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January 16, 2013
12:25 EDTGS, CROX, CBK, JPM, CMG, AAPL, BA, GNWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with new worries for Boeing (BA) weighing on its shares and in turn the Dow. The earnings season began in earnest today with some of the country’s largest financial institutions reporting fourth quarter results, including JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS) and U.S. Bancorp (USB). Still to come this week are Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C), set to report tomorrow, and Morgan Stanley (MS), scheduled to release results 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 slid over 3% and dragged on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 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... JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings that beat expectations, but shares moved up only fractionally. The company notably also released its report on the "London Whale" losses at its CIO unit and cut CEO Jamie Dimon's compensation following that scandal. Another major financial company, Goldman Sachs (GS), beat expectations more resoundingly and shares rose more dramatically, up about 3% near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Genworth Financial (GNW), up 9% after announcing changes to its mortgage insurance unit, and Christopher & Banks (CBK), up nearly 14% after raising its Q4 same-store sales view. Also higher were shares of Apple (AAPL), which rose 3.6% to retake the $500 level despite Pacific Crest downgrading the stock to Sector Perform and Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowering its price target on shares. Among the noteworthy losers were Crocs (CROX), down over 7% after saying it expects quarterly revenue to be in-line with its previous guidance, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down nearly 6% after guiding to Q4 earnings below consensus due to higher food costs... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 23.65, or 0.17%, to 13,511.24; the Nasdaq was up 6.75, or 0.22%, to 3,117.53; and the S&P 500 was down 0.68, or 0.05%, to 1,471.66.
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
13:03 EDTJPM, GSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:16 EDTBABoeing sees nearly 1.2M pilots, technicians needed over next 20 years
Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians. The 20-year projected demand for new pilots and technicians by region is: Asia Pacific – 226,000 pilots and 238,000 technicians; Europe – 95,000 pilots and 101,000 technicians; North America – 95,000 pilots and 113,000 technicians; Latin America – 47,000 pilots and 47,000 technicians; Middle East – 60,000 pilots and 66,000 technicians; Africa – 18,000 pilots and 22,000 technicians; Russia / CIS – 17,000 pilots and 22,000 technicians.
10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks responds to recent shareholder inquiry
Christopher & Banks Corporation on July 8 received a letter from the Macellum Advisors GP seeking certain of the company’s books and records in connection with transactions in our stock in 2014 by four of our directors. Subsequently, Macellum publicly disclosed that request in connection with a Schedule 13D filing. The company issued the following statement: The company is in the process of complying with the books and records demand pursuant to applicable law. The sales of CBK stock by three of the company’s directors in September 2014 questioned by Macellum were all promptly made following the company’s earnings announcement in September 2014. In each case, the trade was pre-cleared pursuant to the company’s stock trading policy. The fourth director did not sell his shares but rather transferred shares to his former spouse in accordance with the terms of his divorce decree. The company is confident that an objective review of the facts will reflect that there were no violations of law by any of these directors.
07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
20:33 EDTBAMedia reports say Lockheed to buy UTX's Sikorsky
According to media reports, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has agreed to purchase United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky unit. The news comes after several months of speculation surrounding Sikorsky, and an announcement could be made just a day prior to second quarter earnings for both United and Lockheed. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported on Sunday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for over $8B, according to two sources, adding that the deal is set to be formally announced on Monday. The news was later echoed by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the talks. WHAT'S NOTABLE: United Technologies first reported that it was exploring strategic options for its Sikorsky unit on March 11. At the time, the company noted that options included a spinoff or a stand-alone public company, saying that the split could allow United "to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries." Following the announcement, UBS remarked that it was "not surprised" and reiterated a $136 price target on United shares. On May 20, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY) and Lockheed submitted bids for the helicopter maker, with a speculated deal thought to reach the $10B area. A June 9 report from Reuters added Textron (TXT) to the list of bidders. Today's news -- though unconfirmed by either United or Lockheed -- comes ahead of second quarter earnings reports for both companies scheduled for Tuesday, July 21. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Lockheed Martin declined 0.22% to $201.18 at the close of trading on July 17, while those of United Technologies fell 0.45% to $110.76.
19:32 EDTBABoeing India eyeing investments in local aerospace companies, PTI says
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19:12 EDTGS, JPMFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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