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August 20, 2015
06:07 EDTAAPLApple's 12.9-inch iPad to feature displays from Sharp, DigiTimes reports
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05:56 EDTGOOGGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTAAPLSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
17:44 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6s to feature stronger metal body, MacRumors says
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16:58 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:30 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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13:13 EDTGOOGGoogle says to open YouTube production space in Mumbai 'soon'
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple to open first Middle East store this year, Bloomberg reports
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10:42 EDTGOOGAnalyst increases Google price target by $265, upgrades to buy
Research firm Atlantic Equities upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight from Market Weight, saying that it is more upbeat on the company's search business, while YouTube is becoming a major growth driver. Additionally, the search giant's margins look poised to improve, the firm stated. Overweight is Atlantic's equivalent of a buy rating. WHAT'S NEW: Google's second quarter results showed that its search business is weathering the transition to mobile better than expected, Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell stated in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, YouTube's revenue, despite growing very quickly, can rise even further since it still accounts for just roughly 5% of global TV viewing outside of China, according to Cordwell. Additionally, the movement of ad dollars from conventional TV to online TV looks set to accelerate, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Google is undertaking initiatives that should cause the amount of money it obtains from each mobile click to rise, the analyst believes. Commenting on the outlook for Google's margins, Cordwell believes that they should be boosted by the cost cuts being undertaken by the company's new CFO. The analyst raised his price target on the company's Class A shares to $825 from $560. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Google's common stock rose $2.60 to $658.73 and its Class A shares rose $2.70 to $691.43.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices growth being driven by Apple, says Jefferies
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06:53 EDTGOOGDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple Stores to shift iPod stock to shelves, drop iPad smart signs, 9to5Mac says
Apple plans to make changes at its stores by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, 9to5Mac reports, citing several Apple Retail managers briefed on the plans. Apple will start to roll out these changes overnight on Tuesday of next week in the U.S., the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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05:32 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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