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October 8, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOG, AAPLFingerprint sensors to come on more Android phones in 2016, DigiTimes reports
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06:03 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster sees Upgrade Program pushing Apple shares higher
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster does not believe the "significance" of Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program is being reflected in the share price at current levels. Annual upgrades will likely push the U.S. upgrade cycle to an average of 15 months from the current 22 months by 2018, Munster tells investors in a research note. This should add between 5%-7% to consensus iPhone unit expectations in each of the next 4-plus years, he adds. Munster sees upside to shares of Apple based on this faster upgrade cycle trend. He has an Overweight rating on the stock with a $172 price target. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 53c to $110.78.
October 7, 2015
16:10 EDTAAPLPatent office to review two VirnetX patents, Bloomberg reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 7, 2015
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15:14 EDTAAPLAmazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says
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14:59 EDTGOOGTwitter, LinkedIn sign on to Google accelerated web project
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12:48 EDTAAPLPandora sinks after $450M Ticketfly acquisition
Pandora (P), a music streaming and automated music recommendation service, is trading lower after announcing it will acquire ticketing company Ticketfly. Ticketfly competes with much larger rival Ticketmaster, a unit of Live Nation (LYV). WHAT'S NEW: Pandora announced the $450M Ticketfly acquisition this morning, referring to the combination as the definitive music platform for connecting fans, artists and event promoters. The Pandora Ticketfly hook-up will address the "longstanding problem" of finding events by giving promoters and venues access to Pandora's targeted audience of nearly 80M music fans, the company said. "This is a game-changer for Pandora - and much more importantly - a game-changer for music," said Brian McAndrews, chief executive officer at Pandora. "Over the past 10 years, we have amassed the largest, most engaged audience in streaming music history. With Ticketfly, we will thrill music lovers and lift ticket sales for artists as the most effective marketplace for connecting music makers and fans." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pandora, which competes with Apple (AAPL) Music and Spotify, has been expanding the services it provides to artists. Last year it introduced the Artist Marketing Platform, or AMP, that allows musicians free access to the data it stores about their fan base. In May, Pandora announced that it has agreed to acquire Next Big Sound, a provider of online music analytics. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said he sees Pandora accelerating tickets sales across the Ticketfly platform. Marsh, who kept an Overweight rating on Pandora shares, sees substantial leverage for Pandora's sales force platform generating advertising and sponsorship opportunities to live events. According to the analyst, the Ticketfly purchase along with Pandora's past initiatives may pave the way for the music streaming service company to get direct licensing deals that could enable Pandora to offer its service in markets outside the U.S. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Pandora are down 5% to $20.87 uin afternoon trading, while Live Nation is about flat at $25.40.
11:33 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoPro drops to 52-week low after Morgan Stanley slashes price target
GoPro (GPRO) shares, which are down over 50% year-to-date, fell to a new 52-week low in morning trading after an analyst from Morgan Stanley lowered the action camera maker's price target as a result of disappointing sales of its Session device. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette maintained an Equal Weight rating on GoPro's shares but slashed his price target on the stock to $35 from $62, saying that "disappointing" HERO4 Session sales indicate future disappointments, absent marked improvements in usability. Faucette said that recent checks were "decidedly more negative" since customers prefer the HERO4 Silver's screen and video quality over the Session's smaller form factor. Disappointing demand for the Session resulted in the company deciding to reduce the price to $299 a week ago, down $100 lower than the $399 price tag in July, the analyst noted. Faucette added that mobile software improvements and editing are still lagging behind apps available on Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS systems. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 23, Cowen also lowered its price target on GoPro shares to $60 from $76, saying that the slower than expected sales for the HERO4 Session now seem well discounted. Separately, on September 19, Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's share price may drop to as low as $25, calling the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" akin to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers. Three days later, GoPro chief executive officer Nick Woodman said in an interview with CNBC that it was "short-sighted" to refer to his company as a "one trick pony." Woodman added that the Session was selling against incumbents and that it was unreasonable to believe it would immediately become a top seller. RISING COMPETITION: In the same CNBC interview, GoPro's head said that companies such as Sony (SNE), which is viewed as a major competitor in the market for cameras, have actually helped GoPro expand total reach and that its market share has grown since Sony entered the market. In addition, on September 22, Woodman said that he does not believe Apple (AAPL), which was granted patents for action cameras in January, is "investing and exploring GoPro-like devices," Fortune reported. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares dropped 9.7% to $27.69. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week low of $27.52. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, fell 2.5% to $60.15.
11:13 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
The shares are leading on the downside, last at $109.93. At that price next support is at $108.01. Resistance is at $111.31, the prior session close.
10:58 EDTAAPLBarclays to launch Apple Pay support in UK in early 2016
Barclays (BCS) plans to launch Apple (AAPL) Pay support in the UK in early 2016, reports Mac Rumors. In an email to customer Mike Jobson, Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani said, "We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year. We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly." Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple supplier Murata to build $100M factory in Japan, WSJ says
Apple supplier Murata Manufacturing plans to build a new, $100M factory in Japan despite weakness in China's economy that could have a negative effect on smartphone sales, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an interview with Murata president Tsuneo Murata. "Even if the growth rate comes down to a certain level, we see demand for components increasing," he said. Reference Link
07:43 EDTAAPLLexmark upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
Citi analyst Jim Suva upgraded Lexmark (LXK) to Neutral citing its thesis of overly-optimistic management expectations has mostly played out with the stock down 25% over the past 12 months. The analyst keeps a $31 price target for shares. Sava says Apple (AAPL) remains his top pick in Computer Hardware.
07:37 EDTAAPLUBS raises September quarter iPhone estimate to 50M units
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October 6, 2015
20:08 EDTAAPLApple plans to release new iMac next week, 9to5Mac says
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19:41 EDTGOOGGoogle says Motor Trend report 'got key details wrong', The Verge reports
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19:20 EDTGOOGEuropean court rules personal data sent to U.S. potentially unsafe, AP says
A European court ruled that personal data sent to servers in the U.S. could potentially be unsafe from government spying, reports the Associated Press. Tech companies could find it more difficult to conduct business in Europe, as a result of this ruling, the AP adds. Publicly traded companies in the space include Facebook (FB), LinkedIn (LNKD), Twitter (TWTR), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 6, 2015
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15:25 EDTMSFTAmazon cloud announcement unlikely to sink Splunk, analysts say
Amazon (AMZN) appears to be signaling an expanded presence in cloud-based data analytics, sending shares of incumbents in the space lower and prompting several analysts to weigh in on the e-commerce giant's potential impact. AMAZON CLOUD: Amazon is expected to announce a new "big data" analytics addition to Amazon Web Services, according to an October 4 Wall Street Journal report. The article follows the launch last week of Amazon Elasticsearch, adding further data crunching capabilities to the company's cloud computing platform. Commenting on the news, William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri said that Splunk (SPLK) investor concerns over Amazon are overblown. Elasticsearch is likely to remain primarily a document search platform rather than a direct competitor to Splunk's offerings, while Amazon's expected analytics announcement looks more likely to challenge Tableau (DATA) and Qlik (QLIK), the analyst argues. Meanwhile, FBR analyst Daniel Ives said that a tangential move into the data analytics space "makes a ton of strategic and financial sense" for Amazon, as the market is only about 10% penetrated despite aggressive expansion from Microstrategy (MSTR), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP), and others. That said, Ives cautioned that Amazon's ability to again disrupt the cloud space with this latest entry appear limited in the near term, with many companies already showing preference for pure-play analytics firms. Amazon may ultimately have to make a larger acquisition by picking up a Qlik, Tableau, or Splunk to gain traction, the analyst contended. PRICE ACTION: Splunk shares are down fractionally in afternoon trading after some earlier volatility, while Tableau and Qlik are showing respective losses of roughly 3.14% and 1.86%.
14:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new Surface, Lumia, Microsoft Band devices
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices, taking advantage of new hardware to unlock new Windows 10 experiences. Showcasing Windows 10, Microsoft also shared new gaming experiences from Xbox and new details on Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer. Now running on 110M devices around the world, Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history -- seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same time period. With more than 1.25B visits to the Windows Store, Microsoft announced all-new universal apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, Uber, and others. These apps add to the existing Windows 10 experiences that will be available on the new Microsoft devices. Microsoft announced the new Surface Book, a powerful, high-performance laptop with pen and touch support, starting at $1,499. Microsoft also announced the Surface Pro 4, a thin, light and powerful tablet that can replace a laptop, starting at $899. Microsoft also announced Microsoft Band 2, a fitness wearable starting at $249.
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