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May 9, 2014
16:16 EDTPOST, AKRX, OMC, AAPL, UBNT, CSC, P, JAZZ, PUBGY, SKULOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a choppy session that saw the averages spend time on either side of the flatline before gaining ground in the last hour of trade to close near session highs. With today's close, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished the week with losses, while the Dow gained about 0.4% to close at new all-time closing high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories were up 1.1% in March, which was above the 0.5% forecast, while wholesale sales rose 1.4% in the month. The JOLTS report showed job openings fell 111K in March to 4.01M. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in-focus after the Financial Times said last night that the iPhone and iPad maker is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2B. Following the report of Apple's interest in the headphone maker co-founded by rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, shares of another audio equipment maker, Skullcandy (SKUL), gained 32c, or 4.66%, to $7.18. Pandora (P), which like Beats offers a music streaming service, was up 42c, or 1.89%, to $22.62... Shares of Omnicom (OMC) rose $1.46, or 2.21%, to $67.66 after the company and its advertising peer Publicis Groupe (PUBGY) terminated their proposed merger of equals, citing "difficulties in completing the transaction within a reasonable timeframe." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CSC (CSC), up $4.35, or 7.49%, to $62.39 after reporting a mixed fourth quarter report but raising its dividend 15% and announcing a new $1.5B share repurchase program. Also higher was Akorn (AKRX), which gained $1.12, or 4.53%, to $25.82 after announcing an agreement to acquire VersaPharm for $440M in a deal the company expects to add $90M-$100M in annual revenue and 10c-12c per share in earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), down $4.24, or 3.17%, to $129.45 after the company's first quarter profit and revenue fell short of expectations. Analysts at Piper Jaffray, however, said Jazz's growth story is still "very much intact." Also lower following their quarterly reports were shares of Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), down $9.99, or 24.15%, to $31.38 and Post Holdings (POST), down $4.05, or 7.78%, to $48.03. INDEXES: The Dow gained 32.37, or 0.20%, to 16,583.34, the S&P 500 was up 2.85, or 0.15%, to 1,878.48, the Nasdaq was up 20.37, or 0.50%, to 4,071.87.
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March 19, 2015
07:12 EDTAAPLIpsos poll claims 39% of iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch, Reuters says
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05:42 EDTAAPLeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
13:05 EDTJAZZJazz Pharmaceuticals management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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11:14 EDTPOSTPost reaffirms MOM Brands acquisition immediately accretive
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10:21 EDTAKRXHigh option volume stocks:
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10:00 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:17 EDTAAPLUnique value of Apple streaming TV may be ease of use, says Bernstein
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07:54 EDTAAPLComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:32 EDTAKRXAkorn restatement minor, shares attractive, says Jefferies
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth to decelerate further in Q3, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth should support earnings expectations, says UBS
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07:12 EDTAKRXAkorn shares should recover 'strongly,' says William Blair
William Blair believes shares of Akorn "should recover strongly" with the uncertainty of the annual filing delay being lifted last night. The firm notes management reiterated that the restated financial estimates for 2014 do not affect 2015 guidance. Blair still expects Akorn's 2015 to be a year of "significant cash flow, opportunistic acquisitions, pipeline approvals, and strong growth despite clobetasol competition." It lowered its price target for shares to $58 from $60 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
06:31 EDTAAPLDiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTPPandora upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:52 EDTAAPL12-inch MacBook to make up 15%-20% of all MacBook shipments, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 shipments expected to reach 53M, DigiTimes reports
Apple is expected to ship 53M iPhone 6 devices in Q1, reports DigiTimes, citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Citing data from Morgan Stanley, the guidance is up from the previously expected 51M shipments. All iPhone devices will reach 54.5M units during the quarter. Reference Link
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