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September 17, 2012
12:18 EDTGNOM, TSLA, AAPL, GRPN, DHR, ODP, THLD, IRIS, TOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as the United States and China traded complaints to the World Trade Organization. Stock futures, which had been weak in early trading, softened further after the disappointing Empire State manufacturing reading. The futures action led to a lower opening for the broader market and the averages have not been able to mount any semblance of a come back in light, holiday trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York Fed’s “Empire State” general business conditions index, which measures factory activity in the state, dropped to minus 10.41 from minus 5.85 in August. This knocked the index to its lowest level in over three years, versus economists’ expectations for an improvement to minus 2. Also, China filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge a new U.S. law on tariffs intended to combat export-promoting subsidies, hours after the U.S. said it would launch a trade complaint against China's support for car exports... COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) announced that its iPhone 5 preorders set a new record by topping 2M phones sold in 24 hours. AT&T (T) echoed Apple's sentiments, saying sales of the new phone over the weekend made it the fastest-selling iPhone yet... Office Depot (ODP) rose over 7% after activist fund Starboard took a 13% stake and said the stock was “deeply undervalued.” This comes after last week's gains, which may have been aided by private equity takeover speculation circling its peer, Staples (SPLS)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were IRIS International (IRIS), up 45% to $19.47 after Danaher (DHR) agreed to acquire the company for $19.50 per share, and Complete Genomics (GNOM), up 15% to $3.06 following a deal to be purchased by BGI-Shenzhen for $3.15 per share in cash. Also higher were shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA), which rose 5% following a two notch upgrade to an Overweight rating at Morgan Stanley. Among the noteworthy losers was Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 19% after the company said new analysis showed one of its cancer drugs did not have a statistically significant impact on overall survival in a trial. Also lower were shares of Groupon (GRPN), down 6% as the stock was added to Evercore's "Conviction Sell" list... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 27.01, or 0.20%, to 13,566.36; the Nasdaq was down 7.15, or 0.22%, to 3,176.80; and the S&P 500 was down 2.43, or 0.17%, to 1,463.34.
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June 23, 2015
08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
06:19 EDTGRPNGroupon initiated with a Hold at Topeka
Target $6.
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPLOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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12:18 EDTTSLATesla volatility low after saying Model 3 'remains on schedule'
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11:33 EDTTSLATesla off lows after saying Model 3 'remains on schedule'
Shares of Tesla are off their lows after the company told Bloomberg that production of the $35,000 Model 3 "remains on schedule." The comment comes after website Inside EVs reported yesterday that production of the lower priced model was pushed back to 2018. The Model 3 will reach full production in 2018, but production will start in 2017, the electric car maker told Bloomberg in an emailed statement. Shares of Tesla are down $2.51 to $260.00 in morning trading. The stock fell as low as $255.69 today.
11:17 EDTTSLATesla spokesperson says Model 3 'on schedule,' Bloomberg reports
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10:06 EDTTSLATesla delays Model 3 launch to 2018, InsideEVs reports
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09:48 EDTTSLATesla's need for cash and high stock price may be risky, WSJ reports
Tesla may be raising more money while it can after taking out a revolving credit agreement with several major banks, reports the Wall Street Journal. Current Finance Chief Deepak Ahuja's successor will likely make use of the new funding as the company's CapEx have often outpaced its operating cash flow. But if the Model X launch stumbles, the cash burn could exceed $1.5B and may end 2015 with less than $1B in available liquidity in a gloomier scenario. Reference Link
09:40 EDTAAPL, TActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
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