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April 29, 2012
18:23 EDTT, VZ, S, AAPLApple more than ever has become an iPhone company, Barron's reports
The bigger iPhone gets in terms of popularity, the more power Apple (AAPL) will have over carriers, manufacturers, and even competitors and consumers, Barron's reports. Having used the iPhone to lure new customers for many years, Verizon Communications (VZ), AT&T (T) and Sprint-Nextel (S) all reported results in the last two weeks that seemed to show iPhone subsidies taking a toll on their profits, according to analysts. They might at some point just walk away from this 'crazy circus', Barron's Technology Trade columnist Tiernan Ray says. It will also become harder for Apple to keep repeating phenomenal success. Amid those concerns, Apple stock has seen some eventful trading. Jefferies & Co.'s Peter Misek, who has a Buy rating on Apple -- and an $800 target -- on Friday wrote to clients that the next unveiling, the "iPhone 5," will be "enormous," with Apple intending to build as many as 50M- 60M phones in September for sale in October. Reference Link
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July 20, 2015
14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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11:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes for Apple, S&P 500
Next week sees the most heavily weighted name in the S&P 500 (SPX), Apple (AAPL), report its earnings. At 3.94% of the index, what happens to price with Apple will most definitely impact the index. We have seen several big names in the S&P 500 with the all-too-familiar sideways range that the index itself has been stuck in. Names such as Google (GOOGL) and Apple have had or do have the same range-bound shape and the index is merely a weighting of those patterns. A breakout or a breakdown in Apple will therefore shape the index quite literally. Watch for The Fly's previews on Monday. Given the big jump in Google, why haven't we been able to break out in the index? One factor of course is the very large number of names that have yet to report. Next week is extremely heavy on reporting companies and may therefore prove to be the most productive trading week in some time and potentially the most volatile. Once again the week is heavily loaded toward Wednesday and Thursday. One potentially troublesome note needs to be mentioned and that is the potential negative divergence that is shaping up in the S&P 500. While big name such as Netflix (NFLX) are at fresh new life highs, others and whole sectors are floundering. The SPDR Gold (GLD) is hitting new lows and weak metals pricing is impacting Miners and Materials. Energy (XLE) is weak as is the interest-rate-sensitive Utilities (XLU) sector. Banking (XLF), Technology (XLK) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are dominating. It is odd to find Consumer Staples at a breakout point given that it is typically seen as a "safety" sector for troubled times. That is part of the odd mix investors face in this bull market. It may be a reflection of still-attractive yields in those names, but valuations in that group are looking quite stretched, far more than some of the biggest tech names.
11:06 EDTAAPLOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
07:44 EDTAAPLApple should deliver beat and raise Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Apple July call option implied volatility is at 25, July weekly 34, August is at 28, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
06:58 EDTAAPLApple Store employee suit reaches class action status, Reuters reports
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