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January 25, 2013
16:30 EDTAAPL, SCSS, NFLX, OSK, NUS, HLF, XOM, MSFT, T, PG, EGHTOn 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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August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
07:46 EDTXOMJacobs receives contract from Exxon Mobil
Jacobs Engineering (JEC) announced that it was awarded a contract from ExxonMobil (XOM)Chemical to provide engineering, procurement and construction services as part of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker project in ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas complex and associated premium product facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Company officials did not disclose the contract value. Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing site enabling works and interconnections services for the two sites. Jacobs’ scope of work includes site preparation of 350 acres for the ethane cracker in Baytown and 100 acres for the product facilities in Mont Belvieu.
06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it’s likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
17:37 EDTXOMExxon Mobil awarded $373.92M government contract
Exxon Mobile Fuels Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Co. has been awarded a maximum $373.92M fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation turbine fuel and naval fuel. This contract was a competitive acquisition with 16 offers received. This is a one-year base contract with a 30-day carry-over period and no option periods. Locations of performance are Virginia and California, with an Oct. 30, 2015 performance completion date. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency Energy.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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11:36 EDTPGProcter & Gamble management to meet with B. Riley
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Cincinnati, OH on August 15 hosted by B. Riley.
10:19 EDTOSKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTXOMExxon Mobil management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in the Midwest on August 13 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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05:44 EDTOSKOshkosh downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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August 10, 2014
18:27 EDTPGProcter & Gamble could return 10% in six months, Barron's says
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16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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