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January 27, 2016
12:11 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and proceed to lose additional ground after the open. Despite another disappointing weekly Department of Energy inventory report, which pointed to larger than expected builds of both oil and gas stockpiles, the price of crude moved higher in later morning trading, taking equities up with it. Fed watchers have zero expectation that the central bank will announce an interest rate hike later today, but are hoping for a dovish policy statement to be issued in conjunction with the end of the latest FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. The FOMC rate decision is due out at 2 pm ET and 100% of 104 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were aligned in predicting no change to benchmark U.S. interest rates will be announced today. While their is no chance seen that the central bank will raise rates, the language in the statement will be closely examined for any clues on the Fed's thinking about when the next rate may be coming. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) declined about 5% after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates last night, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectation. The company was noted by several analysts as having a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China... Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow, however, as that distinction goes to Boeing (BA). Shares of the commercial airplane maker and defense contractor plummeted 7% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast. Conversely, United Technologies (UTX), which is also in the Dow and also involved in aerospace and defense, gained 2% after backing its adjusted earnings outlook for fiscal 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunEdison (SUNE), which rallied 12% after the company and David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital agreed to new corporate governance initiatives, including appointing Claire Gogel to its board and amending its bylaws to provide that it will not make equity issuances for two years without supermajority vote of the board. Also higher were Commvault (CVLT), Hess (HES) and Biogen (BIIB), which gained 13%, 10% and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was DreamWorks Animations (DWA), which fell 4.5% after the stock was downgraded to Sell at Topeka. Also lower were U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW), and Textron (TXT), which were down 12%, 8.5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 37.60, or 0.23%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq was down 9.88, or 0.22%, to 4,557.79, and the S&P 500 was up 9.54, or 0.5%, to 1,913.17.
10:53 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL down 20% to 32.13 after Q1 and outlook
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10:15 EDTAAPLActive puts: SPY MTG X VMW AAPL XME
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10:10 EDTAAPLActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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09:37 EDTAAPLApple drops after earnings and outlook
Shares are down over 4% to $95.82 following earnings and outlook announced after the close yesterday. At current price support is at the 52-week low at $92. Resistance is at $96.87.
09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:12 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
08:16 EDTAAPLApple set-up 'increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple guidance better than feared, says Morgan Stanley
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $140 at Stifel
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07:57 EDTAAPLCiti recommends buying Skyworks on Apple weakness
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple revenue view already factored in Skyworks, Qorvo shares, says Stephens
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $145 at Citi
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $150 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives says Apple CEO Tim Cook "finally ripped the band-aid off" and lowered the company's outlook based on softer iPhone 6S demand and a choppy macro environment. Apple has a "few tough quarters ahead" pending the iPhone 7 buildup later this year, Ives tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He lowered his price target for the iPhone maker to $130 from $150 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $130 at UBS
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07:33 EDTAAPLApple to remain range bound , says RBC Capital
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple guidance more firm than expected, says Brean Capital
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Oppenheimer
After Apple's guidance indicated that iPhone sales would decline during the current quarter, Oppenheimer nonetheless believes that the company's "growth potential in China and other emerging markets has not been fully realized." The firm says that patient investors in the stock will be rewarded. It keeps a $120 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:03 EDTAAPLDeutsche still sees limited catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says Apple's March quarter guidance implies a "significant decline" year-over-year in iPhone units, which likely drives a decline for FY16. The analyst remains concerned about the lack of growth in iPhone units this year, the slowdown in China sales and gross margin pressure following Apple's Q1 results. She sees limited catalysts for the shares in the near term and expects the stock to be range-bound. In a post-earnings research note titled "Is Apple season over?", Scribner keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $105 price target.
06:59 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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