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June 19, 2015
06:17 EDTMSFTEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
17:44 EDTOSKOshkosh Defense awarded $780.4M government contract
Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $780.4M fixed-price incentive, multi-year incrementally funded contract to recapitalize 1,363 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, or HEMTTs, and 435 palletized load systems, or PLS, as well as 1,022 new palletized load system trailers, specialty kits, logistical/test support and other ancillary items. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Feb. 18, 2022. One bid was solicited with one received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
14:37 EDTXOMExxonMobil signs MOU to collaborate on R&D with Korea Institute of Technology
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple said to plan video camera for next Watch, 9to5Mac reports
Apple plans to add a "FaceTime" video camera, more iPhone independence and additional premium-priced variants with the next iteration of the Apple Watch, but may only keep, or slightly improved, the existing battery life with the next device, reported 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
13:02 EDTMSFT, AAPLWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
12:34 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
12:10 EDTAAPLContract electronic manufacturers underperform after Jabil results
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12:04 EDTAAPLActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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11:47 EDTXOMExxon Mobil to sell 50% interest in Chalmette Refining to PBF Energy
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11:36 EDTXOMPBF Energy to acquire Chamlette refinery, related logistics assets for $322M
PBF Energy (PBF) announced that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, LLC, consisting of the 189,000 barrel per day Chalmette Refinery and related logistics assets, from ExxonMobil (XOM) and PDV Chalmette, LLC. With the acquisition PBF will increase its total throughput capacity to over 725,000 barrels per day. The purchase price for the assets is $322M, plus working capital including inventory to be valued at closing. PBF Energy does not expect to issue equity to finance any portion of this transaction. The transaction is expected to be approximately 20% accretive to 2016 consensus earnings in the first year of operation and is expected to close prior to year-end 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The Chalmette Refinery, located outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 189,000 barrel per day, dual-train coking refinery with a Nelson Complexity of 12.7 and is capable of processing both light and heavy crude oil. The facility is strategically positioned on the Gulf Coast with strong logistics connectivity that offers flexible raw material sourcing and product distribution opportunities, including the potential to export products. In addition to refining assets, the transaction includes 100% ownership of the MOEM Pipeline, providing access to the Empire Terminal, as well as the CAM Connection Pipeline, providing access to the LOOP facility through a third party pipeline. The transaction also includes 80% ownership in each of the Collins Pipeline Company and T&M Terminal Company, both located in Collins, Mississippi, which provide a significant clean products outlet for the refinery via the Plantation and Colonial Pipelines. Also included in the transaction are a marine terminal capable of importing waterborne feedstocks and loading or exporting finished products; a clean products truck rack which provides access to local markets; and a crude and product storage facility with approximately 7.5 million barrels of shell capacity. PBF estimates the acquired MLP-qualifying pre-tax earnings from the logistics assets of Chalmette Refining, LLC, to be at least $30M.
11:35 EDTXOMPBF Energy to acquire Chamlette refinery, related logistics assets
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11:31 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:27 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. completes acquisition of Quality Software Corporation for $3M in cash
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08:07 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices secured design win in next iPhone, says Citi
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he believes Analog Devices (ADI) has secured a design win in the next generation Apple (AAPL) iPhone. The win could contribute $160M in revenue and 10c in earnings per share in 2016, Danely tells investors today in a research note. He upped his price target for Analog shares to $66 from $55 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The analyst believes the Apple design win is already priced in with shares trading at 22 times his 2016 earnings estimate. Danely cites valuation for his Neutral rating on the stock.
08:04 EDTMSFTGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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07:09 EDTAAPLAlmost 20% of Apple Watch buyers have purchased spare band, Reuters says
Nearly 20% of Apple Watch buyers have also purchased a spare band for the watch, Reuters reports, citing data from Slice Intelligence. Slice estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M watches as of mid-June, the report says. The data shows that approximately 17% of Apple Watch shoppers have purchased more than one band, with the entry level sports brand as the highest seller at $49, Reuters says. Other popular bands are the quilted leather loop at $149 and the stainless steel link bracelet for $449. Reference Link
06:48 EDTMSFTGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Jo Harlow leaves company in realignment, The Verge reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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