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January 30, 2015
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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January 29, 2015
16:00 EDTX, AAPLOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:58 EDTAAPLSpotify working with Goldman on new fuding round, may delay IPO, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTAAPLQualcomm sinks after cutting outlook, confirming being dropped in Galaxy
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10:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Cliffs Natural February weekly call option implied volatility is at 149, February is at 118, March is at 120, compared to its 26-week average of 80 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 3.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:04 EDTAAPLChina implementing new requirements for some tech companies, NY Times says
China is forcing companies which sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to divulge secret source code and submit to audits, according to The New York Times. It is also requiring such companies to provide the government with access to hardware and software products, the newspaper indicated. Cisco (CSCO), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Microsoft (MSFT) have raised issues about accessing the Chinese market, while Apple (AAPL) is looking to increase its business in the country, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
January 28, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:29 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors gaining share in iPhone, says Raymond James
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12:52 EDTAAPL, XOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should do Dutch tender for buyback
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:40 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple one of the best buys in 'last couple of decades'
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12:38 EDTAAPLSchechter says Apple can grow earnings 30% in 2016, 2017
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12:37 EDTAAPLIcahn says short squeeze likely going on in Apple shares
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLIcahn says likely to revise higher Apple price target of $200
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11:31 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAPL
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11:14 EDTXU.S. Steel gaps open, runs higher, breaks downtrend resistance
The stock is broadly outperforming today, trading up over 11.6% to $23.74. That price puts the shares above the downtrend resistance line that formed following a relative peak in price in October of last year. This is bullish for future price, breaking the prevailing downtrend. Next resistance is at $24.58. Support is at the session low at $22.63.
10:13 EDTAAPLAnalysts upbeat on Apple after iPhone powers big earnings beat
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $135 at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $140 citing the December quarter blow out.
08:35 EDTXU.S. Steel valuation compelling, says Morgan Stanley
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08:26 EDTAAPLApple strengthening ecosystem with strong iPhone sales, says Janney Capital
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $133 from $126 at Morgan Stanley
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07:58 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple at 42.25
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple growth poised to slow, says Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $125 at UBS
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07:24 EDTAAPLCan Fed and Apple rescue market?
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple catalysts limited ahead of Watch launch, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blow out' results, says Bernstein
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06:47 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $143 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Apple after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm called the results "exceptional," and it thinks the company has a number of additional upcoming catalysts, including the 4G ramp in China and the Apple Watch. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $112 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 following the phone maker's better than expected December quarter results. JPMorgan believes new products in 2015 will drive Apple's earnings growth ahead of peers. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Apple are rallying $7.61, or 7%, to $116.75 in pre-market trading.
06:25 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons why Apple shares can go higher
Citigroup lists five reasons following Apple's better than expected December quarter results why it believes the stock can go higher. Citi says device acceleration, the potential for consensus estimates to move up, a lack of margin decline, Apple Pay, and the company's opportunity in enterprise can drive the stock higher. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $135 price target, noting it views Apple Watch as a bonus upside catalyst.
05:37 EDTAAPLApple guidance ex-currency would be 5% higher, says Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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18:20 EDTAAPL, XOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple says mobile users switching to Apple from Android at highest rate ever
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17:53 EDTAAPLApple says targeting additional 40 stores in China by end of 2016
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17:40 EDTAAPLApple says Apple watch expected to ship in April
Says the company has gained market share in 34 of the last 35 quarters. Says 2015 will be, "The year of Apple Pay." Says App store sales increased by 41%. Says Q1 results would have been even stronger without Forex volatility. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:18 EDTAAPLApple suppliers higher after company beats estimates
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16:37 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 39.9% vs. 37.9% last year
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16:36 EDTXU.S. Steel up 2% after reporting Q4 results
16:36 EDTXU.S. Steel expects to continue to generate benefits from transformation
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares jump 5% to $114.50 after Q1 results top estimates
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16:33 EDTXU.S. Steel reports Q4 EPS $1.83, may not compare to consensus 87c
Reports Q4 revenue $4.07B, consensus $3.96B.
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPhone units 74.47M vs. 39.27M last year
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sold 74.5M iPhones in Q1
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q2 revenue $52B-$55B, consensus $53.79B
Sees Q2 gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 EPS $$3.06, consensus $2.60
Reports Q1 revenue $74.6B, consensus $67.69B.
16:00 EDTX, AAPLOptions Update; January 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.40 to 32.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB MSFT X RIG YHOO C GILD according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 110 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q1
15:35 EDTAAPL, XNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:46 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 113 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q1
14:27 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple China iPhone sales seen eclipsing U.S. for first time
Apple (AAPL) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.60 on revenue of $67.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.44-$2.97 on revenue of $65.01B-$74.27B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $63.5B-$66.5B and a gross margin of 37.5%-38.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently raised the firm's iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M based on the company reaching supply/demand balance before the end of the quarter. The firm reduced its iPad expectation to 22M from 25M and said it expects Mac sales to be roughly in line with the Street at around 5.3M units. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.42, which topped the consensus estimate for $1.31. Fourth quarter revenue of $42.1B also beat the $39.85B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 39.27M iPhones, 12.32M iPads, 5.52M Macs, and 2.64M iPods in Q4. Apple reported Q4 gross margin of 38%, versus 37% last year, and noted that international sales accounted for 60% of the quarter’s revenue. NEWS: On November 11, Alibaba's (BABA) Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said the company and Apple were in talks for a potential partnership that would focus on the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Tsai said, “We are positive about the potential cooperation, but it depends on the details being worked out.” On January 8, Apple announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50% and apps generated over $10B in revenue for developers, Apple added. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Apple is expected to say it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year. Analysts estimate the turning point in sales came last year after a deal with China Mobile (CHL), the publication added. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, Cantor Fitzgerald said Apple "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm added that it believed investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company. It raised its price target for shares to $143 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, said it believed strong near-term growth was largely priced into Apple shares at then-current levels, while catalysts were limited ahead of Apple Watch. The firm expected shares to be range bound and kept a Hold rating on Apple following the company's better than expected Q4 results. On January 13, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. The same day, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. On January 15, Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy and maintained its $115 price target based on its belief that the risk/reward for the stock was balanced. The firm said it expects solid Q1 results and for the company's March outlook to be in-line with consensus, but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint. Yesterday, Piper Jaffray said it believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter. Piper, which thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles, believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced about 2.7% on the first day of trade following its Q4 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up a bit over 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report tonight, Apple was down almost 2% to just over $111 per share.
14:08 EDTAAPLApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:35 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:14 EDTCLFCliffs Natural seeks CCAA protection for Bloom Lake mine
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13:12 EDTCLFCliffs Natural seeks CCAA protection for Bloom Lake mine
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12:55 EDTCLFCliffs Natural trading halted, pending news
10:18 EDTHPQHP falls as Microsoft results hit PC-related stocks, levels to watch
The stock is down over 4.4% to $37.13 at time of writing. The move has triggered a bearish head and shoulders pattern on the daily chart, which has its neckline at $37.50. Downside potential for the pattern is to the $33 area. Next support is at $36.22. Resistance is at $37.46, the opening price of the day.
09:36 EDTHPQ, AAPL, XActive equity options trading
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08:17 EDTAAPLXiaomi's latest smartphone sells out in three minutes, Android Central says
Xiaomi's latest smartphone Mi Note launched in China today and sold out in less than three minutes, reports Android Central. The next shipment of the $370 phone is scheduled for February 3 and the upgraded $530 Mi Note Pro is launching in March. Xiaomi is positioning the Mi Note as an Apple iPhone competitor and the company expects 100M handset sales across all products for 2015. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for iPhone gaming controller, Apple Insider says
Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that snaps around the phone to offer additional controls, reports Apple Insider. The patent was first filed after the iPhone 3G was announced six years ago, and includes capabilities for directional pads, joysticks, extra buttons, rumble feedback, secondary displays, additional cameras and speakers, and a physical keyboard. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWestern Union to offer Apple Pay at flagship locations
Western Union (WU) announced it will offer Apple (AAPL)’s technology Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
07:35 EDTAAPLApple Q1 results should be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q1 iPhone sales should exceed most expectations, while Q1 results should boost the stock. However, the firm does not expect the company to generate significant EPS growth in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce as sales growth eases, Reuters says
Apple supplier Foxconn Technology plans to reduce its workforce, according to Reuters. The Taiwan based manufacturer is experiencing declining revenue growth and increasing wages in China, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies announces nationwide rollout of new Apple Pay points
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06:01 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 109 at upper end of index mean range
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05:53 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; HP VALE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; HP (HPQ) 28, Vale (VALE) 57 according to iVolatility.
January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTAAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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16:52 EDTXU.S. Steel to adjusted production in AL, TX
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16:01 EDTAAPL, XOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:03 EDTHPQHP announces management teams for both companies
HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success." It added, "We are excited about the progress we’ve made and today we’re happy to share the first level of leadership for both companies. As we continue through this transition year, we will operate as HP and are focused on minimizing disruption to customers, partners and employees." Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be lead by Meg Whitman as President and CEO, Cathie Lesjak as Chief Financial Officer, Henry Gomez as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, John Hinshaw as Chief Customer Officer and lead Technology & Operations and Martin Fink as Chief Technology Officer. HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO, Jon Flaxman as Chief Operating Officer and Shane Wall as Chief Technology Officer.
14:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
07:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces debt reduction and elimination of quarterly dividend
Cliffs Natural Resources announced that during the Q4 of FY14 and the beginning of January 2015, the Company reduced its net debt balance by more than $400M. This accelerated debt reduction was achieved through the repayment of short-term debt as well as the repurchase of more than $200M aggregate principal amount of senior notes in the open market at an average discount of 34% to par, capturing a total discount of approximately $70M. The sources of funds to execute the accelerated debt reduction program were cash from operations generated during the Q4 of 2014 and net proceeds from the sale of Cliffs Logan County Coal. In addition, the Cliffs' Board of Directors has decided to eliminate the quarterly dividend of 15c per share on Cliffs' common shares. The decision is applicable to the Q1 and all subsequent quarters.
06:46 EDTAAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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06:27 EDTHPQHP CEO names Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of H3C, WSJ reports
Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has named former H3C Technologies COO Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of HP's China-based subsidiary, replacing Jessie Jing-Chuan Wu, who will become vice chairman, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal email. Workers at the unit recently petitioned against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, and also pushed for financial incentives, which Whitman has reportedly recently offered. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTX, AAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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10:02 EDTXOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
06:28 EDTXU.S. Steel downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
14:12 EDTAAPLXoom will incorporate Apple’s Touch ID technology in app
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13:03 EDTAAPLAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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09:43 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
08:36 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
07:59 EDTAAPLSanDisk growth story remains intact, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the 7% post-earnings drop in shares of SanDisk (SNDK) to the company unexpectedly announcing that Apple (AAPL) was dropping SanDisk as a supplier of client SSDs. The firm estimates that the Apple SSD business is roughly 8%-10% of SanDisk's revenue. Citi says it was relieved, however, when management attributed the Q4 miss to product shortage, implying NAND industry excess inventory is not an issue. It believes the company's secular growth story remains intact, and keeps a Buy rating on the name despite lowering its price target to $97 from $110.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple survey could mean earnings upside, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
18:07 EDTXU.S. Steel to idle plants, cut headcount, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
12:31 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTAAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
09:41 EDTXUS Steel volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
14:06 EDTCLFCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTAAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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15:10 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range
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11:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement
Cliffs Natural January weekly call option implied volatility is at 96. January is at 98, March is at 88, compared to its 26-week average of 79 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
11:02 EDTSINABofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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08:47 EDTAAPLIntel CEO says relationship with Apple 'strong'
Krzanich says he's heard the "rumors" of Apple (AAPL) looking at other types of chips for some of its products. Apple will always choose innovation and Intel's (INTC) job is to offer them the most competitive products, Krzanich said. Intel's CEO says many customers want to have a single supply source, which is a reason Intel needs to be in a broad array of businesses including mobile, PCs and servers. Krzanich says "very comfortable" with inventory levels and that Q4 played out the way the company expected. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is speaking on CNBC.
08:09 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $120 at RBC Capital
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06:27 EDTAAPLSamsung names Lee Don-tae as global design team leader, Korea Joongang says
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple to open five new stores in China in next five weeks, Xinhua News reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 41 at upper end of index mean range
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06:10 EDTHPQ, AAPLGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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05:59 EDTAAPLIntel aims to ship 44M tablet APs in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) targets shipping 44M tablet APs in 2015 to acount for one third of the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet shipments in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from tablet players, Intel expects losses from its tablet segment to narrow significant in 2016 as it acquires a leading position in the non-Apple tablet sector. Reference Link
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