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August 4, 2015
19:50 EDTAAPLApple Music licensing deal allows for additional radio stations, The Verge says
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17:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 5c to 15.83 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX TWTR DIS WFC INTC AAL XOM SUNE
12:27 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle, AT&T join suit against Apple for wire-tapping, Business Insider reports
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12:11 EDTAAPLApple weekly volatility increases as shares trend lower
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11:54 EDTAAPLApple denies plans for Mobile Virtual Network Operator service, Reuters reports
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11:19 EDTAAPLApple denies plans for Mobile Virtual Network Operator service, Reuters reports
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10:56 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:45 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTMSFTNational Instruments to hold a user conference
NI Week 2015 is being held in Austin, Texas on August 3-6 where the webcasted keynote presentation is being held on August 4 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
06:19 EDTAAPL, GOOGNew Apple, Google software to deliver info before users ask, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) are adding features to deliver information in anticipation of users asking for it, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple's Proactive Assistant, a feature that will be included in its iOS 9 software, intends to learn how a user will behave based on information stored on an iPhone, the report says. On the other hand, Google's Now service will collect data from a universe of online services and searches, the report adds. Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TEVA GOOG
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple expects to launch 5c successor in 2Q16 with FinFET chips, DigiTimes says
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August 3, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 3, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 15.92 Option volume leaders: AAPL MWE TWTR FB RIG BAC DIS WMB NFLX CHK XOM CCE
14:41 EDTAAPLApple breaks down below support at $120, levels to watch
Shares were last at $118.59, off the session low at $117.52 which is now support. Below the low of the day next support is at $115.56. Resistance is at $120.
13:38 EDTAAPLApple weekly volatility increases as shares trend lower
Apple August weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August is at 29, September and October is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting larger near term price movement.
11:28 EDTAAPLApple in talks to launch MNVO service in US and Europe, Business Insider says
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10:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires sales contest platform FantasySalesTeam, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTMSFTTomTom exploring options that could lead to sale, Bloomberg reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTSTXSeagate price target lowered to $65 from $83 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital lowered its price target on Seagate to $65 from $83 citing the soft PC environment and the reality of its near-term earnings power. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Seagate, noting the company has reduced its operating expenses.
07:08 EDTAAPLApple testing voicemail service for Siri, Business Insider reports
Apple is testing a voicemail service whish uses Siri to answer calls and transcribe voicemails, Business Insider reports. The new service is planned for launch in 2016, the report says. Reference Link
06:01 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TEVA GOOG
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05:56 EDTAAPLUBS sees Apple shipping 13M more iPhones in FY16
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich now believes Apple can ship 245M iPhones in its 2016 fiscal year, up from his previous estimate of 232M. A key debate among investors is whether iPhone shipments can grow in the fiscal year, Milunovich writes in a research note. He believes they can with potential upside from new customers additions. Phone upgrades are roughly two-thirds of iPhone shipments and are fairly predictable, he points out. And half of China buyers are new to Apple, the analyst notes. "The iPhone does have legs," Milunovich concludes. He views upside to iPhone estimates from new users as a potential catalyst for stock appreciation and keeps a Buy rating on Apple with a $150 price target. The shares closed Friday down $1.07 to $121.30.
August 2, 2015
20:27 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers approve three-year union contract, WSJ says
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16:14 EDTAAPLApple CEO toured BMW electric vehicle factory, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook and other senior executives travelled to BMW (BAMXY) headquarters last year and toured its Leipzig factory to gather data on electric car manufacturing, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Collaboration talks ended without a definite conclusion because Apple appeared to want to pursue its own car development, said one the sources. Reference Link
13:17 EDTAAPLLG Display shares could rise 40% in one year, Barron's says
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July 31, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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15:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighing Uber investment, Bloomberg says
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15:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says may change financial reporting segments
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10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:56 EDTAAPLApple heads for retest of support
Shares are down less than 1% to $121.68, but the drift lower suggests the range low at the $120 area will be retested. A break below the range would be bearish. Resistance is at $122.99.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTSTXSeagate says taking out large asset right now not 'right move'
Says next 18-24 months is "tough market" on client side.
09:12 EDTSTXSeagate sees Q1 revenue $2.9B-$3.1B, consensus $3.2B
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08:01 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q4 EPS 77c ex-items, consensus 64c
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06:53 EDTGOOG, AAPLToyota signs pact with two companies for in-car navigation, Re/code says
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06:45 EDTGOOGGoogle, Silent Circle partner to add Android for Work to Blackphone, WSJ says
Google is partnering with Silent Circle, a Geneva-based maker of privacy-centric phones, to add Google's Android for Work software onto Silent Circle's Blackphone, a phone with encrypts calls, texts, and data, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says over 14M people already using Windows 10
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06:16 EDTAAPLSamsung allowed to halt Smartflash infringement proceedings, Reuters reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) can halt patent infringement proceedings brought by Smartflash while the patents are examined by the USPTO, Reuters reports. The court also declined to stay the Smartflash case against Apple (AAPL), the report says. Reference Link
05:58 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TEVA GOOG
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July 30, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOG, MSFTFacebook plans drone test later this year, AP says
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17:28 EDTAAPLApple to announce next-generation Apple TV in September, BuzzFeed says
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16:27 EDTMSFTBlucora subsidiary Infospace signs distribution agreement with Bing
Infospace, a subsidiary of Blucora, (BCOR), announced it has signed a deal to distribute Bing (MSFT) search results and advertising content through the Infospace network of Web search properties and partner websites on desktop and mobile. The three-year search and advertising agreement forms a partnership through July 31, 2018.
16:14 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
15:19 EDTGOOGGoogle pitching new version of 'Glass' to businesses, WSJ reports
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15:04 EDTSTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus $1.11... Chevron (CVX), consensus $1.16... Seagate Technology (STX), consensus 64c... Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), consensus 62c... LifePoint Health (LPNT), consensus 99c.
14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle rejects global delisting request from French regulator
In a company blog post published Thursday, Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said the tech giant respectfully disagrees with French regulator CNIL's recent delisting request. According to the blog, CNIL requested that Google apply French "right to be forgotten" requests -- whereby a citizen requests removal of search results containing his or her name -- to all versions of Google across the globe, rather than just French or European versions of the search engine. "We believe that no one country should have the authority to to control what content someone in a second country can access," said Fleischer. Reference Link
12:23 EDTMSFT, GOOGGoogle loses patent royalty battle with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
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12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle denies French request to apply 'right to be forgotten,' Reuters says
Google is denying a request from the French privacy watchdog to clean search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, Reuters reports. Reference Link
11:37 EDTGOOGFacebook price targets hiked while shares slide after earnings
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11:26 EDTMSFT, GOOGAppeals court affirms lower court judgment in Microsoft, Motorola patent suit
The 9th Circuit Appeals court affirmed the judgment of a district court in a patent lawsuit between Microsoft (MSFT) and Motorola, which is now owned by Google (GOOG). In its ruling, the appeals court wrote: "With the parties’ consent, the district court conducted a lengthy, thorough bench trial on the RAND rate and range. The court analyzed that evidence in its exhaustive findings of fact and conclusions of law, in a manner consistent with the Federal Circuit’s recent approach to establishing damages in the RAND context. The court’s factual findings were properly admitted at the jury trial. The jury’s verdict was supported by substantial evidence, and its damages award was proper." In a tweet after the ruling was released, Markman Advisors, which specializes in patent law, stated that Microsoft, Qualcomm (QCOM), InterDigital (IDCC) and others will be affected by this ruling, which it characterized as "tough for licensors of standard-essential patents."
09:36 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTSTXSeagate July weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:48 EDTAAPLGlobal tablet market fell 7% y/y in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTSTXEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTGOOGTwitter's VP of product management Christian Oestlien departs for YouTube
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05:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 available for download
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.
July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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13:43 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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10:47 EDTGOOGUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
09:42 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTMSFTSalesforce announce new version of Salesforce1 for iOS
In a corporate blog post, Salesforce (CRM) announced a new version of Salesforce1 for iOS, which it said brings a "brand new way to access and edit documents in external repositories such as SharePoint and OneDrive for Business and also seamlessly edit them using Office iOS apps." Salesforce added that the release is the "latest in a series of milestones based on our strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT)." Reference Link
09:20 EDTGOOGGoogle well positioned to benefit from online video shift, says UBS
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06:15 EDTGOOGVessel recruits former YouTube exec Kirkbride, Re/code reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle recently attempted to buy Impossible Foods, The Information reports
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06:06 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIIB GOOG
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle Express workers file for representation by Teamsters union
Teamsters Local Union 853 announced yesterday that workers at Palo Alto-based Google Express Services filed for a representation election. The more than 140 warehouse and shipping workers sought out the Teamsters for help with improving working conditions, treatment on the job and compensation. Google Express Services, operated by Adecco, provides products shipped from local businesses to consumers on a same-day or overnight basis. Workers are required to sign short-term employment agreements with Adecco that limit them to two years before the company lets them go. Workers have also alleged subjection to constant harassment to work faster in poor conditions that includes damaged equipment, cracked floors and failing electrical systems that have resulted in fires.
July 27, 2015
20:01 EDTGOOGGoogle to decouple Google+ from YouTube, other services
Google will begin decoupling Google+ from other services such as YouTube within the coming months after previously requiring users to log in through the social network. "While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink," said Bradley Horowitz, Google VP of streams, photos, and sharing. Reference Link
19:54 EDTAAPLApple Music reaches 10M subscribers in four weeks, HITS says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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13:16 EDTAAPL, GOOGADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
12:43 EDTGOOGGoogle AdSense publishers to obtain EU end users' consent before accessing data
Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google AdSense. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or accessing their data, Google says in a blog post. Jason Woloz, Security & Privacy Program Manager, Display and Video Ads, comments, "European Union data protection authorities requested some changes to current practices for obtaining end user consents. It has always been Google’s policy to comply with privacy laws, so we’ve agreed to make certain changes affecting our own products and partners using Google products. If your websites are getting visitors from any of the countries in the European Union, you must comply with the EU user consent policy. We recommend you start working on a policy-compliant user consent mechanism today." Reference Link
10:07 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down Autocomplete API on August 10
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08:30 EDTAAPLNew Apple ipad mini rumored to be 'miniature iPad Air 2,' AppleInsider says
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple said to talk with BMW about electric car project, MacRumors reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLNike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLSky prepares to unveil set-top box, Telegraph reports
Sky is finishing up an advanced set-top box called SkyQ, a device it hopes can help its pay-TV business compete against BT (BT), the Telegraph reports. The new hardware is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks and will offer satellite households an "Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) style" experience, the report says, citing industry insiders. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures joins Secret Escapes' $60M funding round, TechCrunch reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLBest Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in August, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
17:16 EDTMSFTChina to repeal restrictions on videogame consoles, WSJ says
China will end its restrictions on manufacturing and selling videogame consoles within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing statements from China's Ministry of Culture. The report notes that foreign console makers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), and Nintendo (NTDOY) were previously limited to operations in just the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, but will now have access to the entire country. A Sony spokesperson remarked, "This is great news for us." Reference Link
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could rise 50% in three years, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTMSFT, AAPLStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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15:06 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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11:51 EDTAAPLPandora soars after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of internet radio provider Pandora (P) are rising after the company’s second quarter results beat analysts' expectations. The company's third quarter and fiscal year 2015 revenue outlooks also exceeded the consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday after the bell, Pandora reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 5c and revenue of $285.56M, easily topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 2c and $283.06M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.3M, a 29% year-over-year improvement. The company also said that total RPMs increased 24% to $53.91 in Q2, ad RPMs grew 25% to $49.94, ad revenue was $230.9M and said total mobile revenue was $229.7M. For the quarter, total listener hours increased 5% to 5.3B and active listeners were 79.4M at the end of Q2 compared to 76.4M from the same period last year. Looking ahead to Q3, the company forecast revenue of $310M-$315M, slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $309.2M, and sees Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $25M-$30M. For FY15, Pandora forecast revenue of $1.175B-$1.185B, slightly better than analysts' consensus of $1.17B. Pandora also sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA of $75M-$85M and a tax rate of 30%-35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Brian McAndrews, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented on Apple Music, Apple's (AAPL) recently launched music streaming service. McAndrews said that since the app launched at the end of June, "there was no impact yet" to Pandora. Going forward, McAndrews said that the company "feels really good about our trajectory and competitive position," noting that "there could be some users that experiment with [Apple Music] and there could be some short-term impact." McAndrews does not see any long-term impact from the Apple app. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary has been mixed. Research firm Stifel said Pandora's outlook remains favorable. Stifel said that the company plans to intensify its marketing efforts during the seasonally stronger 2H15 and that the company's outlook for 2H15 has improved following the results. The firm kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JMP Securities, said Pandora’s mobile trends were encouraging, but said it will stay on sidelines until the company's user trends accelerate and its royalty case concludes. JMP Securities kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pandora rose $2.05, or about 14.8%, to $15.93 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the shares have fallen approximately 45% over the past year.
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07:43 EDTGOOGGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTGOOGYouTube updates app, to offer VR, Engadget says
Google's YouTube has updated its mobile app, adding Home, Subscriptions, and Account tabs, Engadget reports. Users can watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the first time. In addition, the redesigned app comes with a set of video creation tools, including the option to trim footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload creations within the app. In addition, YouTube said that virtual reality will come to the streaming service with 360-degree video, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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19:24 EDTAAPL, GOOGWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
14:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
13:53 EDTAAPL, GOOG“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:13 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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11:23 EDTGOOGGoogle announces program to help give patents to startups
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10:54 EDTAAPLStreet Check: Summit said buy SanDisk before earnings rallied shares
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10:20 EDTGOOGGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
10:00 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTAAPLJPMorgan sees risk of Synaptics losing Apple business
Apple (AAPL) is working on bringing its touch and display driver integration functionality in-house to better protect its operating system, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster tells investors today in a research note. The move increases the likelihood of the iPhone maker terminating its use of Synaptics' display diver solution in mid-2017, Coster writes. To reflect the risk of losing the business, the analyst cut his price target for Synaptics to $97 from $112. The supplier of human interface solutions is trading up 49c to $80.34 in early trading. Coster keeps an Overweight rating on Synaptics, however, saying the stock is already pricing in the risk of losing the Apple business after selling off 20% since mid June.
09:38 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:32 EDTGOOGOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSTXSeagate downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Seagate two notches to Underweight from Overweight and cut its view on the US IT Hardware Industry to Cautious from In-Line. The firm's June CIO survey indicates incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, and when combined with a downtick in cloud capex, results in a reduction in estimates and multiple compression. Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on shares to $34 from $49.
06:25 EDTAAPLApple says no changes to product plans despite CapEx cut, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple cuts FY15 CapEx forecast by $1B to $12B
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple Mac shipments expected in 2H!5 to surpass 1H volume, DigiTimes reports
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06:19 EDTGOOGSony plans 'stripped back' version of Android
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23:09 EDTGOOGFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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16:27 EDTAAPL, MSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:02 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:06 EDTMSFT, GOOGCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTAAPL, MSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple results disappointing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Apple's lower than expected Q3 iPhone sales suggest that it may be keeping inventories low because of low demand. The firm thinks the company faces a number of challenges in its September quarter, including product transitions, tough comps, China volatility and less differentiation in the 6S iPhone. Wells keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:19 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill says Microsoft battling license declines with Cloud and Hardware
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09:07 EDTAAPL, MSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
After Apple reported higher than expected Q3 EPS but in-line revenue and the stock fell, JMP Securities says that the stock declined due to worries that the company's momentum is diminishing ahead of tougher comps. However, the firm finds the stock's valuation attractive, given the fact that other tech bellwethers are missing expectations. The firm is upbeat on the company's performance in China and believes that iPhone penetration can increase significantly.
08:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone miss de-risks 2H 2015, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said the 2.5M iPhone unit miss is a function of management's conservative approach to channel inventory given currency volatility and related price actions. Firm said demand remains strong despite price increases and sees a decent set-up for 2H channel inventory build that can lead to unit growth year-over-year. Morgan Stanley believes shares are attractive following reset expectations and reiterates its Overweight rating and lowered its price target to $155 from $166 on share.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
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07:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares still have downside, says Citi
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple post-earnings selloff overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Apple as overdone. The company made no mention of demand weakness while China results and commentary were positive, Hall tells investors in a research note. He recommends adding to positions on today's selloff and keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $145 price target.
07:20 EDTAAPLApple should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hurdles remain but still an attractive story, says UBS
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales light but no reason to sell stock, says UBS
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares still attractive, says Cantor
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06:41 EDTGOOGLG denies rumors that Google will take 35% stake, Korea Herald reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri downgraded Apple to Market Perform and lowered his price target for shares to $130 from $140 following the iPhone maker's June quarter results. In a research note titled "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Arcuri says "tepid" iPhone sales in the quarter coupled with his supply-side channel checks indicate that phone builds are down cycle-over-cycle for the first time. June quarter iPhone units were weaker than expected even after adjusting for channel inventory, the analyst tells investors. Apple is entering a transition period and the stock's risk/reward no longer supports a buy rating, Arcuri writes. Shares of Apple are down $7.09 to $123.66 in pre-market trading. On the flip side, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying the iPhone maker on today's selloff.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:08 EDTGOOGSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:55 EDTMSFTQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch component reserves to remain high until September, DigiTimes reports
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05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $37 from $39 at Jefferies
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05:38 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster a buyer of Apple today on the selloff
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05:17 EDTAAPLApple shares drop after iPhone sales, guidance fail to impress
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