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January 22, 2014
09:39 EDTNFLX, FB, GILD, WYNN, C, STSI, TXN, AA, TSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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January 26, 2016
15:49 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 99 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q4
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15:03 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple may report first ever quarter with iPhone unit decline
Apple (AAPL) is set to report earnings for the company's first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the most valuable U.S.-listed company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.23 on revenue of $76.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.83-$3.44 on revenue of $70.65B-$79.96B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $75.5B-$77.5B and a gross margin between 39%-40%. On average, analysts expect the tech giant to report iPhone units of 75M, according to Bloomberg data that sources nine analyst estimates. iPad units are estimated at 17.3M, Mac units are estimated at 5.8M and Watch units are estimated at 5.3M, according to Bloomberg. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.96, which topped the consensus estimate of $1.88. Fourth quarter revenue of $51.5B also beat the $51.12B consensus expectation. Apple reported iPhone units of 48.05M, iPad units of 9.88M and Mac units of 5.71M in Q4. Apple reported a Q4 gross margin of 39.9%. LAST YEAR: In its first fiscal quarter of last year, Apple reported EPS of $3.06 on revenue of $74.6B and a gross margin of 39.9%. Last year, Apple reported iPhone units of 74.47M, iPad units of 21.42M and 5.52M Mac units in its first quarter. UPCOMING PHONES: According to media reports, Apple's next flagship smartphone, likely called the iPhone 7, will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be thinner, and will likely support wireless charging and be waterproof. Apple is also rumored to soon be releasing a new 4-inch iPhone, known as the "iPhone 5se," that will likely have faster A9/M9 chips and always-on Siri, 9to5Mac reported. The iPhone 5s will be discontinued upon the release of the 5se, which is expected as soon as mid-March, the report said. CAR EFFORTS: Steve Zadesky, who was tapped by Tim Cook to lead Apple's electric car development, is leaving the company, Bloomberg reported on January 24, citing sources. Zadesky stepped down due to personal reasons unrelated to his performance, and the move has not affected Apple's plans to build a car, Bloomberg added. The next day, AppleInsider said Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team involved with the company's nascent automotive project known as "Project Titan" after company executives became unsatisfied with the project's progress, though CNET then said, citing a source, that contrary to the earlier report Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was not unhappy with the direction of the company's car effort. OTHER NEWS: In early December, CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves said Apple had paused development of its live TV service, according to Bloomberg. "They've had conversations on it and I think they pressed the hold button. They were looking for a service," said Moonves, according to the report. Following up on that report, Re/code, citing sources, said Apple had walked away from negotiations with TV industry executives due to issues with the composition of the "skinny bundle" it would offer. Later in the month, Apple announced that Jeff Williams had been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said afterward that Williams looks like CEO Tim Cook's successor, adding that Williams had been speculated as next in line since he had been included in presentations, but the promotion to a new position was still unexpected. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple to Overweight, stating that its long-term value offset its remaining near-term risks. On November 18, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy, saying the market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, but over the next year she expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubbed "Apple-as-a-Service." On December 11, BMO Capital analyst Tim Long initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $145 price target, contending that iPhone unit growth will be in the high single digits for a few years. During mid-to-late December, several analysts, including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, BofA Merrill Lynch's Wamsi Mohan and UBS' Milunovich, lowered their iPhone unit estimates, citing smartphone supply chain data points and other sources of information. On January 6, Rosenblatt analysts Jun Zhang and Martin Pyykkonen downgraded Apple to Neutral, saying they believe iPhone 6S sales slowed down during the holiday season. On January 11, Mizuho analyst Abhey Lamba upgraded Apple to Buy from Neutral, saying that investors' focus on short-term supply chain data points had created an attractive risk/reward in the tech giant's shares. The next day, Bank of American Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple to Buy, echoing the view that worries that were prompted by supply chain data points had been largely factored into the stock after its pullback. On January 22, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report, stating that he believes the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion over the next six months. Munster, who thinks shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from its recent levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September, kept an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago Technologies (AVGO) and Broadcom (BRCM), often move in reaction to Apple's earnings report and guidance. PRICE ACTION: On October 28, the day after Apple reported better than expected fourth quarter sales and profits, the stock advanced a bit over 4%. Since the beginning of the new year, Apple shares have declined more than 4.7%. Over the last three months, the stock has fallen 13% to trade near $100 per share in late afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's report.
14:32 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:24 EDTTSLATesla says no one hurt, no damage to line from small fire, TheStreet reports
A Tesla spokesman confirmed there was a small fire in the air conditioning unit in the ceiling of the north end of it Fremont plant, but that no one was harmed and no damage was done to the production line, reported TheStreet's Chris Ciaccia. Reference Link
13:53 EDTTSLAFire reported at Tesla Fremont location, KPIX reports
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13:51 EDTFB, AAPLApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
13:16 EDTNFLXNetflix in counter-trend drop
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13:10 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 100 straddle priced for 6.3% movement into Q4
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFB, NFLX, C, AAPLActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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10:06 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
09:32 EDTFB, AAPL, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTFBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:49 EDTAAPLApple remains a long-term attractively priced asset, says Brean Capital
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 42. March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today after the market close.
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
06:03 EDTAAPLVirnetX seeks $532M from Apple for alleged patent infringement, Bloomberg report
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