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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.
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13:10 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of 52-week range
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13:06 EDTYHOOYahoo shares strengthen after CEO comments on Alibaba spinoff
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13:03 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says going forward with Alibaba spinoff as planned, Bloomberg says
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13:02 EDTYHOOYahoo: IRS changes seem to be procedural in spinoff treatment, Bloomberg says
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11:06 EDTTWTRTwitter introduces autoplay video and new viewability standard
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11:02 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FEYE
RT Options Scanner shows Twitter (TWTR) September 39 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 46, FireEye (FEYE) December 60 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 46 according to IVolatility.
10:06 EDTYELPHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTTWTRTwitter hits a new 52-week low, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:54 EDTYELPYelp June calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:51 EDTAAPLApple stores begin selling Apple Watch, BGR reports
Apple stores around the country have begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch for sale, reports BGR. According to sources, the stores can sell the device for sale through in-store reservations for personal pickup after an online purchase. There's no word on the product mix at this point. Reference Link
09:39 EDTYELPRumor: Yelp moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:36 EDTAAPL, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTPPandora delivers mobile programmatic solution to advertisers
Pandora announced that its display inventory is now available for programmatic buying across smartphones and tablets. Pandora’s new programmatic solution supplements its desktop offering to deliver viewable inventory, qualified data and a robust, engaged audience at scale across devices.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand holding up better than expected, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says its initial estimates of iPhone component orders for the September quarter indicate that iPhone demand should hold up better than it had previously expected. The firm adds that iPhone demand appears to have remained solid in recent months, which should enable Apple's Q3 EPS to beat expectations. Pacific Crest adds that its more upbeat view on the iPhone is "somewhat offset" by its less positive outlook on Apple Watch sales. Nevertheless the firm thinks that the iPhone's improved outlook reduces the stock's downside risk. However, it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTTWTRTwitter downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth
As previously reported, MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral from Buy, noting that growth in its user base is stalling out and he sees no catalyst for sentiment to improve in the next two quarters, besides a possible bid from Google (GOOG). Sanderson thinks the company's CEO search brings with it some uncertainty and likely delays user experience improvements, unless Jack Dorsey takes over full-time, but that would require him to give up his CEO post at Square. The firm lowered its estimates on Twitter and cut its price target on the shares to $39 from $57.
07:17 EDTYELP, AAPLUber previously had talks with Apple, Starbucks on logistics tie-up, WSJ says
Uber was reportedly in talks “in recent months” with Apple (AAPL) and Starbucks (SBUX) to create partnerships to help build its same-day product delivery program, but both companies instead went with startup courier service Postmates, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber launched its logistics service a year ago with plans to sign up with “dozens” of retailers, yet has announced partnerships with only six, the report says. Eat24, owned by Yelp (YELP), and GrubHub (GRUB) also held discussions with Uber but haven't reached any agreements, the report says. Reference Link
06:24 EDTTWTRTwitter downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:13 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR AA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 32, Alcoa (AA) 32 according to iVolatility.
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