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January 24, 2013
Wall Street's averages managed to withstand a disappointment from the biggest name in technology, Apple (AAPL), on the strength of some other encouraging earnings reports and PMI data from around the globe. The averages began the session mixed, with the Dow and S&P slightly higher and the Nasdaq deep in negative territory. As the morning progressed, the Dow and S&P added to their gains and the Nasdaq moved off its opening lows but was unable to cross over into positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell last week to the lowest level in five years. Weekly unemployment applications dropped 5K to a seasonally adjusted 330K, which was below expectations for 360K. Markit's Flash U.S. Purchasing Managersí Index jumped to 56.1 in January from the 54.0 final print for December. The leading indicators increased 0.5% to 93.9 in December, versus an expected increase of 0.4%. In Europe, the composite euro zone Purchasing Managersí Index rose to 48.2 in January from 47.2 in December, beating expectations. In China, HSBC's flash PMI rose to 51.9 in January, slightly beating expectations for a 51.7 reading... COMPANY NEWS: The world's most valuable company, Apple, saw a fair amount of its market cap evaporate after the company's quarterly report disappointed investors. Despite earnings that beat consensus, Apple's revenue and iPhone sales fell short of expectations and the company said on its conference call that it is changing its approach to guidance, admitting it had been intentionally conservative in the past. Both Jefferies and Scotia Capital downgraded the shares, which declined 10.5% in midday trading... Netflix (NFLX) was upgraded by at least five firms after its earnings, subscriber additions and guidance all impressed. Shares were up nearly 38% near noon following its report... Among other large cap companies reporting results, Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Bristol-Myers (BMY) advanced, while Altera (ALTR), Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Raytheon (RTN) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Travelzoo (TZOO), up 25%, and Swift Transportation (SWFT), also up 25% after both beat earnings expectations. Also higher were shares of Embraer (ERJ), which rose almost 10% after Republic Airways (RJET) agreed to purchase 47 new aircraft from the company. Among the noteworthy losers were Diebold (DBD), down about 9%, McCormick (MKC), down 8%, and Logitech (LOGI), down 8% after their quarterly reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 78.22, or 0.57%, to 13,857.55; the Nasdaq was down 8.66, or 0.27%, to 3,145.01; and the S&P 500 was up 3.90, or 0.26%, to 1,498.71.
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November 12, 2015
06:49 EDTAAPLQualcomm share loss at Samsung worse than expected, says JPMorgan
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06:49 EDTAAPLPayPal volatility elevated after reports of Apple working on payment service
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06:37 EDTAAPLCiti says PayPal thesis unchanged with possible Apple P2P launch
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06:35 EDTRTNRaytheon teams with Saudi electronics company, Reuters says
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05:51 EDTAAPLApple P2P offering to have limited impact, says Piper Jaffray
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November 11, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower following a range-bound session marked by lighter than normal volume due to the Veteran's Day holiday. The lower participation allowed the market to digest the latest round of earnings with the reporting season beginning to wind down. Oil remained under pressure and closed near three week lows, as production has not really declined despite lower pricing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major data reported. U.S. bond markets were closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) trading in New York fell $1.62, or 1.98%, to $79.81 despite its report of blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast... Macy's (M) shares fell 14% to $40.41 after the department store operator cut its fiscal year sales and profit forecasts and said it would not follow an activist investor's suggestion to form a real estate investment trust. A number of its peers fell as well, including J.C. Penney (JCP), which dipped 1.9% despite previewing that its own quarterly results should be better than its prior expectations. Penney, which pre-announced stronger than expected same-store sales growth of 6.4% for Q3, is set to report full quarterly results on Friday morning... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner following today's announcements, rising 4.4% to $92.19. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rose 33c, or 4.39%, to $7.85 after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) issued a statement saying it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire the company. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained $14.18, or 2.15%, to $673.86 after research firm Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the name to $800 from $750 on the growing opportunity of Amazon Web Services. Separately, Wayfair (W) rallied 5.4% to $41.57 after Cowen analysts raised their target on the shares to $61 from $56 and reiterated an Outperform rating, calling Tuesday's selloff misguided. Among the noteworthy losers were Horizon Pharma (HZNP) and Insys (INSY), which declined a respective 19.6% and 8.7% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with Linden Care, a specialty pharmacy used by both companies. Also lower was PayPal (PYPL), which fell 67c, or 1.81%, to $36.33 shortly before the close after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform. Additionally, Intercept (ICPT) lost $24.02, or 11.66%, to $181.95 after FBR Capital cut its price target on the stock to $192 from $273, saying the market opportunity for Intercept's obeticholic acid liver disease candidate appears smaller than initially thought. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 55.99, or 0.32%, to 17,702.22, the Nasdaq slid 16.22, or 0.32%, to 5,067.02, and the S&P 500 declined 6.72, or 0.32%, to 2,075.00.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 11, 2015
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15:38 EDTAAPLApple at work on potential rival to PayPal Venmo payment service, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's (PYPL) Venmo platform, the Journal said. Paypal shares fell 2.5% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:33 EDTAAPLPayPal dips after report of Apple woking on payment service
Shares Paypal (PYPL) are down 1.7% following a Dow Jones report that says Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile person-to-person payment service that could challenge Paypal's Venmo.
15:31 EDTAAPLApple in talks with banks on mobile person-to-person payment sevice, DJ says
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook vows to stay in Ireland regardless of tax verdict, RTE says
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09:59 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amedisys (AMED) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... BioCryst (BCRX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Boot Barn (BOOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... C1 Financial (BNK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Clarcor (CLC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... EMC (EMC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Eaton (ETN) downgraded on near-term challenges at Argus... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global... Lennox (LII) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Mediaset (MDIUY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... MetLife (MET) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Oracle (ORCL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Rice Energy (RICE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Sabra Health Care (SBRA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC.
09:38 EDTAAPLApple slides lower, levels to watch
The stock was last at $116, down fractionally on the day so far but suggesting a test at $115 is possible. That level has been important support in the past. Below it, support the next key level is at the $105 area. There is still a potential bearish head and shoulders pattern on the long-term chart that would trigger below that point. Resistance is at yesterday's closing price at $116.77.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple acquired 15 firms in past year, 6 unknown, AppleInsider reports
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06:33 EDTERJEmbraer watching Quebec's stake in Bombardier's jet, Reuters reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLApple to hire an additional 1,000 staff in Ireland, Reuters reports
Apple is set to add 1,000 jobs in Ireland, Reuters reports, citing comments made by Irish jobs minister Richard Burton. The jobs are expected to be added at Apple's base in Cork. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAAPLApple Music available for Android, BuzzFeed News reports
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06:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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05:40 EDTBMYFive Prime receives HSR clearance for collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers
Five Prime (FPRX) announced that the FTC has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Acts of 1976 in connection with the exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers (BMY) for the development and commercialization of Five Prime's colony stimulating factor 1 receptor antibody program, including FPA008. With the early termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, the collaboration agreement with BMS is effective as of November 10, 2015, and the related $350M upfront payment by BMS to Five Prime is due within 30 days of the effective date.
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