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June 2, 2014
16:20 EDTPBYI, BRCM, BEBE, MSFT, PL, AAPLOn 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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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple elevated at 35.58
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) at 35.58 compared to its 50-day moving average of 28.57.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple services profit contribution rising, says UBS
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06:35 EDTBRCM, AAPLSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLSmart wearaable device vendors avoid Apple Watch competition, DigiTimes says
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April 14, 2015
17:45 EDTAAPLApple acquires Israel-based camera-technology company LinX, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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12:01 EDTAAPLApple says ResearchKit now available to medical researchers
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:27 EDTAAPLSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple to discuss future of iOS and OS X at conference on June 8
Apple announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate technologies and fine tune their apps. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTPBYIPuma Biotechnology expands cohort in Phase II PB272 trial
Puma Biotechnology has expanded the second cohort from its Phase II clinical trial of its lead drug candidate PB272 as a single agent in patients with solid tumors who have an activating HER2 mutation. The cohort that has been expanded is the cohort that includes patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and whose tumors have a HER2 mutation. The Phase II basket trial, which was initiated in October 2013, is an open-label, multicenter, multinational study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of PB272 administered daily to patients who have solid tumors with activating (driver) ERBB mutations, including epidermal growth factor receptor, HER2 and HER3. The cohorts (baskets) included in the study are (1) bladder/urinary tract cancer; (2) breast cancer; (3) colorectal cancer; (4) endometrial cancer; (5) gastric/esophageal cancer; (6) ovarian cancer; (7) all other solid tumors with a HER2 mutation; (8) EGFR mutated and/or amplified primary brain cancer; and (9) solid tumors with a HER3 mutation. The non-small cell lung cancer patients initially entered the study in the “other solid tumors with a HER2 mutation” basket and due to the preliminary activity seen in the trial the Company has expanded the basket, as per the protocol for the trial. The expanded HER2 mutant NSCLC basket will now enroll a total of 18 patients.
08:40 EDTAAPLSeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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05:48 EDTAAPLReport: Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones in China, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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