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August 13, 2013
16:26 EDTPGEM, JOSB, LCC, DAL, OSIR, AAPL, IOC, UAL, AAMRQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following comments from a regional Fed president suggesting a September "taper" may be unlikely. The Fedspeak appeared to offset worse than expected retail sales data released earlier in the day. The Nasdaq logged the day's largest gain, boosted by a surge in shares of Apple (AAPL), which climbed following the disclosure by activist investor Carl Icahn of a large stake. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales edged up 0.2% in July, missing expectations for a 0.8% increase. Retail sales excluding autos increased 0.5%, however, which was a bit above the 0.4% rise expected for that reading. Import prices rebounded to rise 0.2% in July after being down in the prior month, while export prices slipped 0.1% in July. Business inventories were flat in June, versus expectations for them to grow 0.2%. Comments made by Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart near midday sent the averages higher, as Lockhart largely ruled out a September tapering of the Fed's asset purchases given recent economic and employment data. COMPANY NEWS: Apple gained $22.21, or 4.75%, to $489.57 after Carl Icahn announced on his Twitter account that he has built a "large" position in the iPhone and iPad maker. Icahn also tweeted that he had a conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook today, during which he told Cook a larger share buyback should be done now. A late afternoon headline from Bloomberg said that Icahn's position in Apple is over $1B... The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the proposed merger of US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines' bankrupt parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ), saying the tie-up will result in passengers paying higher fares and receiving less service. Following the news, AMR shares fell $2.64, or 45.44%, to $3.17 and US Airways fell $2.46, or 13.07%, to $16.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), which saw its shares more than double, adding $14.78, or 138.65%, to $25.44 after a clinical trial of its treatment for diabetic foot ulcers met the pre-specified stopping rules for "overwhelming" efficacy. Also higher were shares of JoS. A. Bank (JOSB), up $5.03, or 12.48%, to $45.33 after BeaconLight Capital sent a letter to the company's board saying its stock could be worth $70 if the company took "a few simple steps." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of airline stocks, including United Continental (UAL), down $2.48, or 7.47%, to $30.73, and Delta Air Lines (DAL), down $1.49, or 7.08%, to $19.55 after the DoJ filed to block the proposed merger between US Airways and AMR. Also lower following their quarterly reports were Ply Gem Holdings (PGEM), down $3.66, or 19.34%, to $15.26, and InterOil (IOC), down $8.47, or 10.09%, to $75.51. INDEXES: The Dow was up 31.33, or 0.20%, to 15,451.01; the Nasdaq was up 14.49, or 0.39%, to 3,684.44; and the S&P 500 was up 4.69, or 0.28%, to 1,694.16.
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May 19, 2015
06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
05:59 EDTAAPLSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:31 EDTIOCInterOil downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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09:26 EDTAAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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06:15 EDTDALCiti divests 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) has sold its 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, the Mexican airline says, Reuters reports. According to the airline, Barclays Capital (BCS) acquired about 8% of shares through a financial operation with Delta (DAL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTDAL, UALTrade group sees airlines carrying record passenger loads this summer, WSJ says
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May 17, 2015
18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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