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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 21, 2014
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTKORSKors calls speculation of analyst 'heads up' false, unfounded, TheStreet says
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09:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness overdone, says Morgan Stanley
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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08:04 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness a buying opportunity, says Topeka
Topeka said recent checks do not indicate substantial markdown or clearance activity in the Michael Kors brand, contrary to some reports. The firm would use recent weakness as a buying opportunity and reiterates its Buy rating and $117 price target.
07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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12:53 EDTJNPRJuniper shares could rise over 30%, Barron's says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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11:45 EDTKORSJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
11:34 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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