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October 22, 2013
16:43 EDTRSH, SYMM, TRV, NUS, UTX, NFLX, COH, MSCC, DD, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the delayed jobs report showed employers added 148,000 jobs in September. The worse-than-expected jobs number may have given investors reason to believe the Federal Reserve will not look to taper its pace of asset purchases until next year. Today's advance pushed the S&P 500 to another all-time closing high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Labor Department's previously delayed employment report for September showed the economy added 148,000 jobs in September, well below analysts' forecast for 185,000. The unemployment rate, however, dipped to 7.2% from 7.3%. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index inched up to 1 in October from a 0 reading in the prior month. Construction spending rose 0.6% in August, beating expectations for it to have grown 0.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) announced a number of new products at a company event in California this afternoon, including a new line of iPads and new MacBook Pro laptops. The company announced that its flagship iPad model will come in a thinner form factor and will be called iPad Air, and its iPad mini will now be available with its high-definition Retina display. Apple announced new MacBook Pro laptops, a new Mac Pro computer tower, and a new desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, which will be available today via a free download for existing users. Shares of Apple, however, were slightly lower with investors perhaps "selling the news," closing down $1.53, or 0.29%, at $519.83... Internet streaming video service Netflix (NFLX) last night reported stronger than expected quarterly results, sending its shares higher in after-hours and pre-market trading, but all of these gains were forfeited during today's trade, with the stock eventually closing down $31.87, or 9.15%, at $322.52... Three Dow members, including DuPont (DD), Travelers (TRV), and United Technologies (UTX), were among the companies reporting before today's open or after last night's close. All three reported headline earnings that beat consensus, though only DuPont advanced following its report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Symmetricom (SYMM), up $2.44, or 51.15%, to $7.21 after the company agreed to be acquired by Microsemi (MSCC) for $7.18 per share. Shares of Microsemi also advanced, rising 60c, or 2.35%, to $26.16 following the news. Also higher was Nu Skin (NUS), up $8.63, or 8.4%, to $111.33 after reporting earnings that beat estimates and raising its long-term sales target to $10B per year from $5B. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were electronics retailer RadioShack (RSH), down 63c, or 17.9%, to $2.89, and luxury handbag maker Coach (COH), which fell $4.08, or 7.53%, to $50.10. INDEXES: The Dow was up 75.46, or 0.49%, to 15,467.66; the Nasdaq was up 9.52, or 0.24%, to 3,929.57; and the S&P 500 was up 10.01, or 0.57%, to 1,754.67.
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March 18, 2015
16:26 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
13:23 EDTNFLXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
13:19 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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12:38 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting and the central bank's accompanying announcements. The averages began the session in negative territory and have been range-bound throughout the morning. The Dow was down triple digits once again, making 8 consecutive days that the blue chip index has seen a triple digit move. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the DOE petroleum inventory reports showed a 9.6M barrel rise in crude stocks in the week of March 13, versus expectations for a 4.4M build. The day's big economic news is yet to come, with the Fed's FOMC meeting announcement due at 2:00 pm EDT and Fed Chair Yellen holding a press conference a half hour later. Elsewhere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly defeated his main challenger in Israelís election and his Likud party appears set to capture more parliament seats. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) slid 2.5% after the shipping giant reported earnings that beat estimates, but revenue that fell short of the consensus forecast, for its third fiscal quarter. FedEx noted that it expects to deliver "record" yearly earnings for the current fiscal year and next fiscal year as well... Oracle (ORCL) shares rose 2.5% after the company's third quarter profits matched expectations and it raised its quarterly dividend 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vitesse Semiconductor (VTSS), which jumped 37% after the company agreed to be acquired for $5.28 per share in cash by Microsemi (MSCC). Also higher was Retrophin (RTRX), which rose 28% after the company said it will exercise its right to purchase from Asklepion Pharmaceuticals all worldwide rights, titles, and ownership of Cholbam after the FDA approved the drug for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects and for patients with peroxisomal disorders. Among the noteworthy losers was Willbros Group (WG), which dropped 55% and was downgraded to Underperform at DA Davidson after announcing its earnings report will be delayed and the company is in potential non-compliance with debt covenants. Also lower following their earnings reports were Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), which fell 15% after the company's Phase III BEACON metastatic breast cancer study missed its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 105.02, or 0.59%, to 17,744.06, the Nasdaq was down 12.45, or 0.25%, to 4,924.99, and the S&P 500 was down 7.69, or 0.37%, to 2,066.59.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:17 EDTAAPLUnique value of Apple streaming TV may be ease of use, says Bernstein
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08:05 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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07:54 EDTAAPLComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth to decelerate further in Q3, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth should support earnings expectations, says UBS
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07:10 EDTMSCCMicrosemi backs Q2 adj EPS view 64c-68c, consensus 66c
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07:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor for $389M
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06:31 EDTAAPLDiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTNUSCiti calls Nu Skin its 'pot of gold on St. Patrickís Day'
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:52 EDTAAPL12-inch MacBook to make up 15%-20% of all MacBook shipments, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 shipments expected to reach 53M, DigiTimes reports
Apple is expected to ship 53M iPhone 6 devices in Q1, reports DigiTimes, citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Citing data from Morgan Stanley, the guidance is up from the previously expected 51M shipments. All iPhone devices will reach 54.5M units during the quarter. Reference Link
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