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November 7, 2012
16:52 EDTBA, PLXS, QLTY, PKT, AAPL, VHC, BTU, ANR, HMA, THC, JNPROn 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.
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple says accounts for 'all input' in evaluating capital returns, CNBC reports
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple says will continue to evaluate capital return program, CNBC reports
After Carl Icahn urged Apple to make a tender offer that would meaningfully accelerate and increase the magnitude of its share repurchases, the company said in a statement to CNBC that is always appreciates the input of its shareholders and will continue to evaluate its capital return program.
08:53 EDTAAPLAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should trade at $203 per share today
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08:42 EDTAAPLIcahn sees Apple launching UltraHD TV set in FY16
Carl Icahn stated in an open letter posted to his "Shareholder's Square Table" addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While Apple has not announced plans for a TV set and may never do so, we believe we have good enough reason to expect the introduction of an UltraHD TV set in FY 2016. We think television represents a large opportunity for Apple, one that reaches far beyond “the hobby” that Apple TV currently represents...As the home represents one compelling category for Apple, payments represents another...We estimate that, based upon Apple Pay’s rumored fee of 15 bps of all spend on credit and debit cards...and merchant deployment of NFC reaching 80%+ in 2017, Apple in the U.S. could generate revenues...of $2.5 billion in FY 2017 if it reaches 30% market share of all spend on U.S. credit and debit cards. The potential in the U.S. and internationally over a longer term is much larger."
08:41 EDTAAPLCooperman says Apple about 20% undervalued, still owns shares
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors is speaking on CNBC.
08:40 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:37 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:36 EDTAAPLIcahn requests Apple make tender offer for shares
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06:52 EDTAAPLTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTBACFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
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