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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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August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTDKSDick's Sporting weakness overdone, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Dick's Sporting Goods due to concerns about its gold segment are overdone and that the stock is likely poised for a rebound. The firm believes upcoming Q2 results will be better than feared, as foot and apparel trends remain strong, global soccer events should have a positive contribution, and promotional activity is clearing out inventory. The firm has a Buy rating and $53 price target on Dick's shares.
07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
08:03 EDTDKSGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it’s likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
11:33 EDTMCDWorkday rises after reportedly winning record deal with McDonald's
Shares of cloud-based human capital management solution provider Workday (WDAY) are rising after the company is said to have won a deal with global fast food giant McDonald's (MCD) that would be the biggest in its history. WHAT'S NEW: JMP Securities analysts Patrick Walravens and Peter Lowry wrote in a note to investors this morning that the firm's checks indicate that Workday was awarded the human capital management business at McDonald’s, which the analysts said could be the biggest deal in the company’s history. The firm increased its estimate for Workday's Q2 billings to $185M from $182M, noting that both are above the company's guidance of $180M in billing for Q2. JMP maintains its Market Outperform rating and $126 price target on Workday, but the analysts noted that they like the stock over the longer-term, citing its market leading position in the Software-as-a-Service Enterprise Resource Planning space, which is set to triple from 2013 to 2020. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, shares of Workday gained $2.43, or 2.9%, to $86.34.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTLLoews announces agreement to sell HighMount Exploration and Production
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06:52 EDTDKSDick's Sporting still has a downward bias to estimates, says RBC Capital
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06:49 EDTMCDWorkday won human capital business at McDonald's, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its due diligence indicates Workday (WDAY) won the human capital management business at McDonald's (MCD). JMP believes the contract could be the biggest deal in Workday's history and it raised its Q2 billings estimate to $185M from $182M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Workday with a $126 price target.
06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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