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May 12, 2014
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February 17, 2015
07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:35 EDTZNGAS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
16:28 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the day. Although the market moved in a narrow range, the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high, the Nasdaq hit a 15 year high, and the Dow crossed back above 18,000 for the first time this year. There was little volatility in the market as investors looked forward to the three day President’s Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January. The import price index for January declined 2.8%, versus the consensus forecast for a 3.2% drop. In Europe, Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strength in Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of King Digital (KING) advanced $1.96, or 13.3%, to $16.70, while shares of Zynga (ZNGA) dropped 42c, or 15.79%, to $2.24 after both casual game makers last night announced fourth quarter results and provided their respective outlooks. The maker of Candy Crush and other games reported adjusted earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations and also announced a special dividend of 84c per share, while the revenue and outlook of its rival Zynga came in below expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Columbia Sportswear (COLM), which rose $7.91, or 18.15%, to $51.50 after the clothing maker reported better than expected sales and profits, gave an earning forecast that topped estimates and approved an additional $200M share repurchase authorization. Also higher following its earnings report was another clothing maker V.F. Corporation (VFC), the owner of the North Face, Vans and Timberland brands, which gained $4.26, or 6%, to $75.26. Among the noteworthy losers was MagnaChip Semiconductor (MX), which plunged $7.50, or 49.93%, to $7.52 and was downgraded at Topeka and Barclays after restating its financial statements for 2011, 2012, 2013, and the first three quarters of 2014. Also lower were shares of ConAgra (CAG), which slid $1.59, or 4.37%, to $34.83 after the packaged food maker said after last night's closing bell that it sees third quarter earnings per share 10c below the 62c it earned in the same quarter last year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 46.97, or 0.26%, to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 36.22, or 0.75%, to 4,893.84, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.51, or 0.41%, to 2,096.99.
14:58 EDTTSLATesla to have battery 'gigafactory' running sooner than thought, Nikkei says
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13:56 EDTAAPLApple working on car technology in secretive lab, FT says
Apple, which often investigates wide ranging product areas, has been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the company’s Cupertino campus, Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
12:33 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and remained there throughout the morning, pushing the S&P to a new all-time high in the process. The Dow has climbed back above 18,000 for the first time this year and is also potentially on track to close the week at a new all-time high ahead of the long holiday weekend. The move comes in spite of the University of Michigan consumer confidence reading slipping from last month’s figure in the first look for February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January. The import price index for January declined 2.8%, versus the consensus forecast for a 3.2% drop. In Europe, Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of King Digital (KING) are surging while shares of Zynga (ZNGA) are dropping after both casual game makers last night announced fourth quarter results and provided their respective outlooks for the first quarter. King Digital reported adjusted earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations and also announced a special dividend of 84c per share, sending its stock up 13% near noon. Conversely, Zynga's revenue and outlook came in below expectations and its shares dropped 16% in midday trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Columbia Sportswear (COLM), which added 16%, SkyWest (SKYW), which rose 14%, and Groupon (GRPN), which advanced 9%. Among the noteworthy losers was MagnaChip Semiconductor (MX), which fell 49% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka after restating its financial statements for 2011, 2012, 2013, and the first three quarters of 2014. Also lower were shares of Ambarella (AMBA), which slid 7.5%. Analysts at Pacific Crest attributed the sell-off to concerns over the company's revenue from Axis AB, which announced Tuesday it would be acquired by Canon (CAJ), but the firm said it believes Axis AB represents less than 1% Ambarella's revenue and views the pullback as an overreaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 29.25, or 0.16%, to 18,001.63, the Nasdaq was up 18.85, or 0.39%, to 4,876.46, and the S&P 500 was up 3.43, or 0.16%, to 2,091.91.
09:49 EDTZNGACasual game makers move in opposite directions following Q4 reports
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09:21 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cytokinetics (CYTK), up 15.6%... King Digital (KING), up 22.2%... Cyberark Software (CYBR), up 19.2%... Web.com (WWWW), up 4%... CBS (CBS), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10.9% following a New York Post report that the company is exploring a sale. Carlyle Group (CG), which owns Freescale, along with Blackstone (BX), is up 1.5%. Blackstone is up fractionally... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.4% following a Bloomberg report that the company is seeking a buyer for assets in North Dakota... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 5.7% following a CNBC report that Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Knowles (KN), down 20.3%... Zynga (ZNGA). down 12.4%... J.M. Smucker (SJM), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Magnachip Semiconductor (MX), down 51.7% after restating financial results... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 7.6% after 20M share Secondary priced at $3.75.
08:43 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $130 at BMO Capital
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08:19 EDTGILDAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:14 EDTAAPLTSMC transfers more peripheral IC orders to Vanguard, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has transferred more orders for peripheral ICs for use in Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices to Vanguard International, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Vanguard has already entered Apple's supply chain by providing TSMC 8-inch production capacity for power management IC orders placed by Dialog Semiconductor. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich raised his price target for Apple shares to $150 from $130 citing the tech giant's "expanding ecosystem." Milunovich believes services based on Apple's operating system, such as Apple Pay, Car Play, HomeKit, and HealthKit, will play key role in extending Apple's reach. He believes Apple is evolving into a "platform company" from a "device company" and that this transition may bring the iPhone maker's market capitalization to $1T. Milunovich has a Buy rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday up $1.58 to $126.46, representing a market cap of $739B.
05:38 EDTZNGAZynga price target lowered to $2.50 from $3 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray lowered its price target for Zynga shares to $2.50 after the company reported Q4 bookings below expectations. The firm says it is taking a "wait and see" approach to Zynga's new game titles and it keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
05:17 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KING ZNGA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; King Digital (KING) 87, Zynga (ZNGA) 81 according to iVolatility.
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