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January 28, 2014
12:36 EDTCBM, STX, CMCSA, AAL, GLW, PFE, RCII, DD, F, AAPLOn 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 7, 2014
06:36 EDTAAPLApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAALAirlines sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Airlines sector to Attractive from Neutral based on a more bullish views on the cycle and improving demand. The analyst believes consensus estimates underestimate pricing, which will boost multiples. As part of the sector change, the firm initiated American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell.
06:09 EDTAALAmerican Airlines initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAAPLGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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13:46 EDTPFEPfizer's palbociclib significantly prolonged PFS in metastatic breast cancer
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April 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 4, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 89c to 41.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL C P NFLX LNG BAC INTC TSLA TWTR according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA MU GNK AMZN FB GILD MA NFLX
08:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter results likely to miss expectations, says BMO Capital
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08:14 EDTDDDuPont, Tate & Lyle contemplating second biochemical plant, Bloomberg says
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07:55 EDTFFord outpacing rivals in China on strength of SUVs, WSJ says
Thanks in large part to a rising demand in China for sport-utility vehicles, Ford's (F) China deliveries jumped past Toyota (TM) in 2013 and the U.S. automaker also gained on General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), who it has similarly trailed in China for years, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLApple acquires Novauris, terms not disclosed, Re/code reports
Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Novauris Technologies, a speech technology company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
April 3, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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13:50 EDTGLWCorning May calls and puts active as shares at three-year high
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10:40 EDTDDDuPont $919M verdict thrown out by appeals court, Bloomberg reports
A U.S. court of appeals judge ruled that the trial judge in DuPontís victory over Kolon Industries for the alleged theft of trade secrets related to Kevlar had wrongly excluded evidence and the appeals court threw out the $919.9M court award for DuPont, according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTPFE, DD, F, AAPLApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:27 EDTPFELeerink's biotech analyst holds a dinner meeting update
Biotech Analyst Liang holds an update from the AACR's Annual Meeting to discuss some of the presentations including PFE/AMGN's Palbociclib, PBYI/PFE's Neratinib, as well as other new agents for breast cancer from LLY, MDVN and CLDX, in San Diego on April 7 at 9 pm.
07:40 EDTAAPLApple bulls bet new products to prompt stock revival, Bloomberg says
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05:50 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; OXY PFE
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