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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.
News For BA;THC;HMA;ANR;BTU;VHC;AAPL;PKT;QLTY;PLXS;JNPR From The Last 14 Days
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08:07 EDTBTUPeabody reports Q3 adjusted EPS (59c), consensus (66c)
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
11:58 EDTBATextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTVHC, AAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
08:04 EDTBTUPeabody volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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