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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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August 8, 2014
06:01 EDTYHOOYahoo to strengthen email encryption for users, Mashable reports
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August 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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12:14 EDTHAROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTHARHarman reports new orders from global automakers in July totaled $1.3B
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08:04 EDTHARHarman sees FY15 EPS $5.25, consensus $5.46
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08:02 EDTHARHarman reports Q4 EPS $1.25, consensus $1.21
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple poaches YSL's Catherine Monier, 9to5Mac reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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August 6, 2014
16:01 EDTTWTR, AAPLOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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15:49 EDTHARNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Duke Energy (DUK), consensus 98c; Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $2.02; Mylan (MYL), consensus 70c; Scripps Networks (SNI), consensus $1.13; Brinker International (EAT), consensus 87; AES Corporation (AES), consensus 28c; NRG Energy (NRG), consensus 15c; Harman International (HAR), consensus $1.21; Windstream Holdings (WIN), consensus 8c; Teradata (TDC), consensus 65c; Markel (MKL), consensus $5.79; OGE Energy (OGE), consensus 51c; SunEdison (SUNE), consensus (28c); Royal Gold (RGLD), consensus 29c; Sabre (SABR), consensus 18c; Broadridge (BR), consensus $1.16; Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.81; AMC Networks (AMCX), consensus 85c; Laredo Petroleum (LPI), consensus 18c; HSN (HSNI), 77c; Wendy's (WEN), consensus 10c; Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), consensus 15c.
13:46 EDTPPandora to partner with record label Merlin
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11:35 EDTPPandora call activity attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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11:28 EDTYHOOYahoo appoints former Netflix executive Mike Kail as CIO
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10:18 EDTTWTRTwitter drifts lower, levels to watch
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10:02 EDTPRumor: Pandora spike attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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09:36 EDTAAPL, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:44 EDTAAPLApple products excluded from Chinese government procurement list, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTYHOOcomScore price target raised to $44 from $40 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on comScore (SCOR) to $44 from $40 as they believe the company is well positioned for an acceleration in fundamentals. The firm expects its recent years of investment to impact their online business as the integration of Yahoo (YHOO) vCE is up and running and Google (GOOG) is expected to be completed by the end of Q3, leading to an acceleration of top line growth. Brean maintains its Buy rating on comScore.
06:09 EDTAAPLApple, Samsung to drop all litigation outside U.S., Re/code reports
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