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January 28, 2014
12:36 EDTAAPL, CBM, AAL, DD, STX, GLW, F, CMCSA, PFE, RCIIOn 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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October 8, 2014
07:13 EDTCMCSAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTAAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
17:05 EDTAAPLApple iPhone gains market share among teens, says Piper
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster concluded from Piper's 2014 Teen Survey that interest in Apple's technology remained strong among teens. According to the survey, teen iPhone ownership rose to 67% from 61% in the Spring, and iPad ownership among teens that owned a tablet remained at 66%, the same as in the Spring. However, teen interest in the Apple Watch remained "tepid," as only 16% of teens would be interested in an Apple Watch at $350. Shares are Overweight rated with a $120 price target.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:01 EDTAAPLDunkin Donuts testing mobile ordering system, considering Apple Pay, NRN reports
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14:46 EDTAAPLApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire not used for iPhones because 'proved brittle,' WSJ says
Apple's (AAPL) decision to choose glass screens over GT Advanced's (GTAT) sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was because of "tests in which the synthetic sapphire proved brittle, cracking when phones were dropped from various heights and angles," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's decision to withhold GT Advanced's expected $139M payment was the tipping point for GT Advanced to declare bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter added. Reference Link
10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTAAPLSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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07:48 EDTPFEU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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