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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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July 14, 2014
07:41 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced 's 2014 guidance at risk, says CLSA
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may not release 5.5-inch 'phablet' iPhone this year, Apple Insider reports
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24 from $1.18, vs. consensus of $1.22 and 2015 EPS estimate to $2.33 from $2.25, 11% above consensus. The analyst added iWatch estimates into its model and sees unit sales in the 30M-60M range for the firm 12 months. Shares are rated Overweight with a $110 price target, up from $98.57.
06:40 EDTAAPLApple responds to China broadcaster's privacy charges, China Daily says
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06:08 EDTAAPLABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
05:44 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded its rating on Apple (AAPL) shares to Overweight citing its channel checks which indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share. Barclays raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The stock closed Friday at $95.22.
July 13, 2014
23:24 EDTAAPLApple assures China iPhone no security risk, Bloomberg says
Apple responded to statements made on China state media about the iPhone being a national security risk by explaining that location tracking functions of its software canít be used to identify activity of individuals in China, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
20:38 EDTAAPLChina state media says Apple iPhone security danger, Reuters reports
China's state media says Apple's iPhone is a threat to the country's national security because of the devices ability to track and time-stamp user locations, says Reuters. Reference Link
17:49 EDTAAPLOmniVision could see improvement after Apple, Barron's says
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July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTAAPLIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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16:27 EDTAAPLApple wins live streaming case brought by Emblaze, Bloomberg says
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July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:17 EDTAAPLFirm raises Apple price target on iPhone 6 optimism
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
09:14 EDTAAPLSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
08:49 EDTAAPLJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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08:25 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $112 from $102 at Canaccord
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPLAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: iWatch to enter mass production in November, 9to5Mac says
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06:10 EDTPJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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