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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTNFLX, AAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:11 EDTTFCC approves Frontier Communications acquisition of AT&T's Conneticut wire-ops
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced that the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has approved its proposed acquisition of AT&T’s (T) local wireline, broadband and video operations in Connecticut. The company is currently also seeking approval from the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, and has already received Justice Department approval. Pending PURA approval, the company expects to close the Connecticut acquisition transaction in Q4.
16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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13:55 EDTAAPLBose sues Beats Electronics over alleged patent infringement
Bose Corporation filed a lawsuit requesting that the International Trade Commission commence an investigation to "remedy the unlawful importation" into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. of certain noise canceling headphones and components from Beats Electronics that are alleged to infringe one or more valid and enforceable U.S. patents owned by Bose. Beats Electronics has agreed to be acquired by Apple. Reference Link
13:13 EDTAAPLEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
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12:12 EDTAAPLEinhorn takes stake in Lam Research, Bloomberg reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLSwatch says not working with Apple on smartwatches, Business Insider reports
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10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTAAPLApple rumored to push out larger iPhone 6 production, AppleInsider says
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08:53 EDTNFLXMark Cuban says Netflix 'more game changing' than Twitter right now
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08:28 EDTHLFHerbalife confirms Alan Hoffman as EVP of global corporate affairs
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07:11 EDTHLFHerbalife hires VP's former chief of staff to help fight Ackman, NY Post says
Herbalife, which is under continued attack from investor Bill Ackman and being investigated by the FTC, is hiring Alan Hoffman, Vice President Joe Biden’s former chief of staff, to "fight back against Bill Ackman’s multi-front efforts — both here on Capitol Hill, with federal regulators, and now state AGs all across the states,” said The New York Post, citing a Washington insider. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-books agreement terms troubles U.S. judge, Reuters says
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06:20 EDTMSFTChina Telecom to start selling Microsoft's Xbox One in September, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTMSFTYammer's David Sacks leaving Microsoft
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05:41 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded its rating on Exxon Mobil (XOM) shares to Underweight from Neutral citing a lack of near-term production growth and the high oil price environment. The firm sees limited upside in shares, but did raise its price target to $105 from $100. Shares of the oil giant closed yesterday up 3c to $104.28.
July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLX, AAPLiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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13:16 EDTAAPLAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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10:37 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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09:36 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPLApple set to become TSMC's largest client, DigiTimes reports
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09:28 EDTAAPLApple to release iPhones at different times to avoid competition, DigiTimes say
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could launch mobile wallet as early as this fall, The Information reports
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTT, EGHTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
18:03 EDTAAPLInvestors shouldn't wait too long to buy Apple, Barron's says
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17:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way throughout the trading day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was helped by a post-earnings rise in shares of Apple (AAPL), while the blue-chip index was weighed down by Boeing's (BA) under-performance following its own quarter report. There was little movement in the averages during the day as they remained in a narrow range, but the increase in the S&P 500 did manage to push it to a new all-time closing high. After the bell, investors will receive the next wave of earnings with AT&T (T), Facebook (FB) and Qualcomm (QCOM) scheduled to report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced $2.47, or 2.61%, to $97.19 after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Another research firm, Janney Capital, said Apple did not address rumored new products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch, on its earnings call, but did indicate that its wider than normal revenue guidance range was due to "many moving pieces," suggesting one or two new products may be introduced, but late in the quarter... Dow component Boeing sank $3.03, or 2.34%, to $126.71 despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's (MCD), fell 92c, or 0.96%, to $95.35 after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock surged $174.40, or 295.44%, to $233.43 after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose $69.47, or 17.71%, to $461.63 and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers was Xilinx (XLNX), which tumbled $6.89, or 14.31%, to $41.26 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. After the report, analysts at William Blair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital all downgraded the stock. Also lower were shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR), which fell $2.39, or 9.63%, to $22.43 and was also downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after its Q3 guidance missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slid 26.91, or 0.16%, to 17,086.63, the Nasdaq rose 17.68, or 0.4%, to 4,473.70, and the S&P 500 gained 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,987.01.
16:22 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. reports Q1 adjusted EPS 3c, consensus 3c
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16:08 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 wireless revenue up 3.7% versus the year-ago quarter
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16:04 EDTTAT&T sees FY14 EPS growth at low end of mid-single digit range, consensus $2.62
Sees FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, consensus $133.93B. Sees FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range. Sees FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range.
16:02 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 EPS 62c, consensus 63c
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:30 EDTTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:10 EDTTAT&T jv near purchase of majority stake in Fullscreen, Re/code reports
Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is near a deal to buy a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen that will value the company at between $200M-$300M, according to Re/code, citing sources. Reference Link
14:47 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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13:48 EDTTEarnings Preview: AT&T sentiment mixed ahead of Q2 report
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12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:01 EDTAAPL, HLFStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HLF
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10:40 EDTAAPLApple tentatively plans to announce iPhone 6 in mid-September, 9to5Mac says
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm thinks the company reported solid results and continues to make progress with its cloud offerings, while the Nokia deal has become derisked. Target $54.
08:52 EDTAAPLApple guide suggests big products to come late in quarter, says Janney Capital
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08:49 EDTAAPLVirnetX volatility elevated into CAFC decision
VirnetX (VHC) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 110, September is at 106, September is at 89; compared to its 26-week average of 85 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement as investors await a with regard to VirnetX's case with Apple (AAPL).
08:08 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at CLSA
08:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results step in right direction, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Microsoft's June quarter results as "as another step in the right direction" and it raised its price target for shares to $51 from $49. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, saying the Nokia guidance was better than feared.
07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $46 at UBS
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07:47 EDTAAPLApple results more or less status quo, says Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTHLFAckman accused of lying during Herbalife presentation by Ramey, CNBC says
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07:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $111 at Cantor
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06:54 EDTAAPLApple shares recommended after June quarter results at Citigroup
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06:45 EDTMSFT, AAPLMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
06:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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July 22, 2014
18:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reverses after Q4 earnings call, now trading up 1.4%
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18:33 EDTMSFT, AAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says demand weak in China, unlikely to change soon
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18:10 EDTAAPLApple guidance suggests Sept. 26 iPhone launch, says Piper Jaffray
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18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees FY15 OpEx $34.2B-$34.6B
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple says iPad sales were 'gated' by channel inventory, market softness
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16:57 EDTMSFTUnwired Planet files suit against Microsoft
Unwired Planet (UPIP) announced that it has sued Microsoft (MSFT) for breach of contract and declaratory judgment in the U.S. district court of Delaware. This action relates to the licensing agreement the two companies entered into in September 2011. "Microsoft owes Unwired Planet licensing fees under a previous agreement,” stated Phil Vachon, chairman of Unwired Planet. The complaint was filed under seal in order to protect the confidentiality of certain terms of the parties’ agreement.
16:36 EDTNFLX, HLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:35 EDTAAPLApple shares up 17c to $94.89 following Q3 results
16:34 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'strong' sales of iPhone, Mac in Q3
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3
Apple sold 13.28M iPads in Q3, 4.4M Macs, and 2.93M iPods.
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.4% vs. 36.9% last year
International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter's revenue.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $37B-$40B, consensus $40.44B
Sees Q4 gross margin between 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 1.1M XBox consoles in Q4
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16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.23
Reports Q3 revenue $37.4B, consensus $37.99B.
16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says cloud revenue doubled to $4.4B run rate
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 commercial revenue grew 11% to $13.48B
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16:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 devices and consumer revenue up 42% to $10B
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16:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 60c
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16:00 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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15:30 EDTAAPL, MSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 45 straddle priced for 4.1% move into Q4
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15:12 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 94.64 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q2
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15:07 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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15:05 EDTHLFHerbalife says Ackman claim about nutrition clubs' earnings 'false, fabricated'
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15:03 EDTHLFHerbalife says Ackman 'over-promised and under-delivered' with presentation
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14:38 EDTHLFHerbalife CFO says Ackman 'completely misunderstood' Club 100
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14:28 EDTNUSSam Antar cautious on Nu Skin in White Collar Fraud blog
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13:23 EDTHLFAckman says has never met Senator Markey
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13:18 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
13:02 EDTHLFRob Chapman says Herbalife can hit $150 next summer
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12:44 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility decreases on Bill Ackman presentation
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12:29 EDTNFLX, HLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTHLFAckman says Canadian government investigating Herbalife
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11:59 EDTHLFAckman estimates nutrition clubs contribute 'enormously' to Herbalife results
Ackman says Herbalife insiders are selling while the company is repurchasing shares. Bill Ackman continues his presentation on Herbalife.
11:53 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX DAL
Netflix (NFLX) December 510 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 34, Delta Air Lines (DAL) January 44 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 44 according to IVolatility.
11:25 EDTHLFHerbalife says alleged $12K average Nutrition Club loss 'just false'
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11:20 EDTHLFHerbalife Club 100 relies on deceptive income claims, Pershing alleges
11:10 EDTNFLXNetflix EU expansion modestly positive for Equinix, InterXion, says Wells Fargo
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11:03 EDTHLFHerbalife near session highs, up 7.7% as Ackman presentation continues
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10:51 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:50 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats, analysts remain cautious as earnings miss estimate
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after several research firms reiterated their negative outlook on the stock following the company's second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Netflix reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.15, missing the consensus forecast of analysts by 1c, on revenue of $1.15B, which fell short of $1.33B consensus forecast. The company reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M, growing its total streaming members to just over 50M. The company guided to Q3 EPS of 89c and revenue of $1.22B, missing the consensus forecasts of $1.06 and $1.38B, respectively. The company said it expects Q3 net additions of 3.69M, to grow its membership to 53.74M. ANALYST OPINION: After Netflix reported slightly weaker than expected Q2 results and its Q3 guidance came in slightly below expectations, Jefferies analyst Brian Fitzgerald noted that the company indicated that it could lower its 2015 profit margin guidance. Netflix said its margin outlook will depend on the amount it spends on content, Fitzgerald added. The analyst believes that rising content costs pose a risk to the stock. He increased his price target on the shares to $350 from $300 but kept an Underperform rating on the stock. Also staying cautious on Netflix was research firm Bernstein. After Netflix suggested that its domestic margins may not rise as much as previously thought, the firm thinks the statement implies that either the company's subscriber growth could drop significantly or it may need to invest more in content. Additionally, Bernstein believes that the company's strong international guidance was based on the launch of new markets whose early results are difficult to predict. The outlook for the company's domestic subscription growth is still uncertain, but should become clearer in Q4 or the first quarter of 2015, added Bernstein, which kept a $260 price target and Underperform rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Citigroup continued to have an upbeat outlook on the company's fundamentals and its growth outlook, but kept a Neutral rating on the shares due to the stock's valuation. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A number of firms remained upbeat on Netflix, as Cantor said that the company has several positive catalysts, while JPMorgan called its results solid. Cantor kept a Buy rating on the stock, while JPMorgan reiterated its Overweight rating. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix fell $19.78, or 4.3% to $432.17.
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10:30 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3
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10:29 EDTHLFAckman estimates Herbalife nutrition clubs lose money for operators
Ackman alleges real purpose of nutrition clubs is recruitment. Pershing's Bill Ackman continues speaking on his Herbalife webcast.
10:11 EDTHLFHerbalife targeting 'bottom of the pyramid,' says Ackman
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10:01 EDTAAPLPandora advances after upbeat notes from analysts
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09:58 EDTHLFHerbalife July weekly volatility spikes into Bill Ackman presentation
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09:36 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTHLFHerbalife CFO says has 'complete confidence' in compliance in regulations
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09:18 EDTHLFHerbalife: Economist says U.S. ops 'inconsistent' with pyramid scheme model
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09:00 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $425 at Cantor
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07:57 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $550 from $500 at JPMorgan
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for smartwatch with gesture support, AppleInsider says
A patent granted to Apple and published by the USPTO provides one of the clearest signs yet that the company has been working on a smartwatch, reported AppleInsider, which noted that the patent covers a wrist-worn wearable device, dubbed "iTime" in one illustration, that supports arm and wrist gestures and has advanced proximity-sensing circuitry. Reference Link
07:31 EDTAAPL, MSFTInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
07:28 EDTTAT&T volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:17 EDTNFLXNetflix outlook still uncertain, says Bernstein
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06:49 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $453 from $410 at Citigroup
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06:31 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility elevated into Bill Ackman presentation
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06:31 EDTNFLXNetflix reported solid Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:18 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $350 from $300 at Jefferies
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06:17 EDTMSFTGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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06:01 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to produce 80M large-screen iPhones, WSJ reports
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July 21, 2014
18:40 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up marginally after reporting Q2 results... Sanmina (SANM), up 13.2% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates... Chipotle (CMG), up 10.1%... Helix (HLX), up 5.2%... Canadian National (CNI), up 1.13%... CYS Investments (CYS), up 1.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Apache (APA), up 5% after Bloomberg says JANA discloses $1B position... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% after announcing a $5B share repurchase program... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 4.3% after reporting second quarter results and preliminary clinical results from TG-1101 Phase I study... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS), down 3.6% after reporting second quarter results... Ultra Clean (UCTT), down 4% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Tallgrass Energy (TEP), down 5% after filing to sell 7M common units representing limited partners.
17:39 EDTNFLXNetflix says can achieve U.S-like margins in international business
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17:32 EDTNFLXNetflix says very excited for 'ambitious' Marco Polo project
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17:29 EDTNFLXNetflix sees producing original content for Europe expansion
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17:20 EDTNFLXNetflix sees dip in Q4,Q1 free cash flow as company expands 'originals'
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16:52 EDTMSFTGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:18 EDTNFLXNetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix rallies 1% to $456.53 following Q2 results
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix says international approaching contribution profitability
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix to launch in Germany, France, others in September
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16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 net additions 3.69M to 53.74M members
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16:02 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 total streaming net additions 1.69M
Netflix reports Q2 total streaming members 50.05M. The company reports international streaming net additions of 1.12M to 13.8M.
16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 EPS 89c, consensus $1.06
Sees Q3 revenue $1.22B, consensus $1.38B.
16:00 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.16
Reports Q2 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.33B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:26 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife presentation will probe nutrition clubs
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15:21 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly 452 straddle priced for 8.1% move into Q2
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14:45 EDTHLFHerbalife releases new video highlighting 'positive impact' of nutrition clubs
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14:38 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Netflix international expansion
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, July 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.16 on revenue of $1.33B. The consensus range is 93c-$1.42 for EPS, and $1.26B-$1.34B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported first quarter EPS of 86c against estimates of 83c, on revenue of $1.27B against estimates of $1.27B. It reported Q1 domestic net additions of 2.25M with total domestic members at Q1-end of 35.67M. Netflix also reported Q1 net international subscriber additions of 1.75M. The company gave Q2 guidance at that time of $1.12. It expects to add 520,000 domestic subscribers in Q2, 940,000 international subscribers in Q2, and total members to reach 49.81 at Q2-end. The company projects 60M-90M U.S. subscribers in the long-term. NEWS: Netflix raised its membership rate in early May by $1.00 to $8.99 for new subscribers while existing subscriber rates will be frozen for two years. A couple of weeks into the rate increase, Netflix said that it has seen "small customer reaction." Netflix said that it would significant expand internationally and specifically in Europe for 2H14. It plans to expand its content breath in upcoming quarters with "meaningful" originals in each market that could compete with "the top end of cable." Speaking on CNBC, CEO Reed Hastings added that he does not expect Netflix to introduce advertising now or in the near future. STREET RESEARCH: Several analyst firms, including Pacific Crest, RW Baird, JPMorgan and Topeka, are bullish on the company due to optimism for Netflix's international expansion that appears to be accelerating. Pacific Crest added that the company's international subscribers will likely surpass expectations. Citigroup, meanwhile, lowered 2014-2017 estimates to reflect the costs of the launch of service in the European market. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, RW Baird expects solid Q2 results and Q3 forecast to reflect new market dilution. MKM Partners also believes that the company's Q2 results will likely beat expectations, adding that the stock could double or triple in the next four or five years. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have risen more than to 29% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Monday mid-day trading ahead of Q2 report, Netflix shares are trading up 1.8%.
14:32 EDTNUSNu Skin July weekly volatility increase on wide price movement
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14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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14:02 EDTHLFHerbalife falls after Ackman teases presentation on coming 'collapse'
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13:55 EDTHLFIcahn has not sold 'single share' of Herbalife, Gasparino says
"Sources tell @FoxBusiness uncle @Carl_C_Icahn has not sold a single $hlf share," Fox Business' Charles Gasparino stated on Twitter. Reference Link
13:45 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active ahead of Bill Ackman presentation
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13:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil files export application for Alaska LNG project
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13:04 EDTHLFHerbalife spikes lower on Ackman comments, levels to watch
Shares are down over 6.3% to $56.92 at time of writing after Bill Ackman stated that he was going to expose an "incredible fraud" tomorrow at 10am ET, detailing why he believes the company will collapse. At current price next support is at $56.18, the low of the day. Resistance is at $57.91.
12:51 EDTHLFHerbalife sinks 6% after Ackman says presentation will detail collapse
12:49 EDTHLFAckman says going to expose 'incredible fraud' tomorrow
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12:48 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife presentation tomorrow most important of career
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12:46 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife presentation will show why company will collapse
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
11:13 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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08:08 EDTTAT&T awarded $275M contract U.S. Department of State
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07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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12:21 EDTPGCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
10:03 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:24 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTHLFHerbalife says independent members 'demand opponents stop lies and smears'
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08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:22 EDTMSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:52 EDTNUSNu Skin downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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05:57 EDTNFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft still looks attractive, Barron's says
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16:52 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:40 EDTAAPLBill Campbell retires from Apple's board, replaced by Susan Wagner
Apple (AAPL) announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012.
16:01 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple heads lower to test of support, levels to watch
The shares are heading lower, last at $93.48. At that price the stock is just above uptrend support at the 30-day moving average, last at $93.11. A break below the 30-day moving average would set the stage for a test down to the 50-day moving average at $90.57. Resistance is at $95.10, the 10-day moving average.
14:44 EDTAAPLAsus tablet sales in Japan top Apple in first half of year, Nikkei says
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13:47 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'confident' will overcome Pershing's 'campaign of misinformation'
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13:47 EDTHLFHerbalife says Pershing Square's campaign 'based on propaganda'
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13:46 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'stands behind quality' of products
Herbalife issued the following statement regarding the strength and integrity of its business: "Herbalife has the utmost trust in the integrity of our business model and that we are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We are cooperating fully with the FTC and welcome the opportunity to clear up misinformation in the marketplace. Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife continues to face an unprecedented and unrelenting attack from Pershing Square to support its $1B bet to manipulate and drive Herbalife's stock price to zero to the detriment of our investors, members, customers and employees. Herbalife is confident that the facts are on its side and that it will overcome Pershing Square's campaign of misinformation about the Company as the truth about Pershing Square's increasingly desperate accusations is revealed. Attacks on Herbalife have been clearly orchestrated by Pershing Square and its agents. Pershing Square's attack on the Company lacks any impartiality or accountability. Pershing Square has no duty to any member of the public and is unhindered by the disclosure obligations imposed upon publicly traded corporations. With Pershing Square's limited accountability, in light of the historical regulatory scrutiny placed on Herbalife, it has made the astonishing claim that it is a "provable certainty" Herbalife is a massive, sprawling fraud that had gone undetected for more than 30 years. Pershing Square is claiming that decades of Herbalife management, and a material number of members had all kept this secret.Pershing Square has admittedly spent more than $20B and 18 months trying to find former Herbalife members from as far back as 2008 that will complain about their experience with the Company. In fact, Pershing Square has even been willing to pay multi-million dollar bounties to anyone willing to generate negative publicity against Herbalife and support Pershing Square's agenda. The reason why Pershing Square has so few relative voices is because, as demonstrated through third party studies, the overwhelming majority of our members have been very satisfied, and we are proud of that track record. In fact, Pershing Square's own well-financed campaign to find dissatisfied customers has actually largely validated our consumer reputation. Ultimately, Pershing Square's campaign is based on propaganda."
13:33 EDTAAPLAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
13:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios, Re/code reports
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13:18 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:56 EDTHLFPershing Square to reveal investigation into Herbalife Nutrition Clubs
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09:40 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTNFLXNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:15 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
09:06 EDTTAT&T and town of Carrboro sign agreement for 1 Gigabit network
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08:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says plans to have fewer layers of management
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says decision to change "difficult, but necesary"
In am email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia Devices and Services, CEO Satya Nadella said "The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas... Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers... Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows." Reference Link
08:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees restructuring charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company's overall strategy. These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1B-$1.6B over the next four quarters, including $750M-$800M for severance and related benefit costs, and $350M-$800M of asset-related charges.
08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees pretax charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
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08:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Xbox One sales more than double in June from prior month
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07:45 EDTPGAs Americans age, Procter & Gamble returns to adult diaper market, WSJ says
Procter & Gamble (PG) is expected in the coming months to re-enter the North American adult diaper market that it had exited over a decade ago, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing several retailers and analysts. Rival Kimberly-Clark's (KMB) CEO recently told investors at a conference that demand for its Huggies training pants has been weakening while sales of incontinence products have been growing steadily, the report noted. Reference Link
07:31 EDTNFLXNetflix Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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07:31 EDTXOMWEX signs definitive purchase agreement regarding Exxon's Esso Card program
WEX Inc. (WEX) announced the execution of the definitive purchase and sale agreement relating to the previously announced proposed acquisition of ExxonMobil’s (XOM) European commercial fuel card, or Esso Card, program through a majority owned joint venture, WEX Europe Services Limited. In addition, all necessary regulatory approvals have been received and the employee information and consultation processes have been cleared. The transaction is on track and is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015. “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and CEO.
07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Netflix July weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, August is at 49, September is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 21.
05:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft layoffs could be announced today, NY Times reports
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05:53 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF ABBV
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 52, AbbVie (ABBV) 30 according to iVolatility.
July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTSCSS, HLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:44 EDTHLFAckman says he would like Icahn out of Herbalife holdings
17:17 EDTHLFIcahn says bad time to talk about Herbalife, but hasn't sold one share
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16:54 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple's Tim Cook doing a 'good job'
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16:50 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort rallies strongly after earnings and guidance
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16:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:04 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort backs 2014 EPS view $1.07, consensus $1.10
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16:03 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 14c
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTNFLXNetflix quietly ends Saturday DVD deliveries to lower costs, LAT says
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14:03 EDTT, NFLXNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances strongly after Intel comments on PCs
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13:05 EDTTVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:47 EDTMSFTYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
12:42 EDTTTime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:07 EDTAAPLApple, IBM rise after agreeing to collaborate on mobile products
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12:05 EDTAAPLNew York AG enters E-Book price fixing settlement with Apple
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12:01 EDTAAPLNew York AG announces e-book price settlement with Apple
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11:46 EDTHLFHerbalife August volatility flat into Q2
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10:59 EDTHLFHerbalife August volatility flat on into Q2
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10:58 EDTAAPLSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
10:17 EDTHLFAckman to detail Herbalife club probe next week, NY Post says
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
09:37 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLPhoto claims to show iPhone 6 Touch ID component, Business Insider says
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09:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
08:09 EDTMSFT21Vianet and GigaTrust sign partnership agreement in China
21Vianet (VNET) and GigaTrust, provider of Microsoft (MSFT)-based email and document protection software solutions for mobile devices, have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the China market. 21Vianet will market and sell the portfolio of GigaTrust security products to enterprises and Office 365 cloud subscribers in China.
08:03 EDTAAPLApple deal with IBM could drive enterprise sales, says Canaccord
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08:00 EDTAAPLInvenSense Orbotech look good into Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:43 EDTTSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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06:55 EDTAAPLSurvey shows Samsung losing smartphone ground, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTNUSNu Skin removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $107 on enterprise opportunity at Goldman
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aims to reduce 1K jobs in Finland, Reuters says
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06:20 EDTAAPLDRAM chip prices likely to increase 10% in July, DigiTimes reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone orders to benefit Taiwan component maker revenue, DigiTimes says
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup believes consensus expectations are underappreciating the upgrade potential of Apple’s installed base. Citi believes Street estimates for 2015 and 2016 are too low and started shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $110 price target.
06:14 EDTAAPL, MSFTABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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July 15, 2014
18:29 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 4.1% after reporting second quarter results... AMD (AMD), up 1.6% after Intel reported quarterly results... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.6% after reporting fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: IBM (IBM), up 1.8% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with Apple (AAPL), which is up 1.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), down 2.3% after reversing direction during the company's second quarter earnings conference call. ALSO LOWER: BlackBerry (BBRY), down 3.4% following IBM and Apple partnership announcement.
17:40 EDTAAPLBlackBerry slides after Apple, IBM partner on mobile enterprise
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16:51 EDTAAPLBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:50 EDTAAPLApple, IBM both higher after announcing enterprise mobile partnership
In after-hours trading, Apple (AAPL) is up 1.5%, while IBM (IBM) is up 2.1%.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:19 EDTPGStepan subsidiary to acquire sulfonation facility in Brazil
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:55 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
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11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTMSFTSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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09:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy cybersecurity start-up Aorato, WSJ says
Microsoft is in talks to buy Israel-based cybersecurity start-up Aorato in a deal worth around $200M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter who noted that the pact could close within the next two months. Reference Link
09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Nomura
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08:35 EDTMSFTCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets. The companies will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
08:03 EDTNFLX, TPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
07:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTMSFTFortune to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTTIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
16:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTNFLX, AAPLOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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12:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:17 EDTTDemand Media announces divestiture of Creativebug and CoveritLive
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10:34 EDTTAT&T joint venture acquires Creativebug from Demand Media for $10M
Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T (T) and The Chernin Group, has acquired Creativebug from Demand Media (DMD), the companies announced earlier. Creativebug offers do-it-yourself video workshops featuring instruction from artists and designers. Demand Media confirmed in a regulatory filing earlier that it completed the sale of substantially all of the assets relating to its Creativebug business for $10.0M in cash. AT&T and The Chernin Group announced the formation of the joint venture to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services previously on April 22.
10:18 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after downgrade citing production concerns
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTTAT&T, EPIX reach carriage agreement
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
09:14 EDTAAPLApple's iCloud Mail experiencing an outage for some users
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08:46 EDTMSFTItron selects Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud platform
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08:34 EDTMSFTPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:32 EDTTSynchronoss acquires Voxmobili for $26M in cash
Synchronoss (SNCR) announced its acquisition of Voxmobili, a wholly owned subsidiary of OnMobile Global. Voxmobili’s customers include AT&T (T), Airtel, Everything Everywhere, France Telecom, Orange (ORAN), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Vodafone (VOD). In consideration for the acquisition, Synchronoss paid approximately $26M in cash to OnMobile Global.
08:04 EDTAAPLInvenSense should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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07:48 EDTMSFTQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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07:41 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced 's 2014 guidance at risk, says CLSA
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may not release 5.5-inch 'phablet' iPhone this year, Apple Insider reports
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24 from $1.18, vs. consensus of $1.22 and 2015 EPS estimate to $2.33 from $2.25, 11% above consensus. The analyst added iWatch estimates into its model and sees unit sales in the 30M-60M range for the firm 12 months. Shares are rated Overweight with a $110 price target, up from $98.57.
06:40 EDTAAPLApple responds to China broadcaster's privacy charges, China Daily says
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06:08 EDTAAPLABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms plans to discontinue MapPoint, Streets & Tips
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to expand coverage of free Windows licensing, DigiTimes reports
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05:44 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded its rating on Apple (AAPL) shares to Overweight citing its channel checks which indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share. Barclays raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The stock closed Friday at $95.22.
July 13, 2014
23:24 EDTAAPLApple assures China iPhone no security risk, Bloomberg says
Apple responded to statements made on China state media about the iPhone being a national security risk by explaining that location tracking functions of its software can’t be used to identify activity of individuals in China, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
20:38 EDTAAPLChina state media says Apple iPhone security danger, Reuters reports
China's state media says Apple's iPhone is a threat to the country's national security because of the devices ability to track and time-stamp user locations, says Reuters. Reference Link
17:49 EDTAAPLOmniVision could see improvement after Apple, Barron's says
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July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTAAPLIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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16:27 EDTAAPLApple wins live streaming case brought by Emblaze, Bloomberg says
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July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
11:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires InMage, terms not disclosed
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10:17 EDTAAPLFirm raises Apple price target on iPhone 6 optimism
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10:00 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
08:59 EDTNFLXNetflix price target to $500 on international opportunity at Raymond James
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08:49 EDTAAPLJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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08:25 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $112 from $102 at Canaccord
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPLAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: iWatch to enter mass production in November, 9to5Mac says
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06:10 EDTNFLXJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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05:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded its rating on Procter & Gamble (PG) shares to Market Perform citing a lack of lack of fundamental progress despite the company's increased innovation. Wells says P&G's U.S. share trends have weakened amid competition. The firm cut its price target range for shares to $85-$87 from $88-$90.
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