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March 31, 2015
18:56 EDTAAPLApple could sell 1M Apple Watches in first weekend, says Piper Jaffray
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 31, 2015
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15:26 EDTAAPLApple heads lower for test of the 50-day moving average, levels to watch
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11:35 EDTAAPLApps, content being rolled out for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac says
Uber, The New York Times (NYT), and Flipboard have rolled out content or apps for Apple's (AAPL) upcoming Apple Watch, according to 9to5Mac. Reference Link
10:35 EDTVIAB, VIACorus secures programming rights to Nickelodeon content in Canada
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09:50 EDTNVSMylan launches generic Exforge tablets in U.S.
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09:49 EDTAAPLApple may have tried luring artists from Jay-Z's music service, Billboard says
Apple's executive Jimmy Iovine has been trying to lure people from Jay-Z's music service Tidal, reports Billboard. In an interview with Jay-Z, he did not directly confirm the rumor that Iovine lured people away by paying "more money upfront," but did say "that's just competitive nature, and I don't know if he's looking at the bigger picture." Reference Link
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTJPMDOJ examining dealership loans to minority auto buyers, NY Times says
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08:19 EDTAAPLApple March quarter revenue should come in above guidance, says RBC Capital
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07:19 EDTWDCWestern Digital Seagate estimates lowered below consensus at Stifel
Stifel lowered its Q3 and Q4 estimates for Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) below consensus levels to reflect weaker than expected HDD demand for Q3 and the firm's belief that trends will be flattish into Q4. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Western Digital ,citing what it sees as the company's positive enterprise portfolio positioning, its ability to leverage a more variable costs model, and its positive free cash flow outlook. It keeps a Hold rating on Seagate.
06:49 EDTAAPLLeaked photos may show Apple iPhone 6C, 9to5Mac says
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06:39 EDTAAPLApple expands 'Maps Connect' service to 12 countries, AppleInsider says
Apple (AAPL) has expanded its "Maps Connect" service to Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland, reports AppleInsider. The service allows small business to self-submit listings and location information that will then appear on the company's Maps app after review, with the aim of bringing the service in line with what Google (GOOG) Maps offers. Reference Link
March 30, 2015
17:46 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approval for Jadenu
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 30, 2015
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12:45 EDTAAPLApple giving store credit for non-iPhone smartphones, 9to5mac says
For the first time, Apple is allowing consumers to receive credit for some smartphones not made by Apple at Apple Retail Stores, according to 9to5mac. The credit can be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, the website noted, adding that it reported earlier this month that Apple was planning to launch such a program. Reference Link
12:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan advances, levels to watch
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08:28 EDTVIATrevor Noah likely to replace Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show,' Deadline says
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07:49 EDTAAPLBarclays ups Analog Devices on Apple design wins
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07:44 EDTJPMBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:28 EDTAAPLApple May volatility elevated at 32
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07:20 EDTBLKFederal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to hold a conference
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05:35 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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05:18 EDTNVSNovartis enters multiyear aliance with Aduro Biotech
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March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTJPMECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
17:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan could climb 30% in a year, Barron's says
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March 27, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
09:37 EDTJPMGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTJPMBNY Mellon may have contacted recruitment firm for CEO candidates, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple secretly acquired Acunu in 2013, Bloomberg reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
18:28 EDTBLKBlackRock, First Reserve to acquire equity stakes in PEMEX pipeline projects
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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12:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch inventory to be constrained initially, 9to5mac says
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12:17 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:13 EDTNVSBofA/Merrill European pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:18 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: BTX ALL FIVE SGYP SWFT RHT IDCC NVS WGO XBI
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TWTR FB KRFT BIDU TSLA CELG NFLX FCAU
08:17 EDTJPMSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:21 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 from $140 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Apple's price target to $145 and increased estimates based on near-term iPhone strength, better mix, and Watch awareness, all of which should offset currency headwinds.
07:01 EDTVIASpike TV to enter U.K. homes on April 15
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple may introduce trade-in program for iPhones in China, Bloomberg reports
Apple plans to launch a trade-in program for iPhones in China with FoxConn Technology, reports Bloomberg. According to people familiar with the effort, consumers will be able to take older iPhones to Apple stores for credit against the company's products as soon as March 31. Foxconn will buy and re-sell the phones as part of the program. Reference Link
05:59 EDTAAPLApple Watch yields low but are increasing, DigiTimes reports
Apple Watch yields in Q1 are reportedly mostly below 50%, but supply chain makers have noted the yields are on the rise, reports DigiTimes. Total shipments are for the device during 2015 are expected to reach 15M after an initial 4M shipments in Q1. Due to low yields in assembly and overall production , makers estimate the device will see an initial 2-2.2M in shipments before its release in April. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAAPLApple expected to release 3 new iPhone models in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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05:56 EDTAAPLTSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C models, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple (AAPL) in 2H15, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will supply 20nm chips for the upcoming 6S and 6C models. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
19:21 EDTAAPLApple, Beats working on streaming music service to rival Spotify, NY Times says
Apple (AAPL) is working with Beats to introduce a subscription streaming service to compete directly with services such as Spotify, according to the New York Times, citing people briefed on the company’s plans. Additionally, Apple is expected to overhaul iTunes Radio, the free service that competes with Pandora (P), the Times added. Reference Link
17:58 EDTVIA, VIABKarisma, Viacom to develop Nickelodeon hotels
Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom (VIAB,VIA), are pleased to announce the signing of a landmark agreement to develop Nickelodeon Hotels. A Gourmet Inclusive collection of luxurious family-friendly properties, Nickelodeon Hotels will represent the first and only international hotels for Nickelodeon, one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia brands for kids. The milestone deal includes plans to debut Nickelodeon Hotels with the opening of Nickelodeon Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in late 2016. A second Nickelodeon Hotel will open in Mexico shortly thereafter. Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection, which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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10:00 EDTGDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTAAPLApple to complete R&D facility in Yokohoma, Japan in 2016, Apple Insider reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
09:29 EDTMPCRefining stocks can outperform commodities within cycle, says Cowen
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09:24 EDTAAPLBernstein autos/US IT hardware analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
0U.S. IT Hardware Sacconaghi and Global Autos Warburton discuss whether Apple is really considering building a car on an Analyst/Industry conference call on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 26 at 11 am.
09:19 EDTMPCRefining sector price targets raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley believes the market is underestimating US downstream earnings power. The firm expects US refining to re-rate, driven by relative valuations, secular tailwinds, and focus on shareholder returns. Morgan Stanley raised price targets on Valero (VLO) to $90 from $70, Tesoro (TSO) to $120 from $92, Phillips 66 (PSX) to $105 from $95, Western Refining (WNR) to $63 from $52, Delek US (DK) to $48 from $45, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) to $145 from $120, and PBF Energy (PBF) to $45 from $35.
09:02 EDTJPMCitizens names Donald McCree as vice chairman, head of commercial banking
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08:08 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics upgraded at RBC Capital
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06:19 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
06:08 EDTAAPLApple Watch may face yield issues at launch, AppleInsider says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple acquires FoundationDB, terms not disclosed, TechCrunch reports
FounadtionDB, a company specializing in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, has been acquired by Apple, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, and a notice on FoundationDB's site says that it is no longer offering downloads of its database software. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLSamsung set to lead smartphone market in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is set to lead the smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Samsung and Apple (AAPL) is expected to ship 330M and 230M smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovoy (LNVGY) is set to up its shipments to 84M units. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
11:53 EDTAAPLApple May volatility elevated at 29
Apple March weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, April is at 21, May is at 29, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 26.according to Track Data, suggesting large May price movement.
11:05 EDTNVSNovartis granted orphan status for medulloblastoma treatment
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10:35 EDTAAPLNetflix seen by Cantor as 'clear winner' as TV unbundles
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for GPS 'path sharing'
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple patent number 8,989,773 which allows iPhone users to share GPS path data, enabling one user to see the physical path traveled by another user rather than just their current location. The patent also describes a "mirroring mode" which can replicate the screen of one iPhone onto the screen of another iPhone, allowing users to share the same map screen and zoom level. GPS data sharing would require approval by both iPhone users. Reference Link
07:45 EDTJPMMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAAPLAmazon adds Pandora-like stations to Prime Music app, The Verge reports
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14:07 EDTAAPLApple update adds memory, Apple Watch ad, Business Insider says
Apple's iOS 8.2 update increases devices' memory by up to 0.5 gigabytes, Business Insider reported in a video. On a negative note, however, the update adds an Apple Watch app that is little more than an ad for Apple's upcoming watch, and the app can't be removed, Business Insider added. Reference Link
12:04 EDTVIA, VIABAzul Hotels by Karisma introduces Nickelodeon Experience
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10:32 EDTAAPLApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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10:31 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may cut Watch shipments to 1.25M-1.5M units, Business Insider says
Apple may cut its Watch shipments to 1.25M-1.5M from 2.5M-3M, reports Business Insider. Citing Taiwanese publication UDN Mobile, sources within Apple's supply chain say the drop in shipment expectations is due to an issue regarding the production of the AMOLED display panels. Reference Link
09:45 EDTNVSUBS to hold a field trip
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $180 from $160 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White raised his price target on Apple shares to $180 from $160, which equates to a $1 trillion market capitalization. He believes the market will reward the tech giant with a higher price-to-earnings multiple given media reports of new areas of future innovation, the company’s entrance into a new product category with next month's watch launch, and its commitment to returning cash to shareholders. White thinks a web TV service, as reported last week by the Wall Street Journal, could be a "stepping stone" for Apple to eventually launch a full blown TV product. He adds that Apple's iPhone portfolio and position in China have "never been stronger." White keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Apple shares closed Friday at $125.90.
09:03 EDTNVSLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:55 EDTAAPLApple FY15 iPhone unit estimate raised to 220M from 210M at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Apple's FY15 iPhone unit estimate to 220M from 210M following Asia checks that indicate iPhone supply chain momentum remains strong. The firm lowered its iPad FY15 unit estimates to 55.8M from 60M but said the next catalyst is in October when the larger screen is launched. For the Apple watch, BofA lowered FY15 unit estimates to 9M from 13M given slightly more conservative views and the tough manufacturing process. Shares are Buy rated with a $140 price target.
08:27 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $115 at Cowen
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08:13 EDTAAPLPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
08:13 EDTGDBofA/Merrill airlines/aerospace analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:43 EDTBLKOcwen issues rebuttal letter to trustees
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06:29 EDTBLKOcwen responds to investor allegations, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple working on new version of Apple TV, BuzzFeed reports
Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV streaming set-top box, BuzzFeed reported on Friday. Apple is said to be planning to announce the new Apple TV at its World Wide Developers Conference in June, and will also debut a software development kit allowing app developers to create their own apps for the streaming box. The new version of Apple TV will reportedly be a "significant overhaul of the device," and could introduce its own App Store in addition to adding Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $160 from $131 at Citigroup
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06:00 EDTAAPLFoxconn denies iPhone 6 devices stolen from China plant, DigiTimes reports
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March 22, 2015
17:01 EDTWDCWestern Digital, PACCAR, two others look discounted, Barron's says
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16:42 EDTAAPLChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTAAPLStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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12:45 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple deserves higher multiple ahead of TV streaming foray
Given Apple's (AAPL) reported foray into streaming TV, the stock's multiple should be higher, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Media reports about Apple's new streaming TV service support Morgan Stanley's thesis that the stock should trade at a multiple of 18x-19x, Morgan Stanley analyst Kate Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. Companies with content platforms trade at that level, on average, the analyst noted. Apple's stock is currently trading slightly below 15 times consensus 2015 profit estimates for the company. Noting that Apple has already announced a new online streaming deal with Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and the New York Post reported that the tech giant is willing to share some viewership data with content owners, Huberty thinks that an Apple TV service seems to be more likely now than in past years. The analyst reiterated her belief, expressed in a previous note, that Apple should be compared to other companies that provide content platforms. Like other platform companies, Apple charges premium prices, its products are used every day by consumers, it has recurring revenue ,and it has the opportunity to expand its total market, the analyst stated. According to Huberty, TV is an $800B market, and the TV streaming market may be ready for prime time, as 20% of pay TV customers plan to cut the cord in the next year, a Morgan Stanley survey showed. The analyst kept a $160 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking a less favorable view of Apple on March 18 was research firm Jefferies, which predicted that the growth of the company's iPhones would decelerate further next quarter. The firm predicted that strong iPhone sales in China would propel the tech giants profit for the current quarter more than 10% above expectations, but it kept a Hold rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Apple was fractionally higher near $128 per share.
12:33 EDTNVSNovartis says CLEAR Phase IIb study met primary endpoint
Novartis announced results from the CLEAR study demonstrating that Cosentyx is significantly superior to Stelara, a widely used biologic, in achieving clear or almost clear skin for psoriasis patients. The detailed findings were presented in a late-breaking research session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, USA. Cosentyx -- at a dose of 300 mg -- is the first and only interleukin-17A inhibitor approved to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. In this Phase IIIb study, Cosentyx met the primary endpoint of showing superiority to Stelara as assessed by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index 90 response, known as clear to almost clear skin at Week 16. PASI 90 is considered an important measure of treatment success by the European Medicines Agency and an optimal treatment goal for patients. In addition, completely clear skin at Week 16 was achieved by significantly more patients treated with Cosentyx than those receiving Stelara. In addition, Cosentyx demonstrated rapid onset of action and greater efficacy at all time points in the study up to Week 16, with 50% of Cosentyx patients achieving PASI 75 as early as Week 4 compared to Stelara. The CLEAR study follows the pivotal Phase III FIXTURE study, which showed Cosentyx was superior to Enbrel.
09:45 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTBLKBlackRock management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Boston on March 24-25 hosted by JPMorgan.
08:18 EDTAAPLApple deserves higher multiple with TV service coming, says Morgan Stanley
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08:01 EDTAAPLStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
07:41 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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06:04 EDTAAPLGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower but turned mixed early in the day and remained that way for most of the session. The Dow and S&P spent most of the day deep in negative territory, while the Nasdaq managed to stay just above the flat line. Investors had a chance to digest yesterday’s comments from the Fed and may have re-considered whether it latest policy stance was as dovish as originally believed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close last night, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of Apple finished their first day in the blue chip index down 97c, or 0.76%, at $127.50, while AT&T fell 39c, or 1.16%, to $33.20... Coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) rose $1.92, or 2%, to close at $97.76 after hitting a new all-time high of $99.20 earlier. The move follows the company's investor day meeting yesterday, where it unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, reported a partnership to expand the distribution of its ready-to-drink products in China, and announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo were both unphased by the record highs and predicted the rally is not over for Starbucks in upbeat notes on the stock today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $3.11, or 33.26%, to $12.46 after reporting positive results in meetings with the EMA and FDA. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained $7.19, or 5.85%, to $130.11 after research firm Brean Capital last night initiated coverage of the stock and several casino peers with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell $1.09, or 7.15%, to $14.16 after saying that it intends to scrap four rigs and noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower after its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $3.50, or 16.36%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow fell 117.16, or 0.65%, to 17,959.03, the Nasdaq gained 9.55, or 0.19%, to 4,992.38, and the S&P 500 declined 10.23, or 0.49%, to 2,089.27.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:55 EDTNVSAmgen injunction bid for Neupogen biosimilar denied, Reuters reports
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15:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan execs 'brace' for potential investment/commercial bank cuts, FBN says
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15:13 EDTNVSAmgen denied preliminary injunction for biologics against Novartis, Reuters says
13:46 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens
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13:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
12:29 EDTJPMJudge dismisses lawsuit over $13B JPMorgan-Justice Dept settlement, Reuters says
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $13B settlement reached between JPMorgan and the U.S. Justice Department over mortgage loans, reports Reuters. Judge Beryl Howell accepted a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the non-profit group Better Markets lacked standing to sue. Howell said, "The plaintiff has failed to meet its burden to show it has suffered an injury in fact." Reference Link
11:53 EDTJPMU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTAAPLeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTAAPLApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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08:14 EDTAAPLWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:42 EDTBLKThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a meeting
The Commission discusses Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Black Hills Power and Westar Energy in an Open Commission Meeting being held at FERC Washington, D.C.'s offices on March 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:12 EDTAAPLIpsos poll claims 39% of iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch, Reuters says
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05:42 EDTAAPLeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
12:09 EDTVIASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTVIA, VIABVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
08:25 EDTJPMSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:17 EDTAAPLUnique value of Apple streaming TV may be ease of use, says Bernstein
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07:54 EDTAAPLComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan to purchase $45B of mortage service rights from Ocwen, NY Post says
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth to decelerate further in Q3, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth should support earnings expectations, says UBS
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07:18 EDTBLKWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:31 EDTAAPL, VIADiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:52 EDTAAPL12-inch MacBook to make up 15%-20% of all MacBook shipments, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 shipments expected to reach 53M, DigiTimes reports
Apple is expected to ship 53M iPhone 6 devices in Q1, reports DigiTimes, citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Citing data from Morgan Stanley, the guidance is up from the previously expected 51M shipments. All iPhone devices will reach 54.5M units during the quarter. Reference Link
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