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January 28, 2014
12:36 EDTRCII, DD, F, AAPL, CBM, STX, CMCSA, AAL, GLW, PFEOn 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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November 18, 2015
08:06 EDTPFEPfizer says Phase 3 XALKORI trial shows 'positive' results
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07:02 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer win FDA breakthrough therapy designation for Avelumab
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06:16 EDTCMCSAComcast dumps YES Network, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy saying the stock trades at a 30% discount to the S&P 500 multiple. The market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, Jankowski tells investors in a research note. Over the next year, however, the analyst expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." Jankowski believes Apple has a "significant multi-year opportunity" to increase monetization given its estimated installed base of 500M loyal iPhone users. She has a $163 price target for shares. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 49c to $113.69.
06:12 EDTAAPLApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
06:09 EDTPFEValeant's Addyi sees hardly any sales, Bloomberg says
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06:01 EDTDDMonsanto studying possibility for consolidation in agrochem sector, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTAAPLSony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
14:11 EDTAALAmerican Airlines loyalty program to reward dollars spent, not miles flown
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11:24 EDTAALStocks with call strike movement; AAL AMZN
American Airlines (AAL) February 50 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34, (AMZN) April 760 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 32 according to iVolatility.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast: Over 1M multifamily residents using Xfinity services delivered by ACN
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09:02 EDTAAPLAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:29 EDTDDDuPont price target raised to $76 from $63 at Citi
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08:00 EDTFFord says launching new Escape
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07:56 EDTGLWUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
06:41 EDTCMCSANBC comedy streaming service beta starts December 3, Engadget reports
Comcast's NBC will make its comedy streaming service available as a free public beta beginning December 3, Engadget reports. Reference Link
05:22 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; P PFE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Pandora (P) 104, Pfizer (PFE) 29 according to iVolatility.
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