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June 11, 2014
08:01 EDTSBUX, AAPL, FIATYIreland 'confident' that there is no state aid rule breach
The European Commission has announced that it will open formal State Aid investigations in a number of Member States. This announcement is part of a wider investigation by the European Commission encompassing tax rulings and patent box regimes in a number of member states which has been on-going for some time. In the case of Ireland, our understanding of the particulars of this case is that the Commission is focusing on advance opinions provided to a company a number of years ago which address the calculation of the taxable base of profits of this company. Ireland is confident that there is no state aid rule breach in this case and we will defend all aspects vigorously. However, we understand that the European Commission has a responsibility to investigate potential breaches of state aid rules, so we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that they have the full information they require. We are very confident that we will successfully defend our position as Ireland does not have a statutorily binding tax ruling system. Like other tax administrations in other countries, the Revenue Commissioners, in certain limited circumstances, operate a system of non-binding advance opinions where companies can seek advice on the correct application of the law in their self-assessed tax filings. This morning, the European Commission announced it had opened three investigations to examine whether decisions by tax authorities in Ireland, The Netherlands and Luxembourg with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Apple (AAPL), Starbucks (SBUX) and Fiat (FIATY), respectively, comply with the EU rules on state aid. Reference Link
News For AAPL;SBUX;FIATY From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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07:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $97 from $88 at Jefferies
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06:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks coverage resumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTSBUXDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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12:13 EDTSBUXStarbucks hits 52-week high after analysts applaud five-year plan
Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) are climbing after a number of analysts were upbeat about the company's long-term guidance, which it announced yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: After Starbucks yesterday estimated that its revenue would approach $30B in fiscal 2019, up from $16B in fiscal 2014, research firm Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Regan wrote in a note to investors today that the stock could more than double within four years. The depth and breadth of the plan that Starbucks unveiled yesterday in conjunction with its guidance is "particularly impressive," she contended. Regan was upbeat about the company's plans to double its U.S. food business, launch new technology initiatives, and significantly grow its store count. Following Starbucks' update, the analyst has increased confidence about its ability to generate continued top-line momentum. Regan now believes her previous forecast for the stock to double within five years could be conservative. The analyst reiterated a $100 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Meanwhile, JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe was impressed by the company's store expansion plans, sales driving initiatives, and margin enhancing measures, he wrote in a note to investors today. The company looks poised to increase its profits 15%-20% through 2016, and arguably through 2019 as well, Ivankoe stated. Starbucks is a classic, long-term core growth stock, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the name to $89 from $82 and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Starbucks gained nearly 3% to $83.58. Earlier, the stock set a new 52-week high of $83.92.
11:23 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $89 from $82 at JPMorgan
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06:53 EDTSBUXPiper sees Starbucks shares doubling within four years
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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