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January 15, 2014
UP AFTER EARNINGS:Bank of America (BAC), up 3%... ALSO HIGHER: Datalink (DTLK), up 28% after raising outlook... Apple (AAPL), up 1.5% after company says deal with China Mobile (CHL) to sell iPhones will help boost sales of the smartphone to a record high in Greater China in Q1... Aeropostale (ARO), up 7% after Bloomberg reports the company has reached out to private-equity firms as it explores strategic alternatives... Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), up 151% after winning FDA panel backing for Northera... DragonWave (DRWI), up 12% after signing strategic sales agreement for China with Xi'an Potevio... NuVasive (NUVA), up 9.5% after reporting Q4, FY13, FY14 preliminary earnings... Comcast (CMCSA), up 2% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.7% after CEO Musk says hoping to make vehicle deliveries in China in March. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), down 3%... Majesco (COOL), down 21%. ALSO LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 13% after lowering FY13 revenue view. Other 3D printing companies also fell, as Voxeljet (VJET), down 6%, 3D Systems (DDD), down 3.5%, and Stratasys (SSYS), down 1.2%, are all lower in pre-market trading... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 3.5% following downgrade at Pacific Crest... PetSmart (PETM), down 3.6% after COO departure, downgrade at UBS.
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September 21, 2015
10:49 EDTAAPLGoPro falls after Barron's predicts 'dramatic' drop in share price
GoPro (GPRO) shares fell in morning trading after an article from Barron's argued that the company's share price may drop to as low as $25. WHAT'S NEW: Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's stock price may see a "dramatic" slip of as much as 30% to $25 due to significant competitive pressure from Apple (AAPL), Sony (SNE) and others. Eule noted that the company's shares have crashed to a recent $35 after peaking at $98 in October 2014 and even called the mostly bullish analyst views on the camera maker's stock "wishful thinking." Additionally, Eule called the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" and compares them to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers, which previously dominated their respective markets. The article adds that there is risk in being overly bearish on the company, since the "impressive" brand might become an acquisition target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Wednesday, Citi analyst Jeremy David said that GoPro chief financial officer Jack Lazar confirmed at the bank's Global Tech Conference the week before that the Hero4 Session camera has been off to a slow start since its launch on July 12. David said that the recent selloff in the company's shares has been motivated by investor concerns about the Session. At the time, Citi cut its third quarter fiscal 2015 estimate for the company to $425M from $438M and fourth quarter estimate to $560M from $737M, $148M below consensus estimate at the time of $708M. David also said he was reducing estimates for the second half of fiscal 2015 and first quarter of fiscal 2016 as a result of downside from the Hero4 Session, but left estimates after 1Q16 unchanged, saying the long-term fundamentals of the company are "intact." The analyst added that his firm was "humbled" by the recent move in share price and acknowledged that GoPro is the "quintessential product cycle stock," though he said he remains bullish on the long-term prospects of the camera maker and reiterated a $90 price target. David argued that GoPro missing Q3 estimates and guiding below the consensus for Q4 is largely priced in. Separately, The Wall Street Journal said on September 13 that shares of GoPro were starting to look like a bargain after dropping 50% in a month. The company had a difficult time selling its Hero4 Session camera in July in the face of competition from older GoPro models, the publication added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares are down 5.15% to $33.34. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, is down 3.7% to $68.81.
09:42 EDTBACBank of America to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to be held in Charlotte, NC on September 22 at 10 am.
09:40 EDTBAC, AAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC ESV BABA FB NFLX TSLA TWTR GE GPRO JPM ONVO MU
08:40 EDTTSLATesla October volatility elevated at 78
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus to arrive on Friday, September 25
Apple announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 25 at Apple's retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9. Apple says "iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone's revolutionary Multi-Touch(TM) interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold."
08:22 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests strong iPhone demand, says Baird
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple surveys indicate iPhone increasing high-end share, says Canaccord
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07:37 EDTBACPension funds votes against combining BofA chair, CEO roles, Retuers says
The Florida State Board of Administration, echoing votes against Bank of America from pension funds in New York and California, has voted its 21.7M shares against bylaw changes that would allow the bank to combine its chairman and CEO roles, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:58 EDTBACBank of America CEO expects to retain dual roles, NY Post reports
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06:55 EDTPETMKKR, Hellman & Friedman eyeing Petco deal, NY Post reports
KKR (KKR) and Hellman & Friedman are "sniffing out" Petco for a potential acquisition, the New York Post reports. The firms made preliminary offers for the company last week and are viewed as the strongest bidders, the report says. Rival PetSmart (PETM) is also pursuing a deal, the report adds. Reference Link
06:36 EDTBACFormer Wells Fargo CEO: BofA shareholders should back off Moynihan, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTAAPLSamsung may be planning leasing program for Galaxy phones, Forbes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is rumored to be planning to launch a leasing program for its Galaxy phones in the U.S., similar to the program Apple (AAPL) recently announced, Forbes reports, citing an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans. According to the source, Samsung could launch the leasing program in the next few months. Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program encourages consumers to buy iPhones directly from the Apple Store instead of going through carriers, the publication notes. Publicly traded wireless carriers include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile US (TMUS). Reference Link
06:29 EDTPETMPetco exploring possibility of being acquired by PetSmart, Reuters reports
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06:24 EDTAAPLFoxconn seeks to acquire Sharp's LCD business, Nikkei reports
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn (HNHPF) has offered to buy Sharp's (SHCAY) struggling LCD business and plans to seek funding from Apple (AAPL), a key Sharp customer, The Nikkei reports. According to the report, Foxconn would take a majority stake in a LCD company spun off by Sharp, with Apple also making an investment. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple hit by rare malware in China, Financial Times reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple meets with regulators to discuss self-driving cars, Financial Times says
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September 20, 2015
20:19 EDTBACBank of America CEO to cut additional jobs, NY Post says
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19:48 EDTCMCSA'Maze Runner' sequel outpaces 'Black Mass'
Young-adult science fiction film "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" raced ahead of Johnny Depp-led crime biopic "Black Mass" in their respective weekend debuts. WEEKEND LEADER: Falling somewhat short of estimated sales in the range of $34M-$36M, Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20. The sci-fi action thriller's $61M budget nearly doubles that of the first "Maze Runner" film, building on a trend of dystopic young-adult films popularized by Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "Black Mass" from Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros. took in $23.4M for its domestic open. The Boston-based crime film garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike, with particular praise given to Johnny Depp in the role of mobster Whitey Bulger. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's horror thriller "The Visit" earned $11.4M in its second week in theaters, while Sony (SNE) thriller "The Perfect Guy" fell to fourth place with $9.7M. Rounding out this weekend's Top 5, Universal's disaster film "Everest" grossed $7.6M despite opening in just 545 theaters ahead of its wider release.
14:46 EDTAAPLCompany split may not end troubles at Hewlett-Packard, Barron's says
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12:49 EDTAAPLGoPro shares could fall another 30% to $25, Barron's says
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