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May 9, 2014
10:40 EDTYELP, HAR, AAPL, TWTR, P, YHOO, SKULMunster 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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December 9, 2014
14:44 EDTYELPYelp management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTTWTR, AAPLActive 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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07:22 EDTPBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTYELPYelp implied volatility of 44 at lower end of index mean range
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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14:24 EDTTWTRRumor: Twitter moves off lows amid speculation Apple may take a stake
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13:38 EDTTWTRTwitter breaks to lows of the day, levels to watch
The shares are down over 6.7% to $35.89 at time of writing. Resistance is now at former support at $36.38. Support is now at $35.06.
13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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11:21 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility low as shares pullback to four-month low
Twitter December weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, December is at 46, January at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement
10:46 EDTPPandora calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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10:36 EDTPRumor: Pandora moves up on renewed takeover chatter
10:16 EDTTWTRTwitter falls to session lows, levels to watch
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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
06:00 EDTTWTRTwitter's former head of product leaving company, Re/code reports
Daniel Graf, who was replaced by Kevin Weil as head of product last month, is leaving the company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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