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September 17, 2012
12:18 EDTTHLD, IRIS, T, GNOM, TSLA, AAPL, GRPN, DHR, ODPOn 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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November 16, 2015
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
05:30 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
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November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
November 13, 2015
17:09 EDTODPStarboard reports 8.9% stake in Office Depot
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17:04 EDTDHRThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:40 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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15:22 EDTODPOffice Depot, Staples offer tranfer of corporate contracts, WSJ says
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15:07 EDTODPStaples, Office Depot in talks to transfer contracts to Essendant to appease FTC
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15:04 EDTAAPLLeerink digital health analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Digital Health Analyst Wardell discusses Fitbit and how many units will it sell in Q4, the Apple Watch and whether it is in a different product category than Fitbit on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 12:30 pm.
11:57 EDTAAPLGoogle rolls out Chrome beta for iOS, 9to5Mac reports
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10:15 EDTAAPLApple breaks below support at $115, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.5% to $113.95. At that price next support is at $111.73. Resistance is at $115.
10:09 EDTAAPLApple could launch second-generation Apple Watch by June 2016, AI reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CSCO FB BAC BABA MSFT NFLX INTC JCP AMZN C
06:17 EDTAAPLApple Music coming to Sonos 'soon'
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06:15 EDTAAPLApple's Beats Music ending on November 30
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05:24 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Office Depot (ODP) 108, Salesforce (CRM) 48 according to iVolatility.
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