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February 7, 2013
12:28 EDTTQNT, TRLG, KSS, AKAM, VSAT, M, GMCR, DV, JWN, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following a report that revealed a larger than expected decrease in nonfarm productivity during the fourth quarter. With its triple-digit move lower, the Dow is now well away from the 14K level again and the S&P is hovering just above 1,500... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims fell 5K from the prior week to 366K, versus expectations for 360K claims. Nonfarm productivity fell 2.0% in Q4, versus an expected decrease of 1.4%. In Europe, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England both left their benchmark interest rates unchanged... COMPANY NEWS: Noted investor David Einhorn and his fund, Greenlight Capital, said a legal action has been initiated against Apple (AAPL) over the company's refusal to unbundle three distinct corporate governance proposals, alleging that the bundling breaks SEC rules. Einhorn also said Apple rejected his idea for the creation of a "perpetual preferred stock," which he contends could unlock $32 per share for every $50B of preferred shares Apple issued... A number of retailers reported double-digit increases in same-store sales in January, including Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Nordstrom (JWN). However, among those, only Macy's saw its shares trade higher, as the company also raised its Q4 EPS view by 3c at both ends of its prior range... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers after earnings reports that spurred analyst upgrades were ViaSat (VSAT), up 22%, True Religion (TRLG), up 21%, and DeVry (DV), up 20%. Noteworthy losers that reported disappointing quarterly results and were downgraded on Wall Street included Akamai (AKAM), down 15%, and TriQuint (TQNT), down over 11%. Also lower after its earnings report was Green Mountain (GMCR), which slid 6% in spite of beating Q1 earnings expectations and raising its full year guidance... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 113.98, or 0.81%, to 13,872.54; the Nasdaq was down 22.06, or 0.70%, to 3,146.42; and the S&P 500 was down 10.34, or 0.68%, to 1,501.78.
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July 21, 2015
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:57 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG GMCR
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05:34 EDTAAPLPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
16:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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