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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:36 EDTBBYMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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15:08 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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12:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com looking to launch new video streaming service, NY Post says
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11:30 EDTBBYGameStop plummets after Q3 results, profit outlook trail analysts' estimates
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sinking after reporting third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, that trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop last night reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 57c and revenue of $2.09B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 61c and $2.2B, respectively. Consolidated comparable store sales dropped 2.3% for the quarter. The company said topline and comparable store sales were negatively impacted by the delayed release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. GameStop said new hardware sales increased 147.4% during the quarter, outpacing industry growth of 102.4%. Additionally, GameStop said it reached 47.3% new software market share in Q3. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, GameStop forecast adjusted Q4 EPS of $2.08-$2.24, below analysts' estimates of $2.28. GameStop expects Q4 SSS to be down 5% to up 2%. The company cited several titles being moved out of 2014 and the current sales trends of prior generation software for the weak outlook. For FY14, GameStop narrowed its EPS view to $3.40-$3.55 from $3.40-$3.70, trailing analysts' estimates of $3.68. Full year comparable store sales growth is now expected to be up 2%-5%, down from its prior view of 6%-12% growth. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Telsey Advisory downgraded GameStop to Market Perform given that the previous thesis for a robust new gaming cycle has not materialized. They said soft Q3 results and lowered guidance indicate the gaming cycle is not as strong as previously thought, and lowered their price target on the shares to $45 from $51. Another firm, RW Baird, called GameStop's Q3 results disappointing, citing its accelerating declines in old generation hardware and software sales, reduced guidance and a key title delay. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on GameStop shares, but lowered its price target to $50 from $52. Janney Capital said that GameStop's mobile miss is surprising and disappointing given the iPhone 6 launch and the company's need for mobile growth to break its dependence on the game cycle. Prior-gen software declines have been steeper, pushing out the software inflection beyond Q4, which the firm said is later than expected. However, Janney maintained the value of discs will be more evident and ease concerns as game file sizes increase. The firm maintained its Buy rating on the stock, but lowered its fair value estimate to $45 from $50. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GameStop fell $5.9, or 13.52%, to $37.66 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pullback, the stock has lost approximately 23% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other video game retailers include Best Buy (BBY), which is up 1%.
10:47 EDTAMZNAmazon reported travel entry viewed positively by Piper's Munster
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com travel entrance could help margins, says Piper Jaffray
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06:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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06:38 EDTAMZNAmazon could launch travel service, Skift reports
Amazon is planning on launching a travel service, according to a report from Skift. Amazon Travel, which will go live around January 1, will feature a selection of hotels, the publication says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $43 from $36 at Citigroup
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon lease hints at same-day shipping, brick-and-mortar ambitions, WSJ says
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06:11 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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06:08 EDTAMZNFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:44 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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12:54 EDTBBYBest Buy strength a selling opportunity, says Evercore ISI
12:46 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
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09:21 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $125 at Evercore ISI
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08:50 EDTBBYBest Buy says will evaluate cash position, potential buybacks after Q4
Best Buy says its knows how important that the matter of cash return is to investors, and that its use of cash will be evaluated after Q4, but also notes that its "number one priority" for its cash is investing in growth.
08:40 EDTBBYBest Buy says few stores not cash flow positive
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08:24 EDTBBYBest Buy cites strength in televisions, computing, tablets helping Q3 top-line
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08:16 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $126 from $115 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley survey indicates investors are underestimating Apple iWatch demand. The firm is modeling 30M watches in CY15 vs. buy-side forecasts of 10M-12M. Ultimately, the analyst believes the wearable market will hit 530M in 2020 and potentially a 1B units in its bull case. Morgan Stanley raised CY15 EPS forecast to $8.40 from $8.20 on higher watch and ASP forecasts. Shares of Apple are Overweight rated.
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says internal, external factors could pressure operating income rate
CFO McCollam said "The sales trends we are seeing in our business as we enter the fourth quarter are encouraging from a top-line perspective. But to drive these results, similar to Q3, there are internal and external factors that we believe could put pressure on our operating income rate. The internal factors include: (1) the increased mix of faster growing, but lower-margin products in our revenue; (2) the potential impact of higher incentive compensation, particularly in our retail stores, based on our expected year-over-year improvement in performance; (3) higher growth in our lower-margin online channel; and (4) intensified investments in customer-facing initiatives. The external factors include: (1) an intensely promotional competitive environment; (2) a possible constraint in product availability in recent high-profile product launches; and (3) a potential supply chain disruption related to the West Coast port delays.”
07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy says total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions at $965M
Since its Q2 FY15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $65 million, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $965 million.
07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q4 revenue, SSS growth 'near-flat' y/y
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q3 continuing ops EPS 32c, consensus 25c
Reports Q3 revenue $9.38B, consensus $9.11B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.2%.
06:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced creditors criticize proposed Apple settlement, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBY GME
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon using robots to help speed delivery, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTAAPLBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 after the firm's channel checks indicated that supply of the iPhone 6 and 6+ is "gradually improving vs. demand." Munster does not see risk to Apple's December quarter guidance as he believes the company factored supply constraints into its outlook. He thinks most consumers will wait to purchase an iPhone and maintains an Overweight rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday down 80c to $114.67.
05:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to start Black Friday deals on Friday, Nov. 21
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November 19, 2014
15:31 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
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14:25 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:33 EDTBBYBest Buy November 36 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q3
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12:56 EDTAAPLApple plans to bundle Beats with iOS next year, FT reports
Beginning early next year, Apple is planning to bundle the subscription music service acquired from Beats into iOS, the Financial Times reports. The move will make Beats available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, and will put pressure on Spotify. Sources believe the paid-for Beats service could be included in an iOS software update as early as March. Reference Link
10:29 EDTAAPLGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:11 EDTAMZNJetPay names Pete DuPré as Chief Information Officer
JetPay (JTPY) announced the hiring of Pierre "Pete" J. DuPré as Chief Information Officer of the company. DuPré will be leading the company’s efforts to expand our product offering and as well as add new functionalities to our current products and services. DuPré's most recent position was with Amazon Web Services (AMZN), where he served as a Technology Transformation Advisor.
09:41 EDTAAPLRubicon Project to partner with Apple on programmatic advertising
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV Stick begins shipping today
Amazon announced that Fire TV Stick started shipping today. Fire TV Stick costs $39.
08:02 EDTAAPLApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:42 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 could include 'biggest camera jump ever,' TheTechBlock reports
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06:40 EDTAAPLSome iPhone 6 Plus users say rear camera doesn't focus, Business Insider reports
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06:34 EDTAMZNNielsen to begin measuring viewing of subscription video services, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to pay $23.6M to Mobile Telcommunictions in lawsuit, Re/code reports
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November 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 18, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 28.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR KO PBR GILD according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAMZNcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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15:02 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 25 hosted by Jefferies.
15:01 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with B. Riley
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12:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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11:53 EDTAAPLSamsung to make foldable smartphone displays, ZDnet says
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09:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q4 revenue tracking to $29.66, says ITG Research
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08:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available in all BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie grocery stores
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $115 at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTAAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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15:45 EDTBBYBest Buy remains a top pick for the holiday season at BofA/Merrill
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
07:39 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $42 from $35 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $40 from $36 at RBC Capital
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November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:07 EDTBBYSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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11:48 EDTBBYStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:36 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Best Buy to $36 from $32 ahead of its Q3 results. The firm sees a favorable near-term set-up, citing the company's cash balances, selection of premium products, and focused strategy of promotions deployment and expenses. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Best Buy shares.
07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTAMZN, AAPLEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTAAPLBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLOrder visibility highest for Apple, Lenovo shipments in 2015, DigiTimes says
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple to face lawsuit on failed texts when switching to Android, Reuters says
Apple must face a U.S. federal lawsuit for failing to alert consumers that text messages may be interrupted after switching to an Android-based phone from an iPhone, says Reuters. Reference Link
09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
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