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June 6, 2014
16:50 EDTAAPL, MSFT, GM, HSH, PPC, TSN, HTZMarket ends week higher after jobs report, ECB easing
Stocks ended the week higher after a report showed the U.S. added more than 200K new jobs for the fourth month in a row, the EU's central bank unveiled a comprehensive monetary easing plan and China's purchasing managers' index came in above expectations. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that non-farm payrolls rose 217K and the unemployment rate stayed at 6.3% in May. Data on manufacturing and weekly jobless claims were close to consensus estimates, an index measuring the services sector's performance in May was ahead of forecasts and construction spending in April came in below expectations... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi outlined a package of monetary easing measures, including a reduction in the benchmark interest rate to unprecedented levels, a negative deposit rate for banks, and incentives for banks to lend... China's official manufacturing 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. A government index measuring the country's services sector, meanwhile, hit a six month high in May. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of its Mac operating system, that is supposed to make working across devices more fluid, will let Mac users make or receive iPhone calls using their computer, and uses Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing for search. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, its updated mobile operating system. The new operating system will include new Messages features, new photo functions and a new Health app, Apple said. Additionally, Apple confirmed its launch of Home Kit, a "smart home" platform that had been hinted at in recent media reports... On the M&A front, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) raised its takeover offer for Hillshire (HSH) to $55.00 per share in cash, which is up from its prior offer of $45 topping a rival bid of $50 per share that was made by Tyson Foods (TSN). For its part, Hillshire said its board has agreed to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson about their recent unsolicited proposals, but Hillshire cautioned that it does not have the right to terminate its Pinnacle Foods (PF) merger agreement on the basis of either of the two companies' takeover proposals... General Motors (GM) released the results of a probe of its handling of its defective ignition switches. The report found no conspiracy, but a pattern of incompetence. GM fired 15 of its employees in the wake of the report, which found that CEO Mary Barra didn't know about the issues until the company issued a recall. GM warned that it could take significant Q2 charges as a result of the recalls... Shares of Hertz (HTZ) plunged today after the company disclosed further accounting issues this morning and warned that its Q1 results are "likely to be below consensus" due to costs associated with its accounting review, other unusual items, and certain anticipated operating results. INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.24% to 16,924.28, the S&P 500 was up 1.34% to 1,949.44, and the Nasdaq was up 1.86% to 4,321.40.
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July 21, 2014
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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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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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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July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:22 EDTMSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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