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January 16, 2013
16:31 EDTHPQ, AAPL, CROX, GS, BA, GNW, JPM, GDOTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with a strong performance from Nasdaq bellwether Apple (AAPL) leading the average to the days biggest gains, while Boeing (BA) shares weighed on the Dow. JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) began this week's torrent of earnings from the financial sector, with Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) slated to report tomorrow morning and Morgan Stanley (MS) continuing the march on Friday... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage applications composite index rose 15.2% for the week. The Consumer Price Index for December was flat, as expected. Industrial production increased 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a rise of 0.2%. That boosted capacity utilization to 78.8% from an upwardly revised 78.7% figure for the prior month. The NAHB's Housing Market Index came in at 47, versus the expected reading of 48. Crude oil inventories drew down by more than expected in the DOE's weekly update. Also, the World Bank lowered it forecast for global GDP growth in 2013 to 2.4% from its prior call for 3% growth... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing shares lost $2.60, or 3.38%, to $74.34 after two Japanese airlines grounded their fleet of 787s. This move was prompted by yesterday's emergency landing of a 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan's All Nippon Airways, which was the latest in a recent string of problems with the new plane... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) gained 68c, or 4.11%, to $17.21 following afternoon Dow Jones headlines that said the company has received interest for its Autonomy and EDS units. After the report, both CNBC's David Faber and AllThingsD said HP has no plans to sell Autonomy or any other core assets... Before the market opened this morning, financial giants JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs reported earnings, with both banks beating the Street's EPS estimates. JPMorgan also released a report outlining the problems behind last year's "London Whale" losses in its CIO unit and CEO Jamie Dimon's compensation was cut by over 50% by the board. Shares of JPMorgan opened lower, but finished the session up 47c, or 1.01%, to $46.82. Shares of Goldman Sachs added $5.50, or 4.06%, to $141.09 on the day... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apple, which rose $20.17, or 4.15%, to $506.09 despite Pacific Crest downgrading the stock to Sector Perform and Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowering its price target on shares. Also higher were shares of Genworth Financial (GNW), up 72c, or 8.86%, to $8.85 after announcing changes to its mortgage insurance unit. Among the noteworthy losers was Crocs (CROX), down $1.52, or 9.68%, to $14.19 after saying it expects quarterly revenue to be in-line with its previous guidance but calling the holiday season environment "difficult." Also lower were shares of Green Dot (GDOT), which fell $1.16, or 8.08%, to $13.20 after announcing a mobile bank account service called GoBank while shares were downgraded to Reduce with a $10 price target at SunTrust... INDICES: The Dow was down 23.66, or 0.17%, to 13,511.23; the Nasdaq was up 6.76, or 0.22%, to 3,117.54; and the S&P 500 was up 0.29, or 0.02%, to 1,472.63.
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September 24, 2015
07:43 EDTBAMarket overly negative on Aerojet Rocketdyne, says Oppenheimer
After Boeing (BA) rejected an unsolicited offer from Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) for United Launch Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LMT), Oppenheimer thinks the market's reaction to the news ignores Aerojet's positive catalysts. The firm says that the news will not impact Aerojet's operations until 2019 and will probably not have an impact of more than about $115M. The firm keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating on Aerojet.
07:20 EDTAAPLApple well positioned to introduce a car, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Sundeep Bajikar says his analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple (AAPL) is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors in a research note. He assumes a $55,000 car price and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited, Bajikar argues. However, he says he could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. Apple closed yesterday up 92c to $114.32.
07:10 EDTJPM, GSBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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06:08 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay has over $30M in accumulated transaction volume in first month
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTAAPLChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:34 EDTBAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
16:29 EDTBABoeing to partner with COMAC to open facility in China
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16:28 EDTBABoeing broadens long-term collaboration with AVIC
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16:27 EDTBABoeing confirms agreement with CASC for purchase of 300 airplanes
Boeing and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company have signed a General Terms Agreement related to the purchase of 300 airplanes. The package has a value of approximately $38B at list prices. Aircraft orders and commitments include: (240) airplanes for Chinese airlines, including (190) 737s and 50 widebody aircraft (60) 737s for leasing companies ICBC and CDB Leasing.
16:00 EDTJPM, AAPLOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTAAPLAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
11:19 EDTAAPLApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:24 EDTAAPLT-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
09:18 EDTBA, AAPLPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
07:47 EDTBABoeing to sell 300 planes to Chinese companies, Reuters reports
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple installment plans may accentuate seasonality, says UBS
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06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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06:24 EDTBANew Boeing tanker to make first flight Friday, WSJ reports
Boeing's new refueling tanker is scheduled to make its first flight as soon as Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the Pentagon. The flight will initiate a series of tests on one plane over a four-month period, the report says. Reference Link
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