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February 10, 2014
12:33 EDTMDCO, MCHP, AMAP, MCD, CYOU, SUPX, DKS, AAPL, BEBE, L, BWPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The stock market had one of its best days of the year last Thursday and followed that advance with another strong session Friday despite the disappointing monthly jobs report. With little on today's domestic economic calendar, investors may be content to wait on the sidelines in advance of testimony due tomorrow from the new head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Carl Icahn announced in a letter published on his "Shareholders Square Table" website that he was dropping his proposal that would have asked Apple (AAPL) to buy back $50B of stock this year. Ichan cited Apple recently being more aggressive in repurchasing shares, as well as advisory firm ISS recommending against his proposal, as reasons to give up on the pursuit... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) slid nearly 1% after reporting that its U.S. comparable sales decreased 3.3% amid challenges including severe winter weather. However, the company reported that its global comparable sales rose 1.2% in the month, powered by strength in China, Japan and Europe... Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP), a midstream master limited partnership and subsidiary of Loews Corporation (L), plunged 39% after the partnership slashed its quarterly distribution to 10c per share from over 53c per share previously. Boardwalk said the reduction will free up cash to help fund growth and reduce leverage in order to strengthen the balance sheet during the "difficult market conditions" it is facing. Shares of parent Loews were also down about 4.5% near midday after its own earnings report... Shares of Dick's Sporting (DKS) climbed about 3% after the sporting goods retailer pre-announced stronger than expected results this morning. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AutoNavi (AMAP), which rose almost 25% after Alibaba Group offered to acquire all of the shares of AutoNavi not already beneficially owned by Alibaba for $21 in cash per New York listed share. Women's apparel retailer bebe stores (BEBE) also advanced nearly 7% after Reuters said the company has hired Guggenheim Securities to help it explore a potential sale. Also higher was Supertex (SUPX), which jumped 35% after agreeing to be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $33 per share in cash, while buyer Microchip gained about 1% following the announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese online game developer Changyou.com (CYOU), which fell 13% after reporting on its quarterly results, announcing the resignation of its Cheif Financial Officer, and having its stock downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley. Also lower were shares of The Medicines Company (MDCO) which tumbled over 6% after a team leader for the FDA recommended against approving the company's Cangrelor drug, which is intended for use in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 25.84, or 0.16%, to 15,768.24, the Nasdaq was up 12.21, or 0.3%, to 4,138.07, and the S&P 500 was down 1.84, or 0.1%, to 1,795.18.
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January 15, 2015
06:12 EDTAAPLTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral and maintained its $115 price target based on balanced risk/reward. The firm expects solid Q1 results on January 27 and for March outlook to be inline with consensus but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint.
06:05 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 39 at upper end of index mean range
January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:00 EDTBEBEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTMCDAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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06:56 EDTBEBEbebe stores upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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06:55 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan finds plant doesn't use plastic found in McNugget, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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