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July 30, 2014
17:32 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum announces additional $2B stock buyback program
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17:13 EDTWDCWestern Digital sees Q1 EPS $1.95-$2.05, consensus $2.06
Sees Q1 revenue $3.8B-$3.9B, consensus $3.84B. Guidance from Q4 earnings call.
16:23 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q4 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.74
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 30, 2014
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15:40 EDTMPCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:31 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:22 EDTWDCWestern Digital technical comments ahead of results
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14:30 EDTAAPLApple tells engineers not to expect TV launch this year, The Information says
Apple (AAPL) engineers working on the company's television product have been told not to expect a launch this year, with the tech giant citing cable companies “dragging their heals” and the pending merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as reasons the TV service has been delayed, according to The Information, citing a person familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
13:14 EDTWDCEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares rise ahead of Q4 report
Western Digital (WDC) is set to report fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, July 30, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Western Digital provides digital content storage solutions, and is primarily engaged in the sale of hard drives for both personal and business use. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.74 on revenue of $3.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.66-$1.88 on revenue of $3.54B-$3.69B. On its third quarter earnings conference call, the company said it sees Q4 EPS of $1.65-$1.75, which was below then-consensus estimates for $1.89. Western Digital also guided to Q4 revenue of $3.5B-$3.6B, which was roughly in-line with then-estimates for $3.74B. The company’s Q4 outlook marked the third consecutive quarter that its guidance disappointed. LAST QUARTER: On Wednesday April 30, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.94 on revenue of $3.7B, which compared to estimates for earnings of $1.88 on revenue of $3.74B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on Western Digital during the quarter. On May 14, Barclays upgraded Western Digital to Overweight from Equalweight citing the potential for increased buyback activity and cost synergies. The firm raised its price target for the shares to $98 from $95. On July 1, Brean Capital noted that it sees "material" earnings upside in the June quarter for Western Digital and Seagate (STX). The firm explained that it loves both stocks in regards to the short and long terms and it urged investors to get into the names at current levels. Brean had a $125 price target for Western Digital. Deutsche Bank increased its price target on Western Digital to $118 from $100 on July 14, citing expectations that PC market strength will continue and that enterprise will recover in 2H14. Deutsche said it expected Western Digital to report June quarter results above guidance due to market share gains and it maintained the stock with a Buy rating. On July 16, RW Baird upgraded Western Digital to Outperform from Neutral citing PC strength and renewed traction in Hyperscale Cloud and Enterprise. The firm upped its price target on the shares to $120 from $95. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital have increased 15.63% since last quarter's earnings report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Western Digital is up almost 1% to $101.50.
12:56 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum increases quarterly dividend 19%
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11:57 EDTAAPLNew COO Beard says BlackBerry will 'prove' people incorrect, WSJ says
Even though BlackBerry (BBRY) is up against obstacles from rivals such as Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Android smartphones, the company's new COO Marty Beard says that the firm is positioned to "prove people wrong" and take advantage of an emerging market for internet-connected devices, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Beard. Reference Link
10:37 EDTNVSInnoPharma announces launch of generic Zyprexa in Canada
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09:53 EDTAAPLBest Buy CEO Joly says sales of tablets 'crashing,' Re/code reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLInvenSense likely obtained substantial business from Apple, says Pacific Crest
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple's iPad global market share may ship below 25% in 2H14, DigiTimes says
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July 29, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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12:39 EDTAAPLFord replacing employees' BlackBerry phones with iPhones, Bloomberg reports
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11:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reducing tech support headcount, Bloomberg says
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10:57 EDTAAPLApple iWatch launch said to be delayed to at least December, BGR reports
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10:52 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 with sapphire to be limited by production issues, LEDinside says
Analysis of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 supply chain indicates component suppliers have to start shipping products to OEMs for assembly in June to meet the September launch date, but LEDinside said its research did not discover demands for smartphone cover glass. "The sapphire glass version iPhone 6 will be issued in limited volumes this year," the periodical contends. Note that GT Advanced is a parter to Apple and sapphire supplier to the tech giant. Reference Link
10:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded $25.4M contract from Lockheed
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09:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan cutting hundreds of tech support employees, Bloomberg reports
09:52 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple updates MacBook Pro with Retina display
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08:00 EDTAAPLGarmin should be bought on any weakness after results, says Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTBLKCFA Society of Chicago to hold a luncheohn discussion
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06:41 EDTAAPLFoxconn's labor practices in spotlight again following employee death, WSJ says
Foxconn says that an employee died in Shenzhen, China, putting the Apple supplier's labor practices in the spotlight again, the Wall Street journal reports. The cause of the 22-year-old male employee's death is still being investigated. The company, which assembles many iPhones and iPads for Apple, has been under scrutiny for its labor practices after several suicides and accidents at its Chinese factories. Reference Link
05:19 EDTNVSNovartis sees high uptake in meningitis B vaccination program
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July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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12:45 EDTAAPLApple says large amount of data can be obtained about iPhone users, Reuters says
Apple employees can extract personal data from iPhones through previously unpublicized methods, Apple acknowledged last week, Reuters reported on Friday night. The company's admission came after a researcher showed last week how iPhone services extract a "surprising" amount of data about their users, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:26 EDTAAPLIHS teardown says Amazon Fire phone costs $205 to build, Re/code reports
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10:22 EDTAAPLMIT Technology Review discusses new sapphire production at GT
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10:02 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:14 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
07:28 EDTVIAB, VIAJohansson led 'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' at weekend box office, WSJ reports
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple's acquisition of Beats cleared by European Commission
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music. Beats Electronics was established in 2008 and designs, develops and sells audio products such as headphones and audio speakers. The Commission concluded that the combination of the two businesses did not raise competition concerns because the combined market share of Apple and Beats Electronics is low. In addition, Apple and Beats Electronics are not close competitors because the headphones they sell differ markedly in functionality and design.
07:21 EDTAAPLBlackBerry, Dell play-down risk of Apple-IBM partnership, Reuters says
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07:01 EDTJPMSankaty to acquire JPMorgan Global Special Opportunities Group portfolio
Sankaty Advisors, LLC, the independently managed credit affiliate of Bain Capital, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of loans and other securities from J.P. Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group. The portfolio contains mezzanine loans in North America and Europe, as well as loans and related special situations investments in Australia and across Asia, with an aggregate value of approximately $1.3B. This acquisition follows Sankaty Advisors' other recent purchases of loan portfolios from Irish Bank Resolution Capital, Lloyds Banking Group and CapitalSource. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2014, is subject to borrower and regulatory approvals. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP served as legal counsel to Sankaty Advisors. J.P. Morgan advised on the sale and Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP served as legal counsel to JPMorgan Chase. This transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chase’s earnings.
06:37 EDTAAPLRival asks for ban on sale of Beats products, Re/code says
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06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan to sell debt portfolio to Sankaty for $1B, FT reports
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06:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan questoined by regulators for conclicts of interest, WSJ says
JPMorgan has been recently questioned by regulators about whether the firm steers private-banking clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, the questions have prompted JPMorgan to change its disclosures to private-banking clients about the differences between its own products and outside offerings. Reference Link
06:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
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05:58 EDTAAPLApple nears deal to buy Swell radio app for $30M, Re/code reports
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05:30 EDTNVSAlcon announces Simbrinza approved in EU
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July 27, 2014
15:38 EDTAAPLApple acquires book analytic startup BookLamp, TechCrunch says
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10:40 EDTAAPLLarger iPhone could squeeze iPad sales further, Barron's says
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTAAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
13:55 EDTAAPLBose sues Beats Electronics over alleged patent infringement
Bose Corporation filed a lawsuit requesting that the International Trade Commission commence an investigation to "remedy the unlawful importation" into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. of certain noise canceling headphones and components from Beats Electronics that are alleged to infringe one or more valid and enforceable U.S. patents owned by Bose. Beats Electronics has agreed to be acquired by Apple. Reference Link
13:13 EDTAAPLEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
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12:12 EDTAAPLEinhorn takes stake in Lam Research, Bloomberg reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLSwatch says not working with Apple on smartwatches, Business Insider reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTAAPLApple rumored to push out larger iPhone 6 production, AppleInsider says
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-books agreement terms troubles U.S. judge, Reuters says
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July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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14:01 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics unit awarded $67M contract for Light Armoured Vehicles
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13:16 EDTAAPLAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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10:37 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPLApple set to become TSMC's largest client, DigiTimes reports
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09:28 EDTAAPLApple to release iPhones at different times to avoid competition, DigiTimes say
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08:19 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics price target raised to $137 from $119 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on General Dynamics after the company reported Q2 results that the firm views as strong and significantly raised its EPS guidance. The firm thinks the outlook for the company's Gulfstream and Combat Systems units appear positive. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics price target raised to $133-$137 from $120-$125 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on General Dynamics as the firm thinks the company reported impressive Q2 results. The firm expects the turnarounds in the company's Jet Aviation and European Land Systems units to be sustained. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares. .
07:00 EDTJPMJudge dismisses JPMorgan case regarding Madoff scheme, Reuters says
U.S. Federal Judge Paul Crotty made a ruling that dismissed a shareholder's case which claimed JPMorgan board members knew about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and didn't acknowledge red flags motioning towards fraud, according to Reuters, citing the lawsuit. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple could launch mobile wallet as early as this fall, The Information reports
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05:41 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA acceptance of Sandoz application for filgrastim
Sandoz, a Novartis Group company, announced that the FDA has accepted its Biologics License Application for filgrastim, which was filed under the new biosimilar pathway created in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.
July 23, 2014
18:03 EDTAAPLInvestors shouldn't wait too long to buy Apple, Barron's says
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17:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way throughout the trading day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was helped by a post-earnings rise in shares of Apple (AAPL), while the blue-chip index was weighed down by Boeing's (BA) under-performance following its own quarter report. There was little movement in the averages during the day as they remained in a narrow range, but the increase in the S&P 500 did manage to push it to a new all-time closing high. After the bell, investors will receive the next wave of earnings with AT&T (T), Facebook (FB) and Qualcomm (QCOM) scheduled to report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced $2.47, or 2.61%, to $97.19 after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Another research firm, Janney Capital, said Apple did not address rumored new products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch, on its earnings call, but did indicate that its wider than normal revenue guidance range was due to "many moving pieces," suggesting one or two new products may be introduced, but late in the quarter... Dow component Boeing sank $3.03, or 2.34%, to $126.71 despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's (MCD), fell 92c, or 0.96%, to $95.35 after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock surged $174.40, or 295.44%, to $233.43 after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose $69.47, or 17.71%, to $461.63 and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers was Xilinx (XLNX), which tumbled $6.89, or 14.31%, to $41.26 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. After the report, analysts at William Blair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital all downgraded the stock. Also lower were shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR), which fell $2.39, or 9.63%, to $22.43 and was also downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after its Q3 guidance missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slid 26.91, or 0.16%, to 17,086.63, the Nasdaq rose 17.68, or 0.4%, to 4,473.70, and the S&P 500 gained 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,987.01.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
14:47 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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13:10 EDTBLKBlackRock announces support for SEC money market reform
BlackRock said in a statement, "BlackRock supports the SEC’s efforts to improve the resiliency of U.S. money market funds during times of stress and appreciates the thoughtful, deliberate and consultative process the Agency has undertaken to achieve this result. In light of these changes, we believe that money market funds will continue to prove a valuable cash investment strategy. BlackRock is well positioned to offer our clients the full spectrum of stable NAV, floating NAV, Government, Prime and Municipal cash management products. We look forward to engaging closely with our clients over the coming months to discuss the wide array of cash solutions available to successfully adapt to these new reforms."
12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:01 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HLF
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10:40 EDTAAPLApple tentatively plans to announce iPhone 6 in mid-September, 9to5Mac says
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10:02 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics: Q3 results to be similar to Q2, but expects a strong Q4
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09:14 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics raises FY14 EPS cont ops to $7.40-$7.45 from $6.80-$6.85
FY14 EPS consensus of $7.33; Sees FY14 revenue $30.2B, consensus $30.39B. Expects FY14 operating margin of 12.5%. Sees FY14 effective tax rate in low end of guidance of 30.5%-31%. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
08:52 EDTAAPLApple guide suggests big products to come late in quarter, says Janney Capital
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08:49 EDTAAPLVirnetX volatility elevated into CAFC decision
VirnetX (VHC) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 110, September is at 106, September is at 89; compared to its 26-week average of 85 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement as investors await a with regard to VirnetX's case with Apple (AAPL).
08:08 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at CLSA
07:47 EDTAAPLApple results more or less status quo, says Wells Fargo
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07:06 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics repurchased 10.7M outstanding shares in Q2
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07:04 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics reports Q2-end backlog $71.1B
Total backlog at the end of Q2 was $71.1B, 27% over Q1. Estimated potential contract value, representing management's estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts and unexercised options, was $28.4B. At the end of the quarter, total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $99.5B. Orders in the Aerospace group were strong in the quarter, including healthy activity across the group's portfolio. The company said, "General Dynamics' strong second quarter performance reflects our continued focus on program execution and operational improvements. We have a solid building block for the future with an increased defense backlog and robust order activity across the portfolio of Gulfstream business jets."
07:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $111 at Cantor
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07:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics reports Q2 cont. ops. EPS $1.88, consensus $1.77
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06:54 EDTAAPLApple shares recommended after June quarter results at Citigroup
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06:45 EDTAAPLMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:41 EDTNVSArray BioPharma shares attractive at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says shares of Array BioPharma are attractive at current levels ahead of Phase III data readouts for binimetinib in melanoma, selumetinib in Kras-mutant lung, thyroid and uveal melanoma, and filanesib in multiple myeloma. Piper sees the biggest overhang on Array shares as being the financing requirement and it notes that binimetinib could be returned to the company from current partner Novartis (NVS). Nonetheless, it feels investors should take a "serious look" at Array and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $9 price target.
06:36 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
July 22, 2014
19:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan in advanced talks to sell half its stake in buyout arm, WSJ says
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18:33 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple guidance suggests Sept. 26 iPhone launch, says Piper Jaffray
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple says iPad sales were 'gated' by channel inventory, market softness
Comment made on Q2 earnings conference call.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple shares up 17c to $94.89 following Q3 results
16:34 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'strong' sales of iPhone, Mac in Q3
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3
Apple sold 13.28M iPads in Q3, 4.4M Macs, and 2.93M iPods.
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.4% vs. 36.9% last year
International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter's revenue.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $37B-$40B, consensus $40.44B
Sees Q4 gross margin between 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.23
Reports Q3 revenue $37.4B, consensus $37.99B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:30 EDTGDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
15:30 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:12 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 94.64 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q2
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13:18 EDTBLK, AAPLEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
10:51 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:30 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3
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10:01 EDTAAPLPandora advances after upbeat notes from analysts
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for smartwatch with gesture support, AppleInsider says
A patent granted to Apple and published by the USPTO provides one of the clearest signs yet that the company has been working on a smartwatch, reported AppleInsider, which noted that the patent covers a wrist-worn wearable device, dubbed "iTime" in one illustration, that supports arm and wrist gestures and has advanced proximity-sensing circuitry. Reference Link
07:31 EDTAAPLInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
07:30 EDTJPMJPMorgan creating new multi-class electronic-trading group, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTVIA, VIABViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to produce 80M large-screen iPhones, WSJ reports
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:02 EDTJPM, AAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTJPM, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:50 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
07:38 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles/Pasadena on July 24 and in San Francisco on July 25 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:29 EDTJPMAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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07:12 EDTJPMCFA Institute to hold a seminar
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07:11 EDTNVSInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTNVSAnacor, Sandoz enter into agreement for commercialization of Kerydin in the U.S.
Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, pursuant to which Sandoz will distribute and commercialize Anacor’s drug KERYDIN topical solution, 5% in the United States. PharmaDerm, the branded dermatology business of Sandoz, will be responsible for the sales and marketing of KERYDIN. On July 8, Anacor announced that the U.S. FDA approved the New Drug Application for KERYDIN, the first oxaborole antifungal approved for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails, a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed that affects approximately 35 million people in the United States, according to Podiatry Today. The agreement with Sandoz entitles Anacor to upfront payments totaling $40M and an additional milestone payment of $25M expected to be paid in January 2015. Under the agreement, Sandoz and Anacor will share equally, under a long-term profit-sharing arrangement, the gross profits accrued by Sandoz on sales of KERYDIN, except that in 2015 Anacor will start receiving profit-sharing payments after the first $50M of gross profits have been accrued by Sandoz. The long-term profit-sharing arrangement includes cumulative minimum profit-sharing payments to Anacor in 2016 totaling $45M. Anacor will also have the option to repurchase all rights in KERYDIN from Sandoz on the later of three years from launch or December 31, 2017, at a price to be determined pursuant to the agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Anacor will supply product to Sandoz at cost through Anacor’s contract manufacturers, and Sandoz will be responsible for all of its selling, marketing, distribution, general and administrative costs related to the commercialization of KERYDIN. Anacor will hold the NDA and will be responsible for any further development of KERYDIN.
06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTJPM, AAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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13:02 EDTJPMGoldman, JPMorgan ready with $25B bridge loan for Time Warner takeover by Fox
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12:21 EDTVIABCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital has positive read through from Seagate results, says RBC Capital
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06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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July 17, 2014
17:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital down 1.2% after peer Seagate reports Q4 results
16:40 EDTAAPL, BLKBill Campbell retires from Apple's board, replaced by Susan Wagner
Apple (AAPL) announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012.
16:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan awards CEO Dimon 2M crisis-era stock options
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple heads lower to test of support, levels to watch
The shares are heading lower, last at $93.48. At that price the stock is just above uptrend support at the 30-day moving average, last at $93.11. A break below the 30-day moving average would set the stage for a test down to the 50-day moving average at $90.57. Resistance is at $95.10, the 10-day moving average.
14:44 EDTAAPLAsus tablet sales in Japan top Apple in first half of year, Nikkei says
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13:33 EDTAAPLAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
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08:34 EDTNVSVanda requests award of $539M in proceedings with Novartis
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06:34 EDTBLKBlackRock sells $3.7B of UBS securities to Credit Suisse, Bloomberg says
Blackrock (BLK) sold $3.7B of the $22B of securities it purchased six years ago from UBS (UBS) to Credit Suisse (CS) in yesterday’s auction of mostly subprime-mortgage bonds, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the transaction. Reference Link
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis reconfirms FY14 revenue guidance up at low to mid single digit rate
The company stated, "We are reconfirming our outlook for FY14. Group net sales in 2014 are expected to grow at a low to mid-single digit rate. Group core operating income is expected to grow ahead of sales in 2014, and now refined to mid to high-single digit. This outlook recognizes the entry of generic competition for Diovan monotherapy in the U.S. on July 7, including an authorized generic from Sandoz on the same date. If June average exchange rates prevail for the remainder of the year, the currency impact for the year would be -1% on sales and -3% to -4% on core operating income."
05:29 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q2 Core EPS $1.34, consensus $1.42
Reports Q2 revenue $14.6B, consensus $14.81B. Reports continued pipeline progress with positive regulatory decisions and significant clinical trial data released in Q2.
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