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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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January 15, 2015
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:30 EDTAAPLEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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07:59 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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06:45 EDTGLWCorning upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:30 EDTFGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral and maintained its $115 price target based on balanced risk/reward. The firm expects solid Q1 results on January 27 and for March outlook to be inline with consensus but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint.
06:05 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 39 at upper end of index mean range
January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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