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News For AAPL;SSNLF;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
15:07 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders: FB AAPL BAC MSFT NFLX TWTR GE MU DIS TSLA CSCO C GM
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15:02 EDTGOOG, AAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai to report as client losses, Google competition looms
Akamai (AKAM) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, February 9, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Akamai is a provider of cloud computing services and content delivery networks. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $568.72M. EPS consensus ranges 58c-64c on a revenue range of $559.0M-$576.23M, according to First Call. During the company's last earnings conference call, Akamai forecast Q4 EPS of 60c-64c on revenue of $557M-$577M, and also noted expectations for declining revenue from its large media clients. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Akamai reported third quarter EPS of 62c against expectations for 58c, and revenue of $551M versus estimates of $550.29M. NEWS: On November 2, Akamai announced the acquisition of cybersecurity firm Bloxx, which it said would enhance its cloud security offerings. On November 19, the company announced a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to reduce hosting and traffic costs for Akamai customers who also use Google's cloud platform. In early December, Google quietly began rolling out its own cloud content delivery network. STREET RESEARCH: Akamai saw no less than five analyst downgrades following its last earnings report, with JPMorgan, Canaccord, Cowen, Craig-Hallum, and FBR all negative on the company in the wake of its disappointing guidance and lower traffic growth from its three largest customers. On November 20, Goldman Sachs downgraded Akamai to Sell and lowered its price target to $52 from $62, with the research firm highlighting reduced orders from large clients as well as an industry focus on cutting download sizes. On November 24, JMP Securities said its checks with content delivery network experts revealed that "very few" of Akamai's clients other than its largest customers can build their own CDN systems. The firm reiterated its Outperform rating and $85 target on the shares, saying Akamai is well-positioned for the growing opportunity in over-the-top streaming and the convergence of cloud security and CDN. On December 9, JPMorgan said Apple's (AAPL) suspension of its TV streaming plans removes a catalyst for Akamai's media business recovery, leading the research firm to struggle to see a near-term driver of sustainable volume improvement. Following reports of Google planning its own content delivery network, JPMorgan and Craig-Hallum cut their outlooks on Akamai on December 14, saying the news could mark a first step toward Google competing for some of Akamai's business. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Akamai have slipped 2.4% to $40.00 ahead of Tuesday's results.
10:21 EDTAAPL, GOOGRising competition may weigh on PayPal margins, analyst says
Research firm Piper Jaffray warned that PayPal continues to face increased competition, which may weigh on its results. Meanwhile, the company announced a change in its Chief Technology Officer. PIPER STICKS WITH SELL RATING: Other leading digital payment systems are becoming more competitive with PayPal's offering, according to well-known Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. More financial and technology competitors - including Visa (V), MasrterCard (MA), Google (GOOG,GOOGL), Samsung and Apple (AAPL) - are offering "similar functionality" to PayPal, Munster believes. Moreover, Apple and and Samsung will begin accepting mobile Web payments in 2016, intruding on PayPal's core competency, and Facebook (FB) is looking to partner with multiple players in the space, Munster noted. The credit card networks are poised to launch online checkout systems, further increasing PayPal's competition, Munster warned. In the face of all this competition, PayPal's appeal to its customers is questionable, according to the analyst, who kept a $33 price target and Underweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: PayPal announced that its CTO, James Barrese, would resign "to take time off." Barrese will be replaced, effective April 1, by Sri Shivananda, who led eBay's (EBAY) Global Platform and Infrastructure team, PayPal reported. Shivananda's team has worked closely with PayPal, the company noted. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, PayPal slipped about 1% to $33.30.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTGOOGChannelAdvisor says Amazon SSS grew 17.8% in January, eBay SSS up 4%
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple Swift benchmark suite now open source
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07:08 EDTAAPLStar Alliance partners Lufthansa, Swiss sign EFB deals with Global Eagle
Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT) announced that Star Alliance partners Lufthansa Airlines (DLAKY) and Swiss International Air Lines selected GEE Navaero electronic flight bag solutions, affirming GEE's leading position in cockpit data integration and EFB mounting systems for Apple (AAPL) iPad and Microsoft (MSFT) Surface devices. Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline and a new GEE Navaero customer, will equip at least 31 new Airbus A320 aircraft with GEE's new power data interface, smart docking stations, and other interfaces for Microsoft Surface tablets that put mission-critical flight data at the fingertips of pilots and ground crews. The GEE Navaero solution meets Lufthansa's requirement for a full gigabit Ethernet data connection aboard its new aircraft. Swiss will utilize GEE Navaero EFB mounts and data integration solutions across more than 70 Airbus (EADSY) short- and long-haul aircraft as it deploys Apple iPads for mission-critical applications and transitions to a fully paperless cockpit. GEE will also provide certification, deployment and support services.
06:34 EDTSSNLF, AAPLPiper's Munster sees mixed reality headset replacing iPhone in 15 years
Recent acquisitions and hires by Apple (AAPL) make it clear the company is working on mixed reality, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells investors in a research note. As a starting point, Apple will add virtual reality to the iPhone in the next two years, which should make it easier for third parties to build headsets powered by the device, similar to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR today, Munster writes. He believes Mixed Reality will be a "new computing paradigm" in 10-plus years, allowing the digital world to be "woven into the real world through wearables." The analyst expects Apple to release a mixed reality headset with a 15-plus year goal of replacing the iPhone. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $172 price target. The iPhone maker closed yesterday up 99c to $95.01.
05:55 EDTGOOG, SSNLF, AAPLPiper's Munster sees PayPal product differentiation being reduced
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05:18 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
February 8, 2016
17:00 EDTAAPLNFL shopping streaming rights for Thursday Night Football, Bloomberg says
The NFL is shopping the web streaming rights for Thursday Night Football and has held talks with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Though some of the companies rejected the high price asked by the league, Yahoo, Verizon, and AT&T are expected to bid, the sources told Bloomberg. The NFL is not pursuing a longterm relationship, and will instead use the next several years to explore various distribution models in preparation for selling a broader array of digital rights near 2021, the report said. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 8, 2016
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple quietly begins selling VR headset online, Business Insider reports
Apple has quietly starting selling its View-Master virtual reality headset, having added the headset to its online store, Business Insider reported Friday. Shoppers can purchase a starter pack for the device on the online store for $30, though its not available at Apple's physical stores, the report says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGWall Street view of Yelp soured by higher costs, slowing user growth, WSJ says
Wall Street sentiment towards Yelp (YELP) has soured as the company struggles with rising costs and weakening user growth, Steven Russollilo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the tape says. With the company poised to report Q4 results Monday, Yelp is closer to falling below its $15 IPO price for the first time, which seemed very unlikely a few years ago when its shares were trading above $100, the Journal says. The company has nearly tripled its employee count over the past three years, but generates a lower revenue per employee than multiple tech companies, including Facebook (FB) and Alphabet (GOOG), the report says. In addition, Yelp's niche market is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies like Google diverting traffic to its own listings, the report says. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
February 7, 2016
17:49 EDTGOOG, SSNLFGoogle developing new virtual reality headset, FT says
Google (GOOG) is developing a new virtual reality headset for smartphones and updating its Android VR technology, reports the Financial Times, citing sources. The headset will be a successor to the company's Cardboard device, still relying on a user's smartphone but featuring improved sensors, lenses, and solid plastic casing, the sources told the Financial Times. The device will be similar to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR and is expected to launch alongside the improved Android VR tech this year, the report added. Reference Link
17:32 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA wins Samsung patent dispute, Bloomberg says
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15:06 EDTAAPLApple on course to receive approval for Indian stores, Bloomberg says
Apple is on course to receive approval to open its first retail locations in India, reports Bloomberg, citing a source. The company is resubmitting its request due to a format error, but the Indian government plans to push through the iPhone giant's application, the report said. Apple should qualify for an exemption from a rule that would otherwise require it to source 30% of a product's inputs locally, the source told Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:21 EDTAAPLUnder Armour, Sony could be interested in GoPro, Barron's says
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