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May 29, 2014
12:43 EDTAAPL, P, KORS, HSH, TSN, PPC, TLYS, PANW, JNPROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite a significant downward revision to the government's estimate of economic growth in the first three months of the year. The market opened slightly higher and has seen little in the way of volatility, mirroring the pattern seen throughout the week. Volume remains light and the market remains locked in a very narrow range, albeit near all-time highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated that gross domestic product decreased at a 1% annual rate in the first quarter of the year, which is down significantly from the government's first estimate of positive 0.1% growth for the period and below the consensus expectation for a revision to a 0.5% decline. Initial jobless claims dipped 27K to 300K in the week ended May 24 from a revised 327K previously. An index of pending home sales edged up 0.4% to 97.8 in April, which was less than the expected 1% rise. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, Apple (AAPL) confirmed that it has agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. Financial Times first reported on May 8, citing people familiar with the negotiations, that Apple was in talks to acquire Beats. In a note to investors after the confirmation, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall wrote that the deal "is really about what Apple can do with Beats Music" to revitalize its own iTunes music business. Meanwhile, PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote that Apple acquired Beats for several reasons, including the opportunity to bring Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple to work on content. Near noon, Apple rose nearly 1% to trade near $630 per share, while Pandora, which also offers a streaming music service, was fractionally lower. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hillshire Brands (HSH), which jumped about 17% to trade near $52 per share after the company received an unsolicited takeover offer of $50 per share in cash from Tyson Foods (TSN) that trumped the $45 per share bid announced just two days ago from Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Also higher was Palo Alto Networks (PANW), which rose 8.5% after the company reported stronger than expected third quarter results and agreed to pay Juniper (JNPR) $175M in cash, stock and warrants as part of a settlement of their patent litigation. Among the noteworthy losers was apparel, footwear and accessory retailer Tilly's (TLYS), which dropped 16% after the company reported a decline in its first quarter same-store sales and gave lower than expected earnings guidance for the new quarter. Also lower in the day after its earnings report was Michael Kors (KORS), which slipped 5% after the shares were downgraded this morning at Avondale to Market Perform from Outperform. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.38, or 0.09%, to 16,648.56, the Nasdaq was up 11.86, or 0.28%, to 4,236.94, and the S&P 500 was up 4.12, or 0.22%, to 1,913.90.
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October 8, 2014
14:54 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat, Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 20, November is at 26, December is at 24, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on Carl Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow.
14:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says to send open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
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12:12 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Canada on October 14 hosted by Oppenheimer.
12:08 EDTAAPLApple sends out invites for October 16 event, 9to5Mac reports
Apple has sent out invitations for its October 16 event that is expected to introduce new iPads and Macs, 9to5Mac reports. The event will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California and begin at 1pm ET. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAAPLApple 'surprised' by GT Advanced's Chapter 11 filing, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) says it was "surprised" by GT Advanced's (GTAT) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple says it is focused on preserving jobs in Arizona and will continue to work with state and local officials "as we consider our next steps." GT Advanced is a partner for Apple's sapphire initiative. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTAAPLBlog reveals next-generation Apple iPad Air, 9to5Mac says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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07:58 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $105 at Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto has positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Palo Alto's management, Wells Fargo thinks the company's new endpoint security product could increase its long-term revenue growth by five or six percentage points. The firm expects the company's product revenue to be boosted by an existing customer refresh cycle in 2015, and Wells is confident in the company's service revenue outlook. It raised its price target on the name to $112-$129 from $113-$120 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
As noted earlier, MKM Partners downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy. The firm thinks that the bull case on the stock is too centered on cost cuts and low valuation, and not enough on the company's growth outlook. MM Partners also believes that the service provider router market faces numerous overhangs. Target $24.
07:10 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTAAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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