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December 17, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLGT Advanced issues response to Apple's statement
GT Advanced (GTATQ) issued the following statement: Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO, stated, "The position that Apple (AAPL) has taken in response to the release of our October 8th declaration is in line with our expectations, as reflected in paragraph 52 of Dan Squiller's October 28 declaration in support of the Apple Settlement. Although we have different views on the matter, we believe we have settled our disputes with Apple and see no point in further addressing the circumstances that led to our Chapter 11 filing or our relationship with Apple. Our focus now is on moving the company forward through the bankruptcy process. We remain optimistic that the Bankruptcy Court will approve the Apple Settlement Agreement on November 25th because it is in the best interest of all parties."
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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15:09 EDTNVSNovartis unit gets FDA approval for swimmer’s ear treatment
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10:14 EDTWDCHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
10:02 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTAAPLEU expanding 'sweetheart' tax probe, WSJ reports
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07:45 EDTBLKCFA Society of Cleveland to hold a luncheon meeting
Russ Koesterich, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist of BlackRock discusses the company's 2015 Forecast at a luncheon meeting being held in Cleveland, Ohio on December 17 at 12 pm.
07:29 EDTNVSFDA PDUFA Date for Novartis Bexsero is December 17, 2014
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07:19 EDTMPCIndependent Refiners sector cut to Market Weight at Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Marathon Petroleum to Market Perform saying new global capacity additions are likely to pressure refining margins in 2015. Wells has a $82-$87 price target range for shares.
06:59 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum, Valero, HollyFrontier made bids for Citgo, Reuters says
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06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $125 from $110 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Western Digital (WDC) shares to $125 on expectations PCs will return to positive growth in 2016-2017. Citi believes Western Digital will benefit if its thesis on PCs proves correct. It also raised its price target for Seagate (STX) shares to $74 from $70. Citi keeps a Buy rating on both stocks.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTAAPLApple slips lower after halt to online store sales in Russia
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14:54 EDTAAPLVirnetX says appeals court denies rehearing petition in Apple case
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple halts online sales in Russia over ruble, Bloomberg reports
Apple said that it its online store in Russia is "currently unavailable while we review pricing," according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed statement. The phone marker noted the "extreme" ruble fluctuations, the news agency added. Reference Link
13:11 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors rises after positive analyst mention, Apple Pay news
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13:08 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, CNBC reports
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13:00 EDTAAPLApple found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws with iTunes, Bloomberg reports
12:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan says about half done with mortgage aid settlement, WSJ says
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10:42 EDTAAPLVirnetX drops 4% after reportedly losing appeal in case with Apple
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10:42 EDTAAPLAppeals court rules decision in VirnetX suit with Apple stands, Bloomberg says
VirnetX (VHC) lost its bid to reinstate $368.2M damage award from Apple (AAPL), reported Bloomberg.
10:10 EDTAAPLSamsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015, Re/code reports
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
09:36 EDTAAPL, JPMActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN C TSLA PBR TWTR NFLX JPM CLF ABX
08:47 EDTNVSHemispherx Ampligen provides anti-tumor activity
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08:31 EDTGDBabcock & Wilcox unit awarded contract to manufacture missile tubes
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08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital story remains under-appreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes the enterprise value/free cash flow valuation for Western Digital remains under-appreciated. The firm sees an improving product mix and ongoing margin expansion and believes the company's acquisition of Skyera is a positive. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Western Digital shares.
07:17 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase volatility elevated at 24
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07:06 EDTNVSBioLineRx and Novartis enter into strategic collaboration agreement
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06:48 EDTAAPLMore companies adopting Apple Pay, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple, Samsung offer price cuts for tablet products, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's settlement with Apple approved by bankruptcy court, WSJ reports
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05:48 EDTNVSNovartis gains FDA approval for Signifor LAR
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December 15, 2014
18:59 EDTVIAB, VIAParamount Pictures 'INTERSTELLAR' surpasses $100M mark in IMAX theatres
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16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
16:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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12:15 EDTAAPLCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital announces HGST to acquire Skyera
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08:44 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $95 from $75 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) as the firm says that its checks indicate that the company is benefiting from strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and for Chinese smartphones. The firm thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts, including rapidly proliferating Internet of Things applications. JMP Securities reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:40 EDTAAPLCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple checks show solid brand recognition in China, says Jefferies
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07:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports November net credit losses 2.61% vs. 2.26% last month
Reports November delinquency rate 1.34% vs. 1.34% last month.
07:25 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom CEO stock sale fuels takeover speculation, NY Post says
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman's sale of $140M of stock is adding to the speculation that the company could be a takeover target, reports the New York Post. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple could pay $450M if it loses e-book appeal, WSJ says
A report from yesterday explains that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin considering Apple's appeal for a ruling that the company was engaged in illegal price-fixing over e-books, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Apple loses the appeal, the company could pay $450M, with most of it going to e-book customers, the Journal adds. Reference Link
05:39 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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December 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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15:09 EDTJPMJPMorgan slips lower in late afternoon trading, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:43 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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08:36 EDTNVSNovartis reports BOLERO-1 trial did not meet primary objective
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08:09 EDTBLK, JPMBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
06:37 EDTAAPLApple online store begins accepting PayPal, Re/code reports
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06:17 EDTVIATime Warner CEO talks potential mergers in media space, NY Post reports
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes discussed the potential of a merger with CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA) at yesterday's DealBook conference, New York Post reports. Bewkes said, "They may want to be a merger partner for somebody or maybe even for themselves."Reference Link
05:31 EDTNVSNovartis reports Cosentyx 'superior' in head-to-head psoriasis study
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December 11, 2014
17:40 EDTAAPLPriceline becomes first online travel agency to integrate Apple PayApple
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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14:50 EDTAAPLApple to start selling new iPads in China this week
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13:11 EDTAAPLApple February volatility elevated at 28
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10:17 EDTAAPLCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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10:17 EDTJPMFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
10:13 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics NASSCO, Braemar LNG BV announce licensing agreement
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:05 EDTAAPLTSMC reports November sales down 10.5% to $2.32B, DigiTimes reports
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08:53 EDTAAPLBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch mass production rumored to start in January, AppleInsider says
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08:09 EDTAAPLGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:49 EDTBLKThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:20 EDTJPM, JPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgrade JPMorgan to Outperform from Underperform. The analyst expects JPMorgan to benefit from progress in revenue efficiency, operating leverage and structurally lower credit costs. Additionally, CLSA believes the sum-of-the-parts valuation discount provides the possibility of a breakup or restructuring if the company does not succeed. Price target raised to $70 from $60.
06:35 EDTAAPLUnited's 23,000 flight attendants to get iPhone 6 Plus, Business Insider reports
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06:32 EDTAAPLGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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14:20 EDTAAPLUnited Continental providing 23,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus
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14:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan leads banks lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2.5% to $60.94. At that price next major support is at $59.83, the last price for the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $61.31.
12:24 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan drops 2% after CFO talks down Q4 numbers
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $129 from $124 at Jefferies
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06:38 EDTAAPLBose products to return to Apple stores, 9to5Mac reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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06:17 EDTJPMJPMorgan faces $22B capital hole under new Fed rules, Financial Times says
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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15:03 EDTVIADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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14:57 EDTJPMFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTJPMFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded $44M contract modification by U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $44.5M contract modification to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the submarine base. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will provide a wide range of overhaul, repair and modernization services in support of nuclear submarines, floating dry-docks, support and service craft and other platforms and equipment at the submarine base. About 270 Electric Boat employees are engaged in the work.This contract was first awarded in December 2012 and has a potential value of $222.3M over five years.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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07:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital resolves two non-compliance matters with MOFCOM
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06:48 EDTVIAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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13:07 EDTNVSNovartis announces data from Jakavi trial
Novartis (NVS) announced data from the largest clinical trial of myelofibrosis patients treated with Jakavi, supporting the safety profile and efficacy benefit as measured in primary and secondary endpoints respectively. In an analysis of 1,144 patients treated with Jakavi to date in this ongoing expanded access study, 69% of patients achieved >50% reduction in spleen size from baseline and patients also experienced a clinically meaningful improvement in myelofibrosis symptom score, important treatment goals for patients with myelofibrosis. Findings from the study were presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, California. Novartis research and development efforts, in collaboration with Incyte Corporation (INCY), include early-phase and post-marketing studies in myelofibrosis and other myeloproliferative neoplasms. More than 50 abstracts on ruxolitinib are being presented at ASH, including three oral presentations exploring combinations of ruxolitinib with various investigational compounds, evaluating the possibility of simultaneously targeting multiple cancer pathways that may be involved in the pathogenesis of myelofibrosis. The JUMP study is a Phase IIIb, expanded-access trial for countries with no access to Jakavi outside of a clinical trial. The open-label, multicenter study analyzed 1,144 enrolled myelofibrosis patients who received daily starting doses of either 5 mg, 15 mg or 20 mg of Jakavi twice daily based on platelet counts at baseline. The primary endpoint is assessment of safety and tolerability of Jakavi. Overall, the safety and efficacy profile of Jakavi was consistent with previous studies.
13:05 EDTNVSNovartis reports six-year results from Phase III ENESTnd study
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11:30 EDTNVSLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTBLKBlackRock downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna
As previously reported, Susquehanna downgraded BlackRock to Neutral from Positive citing weaker emerging markets and reduced expectations for active equity flow in 2015. Susquehanna maintained its $365 price target on BlackRock shares.
07:23 EDTVIAUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:03 EDTBLKBlackRock downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:35 EDTJPMValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:21 EDTJPMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
05:42 EDTNVSSandoz Phase III data shows filgrastim has similar safety, efficacy as NEUPOGEN
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced Phase III data that demonstrated similarity of its investigational biosimilar filgrastim compared to the US-licensed reference product, Amgen's (AMGN) NEUPOGEN in the prevention of severe neutropenia in patients with breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. The study also showed that repeated switching at each cycle between the investigational biosimilar and the originator filgrastim showed no impact on efficacy, safety or immunogenicity. The PIONEER study was a Phase III study designed to compare the efficacy and safety of the investigational biosimilar and the reference product with respect to mean duration of severe neutropenia following Cycle 1 chemotherapy. PIONEER was a randomized, double-blind, four-group, multi-center non-inferiority trial conducted at 27 centers. The trial randomized 218 breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
December 5, 2014
16:57 EDTVIABViacom initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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16:52 EDTBKSDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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15:12 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
11:23 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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10:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan hits fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
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10:35 EDTVIABHigh option volume stocks
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10:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon seeing no evidence of cancer after treatment, CNBC says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 4, 2014
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12:34 EDTBKSMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTNVS, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:42 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says in talks with 'more than one' potential NOOK partner
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10:32 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says board evaluating structure of potential Nook separation
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10:12 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says 'a few' new college contracts did not perform as expected
10:08 EDTMPC, BLKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:08 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:23 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Avago (AVGO), up 7.2%... Kroger (KR), up 3.1%... Rite Aid (RAD), up 3.1%... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 24% after reaching a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib... Hawaiian Electric (HE), up 13.5% following merger announcement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 14.2% after beginning construction of second aboveground Syngas facility... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12.3% after announcing $20M ReliOn fuel cell contract... Mobileye (MBLY), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 3.6% following $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX... TASER (TASR), up 3% after receiving multiple orders of AXON body cameras. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 7.6%... Express (EXPR), down 11.3%... Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.4%... Toro Company (TTC), down 1.1%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 14.1%. ALSO LOWER: Kindred Biosciences (KIN), down 29.3% after announcing that it will discontinue its AtoKin study... UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 13% after saying that there are no current talks with DSV A/S... Agree Realty (ADC), down 3.7% after 2.1M share Spot Secondary priced at $29.90.
09:15 EDTNVSArray BioPharma to host conference call
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08:48 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum initiated with a Buy at Tudor Pickering
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08:46 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:45 EDTNVSAbbVie price target raised to $80 from $72 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for AbbVie shares to $80 while calling the company one of its top five global pharma picks for 2015. The firm's top U.S. pick is Pfizer (PFE) and its top Europe pick is Novartis (NVS). Bayer (BAYRY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) round out the top five. Jefferies thinks AbbVie's "strong momentum" will continue into the first half of 2015 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
08:44 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:38 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble sees FY15 SSS down in low-single digits
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08:37 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble reports Q2 EPS 12c, may not compare to consensus 31c
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05:54 EDTNVSArray BioPharma regaining binimetinib a 'big win,' says Piper Jaffray
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05:30 EDTBLKBlackRock initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Target $385.
December 3, 2014
16:05 EDTNVSArray BioPharma to regain worldwide rights to Binimetinib
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 45c to 26.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX C GILD RIG ABX according to Track Data.
15:25 EDTBKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:11 EDTNVSEMA finds no link between Novartis flu vaccine and deaths in Italy
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10:41 EDTJPMPresident Obama to speak to members of the Business Roundtable
President Obama speaks to members of the Business Roundtable, including CEO Dimon of JPMorgan, CEO Spiegel of Siemens, CEO Tillerson of Exxon Mobil and CEO Wilderotter of Frontier Communications on December 3 at 11:15 am. Webcast Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $135 at JMP Securities
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07:20 EDTJPMThe Economist to hold a summit
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07:19 EDTBLKNYSSA to hold a conference
Systemic Risk Conference: What Are the Odds of Financial Collapse? is being held at NYSSA New York Conference Center on December 3 with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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