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News For AAPL;PG;T;MSFT;XOM;HLF;NUS;OSK;NFLX;SCSS;EGHT From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
14:54 EDTNFLXCiti ups Netflix target on international potential as company eyes China
Citigroup raised its price target for Netflix (NFLX) to $722 and maintained a Buy rating on the stock, citing the company's underappreciated international expansion and declining churn trends. WHAT'S NEW: In a research note, Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target on Netflix to $722 from $584, saying that despite the stock's 31% jump since reporting first quarter earnings on April 15, Netflix shares still have room to advance as the company extends its service globally. May believes the U.S. only accounts for 18% of Netflix's total addressable market based on broadband household metrics. Additionally, he thinks subscribership should trend positively as original content grows and churn declines, resulting in a potential 20% U.S. streaming revenue growth in 2016. The firm stated that Netflix's financial model should generate similar operating profits from "most" of the markets it chooses to enter, and that non-English speaking Netflix markets are being significantly undervalued when taking into account their size. Based on Citi's analysis, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have a $25 implied enterprise value per broadband household, which, at roughly 10% of the U.S. metric, implies "very conservative" assumptions. Citi highlighted that Netflix's current stock price does not account for any additional value from further international launches, which could include Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Russia, and India. The firm also remains optimistic on subscriber numbers for coming quarters, saying both churn and content offerings are improving at the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 14, Bloomberg reported that Netflix has held talks with several Chinese media companies, including Wasu Media, backed by Alibaba (BABA) chairman Jack Ma. In response to the report, a Netflix spokesperson remarked that the company plans to be "nearly global" by the end of 2016. PRICE ACTION: Netflix is trading near flat on the day to $622.47.
14:44 EDTTAT&T plans 'substantial' Mexico investments, WSJ says
In a report published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal said that according to AT&T Mexico's CEO the telecommunications giant plans "substantial" investments in Mexico to broaden and enhance its mobile network as it seeks to increase market share. Reference Link
14:37 EDTTFCC likely to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions, CTFinancialNews says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
11:21 EDTAAPLApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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10:26 EDTPGDesigner Parfums, LUXE Brands to purchase Frederic Fekkai brand from P&G
Designer Parfums and LUXE Brands announced they have collaborated to form a joint venture to acquire the Frédéric Fekkai luxury hair care brand and salons from Procter & Gamble, effective June 30. The Fekkai business comprises a range of hair products and seven salons in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. Approximately 225 people are currently employed in the salon business; they are expected to transfer to the newly formed entity.
09:56 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. rises, potential bullish pattern
Shares are up over 5.7% to $9.03 at time of writing following earnings from the company last night after the close. There is a potential, irregularly-shaped, bullish inverted, head and shoulders pattern that will be active above $9.30, which is the session high. The upside potential over time would be to the $12 area. Support is at $8.91.
09:36 EDTAAPL, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
08:15 EDTMSFTSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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06:23 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $722 from $584 at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target for shares of Netflix to $722 with the stock up 31% since reporting earnings on April 14. After revisiting his valuation analysis, May continues to believe Netflix's international opportunity is underappreciated. The analyst also expects the streaming service's subscriber trends to continue benefiting from lower churn and better content. May maintains a Buy rating on Netflix. The stock closed yesterday up $5.05 to $621.53.
05:52 EDTAAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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16:15 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. sees FY16 revenue $193M-$197M, consensus $193.84M
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