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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 10, 2014
05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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11:00 EDTMSFTWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
10:02 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
05:33 EDTBRCMBroadcom upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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