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August 28, 2014
17:29 EDTUPSUPS awarded $617.33M government contract
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 28, 2014
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13:36 EDTAAPL Apple's new iPhone may offer NFC mobile payments, Wired says
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone which is expected to debut on September 9 will feature NFC technology that will enable mobile payments, says Wired, citing unnamed sources. Apple is in a good position to enter the mobile payment space as the company has a multitude of credit cards on file from iTunes, added Wired. Note that On Track Innovations (OTIV) which designs, develops, and markets cashless payment solutions, is up 19% in afternoon trading after this report circulated. Reference Link
13:15 EDTAAPLAndroid dominates in China, South China Morning Post says
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12:07 EDTAAPLApple officially sends invites for September 9 event, Business Insider says
Apple has officially sent out invitations for its September 9 event, Business Insider reports. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 and could also debut the iWatch. Reference Link
11:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced falls after analyst downgrades to Underperform
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple patent points to wireless charging plans for iWatch, AppleInsider says
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10:01 EDTUPSUPS announces $17.5M expansion to Menifee, California facility
UPS announced a $17.5M expansion of its delivery center in Menifee, Calif., to handle increased shipping volume from customers throughout the region. The expansion, which more than doubles the existing space, will open in late September. In addition to expedited package processing capability supported by advanced technology and conveyor systems, the facility will have expanded vehicle parking and an enlarged UPS Customer Center. The expanded space will cover 49,407 square feet and include 10 tractor-trailer doors and room for 108 delivery vehicles.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:26 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple request to block sale of Samsung devices, AP says
A federal judge denied Apple's (AAPL) request to block the sale of nine older Samsung phones that were found to have infringed on Apple patents, according to the Associated Press. Apple did not adequately prove that it was hurt by the sale of Samsung's devices, the news service quoted the judge as saying. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 26c to 27.89 Option volume leaders: AAPLTWTR TSLA PBR RSH GILD MCD AMZN WFM according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTAAPLCalifornia judge rules against Apple in patent suit with Samsung, Bloomberg says
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13:23 EDTAAPLApple may announce wearable device at September event, Re/code reports
Apple could announce a new wearable device alongside two next-generation iPhones at its September 9 event, Re/code reports. The wearable is likely to make use of the company's HealthKit health and fitness platform, the publication says. Reference Link
10:02 EDTAAPL, RIGActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTAAPLMovado downgraded to Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner MacBook as early as this year, Digitimes says
Apple could introduce a slimmer MacBook at the end of 2014 or in 2015, and production of components has begun in small volumes, Taiwan-based supply chain makers tell DigiTimes. The MacBook Air is currently 0.3-1.7cm thick, while the MacBook Pro with Retina has a thickness of 1.8cm. Reference Link
August 26, 2014
19:53 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner, lighter MacBook as early as Q4, Digitimes says
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
14:59 EDTAAPLApple readying larger iPad for 2015 launch, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAAPLL.A. school district halts $1B Apple iPad contract, LA Times reports
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13:48 EDTAAPLApple granted patent on flexible screen technology, AppleInsider says
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11:09 EDTHGGBest Buy shares decline as Best Buy reports Q2 sales drop
Shares of multi-channel Best Buy (BBY) are retreating after the firm reported that sales declines continued through the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations was 44c, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of 31c. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.9B, which was slightly lower than analysts' $8.99B consensus. Same-store-sales for the quarter declined 2.7%, which is better than the overall industry sales decline of 2.5% as reported by NPD. Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly noted that traffic to the company's brick and mortar stores continued to decline as consumers research and buy online. Joly noted that in-store conversion and online traffic continued to increase during the quarter. Joly said that in the back half of the year, the retailer plans to intensify its investments in customer-facing initiatives. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Sharon McCollam reiterated that industry-wide sales are continuing to decline in many of the consumer electronics cateogries in which it competes, and said the retailer is seeing "ongoing softness" in the mobile phone category ahead of new product launches. She forecast SSS down in the low single digits for both the third and fourth quarters and sees Q3 and Q4 operating income in line with the first half of the year. For the back half of the year, McCollam sees continued industry softness and higher promotionality in Canada and China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Best Buy said that it is "encouraged" by the response to 4K televisions and aims to expand its holiday gift centers within stores. The company's CFO McCollam said that the firm's mobile phone category is "complicated to forecast." She feels that the disruption of carriers "could have impact" that the technology retailer did not anticipate. McCollam said that despite great excitement for some high-profile phone launches, there is still a great deal of competition in the lower-end of the phone market. In terms of the start of the upcoming quarter, Best Buy feels that the beginning has been "in-line" with expectations. ANALYST OPINION: ISI analyst Greg Melich feels that Best Buy's Q2 EPS beat was due to a slightly less dramatic decrease in gross margins and improved cost controls. He feels that the market is likely to pay close attention to continued sales decreases when predicting the rest of the year despite the better than anticipated quarterly EPS results. Melich said that he will keep an eye out for positive signs that Q4 will experience an improvement given the highly promotional and competitive landscape last year. The analyst keeps the stock with a neutral rating and a $31.99 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Best Buy fell $1.59, or 4.97%, to $30.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Best Buy peers include RadioShack (RSH) and hhgregg (HGG).
10:15 EDTAAPLApple volatility low as shares near record high into iPhone 6 cycle
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09:51 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Cray (CRAY) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with a Buy at Needham... FCB Financial (FCB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... FCB Financial initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Goldman Sachs (GS) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... HealthEquity (HQY) initiated with a Neutral at RW Bair... Mobileye (MBLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Mobileye initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Mobileye initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Mobileye initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... RAIT Financial (RAS) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... SunEdison (SUNE) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Mobileye initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Transocean Partners (RIG) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GT Advanced (GTAT) coverage resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... CSC (CSC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:20 EDTAAPLTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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11:35 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles says larger screened iPhone should help upgrade cycle
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10:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTAAPLMobileIron could benefit from BlackBerry replacements, says Deutsche Bank
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07:38 EDTAAPLiPad still important for Apple despite declining market share, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTAAPLTSMC slated to commence 16nm volume production in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) is expected to start volume production of its 16nm process in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports, citing the Chinese-language Economic Daily News. The company sees monthly output of 50,000 wafers to meet demand for Apple's (AAPL) A9 processors, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTUPSU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
19:32 EDTAAPLApple's newest cloud offering could be most successful, Barron's says
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16:46 EDTAAPLChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
15:01 EDTAAPLApple's iPad still has largest market share in tablets, WSJ says
Despite slowing growth, Apple's iPad still has the largest market share in tablets and is still profitable with some estimating second quarter margins of 30% on the product, says the Wall Street Journal. The iPad is also an important extension for Apple's iOS platform. added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:36 EDTAAPLBlackBerry wins another court victory against Typo Products, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
11:17 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple suppliers scramble after iPhone 6 screen hurdle, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung resumes supply of mobile RAM for next-generation iPhone, DigiTimes says
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August 21, 2014
13:23 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:44 EDTAAPLHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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August 20, 2014
16:06 EDTUPSUPS notifies customers of potential data compromise, incident resolution
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
08:27 EDTRIGTransocean management to meet with Jefferies
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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13:00 EDTDNDNDendreon alternatives could leave no equity value, says Brean Capital
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
10:28 EDTUPSUPS establishes freight forwarding services in Myanmar
UPS announced the expansion of inbound and outbound air and ocean freight services in Myanmar for the first time. Global customers trading to and from this emerging market will have access to UPS's supply chain technologies and services, which initially will include UPS Air Freight Direct, UPS Air Freight Consolidated, Full Container Load and Less-than Container Load services.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
07:37 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with William Blair
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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17:58 EDTTNTEYTNT Express shares could fall further, Barron's says
Shares of TNT Express could drop to about EUR 4.40 if the company can't meet profit goals, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
August 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
10:09 EDTAAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
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