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August 13, 2013
16:26 EDTAAPL, LCC, AAMRQ, OSIR, JOSB, UAL, DAL, PGEM, IOCOn 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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July 21, 2014
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTDALDelta Air Lines subsidiary enters into supply agreement with Bridger
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:23 EDTDALDelta Air Lines July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Delta Air Lines July weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, August is at 40, September is at 37, and December is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 23.
06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTUALUnited Continental August volatility increases
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