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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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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
18:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin to retire in early 2015
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16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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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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11:14 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride recovers some lost ground, levels to watch
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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."
09:07 EDTPPC, TSNProtein stock pullback on Sanderson comments overdone, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital views yesterday's decline in Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) and Tyson Foods (TSN) as an overreaction to Sanderson's comments regarding breast prices falling to year-ago levels for the next four months. BMO notes that breast prices always dip in the fall. Following Sanderson's investor day, BMO said it sees a greater probability of chicken margins remaining at near-record levels in 2015. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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
07:39 EDTTSN, PPCChicken stock sell-off yesterday overdone, says JPMorgan
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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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