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February 7, 2014
12:32 EDTG, CI, AAPL, ATHN, EXPE, BEBE, LNKDOn 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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November 18, 2015
10:49 EDTAAPLGoldman says buy Apple ahead of 'Apple-as-a-Service' sentiment shift
The shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List. Apple is taking steps to increase the monetization of its customer base and investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, leading to a higher valuation after this transition occurs, the firm predicts. WHAT'S NEW: Apple can significantly increase the monetization of its 500M users over the next few years, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote in a note to investors today. It should be able to attain this goal by selling more of its services, such as Apple TV and Apple Music, to its customers and by convincing them to buy more of its hardware products, including Macs, iPads and watches, the analyst stated. Apple's introduction of installment plans for the iPhone should also facilitate its transition to a recurring revenue model, Jankowski indicated. If Apple creates similar installment plans for its other products and services, its current average revenue per iPhone user would be $42 per month, the analyst estimated. If every iPhone users adopts every Apple product and service, the tech giant's ARPU would climb to $153 per month, implying that it can grow significantly as its users adopt more of its products and services, according to Jankowski. The market currently values Apple as a hardware company and would give the company a higher valuation if it began to view the tech giant as having a recurring revenue model, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." She has a $163 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Apple rose about 3% to $117 per share.
10:47 EDTAAPLTarget sees Apple Watch to be top gift in wearable category in holiday season
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cognex (CGNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... FARO Technologies (FARO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... LendingClub (LC) upgraded on valuation, positive outlook at Sterne Agee CRT... Middleby (MIDD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... RE/MAX Holdings (RMAX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Shopify (SHOP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... TASER (TASR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... USG (USG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.
09:52 EDTAAPLApple trades up, Goldman adds to Conviction Buy List
The stock was last at $116.89, up over 2.8% on the session on moderate volume. At current price next resistance is at $119.27. Support is at $115.75, the opening price of the day.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy saying the stock trades at a 30% discount to the S&P 500 multiple. The market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, Jankowski tells investors in a research note. Over the next year, however, the analyst expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." Jankowski believes Apple has a "significant multi-year opportunity" to increase monetization given its estimated installed base of 500M loyal iPhone users. She has a $163 price target for shares. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 49c to $113.69.
06:12 EDTAAPLApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLSony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
15:02 EDTATHNathenahealth announced new services agreement with TeamPraxis
athenahealth and TeamPraxis, a physician service organization in Hawaii, announced a new services agreement which enables TeamPraxis to access and use the athenaNet platform to implement and support the athenaOne suite of services and athenaCommunicator Enterprise population health service.
12:11 EDTEXPEExpedia management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in FT. Lauderdale on November 18 hosted by Guggenheim.
11:23 EDTATHNBarclays says sell athenahealth as new customers get harder to find
Barclays downgraded athenahealth (ATHN) to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a Sell rating, in a note to investors today. The company's prospects in the ambulatory care market look weak and its growth rate appears to be unsustainable, the firm contended. athenahealth provides cloud-based services and mobile applications to medical groups WHAT'S NEW: After analyzing the ambulatory enterprise market, Barclays analyst Eric Percher reported that only 12 of the 100 largest names on the list are potential targets for athenahealth. Additionally, those dozen groups are much smaller than the ones with which athenahealth made deals in 2014 and earlier this year, wrote Percher. Given his findings, the analyst expects athenahealth's revenue growth to decline going forward. In order to accelerate its growth, athenahealth needs large contract wins and those are unlikely to occur in the near-term, predicted the analyst, who downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight and lowered his price target on the name to $110 from $140. WHAT'S NOTABLE: JPMorgan analyst Michael Newshel assumed lead coverage of athenahealth today with an Overweight rating and $170 price target. In his note this morning on the space, Newshel said his firm's latest hospital CIO survey indicates there will be no slowdown in HIT investments despite the electronic health records adoption cycle maturing. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, athenahealth fell 6.6% to $152.22.
10:00 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded on valuation at KeyBanc... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... ChipMOS (IMOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Clovis (CLVS) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Cooper Companies (COO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Five Below (FIVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Lombard Medical (EVAR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Osiris (OSIR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Polaris Industries (PII) downgraded on anemic ORV growth at Wedbush... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... WM Morrison (MRWSY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... adidas (ADDDY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:02 EDTAAPLAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
07:56 EDTLNKDUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
06:57 EDTEXPEExpedia enters strategic technology partnership with SilverRail Technologies
SilverRail Technologies and Expedia announced a strategic technology partnership to power Expedia's global expansion in the rail business. SilverRail's global rail ticketing platform simplifies the process of accessing multiple rail companies through a standard interface. This will enable Expedia to deliver a simple, consistent search and booking experience to which their customers have become accustomed. Development has already begun, with platform launch expected in 2016.
06:26 EDTATHNThe Advisory Board initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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05:43 EDTATHNathenahealth downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Eric Percher downgraded athenahealth to Underweight saying the company's physician and revenue growth will decline moving forward. An analysis of the ambulatory enterprise market indicates that potential athenahealth targets among the 100 largest health systems number only 12, Percher tells investors in a research note. Big enterprise wins are needed to drive growth but are "few and far between," the analyst contends. He cut his price target for athenahealth to $110 from $140. The provider of cloud-based services for medical groups and health systems closed yesterday up $1.77 to $162.98.
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