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News For AAPL;MSFT;GOOG;STX From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle building EUR150M data center in West Dublin, Independent.ie reports
Google is investing EUR150M to build a new data center in West Dublin, Ireland, Independent.ie reports. The first construction phase, which will create 400 jobs, is expected to be completed later this year. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
19:35 EDTGOOGGoogle tests video ads in search results, Digiday says
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18:59 EDTGOOGGoogle, Amazon, private equity compete for Indian data center unit, ET says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
14:39 EDTSTXEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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13:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could unveil Surface Pro 4 at October event, The Verge reports
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12:56 EDTGOOGSmall drones bringing air traffic problems in U.S., Washington Post reports
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12:32 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up fractionally since last earnings report
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12:24 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple up 12% to 33.29
10:22 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6S may not pressure gross margins, says Bernstein
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08:02 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle loses some user data due to Belgium lightning strike, BBC News reports
Google has lost some data due to a lightning strike in Belgium, BBC News reports. While lightning did not strike the company's data center, the local power grid was struck by lightning four times, and some users' data has been permanently lost as a result. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLApple's Australian bonds raise $1.2B within two hours, SMH reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple's 12.9-inch iPad to feature displays from Sharp, DigiTimes reports
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05:56 EDTGOOGGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTAAPLSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
17:44 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6s to feature stronger metal body, MacRumors says
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16:58 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
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