit early but expected, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes FDA approval for Sandoz (NVS) and Momenta's (MNTA) generic 20mg Copaxone came slightly earlier than the market expected, but the firm added that the generic threat has been well expected. The firm added that it appears Mylan’s (MYL) generic Copaxone hasn't been approved yet, leaving a "legitimate question" about why the FDA approved one generic and not the other. BMO thinks Teva's rate of conversion to the 40mg dose will help retain patients on the Copaxone franchise and it keeps an Outperform rating on Teva shares.
13:53 EDTAAPLApple cooperation with antitrust monitor declines, Reuters says
A court appointed monitor notified a judge that Apple's cooperation with him has "sharply declined," says Reuters. The monitor, who was assigned to Apple after the company was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities, added Reuters. Reference Link
13:36 EDTAAPLApple watches won't be available in-store in May, Telegraph reports
Apple Watches will not be available to buy in-store in May, according to a memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, The Telegraph reports. Instead, customers will be asked to order online to "get customers the model they want earlier and faster," according to the memo. Reference Link
12:37 EDTNVSMomenta confirms Glatopa approval, to receive $10M payment
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12:35 EDTNVSSandoz receives FDA approval for Glatopa as generic competitor to Copaxone
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced the U.S. approval of Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva's (TEVA) Copaxone 20 mg/ml one-time-daily multiple sclerosis therapy. Glatopa, developed in collaboration with Momenta (MNTA) and produced entirely in the U.S., is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of MS, including those who have experienced a first clinical episode and have magnetic resonance imaging features consistent with MS.
12:26 EDTAAPLYahoo announces four apps for Apple Watch
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12:00 EDTAAPLApple partners with Conservation Fund to preserve 36K acres, Buzzfeed says
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAAPLMaxim starts Apple at Hold on non-China iPhone slowdown
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi initiated shares of Apple with a Hold rating and $144 price target. After surveying over 800 international consumers, Chokshi thinks iPhone demand in non-Greater China markets will likely be down 16% year-over-year in 2015. The analyst points out, however, that the survey suggests iPhone demand should continue at a 100% rate for 2015 relative to 2014, a data point he calls "significantly positive." Chokshi views Apple as a "very attractive long-term investment," but thinks mature market smartphone lifecycles will trump the strong share gains in China this year.
08:43 EDTAAPLSunPower's China joint venture with Apple to provide solar power in China
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLAnalyst: Apple Watch pre-orders exceed 2.3M, MacRumors reports
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch, Apple Watch, has sold over 2.3M units since pre-orders opened, MacRumors reports. The analyst notes that Apple is targeting production of 2M-3M Apple Watch units per month, and that apple could reach 2.5M units produced in June without potential bottlenecks to production. Reference Link
06:31 EDTWDCWestern Digital assumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
Price target lowered to $105 from $115.
06:25 EDTAAPLPoll: Six percent of Americans intend to buy Apple Watch, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Hold at Maxim
Target $144.
05:50 EDTAAPLApple to equip next iPhone next iPhone with Force touch tech, DigiTimes says
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05:48 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 AUM up 8%
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05:47 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 long-term net inflows of $70.4B
Flows were positive across all long-term asset classes, client types, regions and investment styles, with active net inflows of $32B and index net inflows of $38B. Reports Q1 Institutional long-term net inflows of $21B. Long-term net inflows were positive across all regions, with net inflows of $47.5B, $17.7B and $5.2B from clients in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, respectively. At March 31, 2015, BlackRock managed 62% of its long-term AUM for investors in the Americas and 38% for clients in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
05:45 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 adjusted EPS $4.89, consensus $4.52
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05:27 EDTNVSAlcon receives FDA approval of AcrySof IQ ReSTOR +2.5 Diopter IOL
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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10:06 EDTAAPLSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple elevated at 35.58
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) at 35.58 compared to its 50-day moving average of 28.57.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple services profit contribution rising, says UBS
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07:49 EDTJPM, BLKJPMorgan to hold a conference
Public Finance Transportation & Utility Conference is being held in New York on April 15-16.
07:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan Q1 results solid, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that JPMorgan's expenses were more favorable than expected, while its trading results were strong. The firm keeps a $70 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
06:35 EDTAAPLSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports March net credit losses 2.61% vs. 2.42% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.23% vs. 1.35% last month.
06:18 EDTAAPLApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
06:11 EDTJPMRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Target $131.
05:55 EDTAAPLSmart wearaable device vendors avoid Apple Watch competition, DigiTimes says
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTJPMTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
17:45 EDTAAPLApple acquires Israel-based camera-technology company LinX, WSJ says
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16:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan looks like a buy after earnings, Barron's says
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16:53 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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14:16 EDTBLKBlackRock April volatility elevated at 38 into Q4 and outlook
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12:24 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
12:01 EDTAAPLApple says ResearchKit now available to medical researchers
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10:27 EDTAAPLSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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10:01 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple to discuss future of iOS and OS X at conference on June 8
Apple announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate technologies and fine tune their apps. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan core EPS beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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09:13 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 1%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up marginally... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), up 4.2%... Fastenal (FAST), up 5%. ALSO HIGHER: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI), up 13.5% after announcing that it will present NurOwn Phase 2a clinical data at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting... Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 7.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Solazyme (SZYM), up 7.5% after announcing a strategic agreement with Flotek (FTK)... Cleveland BioLabs (CBLI), up 6.8% after receiving funding recommendation from the Department of Defense... Nordic American Tanker (NAT), up 3.2% after raising quarterly dividend to 38c from 22c... Ocwen (OCN), up 3.8% after reporting preliminary fiscal 2014 results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down just under 1%. ALSO LOWER: Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 5.8% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), down 14.3% after filing to sell $20M of common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
09:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan says reasonable to expect 'modest' further reserve builds due to E&P
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08:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan says business simplification to have overall neutral impact to Q2 P&L
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08:40 EDTAAPLSeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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07:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees Q2 Markets revenue hurt $300M by business simplification
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07:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees FY15 core loan growth of 10%+/-
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07:17 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports firmwide total credit reserves of $14.7B
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07:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan up 0.5% to $62.35 in pre-market following Q1 report
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07:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 Basel III common equity Tier 1 ratio 10.6%
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07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO says franchise getting safer, stronger
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chairman and CEO, said: “JPMorgan Chase continues to support consumers, businesses and communities and make a significant positive impact. We have an outstanding franchise which is getting safer and stronger, and is gaining market share over time. We continue to build the company for the long-term, we are investing in controls, infrastructure, systems, technology, new products and bankers. We will continue to navigate challenges and deliver for our clients, shareholders and communities.”
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports tangible book value per share up 9% to $45.45
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07:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan says Q1 results include $487M, or 13c, significant item legal expense
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 EPS $1.45, consensus $1.40
Reports Q1 GAAP revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.5B. Reports Q1 managed basis revenue $24.82B.
06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Western Digital to Buy and maintained its $117 price target. The firm believes fundamentals have bottomed and valuation is attractive at current levels. BofA/Merrill lowered estimates on further PC weakness but said pricing is holding up and the mix shift to capacity HDDs is driving ASP and margin improvement.
05:48 EDTAAPLReport: Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones in China, DigiTimes says
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17:10 EDTAAPLIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:51 EDTNVSDiplomat Pharmacy to dispense Novartis' JADENU
Diplomat Pharmacy is set to distribute JADENU, a drug recently approved by the U.S. FDA to treat patients with chronic iron overload. JADENU is a new oral formulation of EXJADE for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients age 2 and older, and chronic iron due to NTDT in patients age 10 and older.
16:21 EDTAAPL, JPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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15:38 EDTJPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares are trading close to the 52-week high which is at $63.49. On strongly positive news, the stock would be pushed toward the life high at $67.17. That would be an important technical milestone if it was reached. Traders should note however that that move would on a long-term basis appear as a move up to prior resistance without being a bullish breakout. Until or if there is a breakout above the old life high, there is retracement risk even on good results. On news that is more bearish than current expectations would suggest, first major support would be at the 50-day moving average at $60.10. On a move below that level, next support would be at $57.87.
15:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan April 62 straddle priced for 2.6% movement into Q1
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13:57 EDTJPMEarnings Watch: Analysts upbeat on JPMorgan ahead of Q1 results
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13:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
12:46 EDTAAPLApple to update capital return policy on April 27, says Piper Jaffray
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11:56 EDTVIAB, VIAMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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11:12 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:00 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Barnes & Noble (BKS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Calgon Carbon (CCC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Compass Diversified (CODI) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Green Bancorp (GNBC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Hilltop Holdings (HTH) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Independent Bank (IBTX) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... MarkWest Energy (MWE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... National Commerce (NCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Southside Bancshares (SBSI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with a Buy at Empire.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales conversion showing good results, says Cowen
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09:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
08:13 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum
Target $36.
07:48 EDTAAPLVocera announces first clinical communications app for Apple Watch
Vocera (VCRA) announced the Vocera app for Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables Vocera to extend the power of the Vocera Communication Platform in new ways so physicians and care teams can engage with and respond to life-critical communications and alerts. The Vocera app for Apple Watch will allow users to rapidly manage life-critical communications by viewing and responding to prioritized calls, alerts, and messages from other care team members, Electronic Health Records and clinical systems, including critical lab values and STAT orders. In addition, users will be able to manage key communication functions by setting their availability to enable proper message routing. The Vocera app also allows users to initiate panic calls in "man-down" emergency situations, improving staff safety. The Vocera app will be available this summer from the Apple Watch App Store.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Apple April call option implied volatility is at 28, May weekly is at 36, June is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large May price into the expected release of Q2 results on April 27.
07:24 EDTWDCWestern Digital added to Franchise Pick List at Jefferies
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch orders totaled about 957K in U.S. on first day, Apple Insider says
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06:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch off to strong start, says Cantor
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple Watch trends show solid demand, limited supply, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says lead-times for the Apple Watch were unchanged over the weekend, which it views as an indication that Apple is expecting a ramp in production in mid-May to June. Overall, Piper views the Watch trends over the weekend as suggesting solid demand paired with very limited supply. It maintains an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:30 EDTAAPLApple in talks with Florence and the Machine for Beats service, Bloomberg says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple contacts Irish banks ahead of Apple Pay rollou, The Independent says
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05:21 EDTNVSNovartis to present new data that confirms high efficacy of Gilenya
Novartis announced new Gilenya analyses to be presented at the 67th American Academy of Neurology, or AAN, Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from April 18-25, showing how Novartis is advancing methods assessing the impact of relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, for patients and physicians. Data will show how adding brain shrinkage to an existing tool to assess MS disease activity will give a more precise prediction of the likelihood of future disability progression. Accurate assessment of disease activity is key to guide treatment decisions in RMS. A pooled analysis from the two-year phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials will further confirm Gilenya's high efficacy in previously-treated patients with highly-active RMS in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures: relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Achieving NEDA4 is especially critical for highly-active RMS patients, who are likely to lose more physical and cognitive functions over time despite being treated.
April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAAPLNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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