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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:44 EDTUPSUPS to settle alleged civil false claims act violations for $25M
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10:33 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; TWTR RIG
Twitter (TWTR) September 41 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 42, Transocean (RIG) August 22 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 46 according to IVolatility.
10:13 EDTRIGTransocean drops sharply in early trading
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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07:31 EDTRIGUBS to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTUPSUPS having success with pickup points, WSJ says
Driven by the increase in e-commerce deliveries, UPS (UPS) has been combatting failed deliveries by using package pickup points, called UPS Access Points, like local drug stores, reports the Wall Street Journal. As a result UPS, FedEx (FDX), and DHL are investing in new systems aimed at having e-commerce customers collect orders from these pickup points, the Journal adds. Reference Link
07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
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