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February 7, 2014
12:32 EDTATHN, EXPE, BEBE, LNKD, G, CI, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite a second straight monthly jobs report that fell significantly short of expectations. Stock futures rapidly fell after the jobs data was reported, but recovered and closed the pre-market session higher, leading to an up open for the broader market. The averages gained upside momentum near mid-morning and stand close to session highs near midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 113,000 non-farm jobs were added last month, versus the expected increase of 180,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 6.6%, hitting its lowest level since October 2008. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 2% after CEO Tim Cook revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the company has bought back $14 billion of its own shares since it reported its earnings on January 27. Cook said he wants to be "aggressive" and "opportunistic" with the company's buyback program, noting that Apple had bought back a record total of more than $40 billion of its own shares over the past year... Shares of professional networking company LinkedIn (LNKD) fell 7% after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but issued a disappointing revenue forecast for the first quarter and fiscal 2014. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were healthcare services company athenahealth (ATHN), which rose 25%, and women's apparel retailer bebe stores (BEBE), which advanced 18%. Also rising were shares of Expedia (EXPE) and its fellow online travel agencies after Expedia reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results. Among the noteworthy losers was IT services provider Genpact (G), which fell 19% after the company said it expects the revenue headwinds it faced in 2013 to continue and its stock was downgraded at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan. Also lower were shares of health insurer Cigna (CI), which tumbled 8.5% after issuing a disappointing profit forecast for fiscal 2014 and being downgraded by research firm Susquehanna. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 92.89, or 0.59%, to 15,721.42, the Nasdaq was up 50.10, or 1.23%, to 4,107.23, and the S&P 500 was up 14.57, or 0.82%, to 1,788.00.
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April 7, 2015
09:52 EDTATHNEinhorn reiterates short thesis on athenahealth at conference
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTCICowen expects managed care stocks to outperform following CMS release
Cowen expects managed care stocks to outperform today following the CMS release outlining better than expected Medicare Advantage rates for 2016. The firm also sees improved FFS growth rates, maintained coding intensity adjustment, and continued HRA payments. Publicly traded companies in the space include Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), and WellCare (WCG).
07:57 EDTCIManaged care companies likely to rise on CMS news, says Oppenheimer
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07:41 EDTCI2016 MA rates positive for first time in seven years, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank notes that for the first time since 2009, Medicare Advantage rates will be positive after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that final 2016 rates will rise by 1.25%, representing a 220 basis points favorable swing from the preliminary proposed cut of 0.95%. Deutsche says the positive surprise is "somewhat tempered" by the more cautious view on Medicare cost trends provided by the CMS actuaries in the final 2016 rate announcement. The firm expects Humana (HUM), Health Net (HNT) and UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET) and Anthem (ANTM) to experience Medicare Advantage rate increases.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTAAPLMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
19:42 EDTAAPLSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
11:30 EDTEXPEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTAAPLApple Maps searches no longer showing just Yelp, AppleInsider reports
Searches on Apple (AAPL) Maps, which previously relied solely on Yelp (YELP) to provide reviews for local search, are now pulling results from TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Priceline's (PCLN) Booking.com, AppleInsider reported yesterday. Neither TripAdvisor or Booking.com are listed as sources on Apple's official Maps attribution webpage, but reviews with links to their respective webpages and apps are now appearing in Maps queries, the blog added. Shares of Yelp are down 1% to $46.67 in early trading. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTCILeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple Watch cannot launch in Switzerland due to patent issue, Reuters says
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06:20 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Jeremy David downgraded Garmin two notches to Sell from Buy saying competitive pressures are likely to stall the growth of the company's GPS fitness watch business. He also thinks revenue trends in Garmin's Outdoor segment could disappoint as the year progresses. David expects Garmin to miss consensus earnings and revenue expectations in Q1 and views the Apple (AAPL) Watch launch as another potential negative catalyst for shares. He cut his price target for the stock to $42 from $68. Shares of the navigation and information device maker closed Thursday down 58c to $46.49 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock Neutral from Buy.
06:11 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to win A9 chip orders for next iPhone, Bloomberg reports
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06:09 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG DDD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 41, 3D Systems (DDD) 56 according to iVolatility.
April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTAAPLEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple Watch to be sold by appointment only, Barron's says
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