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August 13, 2013
16:26 EDTIOC, UAL, AAMRQ, PGEM, JOSB, LCC, DAL, OSIR, AAPLOn 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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November 14, 2014
10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:54 EDTIOCInterOil reports Q3 EPS (34c), consensus (51c)
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06:16 EDTAAPLEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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15:18 EDTIOCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:50 EDTDALLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTDALLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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13:28 EDTAAPLBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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10:44 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees annual EPS growth 10%-15% after 2014
Says on track to produce over $4B in pre-tax income in 2014. Long term goals include: annual EPS growth of 10%-15% after 2014, 11%-14% operating margins, 15%-18% ROIC, $6B annual operating cash flow, $3B free cash flow, $5B adjusted net debt by 2016 and pension at 80% funded status by 2020. Says Fleet will have ~125 50-seat regionals by 2015, down from nearly 500 at the merger. At $5B debt target, 2017 interest expense expected to be nearly $1B lower than 2009. Says debt reduction remains a priority. Plans to return over $1B to shareholders in 2014, says $2B repurchase plant o be completed no later than December 31, 2016. Comments from slides that will be presented at the Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference.
09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
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