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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
17:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft remains a Buy, Barron's says
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
16:00 EDTTProvision winning bids in FCC AWS-3 auction hit $33B after round 26
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16:00 EDTPGProcter & Gamble CEO Lafley enters 10b5-1 trading plan
The Procter & Gamble Company has been advised that A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, has entered into a stock trading plan designed to comply with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Under Rule 10b5-1, directors and officers may adopt a prearranged plan or contract for the sale of Company securities under specified conditions and at specified times. Lafley's plan is designed to manage the exercise of options for 430,441 shares of common stock that were granted to him in February 2006, during his prior tenure as CEO, and will expire on February 28, 2016. The plan allows for the sale of the shares acquired upon the exercise of these options, subject to certain limit orders. Sales pursuant to this plan may begin on January 28, 2015. The plan, which was established during the company's current open trading window, will terminate on February 28, 2016, when the options expire, unless terminated sooner in accordance with its terms. Lafley and the company will report transactions effected under the plan as required, through Form 4 filings made with the SEC.
15:08 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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14:08 EDTMSFTHacker group releases login info for three gaming networks, CNet says
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13:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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12:31 EDTNFLXAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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10:38 EDTMSFTJefferies says Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Symantec facing significant problems
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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06:35 EDTTCalifornia AG announces $23.8M settlement with AT&T
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley yesterday announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8M. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28M over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final. This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronic waste. If approved by the court, under the final judgment, AT&T must pay $18.8M in civil penalties and costs. An additional $3M will fund supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California, and AT&T will pay a minimum of $2M to enhance its environmental compliance. The telecom provider will be bound under the terms of a permanent injunction prohibiting similar future violations of law.
06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BHI NFLX
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November 20, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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15:44 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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14:52 EDTNFLXNetflix to discuss future of TV with top industry executives, Re/code says
Netflix is holding a summit about the future of TV next month, according to Re/code The company invited many of the leading executives from the TV and film industries to the private event, the website added. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $125 at Evercore ISI
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08:16 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $126 from $115 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley survey indicates investors are underestimating Apple iWatch demand. The firm is modeling 30M watches in CY15 vs. buy-side forecasts of 10M-12M. Ultimately, the analyst believes the wearable market will hit 530M in 2020 and potentially a 1B units in its bull case. Morgan Stanley raised CY15 EPS forecast to $8.40 from $8.20 on higher watch and ASP forecasts. Shares of Apple are Overweight rated.
07:08 EDTPGSpectrum Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 98c, consensus $1.13
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06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:39 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GNW NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Genworth (GNW) 53, Netflix (NFLX) 31 according to iVolatility.
06:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced creditors criticize proposed Apple settlement, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTMSFT, AAPLBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 after the firm's channel checks indicated that supply of the iPhone 6 and 6+ is "gradually improving vs. demand." Munster does not see risk to Apple's December quarter guidance as he believes the company factored supply constraints into its outlook. He thinks most consumers will wait to purchase an iPhone and maintains an Overweight rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday down 80c to $114.67.
November 19, 2014
19:16 EDTNFLXNetflix orders fourth season of Longmire
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14:25 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:29 EDTNFLXCharter CEO sees Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal getting done
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13:10 EDTTDISH, Globalstar climb as wireless spectrum bids reportedly jump
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12:56 EDTAAPLApple plans to bundle Beats with iOS next year, FT reports
Beginning early next year, Apple is planning to bundle the subscription music service acquired from Beats into iOS, the Financial Times reports. The move will make Beats available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, and will put pressure on Spotify. Sources believe the paid-for Beats service could be included in an iOS software update as early as March. Reference Link
10:29 EDTAAPLGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:00 EDTNUS, HLFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:41 EDTAAPLRubicon Project to partner with Apple on programmatic advertising
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09:39 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTNFLXCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
08:02 EDTAAPLApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:50 EDTTVerizon trends look strong, says Oppenheimer
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07:40 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft U.S. suit against Samsung over royalties can proceed, Reuters reports
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07:19 EDTMSFTServer replacement seen coming as Microsoft ends 2003 support, DigiTimes says
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07:19 EDTTSpectrum auction positive for DISH, Globalstar, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes the AWS-3 spectrum auction continued on Tuesday with the aggregate value of licenses with bids at $16.4B, up from Monday's $8.9B and compared to the reserve price of $10.6B that the FCC set for the entire auction. The firm views the rise in prices as negative for telecom carriers that are spending more than expected, namely AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), and possibly T-Mobile (TMUS) and US Cellular. It views the prices as positive for independent spectrum owners like DISH (DISH) and Globalstar (GSAT), as well as tower companies American Tower (AMT), SBA Communications (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).
06:42 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 could include 'biggest camera jump ever,' TheTechBlock reports
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06:42 EDTTAT&T says feds may need warrant for location data, WSJ says
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06:40 EDTAAPLSome iPhone 6 Plus users say rear camera doesn't focus, Business Insider reports
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06:34 EDTNFLXNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:31 EDTMSFTISS recommends invsetors vote against Microsoft CEO pay package, WSJ says
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, is recommending shareholders vote against the pay package for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a nonbinding vote at the software company’s December annual meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. ISS criticized a "mega" grant of restricted stock to Nadella, which the firm values at $65M, and said iti s "concerning" that Microsoft plans to grant Nadella additional shares annually. Reference Link
06:14 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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06:14 EDTNUSNu Skin initiated with a Neutral at BTIG
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to pay $23.6M to Mobile Telcommunictions in lawsuit, Re/code reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2014
18:26 EDTXOMKeystone pipeline legislation voted down by U.S. Senate
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17:40 EDTNFLXNetflix to launch in Australia, New Zealand in March, 2015
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
12:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid announce alliance
Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology. This alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the experience enjoyed by members and supporters of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices.
11:53 EDTAAPLSamsung to make foldable smartphone displays, ZDnet says
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11:07 EDTTVOXX unit, AT&T sign international data agreement
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09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPLTSLA TWTR FB
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09:31 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV deal receives approval in Mexico
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08:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available in all BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie grocery stores
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $115 at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTAAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could spin off Nokia MixRadio, TechCrunch reports
According to sources, Microsoft (MSFT) is considering spinning off Nokia MixRadio, the music streaming service it acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia's (NOK) Devices and Services unit, TechCrunch reports. Microsoft is reportedly seeking investors for Nokia MIxRadio, and the potential spin-off is said to be making "good progress." Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid to announce 'significant' partnership, Re/code reports
Microsoft is expected to today announce a "significant" tie-up with Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, Re/code reports. The partnership is likely to be a technology and sponsorship deal. Reference Link
06:08 EDTTIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 30 according to iVolatility.
05:49 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MSFT UNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Microsoft (MSFT) 19, United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 57 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
20:39 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. management to meet with William Blair
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16:00 EDTT, AAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
11:39 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meetings to be held in Canada on November 18-19 hosted by Oppenheimer.
11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
07:12 EDTXOMBloomberg / Mayer Brown to co-host a conference
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06:39 EDTPGProcter & Gamble downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:07 EDTNFLX, HLFSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTNFLXIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTPGNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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16:01 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:49 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Jefferies
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11:37 EDTNFLXNetflix shuts down public API today, Gigaom reports
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10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
09:38 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
08:07 EDTHLFHerbalife director linked to Brazilian fraud case, Reuters reports
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:19 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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06:16 EDTAAPLEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTAAPLBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:44 EDTPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms acquisition of security company Aorato
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11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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11:07 EDTTGogo interested in buying AT&T spectrum, RGN reports
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble says top line comps are more difficult in Q2 vs 2H15
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
07:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to restate Batteries results to discontinued operations
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07:44 EDTPGP&G to incur non-cash charge of approx. 28c per share in current quarter
07:42 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees FY15 core EPS growth mid-single digits
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07:41 EDTPGProcter and Gamble volatility flat into Berkshire Hathaway acquiring Duracell
Procter and Gamble (PG) overall option implied volatility of 13 is near its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) acquiring the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble in deal valued at approximately $6.4B.
07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reiterates FY15 organic sales, core EPS growth guidance
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07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees clsoing Duracell transaction in 2H15
Following its prior announcement of plans to exit the Duracell business, P&G (PG) said it now plans to execute a split transaction, in which it will exchange a recapitalized Duracell Company for Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) shares of P&G stock. Berkshire’s stock ownership is currently valued at approximately $4.7 billion. P&G said it expects to contribute approximately $1.8 billion in cash to the Duracell Company in the pre-transaction recapitalization. P&G said the transaction maximizes the after-tax value of the Duracell business and is tax efficient for P&G. The value received for Duracell in the exchange is approximately 7-times fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA. This equates to a cash sale valued at approximately 9-times adjusted EBITDA. As part of the exit of the battery business, P&G announced that it closed the sale of its interest in a China-based battery joint venture earlier in the week. Based on the signing of the contract to exit the Duracell business, P&G will restate Batteries results to discontinued operations effective with the reporting of October-December 2014 quarterly results. The Company expects to restate earnings per share of approximately 12c-14c to discontinued operations for fiscal year 2014. All-in GAAP earnings per share are not affected by the restatements. P&G said it will incur a non-core, non-cash charge of approximately 28c per share in current quarter results to adjust Duracell goodwill and intangible assets to the expected after-tax transaction value. P&G expects to finalize the restatement and one-time charge amounts in the next few weeks, and will update shareholders when final amounts are available. P&G said it expects to close the Duracell transaction in the second half of calendar year 2015 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
07:31 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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07:30 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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07:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Aorato for about $200M, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:20 EDTMSFTAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
17:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says will have sold 10M Xbox One consoles 'shortly'
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTTAT&T CEO says America Movil assets not needed for success
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13:42 EDTTFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
12:56 EDTTFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPL, NFLXActive equity options trading
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09:28 EDTTAT&T to pause fiber investment till net neutrality laws ironed out, Reuters says
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix CFO expects to expand as much or 'bit more' next year, Bloomberg says
Netflix CFO David Wells said the company plans a “sizable expansion” into new markets next year, projecting expansion on the order of this year or "even potentially a little bit more,” reported Bloomberg, citing Wells' comments at an RBC Capital Markets conference. Reference Link
08:12 EDTOSKOshkosh remains a top machinery idea, says RW Baird
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07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
Developer Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13 with webcasted discussions will begin on November 12 at 10 am. Reference Link
07:48 EDTMSFT, TWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
06:36 EDTAAPLOrder visibility highest for Apple, Lenovo shipments in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple to face lawsuit on failed texts when switching to Android, Reuters says
Apple must face a U.S. federal lawsuit for failing to alert consumers that text messages may be interrupted after switching to an Android-based phone from an iPhone, says Reuters. Reference Link
12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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10:39 EDTNUSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:16 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. appoints Enzo Signore as Chief Marketing Officer
8x8, Inc. announced the appointment of enterprise communications industry veteran Enzo Signore as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer. Signore will report directly to 8x8 CEO Vik Verma and will be responsible for the strategy and execution of 8x8’s global marketing efforts. Signore was most recently VP of Worldwide Enterprise Solutions and Field Marketing at Avaya.
08:15 EDTAAPLAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:35 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $125 from $115 at UBS
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07:24 EDTTAT&T move will discourage others seeking in-flight Wi-Fi, says William Blair
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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05:51 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
14:09 EDTNFLX, TBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:56 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to host analyst meeting
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13:26 EDTNFLXCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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13:14 EDTTAT&T not entering Inflight Connectivity space, RGN reports
AT&T (T) decided not to enter the inflight connectivity after deeming the space too risky, RGN reports, citing sources. AT&T confirmed in a statement to the website, "After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer pursue entry into the Inflight Connectivity industry." AT&T's entrance into the space was seen as possibly competitive threat to Gogo (GOGO). Reference Link
12:45 EDTTFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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12:43 EDTTAT&T issues statement on White House Title II announcement
AT&T issued the following statement in response to the White House's announcement regarding Title II. AT&T executive VP Jim Cicconi said, "Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests. It is a complete reversal of a bipartisan policy that has been in place since the Clinton Administration—namely, to treat Internet access as an information service subject to light-touch regulation. This classification of Internet service has been upheld by the Supreme Court and has enjoyed strong Congressional support for nearly a generation. Now, with one statement, the White House is telling the FCC to ignore this precedent and to instead impose on the entire Internet—from end to end—onerous government regulation designed in the 1930s for a Bell phone monopoly that no longer exists, not for a 21st century technology. This will have a negative impact not only on investment and innovation, but also on our economy overall. For a generation, the Internet has been an American success story. Light-touch regulation has encouraged levels of investment unprecedented by any industry and spawned incredible innovation. Today’s action puts all of that at risk—and puts it at risk not to remedy any specific harm that has occurred. Instead, this action is designed to deal with a hypothetical problem posed by certain political groups whose objective all along has been to bring about government control of the Internet. The White House is proposing to put the Internet and our economy at risk as a result of such political pressures. We feel the actions called for by the White House are inconsistent with decades of legal precedent as well as Congressional intent. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the entire Internet like a public utility, that decision is more properly made by the Congress and not by unelected regulators without any public record to support the change in regulation. If the FCC puts such rules in place, we would expect to participate in a legal challenge to such action.”
12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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12:24 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
09:45 EDTNFLX, TObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTNFLX, TObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:22 EDTTNetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTTAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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07:23 EDTMSFT, NFLXRBC Capital to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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05:58 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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