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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPL, MSFT, AGN, SLXP, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the entire session. The move today marks the fourth higher close in the past five sessions and continues to keep August on track for the best monthly performance since February. The volume was light and the market drifted as there was little in the way of a catalyst since the market opened. Prior to the open however, the market received good news with housing starts and building permits data that was better than expected and the consumer prices report that was in-line with expectations. Investors will be a little more careful tomorrow as the Fed is scheduled to release its minutes from last month’s FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) closed above $100 for the first time since the stock's seven-for-one split in June... Microsoft (MSFT) announced that former CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the company's board, effective immediately. Microsoft shares traded up more than 1% today. MAJOR MOVERS: Allergan (AGN) approached Salix (SLXP) about a takeover, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Allergan is currently fighting a hostile takeover attempt by Valeant (VRX). Allergan traded up 4% today, Salix traded up 15.5%, and Valeant traded up 3.6%. INDEXES: The Dow was up 80.85, or 0.48%, to 16,919.59; the Nasdaq was up 19.20, or 0.43%, to 4,527.51; and the S&P 500 was up 9.86, or 0.5%, to 1,981.60.
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Apple's price target to $110 and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside.
06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:37 EDTAAPLUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
06:03 EDTAGNMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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