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November 18, 2015
11:33 EDTTSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
11:01 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; FOSL NFLX
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10:49 EDTAAPLGoldman says buy Apple ahead of 'Apple-as-a-Service' sentiment shift
The shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List. Apple is taking steps to increase the monetization of its customer base and investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, leading to a higher valuation after this transition occurs, the firm predicts. WHAT'S NEW: Apple can significantly increase the monetization of its 500M users over the next few years, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote in a note to investors today. It should be able to attain this goal by selling more of its services, such as Apple TV and Apple Music, to its customers and by convincing them to buy more of its hardware products, including Macs, iPads and watches, the analyst stated. Apple's introduction of installment plans for the iPhone should also facilitate its transition to a recurring revenue model, Jankowski indicated. If Apple creates similar installment plans for its other products and services, its current average revenue per iPhone user would be $42 per month, the analyst estimated. If every iPhone users adopts every Apple product and service, the tech giant's ARPU would climb to $153 per month, implying that it can grow significantly as its users adopt more of its products and services, according to Jankowski. The market currently values Apple as a hardware company and would give the company a higher valuation if it began to view the tech giant as having a recurring revenue model, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." She has a $163 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Apple rose about 3% to $117 per share.
10:47 EDTAAPLTarget sees Apple Watch to be top gift in wearable category in holiday season
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10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hartford Financial (HIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Oxford Lane (OXLC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... SM Energy (SM) downgraded at BMO Capital... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... StoneCastle (BANX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi.
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cognex (CGNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... FARO Technologies (FARO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... LendingClub (LC) upgraded on valuation, positive outlook at Sterne Agee CRT... Middleby (MIDD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... RE/MAX Holdings (RMAX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Shopify (SHOP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... TASER (TASR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... USG (USG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.
09:52 EDTAAPLApple trades up, Goldman adds to Conviction Buy List
The stock was last at $116.89, up over 2.8% on the session on moderate volume. At current price next resistance is at $119.27. Support is at $115.75, the opening price of the day.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTPGProcter & Gamble says 'not averse' to looking at any option that creates value
Says "not averse" to looking at any option that creates value for shareholders.
08:57 EDTPGProcter & Gamble CFO sees organic sales topline growth resuming in Q2
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08:46 EDTPGProcter & Gamble repeats FY16 guidance in presentation slides
Sees FY16 core EPS growth down slightly to up mid single digits, all-in EPS growth up 53%-63%. Sees FY16 core operating profit up mid to high single digits. Sees FY16 organic sales growth in line to up low single digits, all-in sales growth down high single digits. Sees currency down 5%-6%, Venezuela and minor brand divestitures down 2%-3%. Sees FY16 share retirement/repurchases $8B-$9B, dividends over $7B, cash returned to shareholders $15B-$16B. Comments from slides being presented at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference.
07:43 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform on subpar oil leverage at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform from Market Perform. Analyst Pavel Molchanov expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 and said Exxon Mobil's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Molchanov expects Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016. The analyst said this is not a short-term trading call but a 6-12 month time horizon, which could prove wrong if oil spends the year below $50 territory.
06:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy saying the stock trades at a 30% discount to the S&P 500 multiple. The market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, Jankowski tells investors in a research note. Over the next year, however, the analyst expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." Jankowski believes Apple has a "significant multi-year opportunity" to increase monetization given its estimated installed base of 500M loyal iPhone users. She has a $163 price target for shares. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 49c to $113.69.
06:12 EDTAAPLApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLSony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
16:42 EDTHLFJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
16:01 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
15:10 EDTHLFDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
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