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February 8, 2013
10:17 EDTNWSA, AAPLDOJ settles with Macmillan in Ebooks case
The Department of Justice announced that it has reached a settlement with Holtzbrinck Publishers, which does business as Macmillan, and will continue to litigate against Apple (AAPL) for conspiring with Macmillan and four of the other largest U.S. book publishers to raise e-book prices to consumers. The proposed settlement was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. If approved by the court, the settlement will resolve the department's competitive concerns involving Macmillan. The department's Antitrust Division previously settled its claims against four book publishers-Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster Inc. On April 11, 2012, the department filed a lawsuit against Apple and the five publishers alleging they conspired to eliminate retail price competition, resulting in consumers paying millions of dollars more for their e-books. The settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster was approved by the court in September 2012. The public comment period on the department's settlement with Penguin will close on March 5. The trial against Apple is scheduled to begin in June. "As a result of today's settlement, Macmillan has agreed to immediately allow retailers to lower the prices consumers pay for Macmillan's e-books," said Jamillia Ferris, Chief of Staff and Counsel at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. "Just as consumers are already paying lower prices for the e-book versions of many of Hachette's, HarperCollins' and Simon & Schuster's new releases and best sellers, we expect the prices of many of Macmillan's e-books will also decline." According to the complaint, the five publishers and Apple were unhappy that competition among e-book sellers had reduced e-book prices and the retail profit margins of the book sellers to levels they thought were too low. To address these concerns, the department said the companies worked together to raise retail e-book prices and eliminate price competition, substantially increasing prices paid by consumers. Before the companies began their conspiracy, retailers regularly sold e-book versions of new releases and bestsellers for, as described by one of the publisher's CEO, the "wretched $9.99 price point." As a result of the conspiracy, consumers were typically forced to pay $12.99, $14.99 or more for the most sought after e-books, the department said. Under the proposed settlement agreement, Macmillan will immediately lift restrictions it has imposed on discounting and other promotions by e-book retailers and will be prohibited until December 2014 from entering into new agreements with similar restrictions. The proposed settlement agreement also will impose a strong antitrust compliance program on Macmillan, including requirements that it provide advance notification to the department of any e-book ventures it plans to undertake jointly with other publishers and regularly report to the department on any communications it has with other publishers. Also for five years, Macmillan will be forbidden from agreeing to any kind of most favored nation provision that could undermine the effectiveness of the settlement.
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January 26, 2016
11:13 EDTAAPLActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
07:49 EDTAAPLApple remains a long-term attractively priced asset, says Brean Capital
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 42. March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today after the market close.
06:03 EDTAAPLVirnetX seeks $532M from Apple for alleged patent infringement, Bloomberg report
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January 25, 2016
19:48 EDTAAPLApple design chief Jony Ive not unhappy with car project, CNET says
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19:20 EDTAAPLApple reshuffles India operations after 'deep discounting' in quarter, ET says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:18 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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14:17 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL +3% to 39.17 into Q1 & outlook
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings, potential bearish pattern
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders top, which is most easily seen on a 3-year chart. The neckline for the pattern is at the $100 area on a closing basis, and in recent sessions the pattern has been both active and inactive as price crossed that line. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $100 would see the pattern become active. Downside potential for the pattern would be to the $70 to $66 area. If the news is a bullish surprise, and sentiment has turned negative on the name which could add to short-cover demand, the counter-reaction up may be as large as pattern suggests is possible on the downside. It could mean in time a retaking of the $130 area or higher. The life high for the shares is at $134.54.
12:59 EDTAAPLApple executives unsatisfied with progress of 'Project Titan,' AppleInsider says
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11:41 EDTNWSAStifel downgrades Twitter as firm can't see positive spin for executive exits
Twitter (TWTR) is falling after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. EXECUTIVE EXODUS: The four executives leaving the company are Twitter's head of product, Kevin Weil, head of media, Katie Stanton, head of engineering, Alex Roetter, and head of human resources, Brian "Skip" Schipper. CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departures in a tweet, saying, "Want to set the record straight now: Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I'm addressing this now: I'm sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company... COO Adam Bain will be taking on additional responsibilities, including responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the media team and the HR team on an interim basis. CTO Adam Messinger will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric into one group." Note that due to Twitter's 140 character limit, Dorsey was forced to post his lengthy message in the form of an image of the text. OTHER EXECUTIVE NEWS: Twitter could name Leslie Berland, currently an executive VP at American Express (AXP), as its new Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Dorsey, this week, according to Re/code's Kara Swisher. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal noted that Twitter intends, as part of its shake-up. to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week. At least one of the people is a high-ranking executive in the media industry, the Journal added. STIFEL DOWNGRADE: Twitter was downgraded to Hold from Buy by Stifel analyst Scott Devitt on Sunday. Devitt cited the executive departures, saying, "While we may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, we don't see how the departure of the heads of three major business divisions can be viewed as a positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Twitter shares were down almost 4% to $17.15. Note this decline follows a rise of more than 4% late last week on rumors that News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) and other companies were interested in acquiring Twitter. News Corp. later denied it was building a Twitter stake.
10:03 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 5se to likely come with faster A9/M9 chips, 9to5Mac reports
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple Active equity options trading on open
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07:06 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 57, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 26.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPhone, iPad Air 3 in 1H16, AppleInsider says
Apple is planning to launch a 4-inch iPhone as well as the iPad Air 3 in the first half of the year, AppleInsider reports, citing KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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January 24, 2016
19:10 EDTAAPLDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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15:27 EDTAAPLHead of Apple's car project stepping down, Bloomberg says
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