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March 19, 2012
16:15 EDTAAPL, T, ABVT, AMPE, S, KBHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with Apple (AAPL) leading the Nasdaq upward after declaring its first planned dividend along with a stock buyback plan. Stock futures were slightly lower early in the session and moved near the flat-line prior to the opening bell. The futures action led to a rather uneventful open for the broader market, which drifted throughout the morning. The market seemed unaffected by a slightly disappointing NAHB Housing report. The drifting continued throughout the day, with the trading range again being narrow, though Apple's move helped the Nasdaq tack on 0.75%... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB Housing Market Index reading of 28 fell a bit short of the expected 30 reading... MARKET NEWS: Apple plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share in Q4, giving its stock roughly a 1.8% yield, and also said it will begin a $10B share repurchase program in FY13. In its call to discuss its cash plans, Apple said it set new records with the sales of the latest iPad, which was later echoed in an announcement by AT&T (T), but neither company provided specific figures... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were AboveNet (ABVT), up $9.49, or 12.78%, to $83.74, after agreeing to be taken private by Zayo Group for $84 per share, and Ampio Pharmaceuticals (AMPE), up $1.14, or 42.54%, to $3.82, following a preliminary assessment of a trial for its Optina drug. Noteworthy losers included Sprint (S), down 13c, or 4.50%, to $2.76, after Bernstein downgraded the stock and lowered its price target to $1.75 from $2.50, and KB Home (KBH), down 87c, or 6.82%, to $11.89, after the March NAHB homebuilder sentiment report included a lower regional breakout for the West that ISI Homebuilding Research called "a headwind for KBH"... INDICES: The Dow gained 6.51, or 0.05%, to 13,239.13; the Nasdaq added 23.06, or 0.75%, to 3,078.32; and the S&P 500 rose 5.58, or 0.40%, to 1,409.75.
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August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
11:27 EDTTJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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August 12, 2014
17:26 EDTSDish viewed as favored T-Mobile acquirer after Sprint drops bid, Bloomberg says
Dish Network (DISH) is viewed as a favorite to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) after Sprint (S) dropped its plans to acquire the company last week, according to Bloomberg, citing analysts at Moody's Investors Service and Macquarie Group. Being an industry outsider, Dish wouldn't reduce the number of competitors in the wireless market, which would please regulators, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
14:55 EDTTFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontierís proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontierís current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says itís likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
18:05 EDTSSprint CEO to utilize price cuts to 'compete aggressively', Bloomberg reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; S APC
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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