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February 10, 2014
12:33 EDTAAPL, CYOU, BEBE, MCHP, SUPX, L, AMAP, DKS, BWP, MCD, MDCOOn 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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September 4, 2014
06:30 EDTAAPLIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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05:56 EDTAAPLStocks with implied volatility movement; END AAPL
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September 3, 2014
16:50 EDTL, BWPBoardwalk Pipeline to acquire Evangeline Ethylene Pipeline for $295M cash
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16:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had an outline for a cease-fire plan for eastern Ukraine and was closing in an agreement. The averages hit their highs shortly after the open and the Nasdaq was the first index to cross into negative territory as it was weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) decline. The market moved in a narrow range as investors anticipated the Fedís Beige Book report, scheduled for release mid-afternoon. The report was fairly benign and the market limped into the close, with volume remaining light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: U.S. factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book stated that the pace of growth did not change significantly in any of the central bank's 12 regions during a six week period ended in August compared with the previous six week period. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated $4.36, or 4.22%, to $98.94 after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which surged $4.81, or 44.05%, to $15.73 after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which jumped $3.94, or 9.16%, to $46.97 ahead of its second quarter earnings report, which is due tomorrow morning. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which fell $4.11, or 18.55%, to $18.05 after FDA briefing documents ahead of a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower after its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $4.47, or 11.54%, to $34.27. Analysts at Piper Jaffray attributed the post-earnings weakness to investor concerns over heightened inventory levels, but the firm said it still sees Vince as one of the best small cap growth names in its space and would be "aggressive buyers" on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 10.72, or 0.06%, to 17,078.28, the Nasdaq fell 25.62, or 0.56%, to 4,572.56, and the S&P 500 slipped 1.56, or 0.08%, to 2,000.72.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 3, 2014
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13:33 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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12:59 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors volatility flat as shares near record high into Apple event
NXP Semiconductors overall option implied volatility of 32 is near its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
12:33 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:44 EDTAAPLApple breaks support, levels to watch
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11:24 EDTAAPLApple slumps after analyst advises taking profits
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10:40 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees security 'spending frenzy' amid high-profile hacks
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10:27 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTAAPLInvestors should take profits in Apple, says Pacific Crest
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08:14 EDTMCHPMicrochip Technology volatility at low end of historic range
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08:06 EDTAAPLApple iWallet poses threat to PayPal, says RW Baird
Baird said an Apple (AAPL) mobile payments platform will pose a headline risk to eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. The firm sees it as a particular threat to growth opportunities at point-of-sale, although Baird notes PayPal has a solid start, a strong fraud detection platform, compliance with bank regulators, and accelerating growth in e-commerce payments. The firm has Outperform ratings on both stocks, with a price target of $63 on eBay and a target of $105 on Apple.
07:57 EDTAAPLApple coverage assumed with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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07:05 EDTAAPLNordstrom in talks to be early merchant partner with Apple, Bank Innovation says
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06:20 EDTAAPLSupply chains ramp up component production for 9.7-inch iPad, DigiTimes says
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