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October 30, 2014
09:34 EDTAAPLMasterCard CEO says first few weeks of Apple Pay 'very encouraging'
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09:19 EDTAAPLMasterCard CEO says mobile strategy is to work with 'all players'
MasterCard (MA) CEO Ajaypal Banga says that while the company has worked closely with Apple (AAPL) on Apple Pay, which has garnered significant attention, that the company's strategy for mobile payments will be to work with "all players" to make it as easy as possible for all MasterCard customers.
07:12 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says 'proud to be gay' in Bloomberg essay
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek: "Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy...I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important...For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me...While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me...I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."
06:53 EDTGOOGLenovo completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google
Lenovo (LNVGY) and Google (GOOG) announced that Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google is complete. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Motorola will retain over 2,000 patent assets and a large number of patent cross-license agreements, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio. The total purchase price at close was approximately $2.91B, including approximately $660M in cash and 519,107,215 newly issued ordinary shares of Lenovo stock, with an aggregate value of $750M, representing about 4.7% of Lenovo’s shares outstanding, which were transferred to Google at close. The remaining $1.5B will be paid to Google by Lenovo in the form of a three-year promissory note. A separate cash compensation of approximately $228M was paid by Lenovo to Google primarily for the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time of close. The transaction has satisfied all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions, including clearance by competition authorities in the U.S., China, EU, Brazil and Mexico, and by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
06:47 EDTAAPLVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils Microsoft Band wearable device
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces 3K jobs, completes workforce decrease plan, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTAAPL, MSFTHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLMajor merchant group could accept NFC technology, NY Times says
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06:04 EDTAAPLMCX says unauthorized parties obtained email addresses of CurrentC participants
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October 29, 2014
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 29, 2014
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14:54 EDTGOOG, AAPLEarnings Preview: Akamai reports following recent downgrade at Wells Fargo
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13:44 EDTAAPLApple in preliminary talks to sell iPhone in Iran, WSJ reports
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12:21 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts surges after 'beat and raise' quarterly report
Shares of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) are surging after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The company also raised its fiscal year 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Electronic Arts' Q2 adjusted EPS was 73c, which beat analysts' consensus of 53c. The company's revenue for the quarter was $1.22B, which beat estimates of $1.16B. The video game maker anticipates third quarter EPS to be 90c, which is higher than analysts' 86c consensus. The company expects Q3 revenue of approximately $1.275B, which is slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $1.3B. Electronic Arts raised its FY15 EPS outlook to $2.05 from $1.85, which is higher than analysts' consensus of $1.92 prior to the new outlook. The company raised its FY15 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, which was slightly ahead of the consensus estimate prior to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: EA stated that, in the calendar year to date, the company continues to be the number one publisher on Sony's (SNE) PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World, led by FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14. Electronic Arts noted that "Battlefield: Hardline" will debut on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19, 2015 in Europe. On July 29, Electronic Arts announced in a post to its corporate blog that the company partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver EA Access, a new monthly, or annual, membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at $4.99 a month. ANALYST REACTION: RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian feels that digital growth was a notable aspect of Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results. He said the quarter was driven by the combination of a rise in digital content sales and improved cost controls. Sebastian anticipates the video game maker will continue to improve its operating performance and benefit from solid growth in the future. Sebastian increased his price target on the stock to $45 from $43 and maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell believes that Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results will probably be out-shone by the push-back of its Battlefield 5 game to 2017. Mitchell expects Electronic Arts to sell approximately 4M units of "Battlefield: Hardline" by the end of FY15. He kept a Buy rating on Electronic Arts and raised his price target on the stock to $43 from $40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Electronic Arts peer Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is scheduled to give its Q3 earnings report on November 4. Another competitor, Take-Two (TTWO), is set to release its Q2 earnings numbers later on this afternoon. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Electronic Arts climbed 3.6% to $38.83. Earlier in the session the stock hit a new 52-week high of $40.34.
11:48 EDTAAPLCurrentC mobile payment system endures breach, Business Insider says
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09:42 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:39 EDTGOOGRuckus to provide routers for Google small business Wi-Fi program, GigaOM says
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09:05 EDTAAPLAerohive clarifies Wi-Fi infrastructure donated in support of Apple program
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07:53 EDTAAPLMCX member stores block Apple Pay amid threat of fines, NY Times says
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07:17 EDTMSFTAmazon hires CIOs to pitch AWS to customers, WSJ reports
As it continues to face increasing competition from IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC) and Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN) is hiring chief information officers to pitch its AWS business to customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon recently hired former Dow Jones CIO Stephen Orban to become head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services, while Douglas Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group from 2005 to 2013, joined AWS as an enterprise CIO advisor earlier this year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTSTXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:43 EDTGOOGRogers Communications appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer
Rogers (RCI) announced the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer Officer, effective November 10. Khandelwal joins Rogers from Google (GOOG) where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience.
16:08 EDTAAPLAerohive today's $50M market cap addition is too much, says at Northland
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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14:34 EDTGOOGcomScore reported strong Q3 results, says Cantor
After comScore (SCOR) reported higher than expected Q3 revenue and EBITDA, Cantor thinks the company has a number of positive catalysts, including high renewal rates, new product sales, and vCE's ongoing integration into Google (GOOg) and Yahoo (YHOO). The firm expects comScore to grow at a mid-teen percentage clip in 2015 and beyond, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
13:48 EDTAAPLAerohive Networks selected by Apple to provide Wi-Fi for ConnectED initiative
Aerohive Networks (HIVE) announced it will provide the Wi-Fi infrastructure to support Apple’s (AAPL) $100M contribution to ConnectED. Aerohive’s next-generation networking solutions will enable connectivity for Apple devices and supporting content, providing teachers a new set of tools to engage and inspire their students. Aerohive is the only Wi-Fi infrastructure company working with Apple on this initiative.
13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle designing particles to search for diseases, WSJ reports
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13:07 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors seen as beneficiary if Apple, Alibaba strike deal
Chip maker NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) would benefit significantly if Apple (AAPL) teams up with China's Alibaba (BABA) on a mobile payment system, research firm Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors today. Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested last night that such a tie-up could occur. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba founder Jack Ma said he's willing to collaborate with Apple regarding their mobile payment services, according to Reuters. Noting that Cook had suggested that there could be "a marriage" between Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, and Alibaba's mobile payment system, Alipay, Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote that such a deal would boost NXP Semiconductors, whose chips power NFC in Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Alipay has a 70% share of the mobile payments market in China with about 550M users, Rakesh estimated. A deal between Apple and Alibaba would open up the China market to NXP Semiconductors and stimulate additional "domino effect" growth for NXP, the analyst stated. Raskesh reiterated his previous contention that the proliferation of mobile payment systems could increase NXP's EPS by 35c-70c per year by 2017, assuming that 50% of smartphones have mobile payment systems by that year. The analyst kept an $82 price target and Buy rating on NXP Semiconductors; shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A number of U.S. retailers, including CVS (CVS), Rite Aid (RAD), Wal-Mart (WMT), and Best Buy (BBY) have reportedly decided not to accept Apple Pay at this time. Cook countered yesterday that many other companies plan to utilize the system and indicated that the tech giant would look to expand the system to overseas markets. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, NXP Semiconductors rose 1.3% to $66.64. Meanwhile, Apple added 1.3% and hit a 52-week high of $106.50 and Alibaba gained 2% to $99.83.
12:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced says litigation against Apple would be 'expensive,' WSJ reports
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12:41 EDTSTXEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares slump ahead of Q1 report
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12:18 EDTGOOGTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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11:56 EDTAAPLT-Mobile sees iPhone supply issues lasting through Q4
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:37 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors would benefit from Apple, Alibaba deal, says Sterne Agee
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle levy weighed by new EU digital commissioner, Reuters says
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09:04 EDTGOOGGoogle, PwC announce joint business relationship
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07:40 EDTSTXSeagate valuation remains underappreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said they remain extremely positive on Seagate following its better than expected Q1 report. The firm continues to like the set-up, including its gross margins dynamics, free cash flow and enterprise value. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating and $70 price target on Seagate shares.
06:56 EDTAAPLWal-Mart rejecting Apple Pay for consumer 'best interests', Business Insider say
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06:44 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple warns of 'event' that would cause people to think about privacy, BI says
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06:42 EDTAAPLMore than 1M credit cards registered on Apple Pay, Re/code says
More than 1M credit cards were registered on Apple's Apple Pay mobile payment system in the first 72 hours after the system was launched, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, according to Re/code. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and VeriFone (PAY) have been identified as other companies that could benefit from Apple Pay. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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06:37 EDTGOOGYouTube may charge for new services, Re/code reports
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06:35 EDTAAPLAlibaba founder says willing to collaborate with Apple on payments, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) founder Jack Ma said he's willing to collaborate with Apple (AAPL) regarding their mobile payment services, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ma at a conference. Alibaba's Alipay is China's biggest payment service while Apple Pay was launched earlier this month. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSTXSeagate guidance better than feared, says Citigroup
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06:25 EDTGOOGLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLT-Mobile CEO: iPhone 6 Plus selling at better clip than expected, Re/code says
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple head responds as retailers bar Pay service, Reuters says
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October 27, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
14:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offering free, unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers
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13:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut Xbox price
Microsoft is cutting the price of its Xbox One in the U.S. by $50, starting on November 2, the company stated in a blog. The promotion will only last for a limited time, the tech giant added. Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) also sell video game consoles. Reference Link
13:03 EDTAAPL, GOOGCVS says 'cannot accept' Apple Pay at this time, CNBC says
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12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft developing software to run on ARM based servers, Bloomberg reports
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10:56 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded earlier to Long-Term Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons
Price target is $52.
10:32 EDTAAPLVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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10:14 EDTAAPLApple, Cubic in talks for new uses for NFC, The Information reports
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $605.
09:02 EDTSTXSysorex unit announces reseller partner agreements with Seagate,Basho
Lilien Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global (SYRX), announced new strategic reseller partner agreements with Seagate (STX) Technology’s Cloud Systems and Solutions and Basho Technologies to address the emerging and growing market of object storage solutions, which IDC Marketscape estimates to be a $21.7B market by 2017. The company said it believes the combination of technologies and services from Basho, Seagate and Lilien, respectively, form a synergistic foundation for delivering reliable, scalable object storage solutions and services to enterprise customers. Forthcoming object storage solutions resulting from the partnership will target on-premises or private cloud environments for medium to large enterprises.
08:07 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q1 EPS ex-items $1.34, consensus $1.25
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07:47 EDTMSFTWidePoint engaged in two pilot programs using SPYRUS WorkSafe Pro Microsoft
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07:38 EDTGOOGCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:15 EDTAAPLWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple plans to relaunch Beats Music next year under iTunes brand, WSJ reports
Apple is in the process of rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year under the iTunes brand, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source. Reference Link
06:33 EDTAAPLiPhone pre-orders in South Korea topping pre-orders for Galaxy Note 4, WSJ says
Pre-orders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are reportedly far higher than orders for the new Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy Note 4, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts believe total pre-sale figures for the new iPhones are around 100,000 units, more than the 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4. The iPhone launches in South Korea on October 31. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLAT&T to lock Apple's SIM cards to its network on new iPads, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTGOOG, AAPLCVS may be disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay, Google Wallet, MacRumors says
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest acquires Revolv, terms not disclosed
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle names Sundar Pichai to lead core Google products, Re/code reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGRyan Wyatt becomes Google's Head of Gaming at YouTube
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October 26, 2014
15:41 EDTAAPLApple iTunes music sales see decline as alternatives attract demand, WSJ says
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13:28 EDTAAPLApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTAAPL, MSFTMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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15:57 EDTAAPLRoku planning to file an IPO, CNBC reports
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple iTunes music sales said to be down over 13%, WSJ reports
Apple's digital music sales via iTunes are down 13%-14% this year-to-date compared to last, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. For context, the report notes that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimates global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013. Reference Link
10:43 EDTSTXSeagate technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:36 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
08:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $55 from $50 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Outperform rated Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target to $55 and believes the company can return to double-digit EPS growth and has multiple options to unlock shareholder value.
07:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares can grind higher, says UBS
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07:50 EDTMSFTNokia exec says social channels to be called Microsoft Lumia
Nokia's (NOK) senior vice president for phones at Microsoft (MSFT) Tuula Rytila said, "When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft (MSFT) family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing even more brand experience come to life across different channels as we transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia." The exec said that Microsoft will continue to sell its Nokia-branded entry-level category of phones. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLFoxconn could build new display plant in China, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple responds to GT Advanced's sapphire business exit, Re/code reports
Following GT Advanced's (GTAT) announcement to shut down factories in Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts, an Apple (AAPL) spokeswoman said the company will continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, reports Re/code. She said, "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production. We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.” Reference Link
October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
18:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft backs FY15 OpEx view of $34.2B-$34.6B
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18:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees $300M positive impact to Q2 revenue
Sees Q2 licensing revenue $4B-$4.2B; computers and gaming revenue $3.5B-$3.8B; phone hardware revenue $2B-$2.2B; device and consumer other revenue $2.3B-$2.4B; commercial licensing revenue $10.8-$11B; commercial other revenue $2.5B-$2.6B. Sees Q2 COG $9.5B-$9.9B. Sees Q2 Operating expenses $8.6B-$8.8B. Sees quarter-over-quarter decline in non-commercial segment. The company sees Q2 fundamental strength in commercial segment. Comments provided during Q1 earnings conference call.
16:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 4% after Q1 tops estimates on top, bottom line
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16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B
Server products and services revenue increased 13%, with double-digit growth for SQL Server, System Center and Windows Server. Office Commercial products and services revenue grew 5% as customers transition to Office 365. Commercial cloud revenue grew 128% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM. Lync, SharePoint and Exchange, our productivity server offerings, collectively grew double-digits. Windows volume licensing revenue increased 10%.
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results include 11c negative impact from restructuring
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q1 EPS 54c, consensus 49c
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly 45.5 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q1
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14:31 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft reports after Windows 10 arrives, Ballmer exits
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report its first quarter of fiscal year 2015 results after the market close on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 49c on revenue of $22.02B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-59c on revenue of $21.53B-$22.82B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q1 licensing revenue of $4.1B-$4.2B, Computing and Gaming revenue of $1.7B-$2B, Phone and Hardware revenue of $1.9B-$2.3B, D&C other revenue of $1.8B-$1.9B, Commercial segment 2 sectors revenue of $12B-$12.2B and Commercial other revenue of $2.2B-2.3B. Microsoft noted that it expects its Q1 unearned revenue to grow in-line with normal seasonality. LAST QUARTER: On July 22, Microsoft reported fourth quarter EPS of 55c, missing the consensus analyst forecast of 60c. It's revenue came in at $23.38B, topping the consensus estimate of $23B. Microsoft reported that its Q4 devices and consumer revenue grew 42% to $10B, commercial revenue rose 11% to $13.48B, that Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11% and that Server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%. The acquired Phone Hardware business contributed $1.99B to current year revenue, Microsoft added. NEWS: On August 1, Microsoft announced in a blog post that it had filed legal action against Samsung (SSNLF) in a U.S. District Court to enforce the companies' 2011 cross-licensing contract. Microsoft alleged Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement, claiming that in September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia (NOK) devices and services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract. On August 19, Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to step down immediately from the company's board. Ballmer wrote, "Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off... I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock. I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future." In September, Microsoft agreed to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B. Microsoft said then that it expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The next day, Microsoft increased its dividend by 3c, or 11%, to 31c per share. At the end of last month, Microsoft unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The familiar Start menu is back, and apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do, the company reported. Terry Myerson, EVP of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft, said, "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform, citing its progress in the cloud and lower risks from its Nokia deal. Pacific Crest placed a $54 price target on the stock. On the day after Steve Ballmer stepped down from Microsoft's board, FBR Capital said it viewed that development as a positive that left the company with a "clean sheet of paper." The firm believes the "Ballmer overhang" was removed and it kept an Outperform rating and $51 price target on Microsoft shares. On the day after the company's Windows 10 launch event, analyst at Cowen said they believed Microsoft struck the right balance of new features and traditional feel by returning to a Win7-style interface and bringing back the Start menu but retaining some of Win8's visual flare and touch features. Pricing was not mentioned at the company's event, but Cowen said it does not expect any significant changes and does not "for one moment believe" that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Win8 users on larger screens. The firm maintained its Market Perform rating on Microsoft. Most recently, Bernstein said it believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterated a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last report, Microsoft shares are fractionally higher. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is up 2.35% to $45.42 per share.
12:43 EDTSTXSeagate weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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11:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLNike CEO 'bullish' on partnership with Apple
Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker made comments in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Reference Link
09:19 EDTAAPLGT Advanced to wind down operations at Mesa facility
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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06:56 EDTAAPLSupply chain set to deliver 50M units of iPhone 6 in 2014, Digitimes says
Due to strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6, Pegatron and Foxconn will likely deliver close to 25M units each before the end of 2014, reports DigiTimes. The estimates do not includ eshipments of the iPhone 6 Plus. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the supply ratio of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Asia Pacific countries is about 55:45 currently. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAAPLApple may raise payments to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus production, DigiTimes says
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06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aims to ditch Nokia title from Lumia devices, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft killing Xbox Music free streaming feature
Effective December 1, Microsoft says that the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered. The company explains, "We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple to increase Apple-brand retail stores in China to 40, WSJ reports
Apple CEO Tim Cook told Sina.com that the company plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cook also says Apple will increase investment in the country by an unspecified amount. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:46 EDTSTXSeagate increases targeted annual dividend 26% to $2.16
Seagate Technology announced that its board of directors has approved a 26% increase in the company’s targeted regular cash dividend. The targeted annual dividend will increase from $1.72 to $2.16 per share and will continue to be paid quarterly. The first payment at the new quarterly rate of 54c per share is scheduled to be paid on November 25 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 11. The declaration and payment of any future quarterly dividends will continue to be at the discretion of the board of directors and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the board
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:19 EDTAAPLBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
13:28 EDTAAPLApple to bring Apple Pay to iAd, DigiDay reports
Apple plans to bring Apple Pay ti iAd, its mobile ad network, reports DigiDay. According to those familiar with the developments, a new feature would integrate Apple Pay and iAd mobile ad network in the form of a tap-to-buy button embedded in mobile ads. Reference Link
13:19 EDTAAPLApple CEO, China discuss protection of users' information, Xinhua says
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13:14 EDTGOOG, AAPLMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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12:53 EDTAAPLSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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11:25 EDTMSFTCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:41 EDTAAPLReport says Apple head, Chinese official discussed data security, Reuters says
A report from Chinese news agency Xinhua explained that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top government official in the country to talk about user data security, according to Reuters, citing the report. The meeting occurred right after a Chinese web monitoring agency published a report which claimed that Apple clients in the country have been the target of a cyber attack from hackers. Reference Link
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
06:16 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
October 21, 2014
19:34 EDTAAPLGT Advanced, Apple reach deal to 'wind down' sapphire plant, Philip DeWitt says
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18:33 EDTAAPLIcahn reiterates view that high-yield market is a bubble
Says the Fed has given the economy, or the patient, "too much medicine." Says market should not be shorted. Again, says Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim is a "great CEO." Says Apple pay has a great future. Says Ebay (EBAY) is like his past campaign at Motorola. Reiterates view that Ebay should explore Paypal sale right now. Says Dell is on his radar screen. Says Warren Buffet sometimes too easy on companies, should do more on corporate governance. Again, says has never sold a share of Herbalife (HLF). Says Western Europe has "major problems," and continues to be short the Euro. Says energy stocks "getting cheap." Carl Icahn is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
17:23 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says investment in Apple 'no brainer'
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16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
13:43 EDTAAPLApple says iCloud attack involves website, servers not comprised
Apple told CNBC that its aware of network attacks on iCloud users and that its servers were not compromised. The attacks involved the iCloud.com website.
13:09 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: AT&T to benefit from strong iPhone 6 demand, Wells Fargo says
AT&T (T) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $33.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 59c-66c on revenue of $31.77B-$34.34B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported second quarter EPS of 62c against estimates for 63c on revenue of $32.6B against estimates for $33.22B. On its Q2 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 EPS growth at the low end of a mid-single digit range, compared to consensus of $2.62. It sees: FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, versus consensus $133.93B; FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range; FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range. In Q2, AT&T reported the following: total branded smartphone net adds, both postpaid and prepaid, of 576,000; total branded tablet net adds of 250,000; 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds; postpaid churn of 0.86%. On September 25, DirecTV (DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q3 earnings report. On September 15, Wells Fargo said AT&T should particularly benefit from strong Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 demand. After Apple reported that over 4M iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of eligibility, Wells Fargo said that it believed strong demand for the phones will be positive for all of the wireless carriers, but particularly for AT&T because of its strategic decision to focus on its early upgrade "Next!" program. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on AT&T. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have fallen approximately 4% since the company's Q2 report, but they did manage to make a 52-week high of $37.48 in late July. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, AT&T’s shares are up 0.5%.
12:57 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:36 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors loses Samsung Galaxy phone NFC business, NFC Times says
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12:09 EDTAAPLEinhorn says Apple 'pretty much working on all cyliinders'
David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital is speaking on CNBC.
11:26 EDTAAPLMcDonald's sees U.S. dollar hurting Q4 EPS by 5c-6c, FY14 EPS by 9c-10c
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11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced expects settlement with Apple 'within hour,' Bloomberg reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apple (AAPL), up 3%... Texas Instruments (TXN), up 2.3%... Harley Davidson (HOG), up 7%... Celanese (CE), up 4%... United Technologies (UTX), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Neonode (NEON), up 20% after signing technology development agreement with global tier-one printer OEM... Illumina (ILMN), up 10%, upgraded at Janney Capital following the company's better than expected Q3 earnings. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Coca-Cola (KO), down 5%... Chipotle (CMG), down 4.6%... Verizon (VZ), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: CEL-SCI (CVM), down 15.3% after announcing proposed offering of common stock, warrants... Omeros (OMER), down 12% after suspending Huntington's clinical trial with OMS824... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), down 2.4% after 20M share secondary priced at $57.47... Rhino Resources (RNO), down 53%, downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James following the reduction in its quarterly cash dividend.
08:35 EDTAAPLOn Track Innovations, USA Technologies ready for Apple Pay
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08:09 EDTAAPLEnvivio puts Halo over full Apple product line
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07:59 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 form $115 at Canaccord
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $128 from $112 at BTIG
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple price target raised $120, iPhone 6 cycle to continue, say Barclays
Barclays raised Apple's price target to $120 from $116 and raised estimates following the Q4 beat. The firm expects the iPhone 6 cycle to drive earnings acceleration over the next several quarters before new products become growth drivers. The firm sees margin upside given mix shift towards the iPhone 6 and expects new services to be a meaningful contributor in 2015. Shares are Overweight rated.
07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:49 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $143 from $123 at Cantor
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple shares expected to be range bound at Deutsche Bank
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple not planning to report sales of smartwatch, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTAAPLApple to supply more iPhone 6 Plus to satisfy China demand, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple guidance shows product theme intact, says Piper Jaffray
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October 20, 2014
19:59 EDTAAPLApple iCloud may have been attacked by Chinese hackers, Reuters reports
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18:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:36 EDTAAPLChipotle considering Apple Pay support in 2015
Comment was made in Q3 earnings call.
18:22 EDTAAPLSkyworks Solutions, Cirrus Logic, others higher after Apple reports Q4 results
The following stocks are moving higher in the after hours following Apple's Q4 results: ARM Holdings (ARMH) is up 1.1%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) is higher by 2.2% ,NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.28%,Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is up 2%, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) gains 1.53% and Avago Technologies (AVGO) is up 1.17%.
18:07 EDTAAPLApple CEO says only 20% of its phones sold in China are with subsidy
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17:39 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'We’re selling everything we make'
17:31 EDTAAPLApple CFO says strengthening U.S. dollar becoming 'significant' headwind
17:27 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Apple Pay will help company sell more devices
17:17 EDTAAPLApple spent $17B in Q4 on returning money to shareholders
The company spent $45B in the last year on returning money to shareholders.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CFO says iPhone sales grew in emerging markets
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17:06 EDTAAPLApple says Q4 revenue growth rate strongest in seven quarters
17:04 EDTAAPLApple CEO says demand for new iPhone 'staggering'
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16:36 EDTAAPLApple CEO says product lineup 'strongest' ever into holiday
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in today's earnings release, "Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015."
16:34 EDTAAPLApple shares up 1% to $101 following Q4 results
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16:34 EDTAAPLApple declares Q4 dividend of 47c
Apple’s board has declared a cash dividend of 47c per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 13, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10.
16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 gross margin 38% vs. 37% last year
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 iPhone units 39.27M vs. 35.2M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q1 revenue $63.5B-$66.5B, consensus $63.52B
Sees Q1 gross margin 37.5%-38.5%, operating expenses between $5.4B-$5.5B and tax rate of 26.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.31
Reports Q4 revenue $42.1B, consensus $39.85B.
16:14 EDTAAPLGroupon updates IPhone app to include Apple Pay
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:30 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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14:53 EDTAAPLAmerican Express announces availability in Apple Pay
American Express (AXP) announces availability in Apple (AAPL) Pay, "the easy, safe and private way to pay with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3." Apple Pay will be available for eligible U.S. Consumer and OPEN American Express Card Members. Reference Link
14:50 EDTAAPLApple October weekly 99 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q4
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14:00 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple to report after iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 announcements
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13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple may look to cut prices for Beats Music service by half, Re/code reports
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12:32 EDTAAPLCooperman says still owns Apple, analyst says buy more
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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11:49 EDTAAPLSprint to offer iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
Sprint (S) announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (AAPL) and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later this week. iPad Air 2 is the first tablet from Apple to connect to Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE service with the added capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. iPad mini 3 will connect to Sprint’s 4G LTE network. Customers can add iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 to their Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Through December 2015, Sprint will waive the $10 monthly access charge on iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 added as new lines of service to any Sprint Family Share Pack 20GB or higher.
11:08 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
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11:06 EDTAAPLWalgreen begins accepting Apple Pay in stores
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10:55 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:36 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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09:27 EDTAAPLDexCom announces Dexcom SHARE FDA approval
Dexcom (DXCM) announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device, Dexcom SHARE. With Dexcom SHARE, parents and personal caregivers can monitor a person's glucose data from a remote location via an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, or iPod touch.
09:01 EDTAAPLOffice Depot stores now accept Apple Pay
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08:44 EDTAAPLIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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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
16:55 EDTGOOG, AAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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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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09:38 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive 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."
07:53 EDTAAPL, GOOGFBI 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
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
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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06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTGOOG, AAPLLVMH 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
05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:29 EDTGOOGGoogle says Omid Kordestani now officially Chief Business Officer
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16:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:23 EDTAAPLJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B vs. $9.38B last year
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16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle shares drop 5% to $508.51 after Q3 misses estimates
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16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 average cost-per-click down 2% vs. last year
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16:02 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% vs. last year
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16:02 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q3 EPS $6.35, consensus $6.53
Reports Q3 revenue $16.52B, consensus $16.57B.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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15:26 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
15:26 EDTAAPLStubHub announces integration with Apple Pay
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15:25 EDTAAPLRadioShack launches Apple Pay in stores next week
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15:03 EDTAAPLApple iPad, Mac updates not as exciting as iPhone but needed, says Piper Jaffray
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14:42 EDTGOOGeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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14:26 EDTGOOGGoogle technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:21 EDTAAPLApple trading down 1% after end of iPad event
14:20 EDTAAPLApple announces updated Mac mini, starting at $499
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14:20 EDTAAPLApple introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple (AAPL) unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, with 14.7M pixels. iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. iMac with Retina 5K comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel (INTC) Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz. iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping today with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD (AMD) Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a suggested retail price of $2,499.
14:16 EDTAAPLApple says updated Mac Mini starts at $499
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14:15 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac with Retina 5K to cost $2,499
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14:14 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac uses AMD Radeon R9 295 graphics processor
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14:14 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac uses Intel 3.5GHz quadcore i5 processor
14:12 EDTAAPLApple Introduces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
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14:09 EDTAAPLApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
14:07 EDTAAPLApple announces iMac with Retina 5K display
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14:04 EDTGOOGGoogle seen testing high-speed wireless service, Reuters says
Telecommunications experts that have seen Google's regulatory filings are saying that the company may be preparing a wireless version of its high-speed "Fiber" Internet service, says Reuters. Reference Link
14:03 EDTAAPLApple says iPad Mini 3 is $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, $599 for 128GB
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14:02 EDTAAPLApple announces iPad Mini 3
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14:02 EDTAAPLApple says iPad Air 2 is $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, $829 for 128GB
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13:53 EDTAAPLApple says new iPad Air 2 has TouchID
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13:42 EDTAAPLApple announces iPad Air 2
13:40 EDTAAPLApple reports OS X Yosemite available today as free upgrade
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13:39 EDTAAPLApple says over 225M iPads sold
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13:36 EDTAAPLApple says iOS 8.1 available for download Monday
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13:36 EDTAAPLApple says Yosemite OS X available today for free
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13:15 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Watch to ship early next year
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13:10 EDTAAPLApple says 500 new banks adding support for Apple Pay
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone preorders in China have set a new record
13:09 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6/6 Plus launch was biggest ever
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12:49 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares down 8% since last earnings report
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10:06 EDTGOOGThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to hold a conference
7th Annual Federal Trade Commision Microeconomics Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 16-17.
09:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into iPad event and Q4
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:24 EDTGOOGSchneiderman, Gascon applaud Google for 'kill switch' incorporation
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon issued the following statement on the release of Google’s new version of Android software, which will incorporate theft deterrent technology for the first time. Both Schneiderman and Gascon said, “We applaud Google for including a ‘kill switch’ solution in its new version of Android. The majority of smartphone owners now have access to an theft-deterrent solution. Through the work of the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative in concert with the smartphone industry, we are well on our way to safeguarding our loved ones from opportunistic thieves. But in order for these theft deterrents to effectively end the epidemic, they must be enabled by default so violent criminals lack the incentive to steal any smartphone. We will continue to encourage every actor in the smartphone industry, including Google, to take the necessary, additional step of ensuring this technology is opt-out on all devices.” Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOG, AAPLAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:48 EDTAAPLSony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle Fiber coming to Austin, TX in December, GigaOM reports
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06:00 EDTMSFT, GOOGMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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