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May 9, 2014
10:40 EDTAAPL, SKUL, P, HAR, YHOO, TWTR, YELPMunster says Beats seems like poor fit for Apple
After a media report stated that Apple (AAPL) was in talks about buying Beats Electronics, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote that acquiring Beats "sounds like a bad idea" for the iPhone and iPad maker. Beats Electronics, which was co-founded by rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, sells headphones and other audio equipment and operates a music streaming service. WHAT'S NEW: Financial Times reported last night, citing people familiar with the negotiations, that Apple is in talks to acquire Beats for $3.2B in a deal that could be announced as early as next week. It's difficult to understand Apple's rationale for acquiring Beats, wrote Munster in a note to investors earlier today. Beats does not have any intellectual property that would make it a good acquisition for Apple, and although Beats would provide a world class music brand, the tech giant already has a world class brand, according to Munster. He believes that Apple would be better served by acquiring an Internet services company such as Yelp (YELP), Twitter (TWTR), Square "and even Yahoo (YHOO)." Munster kept an Overweight rating on Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Shares of another audio equipment maker, Skullcandy (SKUL), are surging following the report. In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Roth Capital wrote that the valuation at which Apple is reportedly looking to buy Beats suggests that Skullcandy was materially undervalued before the market opened today. Apple is reportedly discussing buying Beats for about 2.2 times Beats' estimated 2013 revenue, while Skullcandy was trading at just 0.9 times its 2013 revenue, according to the firm. The firm kept a $10 price target and Buy rating on Skullcandy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Harman International (HAR) is an audio equipment maker, while Pandora (P) offers a music streaming service that is significantly more popular than that of Beats. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple fell about 1% to $583.20, Skullcandy jumped 5% to $7.21, Pandora rose 1.5% to $22.54 and Harman was fractionally lower at $103.65.
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July 11, 2014
06:10 EDTTWTR, PJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
19:38 EDTYELPYelp says Google results favoring Google+ local listings, WSJ reports
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17:49 EDTYHOOAlibaba may begin IPO process by end of month, WSJ reports
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16:00 EDTTWTR, AAPLOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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14:14 EDTAAPLChinese telecom companies to cut marketing spending, WantChinaTimes says
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11:35 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAL
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11:26 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FB
Twitter (TWTR) July 42 call option implied volatility increased 11% to 54, Facebook (FB) August 72.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 53 according to IVolatility.
11:09 EDTTWTROptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:46 EDTYELPYelp retreats after analyst says review growth slowed
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10:27 EDTAAPLInvenSense likely won designs across Apple product lines, says Rosenblatt
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10:06 EDTYELPYelp falls after price target cut, levels to watch
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09:56 EDTYELPYelp price target lowered to $86 from $106 at Feltl
Feltl lowered Yelp's price target to $86 from $106 following checks that indicate business deceleration and a notable slowdown in U.S. sequential growth of total reviewed businesses to 3% in Q2 from 8% in Q1. Shares remain Buy rated.
09:56 EDTAAPLApple reportedly orders 68M iPhone 6 units, Mac Rumors reports
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09:36 EDTTWTR, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:54 EDTAAPLTSMC begins shipping microprocessors to Apple, WSJ reports
TSMC (TSM) has begun shipping microprocessors to Apple (AAPL) for use in smartphones and tablets, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, TSMC began shipping the microprocessors in Q2 and agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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05:49 EDTYELPYelp review growth outpacing Google Plus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its data shows that despite being a more mature platform, Yelp (YELP) continues to outpace Google Plus (GOOG) in terms of review growth. Yelp reviews over the past month have increased by 3% versus Google's up 2%, Piper says. The firm remains positive on Yelp shares with an Overweight rating and $80 price target.
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