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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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October 20, 2014
08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFT, AAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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