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January 28, 2014
12:36 EDTAAL, GLW, PFE, RCII, DD, F, AAPL, CBM, STX, CMCSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday with the Nasdaq unable to overcome the weight of Apple (AAPL), which was sharply lower following its earnings report last night. The higher than expected consumer confidence reading offset a disappointing report on durable goods orders and appeared to help the S&P and Dow hold onto their gains near the lunch hour. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders dropped 4.3% in December from a revised November figure, missing expectations for an increase of 1.5%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home-price index showed prices rose 13.7% from the prior year in November, which was roughly in-line with economists' forecast. Home prices in the twenty cities dipped by a seasonally adjusted 0.88% in November from October. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to a five month high reading of 80.7 in January, beating expectations for it to remain nearly unchanged near 78. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for January slide to 12 from a prior month reading of 13. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) declined more than 7% after the tech giant reported earnings and revenue that beat expectations, but gave a second quarter revenue outlook that came in below expectations. The company said its Holiday quarter iPhone sales grew to 51M units, but even that large number missed the lofty forecasts of many of Wall Street analysts. The company reported Holiday quarter sales of 26M iPads and 4.8M Macs, both of which were increases from the prior year. Apple shares were downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James following the report and Oppenheimer also cut its rating on Apple this morning, but at least five other research firms said that weakness in the stock presents a buying opportunity. Also, noted investor and vocal Apple shareholder Carl Icahn took to Twitter to announce he had purchased an additional $500M worth of Apple shares this morning... Pfizer (PFE) led the advancers on the Dow Jones Industrial Index with gains of over 2% after the pharmaceutical maker's profits, adjusted for certain non-recurring issues, beat analysts' consensus forecast. Among other large companies reporting results this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) and Ford (F) advanced, while Corning (GLW) and Du Pont (DD) declined. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was American Airlines (AAL), which rose nearly 5% after the company recently formed from the combination of the former US Airways and AMR Corporation reported earnings and revenue that beat forecasts. Also higher was Cambrex (CBM), which gained more than 16% after its stock was upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-to-own retailer Rent-A-Center (RCII), which plunged nearly 20% after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2014 profit guidance fell significantly below expectations. Also lower were shares of Seagate (STX), which slid over 11% after the company reported weaker than expected results, though analysts at Pacific Crest said the stock was still attractive after the miss and Needham recommended using the post-earnings pullback as a buying opportunity. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 75.98, or 0.48%, to 15,913.86, the Nasdaq was down 1.30, or 0.03%, to 4,082.31, and the S&P 500 was up 8.71, or 0.49%, to 1,790.27.
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April 8, 2015
06:47 EDTAAPLGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analysts Andy Perkins and Peter Knox downgraded shares of Apple to Hold from Buy after their work indicated iPhone average selling prices dropped in the March quarter. Due to lower share of 128GB models, the analysts estimate the March quarter average selling price dropped to $651 from $687 in the December quarter. Further, Perkins and Knox believe currency headwinds are likely to adversely impact sales and that Apple will struggle to replicate the huge success of the iPhone 6 launch. They keep a $130 price target on the Apple. The stock closed yesterday down $1.34 to $126.01.
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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15:03 EDTSTXSeagate April volatility elevated
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14:41 EDTCMCSASTX Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in partnership
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12:50 EDTAAPLHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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11:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch reservations limited to one per customer, MacRumors reports
Apple Watch reservations will be limited to one per customer through the company's Reserve and Pickup service, reports MacRumors. Apple's one-per-customer reservation limit has been confirmed to be in place in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely other launch countries. Reference Link
09:52 EDTAAPLApple retail chief instructs staff to push Apple Store shoppers online, BI says
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants staff at Apple Stores to push customers to order the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online instead of buying in physical stores, Business Insider reports, citing a memo. The memo notes that "This is a significant change in mindset" and will help ensure guaranteed delivery of the Apple products. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPL, STXActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTCMCSAEA, Illumination Entertainment, Universal Partnerships announce collaboration
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08:09 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA finalize agreement to co-promote XALKORI
Merck KGaA (MKGAY) and Pfizer (PFE) announced the finalization of the co-promotion agreement allowing the companies to co-promote Pfizer’s anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitor XALKORI. Under the agreement, XALKORI will be co-promoted in two waves, the first of which will begin in the second and third quarters of 2015 in the United States, Canada, Japan and five European Union countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the U.S. and Canada, XALKORI will be co-promoted by EMD Serono, the U.S. and Canadian biopharmaceutical businesses of Merck KGaA. The second wave will begin in 2016 and includes China and Turkey. n 2015, Merck KGaA will receive a reimbursement associated with its promotion of XALKORI, followed by an 80% for Pfizer, 20% for Merck KGaA profit sharing on the product starting in 2016. The co-promotion term will last through December 31, 2020 for the U.S., Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. and from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021 in China and Turkey. Pfizer will report the sales of XALKORI in countries where it is co-promoted with Merck KGaA.
08:07 EDTCMCSAComcast expands fiber network throughout Denver metro area
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08:06 EDTSTXSeagate says LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD
LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1 TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering.
07:14 EDTPFEEyeforpharma to hold a summit
Philadelphia 2015 Commercial Pharma Summit is being held in Philadelphia on April 7-8.
07:02 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics updates on Pfizer's plans to initiate Phase 3 Rivipansel trial
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07:00 EDTDDDuPont, proxy advisory firm to meet this month, Reuters reports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTAAPLMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
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