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June 2, 2014
16:20 EDTAAPL, MSFT, BRCM, PL, BEBE, PBYIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in quiet fashion and remained that way through most of the day. The Institute for Supply Management needed to revise it manufacturing data twice during the day, providing some confusion in what was otherwise a listless day. The market moved in a narrow range, as the mellow activity that typified last week continued. Investors may be sidelined as they await the big economic events coming later in the week, which include a meeting of the European Central Bank and the U.S. payroll report for May. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index appeared to fall to 53.2 in May, missing expectations for a slight rise, but the group than corrected its index to 56, noting that wrong seasonal adjustments were used in the first, incorrect reading. The report was then adjusted for a second time to a reading of 55.4. Markit's manufacturing PMI rose to 56.4 for May, which is a little better than the 56.2 flash print and up from April's 55.4. Construction spending rose 0.2% in April, which was less than the 0.6% growth expected. In China, the government's official Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.8 in May from April's 50.4, beating market expectations and indicating that factory activity there expanded at its fastest pace in five months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slipped $4.35, or 0.69%, to $628.65 after the company held its keynote at the first day of its Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC. At the event, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of its Mac operating system, that makes working across devices more fluid, will let Mac users make or receive iPhone calls using their computer as a speakerphone, and now uses Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing for search. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, its updated mobile operating system, that added new Messages features, new photo functions and a new Health app. Additionally, Apple confirmed its launch of Home Kit, a "smart home" platform that had been hinted at in recent media reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Protective Life (PL), which surged $6.20, or 11.85%, to $58.50 after the Nikkei said that Japan's Dai-ichi Life Insurance is in late stage talks to acquire its U.S. life insurance peer. Also higher was Broadcom (BRCM) rose $2.97, or 9.32%, to $34.84 after the company announced it has engaged JPMorgan (JPM) to help it explore strategic alternatives for its cellular baseband business, including a potential sale or wind-down. Among the noteworthy losers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), which fell $19.37, or 25.34%, to $57.06 after it presented results from an ongoing Phase II clinical trial of its investigational treatment of HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. Also lower were shares of Bebe Stores (BEBE), which plunged 68c, or 16.81%, to $3.39 after the company's CEO Steve Birkhold disclosed in a filing after the close Friday that he'd sold over 140K shares of the company's stock for $4.07 per share on May 29. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.46, or 0.16%, to 16,743.63, the Nasdaq fell 5.42, or 0.13%, to 4,237.20, and the S&P 500 added 1.40, or 0.07%, to 1,924.97.
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July 22, 2014
05:53 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF MSFT
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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12:41 EDTBRCMIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
11:04 EDTMSFTOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:55 EDTBRCM Broadcom July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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