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February 10, 2014
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 (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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November 17, 2015
07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees Q4 EPS $1.10-$1.25, consensus $1.43
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY15 non-GAAP EPS $2.85-$3.00, consensus $3.19
The company's consolidated earnings per diluted share guidance contemplates the $300M of share repurchases executed in 2015.
07:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting opened 27 new Dick's Sporting Goods stores in Q3
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07:31 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 45c, consensus 47c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.64B, consensus $1.64B. Reports Q3 SSS up 0.4%.
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.
06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's to launch "McPick 2" menu on January 4, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:08 EDTDKSDick's Sporting November 41 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q3
15:02 EDTDKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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10:25 EDTAAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
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