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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTCAMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
16:01 EDTAMZN, 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.
11:14 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor has a new potential bearish pattern
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10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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09:36 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:03 EDTEXPEExpedia and Sabre announce Expedia's acquisition of Travelocity
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08:07 EDTAMZNU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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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.
07:21 EDTEXPEDeutsche cautious on travel stocks into Q4 results
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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
18:28 EDTKLACOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTKLACSemiconductor equipment stocks weaker after KLA-Tencor guidance
Shares of semiconductor equipment stocks are weaker in after-hours trading after KLA-Tencor (KLAC), which designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions, issued third quarter guidance that was below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: KLA-Tencor reported second quarter earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $676.4M. Both Q2 EPS and revenue were higher than analyst estimates of 52c and $664.27M, respectively. On its Q2 earnings conference call the company guided third quarter EPS of 63c-87c on revenue of $685M-$765M. Guidance for Q3 EPS and revenue were both notably lower than analyst estimates of 98c and $790.49M, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of KLA-Tencor are lower by 5% to $67.45, while peers Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) are both down about 0.5% in the after-hours session.
17:25 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor lower by 5.6% to $67 after Q3 guidance
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17:22 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q3 EPS 63c-87c, consensus 98c
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17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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17:16 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q3 order range $500M-$700M
16:30 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Annapurna Labs, Re/code says
Amazon confirmed that it has acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup that designs networking chips for data centers, reports Re/code, citing a spokeswoman for Amazon’s AWS unit. Amazon declined to comment on the price of the transaction; however reports have the price at about $350M, Re/code adds. Reference Link
16:16 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor reports Q2 EPS 68c, consensus 52c
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16:11 EDTVRSNVeriSign says 4M domain names added to internet in Q3 FY14
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16:03 EDTFIIFederated Investors reports Q EPS 38c, consensus 38c
Reports Q4 revenue $217.85M, consensus $221.28M.
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions 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.
15:32 EDTKLACNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
14:55 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor technical notes before earnings news
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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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11:37 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; SNDK AMZN
SanDisk (SNDK) March 85 call option implied volatility decreased 13% to 31, Amazon.com (AMZN) April 340 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 32 according to IVolatility.
10:03 EDTVRSNOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:43 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com launches Kindle Textbook Creator
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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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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Web Services unit worth around $32B, says Piper Jaffray
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06:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com in advanced talks to buy Israeli chipmaker, Calcalist says
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06:52 EDTCACA Technologies management to meet with Maxim
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:24 EDTVRSNJPMorgan downgrades three in Software, FireEye a top pick
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06:11 EDTAAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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05:39 EDTVRSNVeriSign downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded VeriSign to Underweight saying new generic Top Level Domains are cannibalizing growth in .com. The firm sees a lack of near-term catalysts and keeps a $57.50 price target for shares.
January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTCAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions 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.
15:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy ahead of earnings at BGC Financial
As previously reported, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded Amazon.com to Buy from Hold ahead of the company's upcoming earnings report, citing expectations for the end of its Hachette dispute to improve North American media sales and profitability in the near-term and for the company's ecosystem building and advertising business to benefit it over the long-term. Gillis, who expects Amazon to turn profits in its December and March quarters, maintains a $340 price target on the stock.
15:45 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
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14:41 EDTKLACASML shares higher after reporting Q4 results, raising dividend
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13:03 EDTCACA Technologies trades sharply lower post-earnings, levels to watch
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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 EDTAMZN, AAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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11:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes higher on heavy volume, retraces, levels to watch
The stock has been on a wild set of turns in price in the last 20 minutes, trading as high as $306 for the day, but last at $296.51. Volume is heavy. There was a rumor circulating that Carl Icahn was taking a position in the company with some plan to spin off its web services. CNBC's David Faber and Scott Wapner have said sources indicate Icahn has no position in the stock at all. At last price resistance is at the $300 area, support is at $294.12.
11:19 EDTAMZNCarl Icahn owns no Amazon.com, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:18 EDTAMZNIcahn has no stake in Amazon.com, CNBC's Wapner says
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11:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com spikes 6% to $305.93 amid social media chatter
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11:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility increases as shares rally
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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.
10:01 EDTDNBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTAMZNSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action" featuring non-government expert witnesses testifying about current authorities of the FCC and Congress’ options to update outdated laws for the Internet Age with Vice President of Amazon.com, Paul Misener on January 21 at 2:30 pm.Webcast Link
08:43 EDTAMZNAmazon discontinues Amazon Elements line of diapers, Re/code reports
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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
08:00 EDTAMZNHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:45 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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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06:17 EDTAMZNOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
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
05:50 EDTDNBFair Isaac upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded Fair Isaac to Overweight citing growth at Scores, software sales momentum and the company's continued buybacks. The firm raised its price target for shares to $85 from $65. Barclays coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) to Underweight. It also keeps an Overweight rating on Equifax (EFX).
05:47 EDTDNBDun & Bradstreet downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
16:09 EDTCACA Technologies sees FY15 EPS $2.45-2.52, consensus $2.44
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16:06 EDTCACA Technologies reports Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 60c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.09B, consensus $1.09B.
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.
15:21 EDTCANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:09 EDTEXPEOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTEXPEOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTEXPEExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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12:51 EDTCERNCerner loss of Mayo opportunity likely to have little impact, says Deutsche Bank
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12:39 EDTCERNCerner slips after report of losing Mayo pact to Epic
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09:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's Q4 revenue trending to $29.5B vs. consnesus of $29.7B at ITG
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09:38 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTKLACCyberoptics announces 3D sensor supply relationship with KLA-Tencor
CyberOptics (CYBE) has qualified as a supplier to KLA-Tencor (KLAC), and has entered into a mutually exclusive agreement to supply 3D sensor subsystems for KLA-Tencor BEOL package inspection systems.
08:17 EDTAMZNPattern Energy to supply power to Amazon Web Services
Pattern Energy Group (PEGI) announced it has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement, or PPA, to supply power to Amazon Web Services, or AWS, an Amazon.com (AMZN) company. AWS will acquire the production from the 150 megawatt Fowler Ridge IV Wind project, to be renamed Amazon Web Services Wind Farm.
08:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to use wind farm power to supply datacenters with power
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06:44 EDTCBChubb downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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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
11:14 EDTAMZNAmazon to produce original movies for theaters, Prime Instant Video
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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 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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15:10 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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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.
08:44 EDTEXPEExpedia may have to pay $180M for Travelocity, says FBR Capital
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08:09 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $120 at RBC Capital
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08:01 EDTPFGVoya Financial favored over Principal Financial Group at UBS
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07:21 EDTEXPESabre sale of Travelocity to Expedia would be win for both, says Oppenheimer
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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 EDTAMZN, AAPLEU 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 EDTAAPLGlobal 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
January 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
15:02 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Jefferies refutes bear case on Intel
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14:07 EDTAAPLBank of America says 800,000 customers enrolled in Apple Pay
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13:06 EDTAAPLGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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12:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch unit to allow users to stream music
In a blog post Amazon.com's Twitch unit said it will allow users to stream music on its online gaming platform. The company said: "Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.The Twitch Music Library, is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs. As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights. The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more. We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music." Reference Link
11:36 EDTAAPLChina's Xiaomi targets iPhone users with new handset model, AP says
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11:08 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may include 2GB of faster RAM in iPhone 6s, MacRumors says
Apple may boost its internal RAM to 2GB and use "force touch" technology for its iPhone 6s, reports MacRumors. Citing a report from TechNews Taiwan, the RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase from the 1GB used in the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
10:06 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:36 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says first pilot season of 2015 available on Instant Video
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08:30 EDTAAPL, AMZNEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:12 EDTAAPLTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral and maintained its $115 price target based on balanced risk/reward. The firm expects solid Q1 results on January 27 and for March outlook to be inline with consensus but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint.
06:05 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 39 at upper end of index mean range
January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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12:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:27 EDTAMZNFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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10:00 EDTPFGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
09:14 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Principal Financial to Outperform from Market Perform. The analyst upgraded shares based on Principal's favorable outlook in the retirement segment, increased demand for financial products in emerging economies, and excess capital generation. Price target is $60.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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07:42 EDTAMZNEtsy looking to raise $300M with IPO as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg says
Etsy, which operates a website that allows people to sell handmade crafts, is working with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on an initial public offering that could come as soon as this quarter, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Etsy seeks to raise $300M via the offering, the report said. Publicly traded companies in the e-commerce space include Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Alibaba (BABA) and zulily (ZU). Reference Link
07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon could buy controlling stake in Blue Dart, Economic Times reports
Amazon is said to be in preliminary talks to buy a controlling stake in Blue Dart, a courier and integrated express package distribution company, The Economic Times reports, citing sources. One source says Amazon could buy a 75% stake in Blue Dart held by DHL Express Singapore, though it was noted that talks are currently at an early stage. Reference Link
06:57 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
15:55 EDTAAPLGoPro weakness due to Apple camera patent news is overdone, says Barclays
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14:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com climbs after Citi upgrades to buy
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12:33 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for remote-controlled camera system, Patently Apple says
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10:59 EDTAAPLApple rises after Credit Suisse, Canaccord hike iPhone estimates
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after two research firms issued upbeat notes on the company in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: 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. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margins are being boosted by the increased popularity of both its 64 GB memory phones and of the IPhone 6 Plus, the analyst stated. Garcha increased his earnings per share estimate for the iPhone maker by 18% in fiscal 2015 and 20% in fiscal 2016. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. The analyst thinks the shares can reach $130 at least. After analyzing surveys in the U.S. that took place in December and into January, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said the 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. The increases were based on the positive demand trends, particularly for models with higher memory levels and prices, Walkley stated. He expects these positive trends to continue and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apple climbed $3.39, or 3.1%, to $112.64.
10:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests $300, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create television series
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07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says created, filled over 6,000 permanent jobs across EU in 2014
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07:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com survey suggests solid growth trends, says RW Baird
Baird said their recent inventory survey for Amazon.com suggests solid growth trends in selection and marketplace. The firm sees the selection as a key growth driver for Amazon retail. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $340 price target on Amazon shares.
07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Amazon.com to Buy saying the risk/reward on shares is attractive below $300. Citi believes holiday data points look good for Amazon's Q4 results and that the retailer's gross margins will rise in 2015, reversing 2014's downward trend. The firm raised its price target for Amazon to $354 from $325 and thinks the stock has support around $300. Shares of the retailing giant closed yesterday down $5.52 to $291.41.
06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon sued for $25M by Durst Organization, Forbes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTAAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon wins first Golden Globe for 'Transparent,' Business Insider reports
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08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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