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May 9, 2014
10:40 EDTYHOO, SKUL, YELP, HAR, AAPL, TWTR, PMunster 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.
News For AAPL;SKUL;P;HAR;YHOO;TWTR;YELP From The Last 14 Days
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March 16, 2015
06:11 EDTTWTRTwitter blocks Meerkat access to social network data, Buzzfeed says
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March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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March 13, 2015
18:22 EDTAAPLSalesforce.com CEO Benioff: Analytics cloud can run on Apple watch
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17:11 EDTYHOOSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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16:42 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:01 EDTTWTR, AAPLOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple hits session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.2% to $122.85 at time of writing. At that price initial support is at the low of the day at $122.58 and then at $120.17.
13:28 EDTTWTRPeriscope says joined Twitter in January
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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10:04 EDTAAPLApple 'well beyond concept stage' for electric car, Apple Insider says
Apple is "well beyond the concept stage" on its electric car codenamed Titan, reports Apple Insider, citing two people with knowledge of the project. The sources said Apple received shipments of components to a site "minutes" away from the Cupertino campus, and "serious work" is underway. Reference Link
09:58 EDTPPandora calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:52 EDTPRumor: Pandora moves up on renewed takeover speculation
09:50 EDTTWTR, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:48 EDTTWTRTwitter tests new TV engagement feature, Mashable says
Twitter has begun limited testing of a "TV Timelines" feature which allows users to better track and participate in the live conversations around TV broadcasts, reports Mashable, citing an early access test of the feature. After a user tweets about a particular show, the feature will prompt the user to join the "show timeline," which then changes the Twitter interface to highlight only posts about the show. Sources say ads have not been implemented yet. Reference Link
07:00 EDTAAPLNew MacBook to support third-party battery packs, chargers, 9to5Mac says
Apple's forthcoming MacBook will reportedly support "most" USB-C accessories, including external battery packs, third party chargers, external video adapters, and even allowing other Macs to charge the MacBook, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the situation. Sources say Apple will not be blocking or limiting any accessories, opening up the market for third party accessories. Reference Link
06:23 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 11,000 people have signed up to study using ResearchKit
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06:07 EDTAAPLMillenials not completely sold on the Apple Watch, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLReport: MacBook unlikely to exceed 450K in 1H15 sales, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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