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January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTJPMDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
18:37 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval of Bexsero
Novartis announced that the US FDA has granted accelerated approval of Bexsero for active immunization to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B in adolescents and young adults from 10 years through 25 years of age. Bexsero is the only meningitis B vaccine approved in the US with a two-dose regimen and a flexible dosing schedule. As part of the accelerated approval process, Novartis will complete its ongoing studies to confirm the effectiveness of Bexsero against diverse serogroup B strains.
16:21 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis vaccine Bexsero
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
12:33 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The futures dipped this morning after UPS (UPS) pre-announced that its quarterly earnings would miss Street estimates. The earnings miss dragged other transportation names lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's preliminary January manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 from 53.9 previously, versus expectations for a reading of 54.0. Existing home sales rebounded 2.4% to a 5.04M rate in December, which was below the consensus forecast for a 3% increase. The leading indicators rose 0.5% to 121.1 in December, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of UPS plunged over 9% after the shipping giant warned that its Q4 adjusted EPS is now expected to be $1.25, below the consensus forecast of $1.47. "UPS invested heavily to ensure we would provide excellent service during peak when deliveries more than double. Though customers enjoyed high quality service, it came at a cost to UPS. Going forward, we will reduce operating costs and implement new pricing strategies during peak season,” said CEO David Abney. Subsequently, its peer, FedEx (FDX), reaffirmed its FY15 EPS forecast of $8.50-$9.00. The outlook compares to a consensus forecast of $8.97. FedEx shares, which were briefly halted for the announcement, are down 2% afterward... Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) slid about 1% near noon after its earnings miss, though the world’s largest restaurant chain's same-store sales declined less than analysts expected. Same-store sales in the company's fiscal fourth quarter declined 0.9%, versus the Consensus Metrix analysts' estimate for a 1.5% drop. Of note, McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales had their first monthly gain in more than a year in December, having risen 0.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Starbucks (SBUX), which rose 6.5% and had several research firms issue upbeat notes after the company reported in-line results last night. At least three firms responded to the report by raising their price targets on the shares. Also higher was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which jumped 38% after announcing that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon Products (AVP), which dropped 11% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform after shares rallied yesterday over 14% following a report that the company has held talks with TPG Capital about a possible deal. Wells says it leveraged buyout math suggests a takeout of the entire company is unlikely. Also lower was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which fell 9% after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and cut about 500 jobs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 42.58, or 0.24%, to 17,771.40, the Nasdaq was up 9.68, or 0.2%, to 4,760.08, and the S&P 500 was down 3.40, or 0.16%, to 2,059.75.
10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:52 EDTNVSArray BioPharma to hold a conference call
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08:10 EDTNVSArray agrees to acquire rights to encorafenib
Array BioPharma (ARRY) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. This agreement is conditional on the closing of transactions announced by Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on April 22, 2014, which are expected to close in the first half of 2015, and the agreement remains subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals. Array previously announced a definitive agreement with Novartis to regain global rights to the Phase 3 MEK inhibitor binimetinib, the material terms of which remain in place following this agreement. In order to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission, Array has agreed to obtain an experienced partner for global development and European commercialization of both binimetinib and encorafenib. The European Commission is expected to issue a decision regarding the Novartis-GSK transaction on January 28, 2015. Upon satisfaction of all conditions and closing of the deal, Array will acquire global rights to encorafenib. Other than a de minimis payment due to Novartis from Array, there are no milestone payments or royalties payable under this agreement by either party. Novartis has agreed to provide transitional regulatory, clinical development and manufacturing services as specified below and will assign or license to Array all patent and other intellectual property rights Novartis owns to the extent relating to encorafenib. As part of the transaction, Array has agreed to obtain an experienced partner for global development and European commercialization of both binimetinib and encorafenib. If Array is unable to find a suitable partner in the prescribed time period, a trustee would have the right to sell such European rights. Novartis will conduct and fund the COLUMBUS trial through the earlier of June 30, 2016 or completion of last patient first visit. At that time, Array will assume responsibility for the trial, while Novartis will reimburse Array for out-of-pocket costs along with 50% of Array's full time equivalent costs in connection with completing the COLUMBUS trial. Novartis is responsible for conducting all other encorafenib trials until their completion or transfer to Array for a defined transition period. For all trials transferred to Array, Novartis will reimburse Array for out-of-pocket costs and 50% of Array's FTE costs in connection with completing the trials. Novartis will supply encorafenib for clinical and commercial use for up to 30 months after closing and will also assist Array in the technology and manufacturing transfer of encorafenib. Novartis will also provide Array continued access to several Novartis pipeline compounds for use in currently ongoing combination studies, and possible future studies, including Phase 3 trials, with encorafenib. The effectiveness of the agreement is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and to the consummation of the Novartis-GSK transaction. In addition, Array agreed to undertake to obtain certain third party consents or waivers necessary for Array to consummate the transactions under the Novartis Agreement.
07:36 EDTNVSIncyte earns $25M milestone payment from Novartis for Jakavi
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
07:25 EDTNVSNovartis drug Jakavi recommended by CHMP for EU approval
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07:23 EDTJPMBass does not expect large U.S. banks to break up
Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
06:42 EDTJPMU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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16:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon gets stock-based compensation of 198.5K shares for 2014
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
14:36 EDTJPMCFPB fines Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for kickback scheme
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14:12 EDTAAPLXoom will incorporate Apple’s Touch ID technology in app
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13:59 EDTVIABViacom initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
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13:03 EDTAAPLAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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09:43 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
08:36 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
08:16 EDTBLKMarketAxess, BlackRock expand strategic trading alliance into Europe
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX) and BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) are expanding their Open Trading alliance into the European credit markets. The strategic alliance seeks to improve liquidity and reduce transaction costs for European fixed income market participants, building upon the success of the firms’ existing partnership in U.S. credit. The alliance will offer increased choice in execution options and counterparties, while providing valuable data and market insights to better inform trading decisions in European markets. Under the expanded partnership, the firms will continue their efforts to develop innovative trading protocols that address liquidity challenges in the global credit markets.
07:59 EDTAAPLSanDisk growth story remains intact, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the 7% post-earnings drop in shares of SanDisk (SNDK) to the company unexpectedly announcing that Apple (AAPL) was dropping SanDisk as a supplier of client SSDs. The firm estimates that the Apple SSD business is roughly 8%-10% of SanDisk's revenue. Citi says it was relieved, however, when management attributed the Q4 miss to product shortage, implying NAND industry excess inventory is not an issue. It believes the company's secular growth story remains intact, and keeps a Buy rating on the name despite lowering its price target to $97 from $110.
07:56 EDTWDCBullish stance continues for Western Digital, Seagate, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said it maintains its bullish stance on hard disk-drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX), citing continued growth, margin expansion and ongoing multiple expansion. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating on both Western Digital and Seagate shares.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple survey could mean earnings upside, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO expected to receive $20M pay package for 2014, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTVIA, VIABGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
13:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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12:35 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval for Cosentyx
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12:33 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis psoriasis drug Cosentyx
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12:31 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTAAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:26 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:14 EDTMPCCitgo scraps auction process, to raise debt instead, WSJ reports
The auction for Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum, which drew interest from Marathon Petroleum (MPC), HollyFrontier (HFC), Valero Energy (VLO) and private equity firms, has been called off, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Citgo will still seek to raise $2.5B in debt at this point and could restart its sales process later, the report added. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
14:00 EDTVIAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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07:37 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:28 EDTBLKTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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07:25 EDTVIAViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
07:20 EDTVIAViacom weakness overdone, says RBC Capital
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06:58 EDTJPM, BLKBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:30 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTAAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTJPMMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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15:10 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range
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12:43 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:16 EDTVIAB, VIACBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
09:57 EDTVIABFollow-up: Viacom coverage transferred to a Buy at Stifel
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08:47 EDTAAPLIntel CEO says relationship with Apple 'strong'
Krzanich says he's heard the "rumors" of Apple (AAPL) looking at other types of chips for some of its products. Apple will always choose innovation and Intel's (INTC) job is to offer them the most competitive products, Krzanich said. Intel's CEO says many customers want to have a single supply source, which is a reason Intel needs to be in a broad array of businesses including mobile, PCs and servers. Krzanich says "very comfortable" with inventory levels and that Q4 played out the way the company expected. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is speaking on CNBC.
08:31 EDTNVSGlaxoSmithKline CEO says more IPOs like ViiV could happen, Retuers says
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08:09 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $120 at RBC Capital
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07:40 EDTMPCWolfe Research to hold a conference
1st Annual Oil & Gas 1:1 Refining Conference is being held in Boston on January 16.
06:27 EDTAAPLSamsung names Lee Don-tae as global design team leader, Korea Joongang says
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple to open five new stores in China in next five weeks, Xinhua News reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 41 at upper end of index mean range
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06:10 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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05:59 EDTAAPLIntel aims to ship 44M tablet APs in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) targets shipping 44M tablet APs in 2015 to acount for one third of the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet shipments in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from tablet players, Intel expects losses from its tablet segment to narrow significant in 2016 as it acquires a leading position in the non-Apple tablet sector. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
16:22 EDTVIABViacom initiated with a Buy at Stifel
Target $89.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
15:09 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom extends contract of CEO by two years, CNBC's Faber reports
Viacom (VIAB, VIA) has extended the contract for its CEO Philippe Dauman by two years through 2018, reported CNBC's David Faber on Twitter, citing sources. "He'll get more RSU's, maybe 1 reason he sold so much stock lately," Faber wrote. Reference Link
15:02 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Jefferies refutes bear case on Intel
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14:07 EDTAAPLBank of America says 800,000 customers enrolled in Apple Pay
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13:06 EDTAAPLGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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11:36 EDTAAPLChina's Xiaomi targets iPhone users with new handset model, AP says
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11:08 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may include 2GB of faster RAM in iPhone 6s, MacRumors says
Apple may boost its internal RAM to 2GB and use "force touch" technology for its iPhone 6s, reports MacRumors. Citing a report from TechNews Taiwan, the RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase from the 1GB used in the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
10:06 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
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08:30 EDTAAPLEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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07:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation attractive, says Argus
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06:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital removed from short-term buy list Deutsche Bank
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06:35 EDTBLKBlackRock board authorizes repurchase of an additional 6M shares
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06:34 EDTBLKBlackRock board increases quarterly dividend by 13% to $2.18
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06:33 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q4 AUM up 8%
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06:31 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q4 adjusted EPS $4.82, consensus $4.70
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06:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan, Citi fire or suspend Forex employees after Justice Dept probe, WSJ say
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06:21 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports December credit losses 2.56% vs. 2.61% last month
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06:12 EDTAAPLTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral and maintained its $115 price target based on balanced risk/reward. The firm expects solid Q1 results on January 27 and for March outlook to be inline with consensus but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint.
06:05 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 39 at upper end of index mean range
January 14, 2015
17:38 EDTJPMJPMorgan pushing managers to cut costs, Reuters reports
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16:33 EDTVIA, JPM, VIABOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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15:17 EDTBLKBlackRock January 350 straddle priced for 2.8% movement into Q4
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12:49 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTNVSImmunoGen discloses triggering of $5M milestone payment from Novartis
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:28 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom carriage deal with DISH goes until 2016, Faber says
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10:00 EDTVIAB, JPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
10:00 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan says well diversified in face of oil slide
JPMorgan CEO Dimon says "net-net" that oil slide is "not a big deal" for the bank, noting that oil's slide hurts one area of business but can benefit others, such as consumer credit and retail spending.
09:16 EDTAAPL, JPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
09:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO says synergies of current model are 'huge'
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says the bank will "maintain the franchise" and that diversification is reason for less earnings volatility. Dimon says there "is a reason that we have big, global banks."
09:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan still sees adjusted expenses down in 2015
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09:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan core results in-line, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that JPMorgan's core results were in-line with Wells' expectations. However, the firm expects the stock to lag its peers today due to weakening ROTCE trends and an uncertain outlook for the bank. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on JPMorgan.
08:52 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees Markets revenue down 10% in Q1
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08:48 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees adding 50 basis points to full-phased advanced CET 1 ratio in 2015
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08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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07:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan says Q4 EPS negatively impacted 26c by legal expense
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07:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q4 results include $990M after-tax legal expense
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07:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan Q4-end book value per share $57.07
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07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q4 core loans up 8% compared with the prior year
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07:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q4 mortgage originations improved sequentially
CEO Jamie Dimon said: “Our businesses continue to demonstrate strong momentum and expense discipline. Consumer & Community Banking delivered impressive growth in deposits and investment assets in the fourth quarter and throughout 2014, while outperforming its expense reduction target for the year. Mortgage originations improved sequentially in the fourth quarter, despite a seasonally slow quarter. Our Card business delivered double-digit sales volume growth, outpacing the industry for the 27th consecutive quarter. Auto had a good quarter and the pipeline remains strong. The Corporate & Investment Bank saw strong performance in fees, maintaining its #1 position in Global IB fees in 2014 with particular strength in Europe, although Markets remained somewhat challenged. Commercial Banking grew period-end loans 8% versus the prior year and Commercial Banking clients generated record investment banking revenues for the quarter and the year. Lastly, Asset Management had over $80B of net long-term inflows for the second consecutive year and overall AUM grew 9% this quarter compared to the prior year.”
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q4 provision for credit losses $840M
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q4 EPS $1.19, consensus $1.31
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06:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.
06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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06:10 EDTBLKBlackRock upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
15:55 EDTAAPLGoPro weakness due to Apple camera patent news is overdone, says Barclays
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15:21 EDTJPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:12 EDTJPMU.S. Supreme Court decision gives homeowners leeway to rescind mortgage loans
In an unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jesinoski vs. Countrywide Home Loans that homeowners are allowed to rescind home mortgages within the three years allotted under the Truth in Lending Act of 1968 by providing written notice to his/her lender. The court ruled that the borrowers were not required to file suit against the lender, which the respondents, Countrywide, claimed. The notice of rescission was sufficient to clear the homeowners of any obligation to the loan, provided they do it within the allotted time. Countrywide Home Loans is a subsidiary of Bank of America (BAC). Other publicly traded companies in the banking space include Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
15:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan technical notes ahead of results
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14:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan January 58.5 straddle priced for 2.9% movement into Q4
14:02 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: JPMorgan to report results after upbeat analyst notes
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12:33 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for remote-controlled camera system, Patently Apple says
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11:57 EDTWDCHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:59 EDTAAPLApple rises after Credit Suisse, Canaccord hike iPhone estimates
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after two research firms issued upbeat notes on the company in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margins are being boosted by the increased popularity of both its 64 GB memory phones and of the IPhone 6 Plus, the analyst stated. Garcha increased his earnings per share estimate for the iPhone maker by 18% in fiscal 2015 and 20% in fiscal 2016. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. The analyst thinks the shares can reach $130 at least. After analyzing surveys in the U.S. that took place in December and into January, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said the surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results. The increases were based on the positive demand trends, particularly for models with higher memory levels and prices, Walkley stated. He expects these positive trends to continue and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apple climbed $3.39, or 3.1%, to $112.64.
10:32 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded $26M contract by NAVSEA
The Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $26.2M contract for the production of MK46 Modification 2 Gun Weapon Systems for use on Littoral Combat Ships, and Zumwalt-class ships. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
10:00 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Sterne Agee
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09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:55 EDTBLKCFA Society of San Francisco to hold a luncheon meeting
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07:44 EDTJPMNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:24 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Marathon Petroleum to Neutral citing the recent outperformance of shares and its belief retail fuel margins are likely to "come back to earth" once crude prices bottom. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $97 from $104.
07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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07:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTAAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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12:04 EDTNVSNovartis sees closing GSK transactions in 1H15
Novartis (NVS) says portfolio transformation is progressing "on track." Sees closing GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) transactions in 1H. In 2015, plans to execute integration of GSK oncology business, execute separation of Vaccines, ensure successful start-up of Consumer Health JV with GSK. Sees NBS to continue to deliver synergies. Comments from slides that are being presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:37 EDTNVSShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
08:22 EDTJPMCiti may have more to gain than JPMorgan from break-up, WSJ says
Analysts have suggested that JPMorgan (JPM) could unlock investor value by breaking-up, but a Citigroup (C) break-up, while complicated, could be more compelling, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Reference Link
08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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07:41 EDTJPMLarge banks' weakness creates attractive entry point, says Wells Fargo
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January 11, 2015
16:08 EDTVIA, VIABRentrak says 21st Century Fox's Taken 3 wins weekend box office
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