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January 25, 2013
16:30 EDTNFLX, HLF, T, EGHT, OSK, XOM, PG, SCSS, NUS, MSFT, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher with the Nasdaq leading the major averages, despite another down day from its biggest component Apple (AAPL). The S&P 500 spent most of the session near the important psychological level of 1500, eventually finishing just above that level, within reach of its all-time highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., data showed new home sales fell 7.3% to a 369K rate in December, versus expectations for an increase of 2.1%. However, November sales were revised substantially higher. In Europe, the ECB announced that 278 banks will repay over EUR137B of LTRO funds at the end of this month, which was more than expected. Also, German business confidence increased more than economists forecast, as indicated by the Ifo institutes' business climate index climbing to 104.2 from 102.4 in December... COMPANY NEWS: Three Dow components reported earnings last night or this morning and all three advanced after their reports. Procter & Gamble (PG) led the Dow, up $2.83, or 4.02%, to $73.25 after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Microsoft (MSFT) gained 25c, or 0.9%, to $27.88 and AT&T (T) gained 27c, or 0.8%, to $34.02... Apple shares fell $10.65, or 2.36%, to $439.85, bringing the company's market cap to $413.04B, making ExxonMobil (XOM) the world's most valuable company and taking Apple shares to their 52-week low... On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime, Bill Ackman discussed his short position in Herbalife (HLF) again, and responded to attacks by activist investor Carl Icahn. During his interview, Ackman mentioned that he has heard Dan Loeb, who notably took a long position in Herbalife, is short shares of Nu Skin (NUS). Icahn later joined the broadcast and the two hedge fund managers aired their personal grievances in a bizarre half hour of television... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Oshkosh (OSK), up $6.50, or 18.8%, to $41.08 after beating quarterly earnings expectations and raising its FY13 profit view, and Netflix (NFLX), which gained $22.70, or 15.46%, to $169.56 following a 42% gain during yesterday's session. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings reports were Select Comfort (SCSS), down $5.04, or 17.87%, to $23.16 and 8x8 (EGHT), down 86c, or 10.83%, to $7.08... INDICES: The Dow was up 70.65, or 0.51%, to 13,895.98; the Nasdaq was up 19.33, or 0.62%, to 3,149.71; the S&P 500 was up 8.14, or 0.54%, 1,502.96.
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June 23, 2015
09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
06:33 EDTPGOnline market for razors growing quickly, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTAAPL, MSFTNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTAAPL, MSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPL, MSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPL, TActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $950 on business momentum at BTIG
BTIG raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $950 from $600 citing business model momentum. The firm's analyst believes Netflix can grow substantially beyond 50M domestic subs. In addition, as the MVPD bundle unravels, BTIG expects consumers will have money to spend on Netflix and other SVOD services. As the price/value of Netflix grows, the firm believes there is substantial upside potential to its ARPU estimates. BTIG expects Worldwide streaming subs to expand to over 108M by 2017, up from 101M, compared to 57M at year-end 2014. Furthermore, BTIG believes Netflix could reach 140M global subscribers by 2020.
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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