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November 7, 2012
16:52 EDTPLXS, AAPL, ANR, BA, QLTY, VHC, HMA, JNPR, PKT, BTU, THCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower on the day, after last night's re-election of Barack Obama lead to an early sell-off that did not let up. After receiving clarity on the White House, attention on the Street turned to the looming fiscal cliff. An intra-day announcement by Boeing (BA) of cuts to its defense division heightened fears that a deal would not be reached by legislators before the scheduled budget cuts take effect... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., President Obama was re-elected and Congress remains split, with Republicans keeping control of the House of Representatives and Democrats maintaining their majority in the Senate. House Speaker John Boehner stated in a speech late in the day that Republicans are “willing to accept new revenue” to reach a compromise that averts the approaching fiscal cliff. U.S. consumer credit climbed $11.4B in September, a slightly higher number than was expected. In Europe, the European Commission lowered its 2013 growth forecast for the region's economy to 0.1% from a prior call for 1% growth. Also, German industrial production fell 1.8% in September from the prior month, which was worse than forecast... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing announced that it will cut executive positions in its Defense, Space & Security unit, and a report said it also plans to close facilities and restructure several business units. Shares of Boeing were down $1.47, or 2.05%, to $70.11... Following the re-election of President Obama, hospital stocks were among the few stocks that advanced on the day, notably shares of Tenet Healthcare (THC), up $2.39, or 9.58%, to $27.34 and Health Management Associates (HMA), up 56c, or 7.25%, to $8.28... Amongst the broader market slide, coal stocks Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Peabody Energy (BTU) both fell sharply after enjoying a run-up through October heading into the election... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was VirnetX (VHC), up $7.32, or 27.84%, to $33.61 after a jury awarded the company over $368M in a patent verdict against Apple (AAPL). Also trading higher were shares of Procera Networks (PKT), up $2.95, or 14.54%, to $23.24, after the company's Q3 earnings beat consensus estimates and the company reiterated its FY12 revenue view. Among noteworthy losers was Quality Distribution (QLTY), down $2.92, or 33.95%, to $5.68 after the company's Q3 earnings missed consensus estimates and the stock was downgraded at SunTrust and JPMorgan. Also lower were shares of Plexus (PLXS), down $7.45, or 26.65%, to $20.51 after the company announced Juniper (JNPR) had dropped it as a supplier... INDICES: The Dow lost 312.95, or 2.36%, to 12,932.73; the Nasdaq fell 74.64, or 2.48%, to 2,937.29; and the S&P 500 dropped 33.86, or 2.37%, to 1,394.53.
News For BA;THC;HMA;ANR;BTU;VHC;AAPL;PKT;QLTY;PLXS;JNPR From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
05:30 EDTBABoeing, EVA Air finalize order for five 777 freighters
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July 20, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
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.
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.
10:00 EDTANROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTANRAlpha Natural downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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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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06:00 EDTBTUStocks with implied volatility movement; BTU MRVL
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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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14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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