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July 27, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple Music reaches 10M subscribers in four weeks, HITS says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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13:16 EDTAAPLADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
10:29 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX INTC MU VZ BIDU AMBA
08:30 EDTAAPLNew Apple ipad mini rumored to be 'miniature iPad Air 2,' AppleInsider says
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple said to talk with BMW about electric car project, MacRumors reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLNike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLSky prepares to unveil set-top box, Telegraph reports
Sky is finishing up an advanced set-top box called SkyQ, a device it hopes can help its pay-TV business compete against BT (BT), the Telegraph reports. The new hardware is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks and will offer satellite households an "Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) style" experience, the report says, citing industry insiders. Reference Link
06:05 EDTBBY, AAPLBest Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in August, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTAMZNAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTAAPL, AMZNStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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16:22 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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15:06 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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13:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com retraces, levels to watch
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13:00 EDTAMZNAmazon.com levels to watch
Shares appear to be trying to hold the line at the $550 area as the afternoon session begins. That is still over $68 of upside, but down nearly $42 from the after-hours session high yesterday. There is a risk the move is broadly extended and blow-off top at least in the short-term. Support is at the session low at $549.67. Without any established support price retracement is likely to follow round-number and common option strikes. Next support on that basis below the low would be $545 and then at $540. Resistance similarly is at $555.
12:54 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility pulls back on better than expected Q2 and outlook
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, August and September is at 27, compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 68, suggesting decreasing price risk.
11:51 EDTAAPLPandora soars after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of internet radio provider Pandora (P) are rising after the company’s second quarter results beat analysts' expectations. The company's third quarter and fiscal year 2015 revenue outlooks also exceeded the consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday after the bell, Pandora reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 5c and revenue of $285.56M, easily topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 2c and $283.06M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.3M, a 29% year-over-year improvement. The company also said that total RPMs increased 24% to $53.91 in Q2, ad RPMs grew 25% to $49.94, ad revenue was $230.9M and said total mobile revenue was $229.7M. For the quarter, total listener hours increased 5% to 5.3B and active listeners were 79.4M at the end of Q2 compared to 76.4M from the same period last year. Looking ahead to Q3, the company forecast revenue of $310M-$315M, slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $309.2M, and sees Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $25M-$30M. For FY15, Pandora forecast revenue of $1.175B-$1.185B, slightly better than analysts' consensus of $1.17B. Pandora also sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA of $75M-$85M and a tax rate of 30%-35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Brian McAndrews, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented on Apple Music, Apple's (AAPL) recently launched music streaming service. McAndrews said that since the app launched at the end of June, "there was no impact yet" to Pandora. Going forward, McAndrews said that the company "feels really good about our trajectory and competitive position," noting that "there could be some users that experiment with [Apple Music] and there could be some short-term impact." McAndrews does not see any long-term impact from the Apple app. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary has been mixed. Research firm Stifel said Pandora's outlook remains favorable. Stifel said that the company plans to intensify its marketing efforts during the seasonally stronger 2H15 and that the company's outlook for 2H15 has improved following the results. The firm kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JMP Securities, said Pandora’s mobile trends were encouraging, but said it will stay on sidelines until the company's user trends accelerate and its royalty case concludes. JMP Securities kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pandora rose $2.05, or about 14.8%, to $15.93 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the shares have fallen approximately 45% over the past year.
10:34 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTAMZNAmazon shares, price targets soar following earnings beat
Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) are surging this morning and research firms are rushing to increase their price targets on the stock after the e-commerce giant unexpectedly reported a quarterly profit and gave a better than expected revenue forecast for its new quarter. UPGRADES: Barclays analyst Paul Vogel upgraded Amazon to Overweight from Equal Weight, saying the online retailer's margins are expanding much faster than previously thought. Vogel views the company's outside the U.S. and Web Services revenue growth as both a surprise and sustainable, telling investors that the second quarter "was too good in our view to wait" for an upgrade. He raised his price target for Amazon shares to $700 from $412. B. Riley analyst Scott Tilghman also upgraded Amazon this morning, upping it to Buy from Neutral as he also believes the company's revenue upside looks sustainable. Tilghman, who believes margin upside is likely to follow, raised his price target for the stock to $646 from $428. TARGETS ABOVE $700: JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his December 2016 price target for Amazon.com to $710 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock, as he believes Amazon is now benefiting from its investments in Prime, category expansion and fulfillment centers. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak hiked his price target on Amazon.com to $740, which is the highest among firms tracked by Bloomberg at time of writing. Nowak, who entitled his note "The Everything Quarter," said the company's business is inflecting around the globe and noted that top-line growth accelerated in all four of its main retail segments for the second quarter in a row. PRICE ACTION: In early trading following its report last night, Amazon shares jumped 16% to about $561 per share.
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
08:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $740 from $520 at Morgan Stanley
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07:43 EDTAMZNGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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07:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $665 from $500 at Deutsche Bank
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07:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $460 at Citi
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07:07 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $550 at UBS
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $670 from $460 at Cantor
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06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon urges FTC to approve Staples-Office Depot deal, NY Post says
Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has reached out to FTC regulators through intermediaries supporting approval of Staples' (SPLS) proposed $6.3B offer to acquire Office Depot (ODP), the New York Post reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $710 from $535 at JPMorgan
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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05:53 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN TWTR
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05:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $630 from $475 at Baird
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian raised his price target for Amazon.com to $630 saying the company's Q2 was a "pristine quarter almost across the board." Accelerating growth and higher than expected margins will "prove irresistible to investors," Sebastian tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Amazon were upgraded this morning at B. Riley and Barclays.
05:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $650 from $520 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Amazon.com shares to $650 saying the company just reported a third straight quarter of margins materially above expectations. Munster expects further margin expansion after management reiterated its intent to focus on productivity in 2015. He sees unit growth as being a catalyst for shares and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Amazon shares, which upgraded this morning at B. Riley and Barclays, are trading up $87.82 to $570.00 in pre-market trading.
05:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Overweight with $700 target at Barclays
Barclays analyst Paul Vogel upgraded Amazon.com to Overweight from Equal Weight saying the online retailer's margins are expanding much faster than previously thought. Following Amazon's Q2 results, Vogel views the company's outside the U.S. and Web Services revenue growth as both a surprise and sustainable. The quarter "was too good in our view to wait" for an upgrade, the analyst tells investors. He raised his price target for Amazon shares to $700 from $412. In pre-market trading, the stock is up $88.77 to $570.95.
July 23, 2015
19:41 EDTAMZNAmazon to test drive-thru grocery store, SV Business Journal says
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19:24 EDTBBY, AAPLWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
19:06 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 17.2%... Marketo (MKTO), up 15.4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 9.9%... NetGear (NTGR), up 9.2%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.1%... LogMeIn (LOGM), up 9.9%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 7.8%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 5.1%... Supreme Industries (STS), up 4.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... IGI Laboratories (IG), up 3.7%... Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), up 4.1%... Boyd Gaming (BYD), up 4.1%... Trinity Industries (TRN), up 5%... Trinity Industries (N), up 3.2%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Qorvo (QRVO), up 2.7% after Skyworks reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: TrueCar (TRUE), down 33.1% after reporting quarterly results and cutting fiscal 2015 revenue guidance... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 9.2%... Align Technology (ALGN), down 7.4%... Capital One (COF), down 4.9%... PMC-Sierra (PMCS), down 9.1%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS), down 59.7% after giving vosaroxin regulatory update... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), down 5.6% after CEO Thomas Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D. resigns and Hans Hull name interim CEO.
18:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says prime membership continues to grow
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18:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says AWS segment income rose 407%
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17:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 AWS net revenue up 81% to $1.82B
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16:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 AWS segment net sales $1.82B
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16:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com jumps 14% to $549.50 after reporting Q2 profits
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16:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q3 revenue $23.3B-$25.5B, consensus $23.89B
Sees Q3 operating income (loss) to be between ($480M) and $70M, compared to ($544M) million in third quarter 2014.
16:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q2 EPS 19c, consensus (14c)
Reports Q2 revenue $23.18B, consensus $22.39B. Operating cash flow increased 69% to $8.98B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.33B for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2014.
15:04 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:53 EDTAMZN, AAPL“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:18 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly 35 straddle priced for 9.3% movement into Q2
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13:13 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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13:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:54 EDTAAPLStreet Check: Summit said buy SanDisk before earnings rallied shares
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10:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, most easily seen on a 5-year chart, is that a recent bullish pennant pattern has completed. Heading into earnings, even good news might still result in a retracement which is typical following a pattern's completion. That process may be underway as price eases down from the life high at $493.20. If there is strongly bullish news, the life high is the only resistance level on the chart. A breakout would likely mean a move to $500 and potentially much higher. Without overhead resistance, there is nothing to prevent a further run. Potential targets at $525 and $550 could be tested given the momentum coming into earnings. But such a move would be an extension of the already-parabolic advance, and typically these do not end well. A better scenario would be a consolidation in price at higher levels that builds support. If the news disappoints there is little in the way of enduring support below given the recent jumps. There is a zone of support at the $450 area which could be tested. Such a price drop would retrace the entire "pole" off the pennant that has brought shares to current levels. Below $450 there is only the low of the pennant pattern itself at the $425 area and then a zone of support below at $410 to $400 due to a price gap which was the first breakaway from resistance at the $400 area.
09:45 EDTAAPLJPMorgan sees risk of Synaptics losing Apple business
Apple (AAPL) is working on bringing its touch and display driver integration functionality in-house to better protect its operating system, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster tells investors today in a research note. The move increases the likelihood of the iPhone maker terminating its use of Synaptics' display diver solution in mid-2017, Coster writes. To reflect the risk of losing the business, the analyst cut his price target for Synaptics to $97 from $112. The supplier of human interface solutions is trading up 49c to $80.34 in early trading. Coster keeps an Overweight rating on Synaptics, however, saying the stock is already pricing in the risk of losing the Apple business after selling off 20% since mid June.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple says no changes to product plans despite CapEx cut, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple cuts FY15 CapEx forecast by $1B to $12B
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple Mac shipments expected in 2H!5 to surpass 1H volume, DigiTimes reports
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05:48 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HOT AMZN
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July 22, 2015
16:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:41 EDTAMZNAngie's List price target lowered to $5.50 from $8 at Piper Jaffray
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15:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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12:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com offers Prime members 5% cash-back credit card, Re/code reports
Amazon is offering Prime members access to an Amazon credit card that pays back 5% on every Amazon.com order, reports Re/code. The company has quietly introduced the card in March and has been slowly rolling out marketing for it on the website since then. Reference Link
12:32 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple results disappointing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Apple's lower than expected Q3 iPhone sales suggest that it may be keeping inventories low because of low demand. The firm thinks the company faces a number of challenges in its September quarter, including product transitions, tough comps, China volatility and less differentiation in the 6S iPhone. Wells keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
After Apple reported higher than expected Q3 EPS but in-line revenue and the stock fell, JMP Securities says that the stock declined due to worries that the company's momentum is diminishing ahead of tougher comps. However, the firm finds the stock's valuation attractive, given the fact that other tech bellwethers are missing expectations. The firm is upbeat on the company's performance in China and believes that iPhone penetration can increase significantly.
08:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone miss de-risks 2H 2015, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said the 2.5M iPhone unit miss is a function of management's conservative approach to channel inventory given currency volatility and related price actions. Firm said demand remains strong despite price increases and sees a decent set-up for 2H channel inventory build that can lead to unit growth year-over-year. Morgan Stanley believes shares are attractive following reset expectations and reiterates its Overweight rating and lowered its price target to $155 from $166 on share.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
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07:51 EDTAMZNAlibaba cloud services president says can catch AWS in 3-4 years, Bloomberg says
Speaking at an event about Alibaba Group's (BABA) accelerated investment in its data centers, the president of the company's Aliyun cloud services arm, Simon Hu said, "It took Amazon (AMZN) 10 years to get where it is today. It took us six years, and we hope to match or even surpass Amazon in three to four years,” according to Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:44 EDTAAPLApple weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple post-earnings selloff overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Apple as overdone. The company made no mention of demand weakness while China results and commentary were positive, Hall tells investors in a research note. He recommends adding to positions on today's selloff and keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $145 price target.
07:20 EDTAAPLApple should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales light but no reason to sell stock, says UBS
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares still attractive, says Cantor
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06:54 EDTAMZNJMP Securities says Amazon shifting to 'execution mode,' ups to Outperform
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri downgraded Apple to Market Perform and lowered his price target for shares to $130 from $140 following the iPhone maker's June quarter results. In a research note titled "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Arcuri says "tepid" iPhone sales in the quarter coupled with his supply-side channel checks indicate that phone builds are down cycle-over-cycle for the first time. June quarter iPhone units were weaker than expected even after adjusting for channel inventory, the analyst tells investors. Apple is entering a transition period and the stock's risk/reward no longer supports a buy rating, Arcuri writes. Shares of Apple are down $7.09 to $123.66 in pre-market trading. On the flip side, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying the iPhone maker on today's selloff.
06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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06:12 EDTAMZNAmazon.com's Home Services expands to many cities throughout U.S.
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06:08 EDTAMZNSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch component reserves to remain high until September, DigiTimes reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster a buyer of Apple today on the selloff
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05:27 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA AMZN
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05:17 EDTAAPLApple shares drop after iPhone sales, guidance fail to impress
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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTAAPLApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
17:58 EDTAAPLApple says remains 'extremely bullish' on China
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17:50 EDTAAPLApple says India iPhone sales up 93%, Korea up 100%
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17:25 EDTAAPLApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says iPhone continues to gain 'significant share'
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple calls Watch launch successful, does not give sales figures
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares drop 8% to $120.56 following Q3 report
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 iPhone units 47.53M vs. 61.17M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.7% vs. 39.4% last year
International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $49B-$51B, consensus $51.05B
Sees Q4 gross margin 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.81
Reports Q3 revenue $49.6B, consensus $49.31B.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:56 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 5.2% movement into Q3
15:02 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:14 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple flat since last report with iPhone, Watch results in focus
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13:43 EDTAAPLApple services restored after nearly 4-hour outage, CNBC reports
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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
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07:45 EDTAAPL, AMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAAPL, AMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
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
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTAMZNAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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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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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 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTBBYBest Buy store rationalization to be catalyst, says BB&T
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
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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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTAMZNStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:41 EDTAMZNMiramax talks to banks as it explores sale, Bloomberg says
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16:24 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:38 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes for Apple, S&P 500
Next week sees the most heavily weighted name in the S&P 500 (SPX), Apple (AAPL), report its earnings. At 3.94% of the index, what happens to price with Apple will most definitely impact the index. We have seen several big names in the S&P 500 with the all-too-familiar sideways range that the index itself has been stuck in. Names such as Google (GOOGL) and Apple have had or do have the same range-bound shape and the index is merely a weighting of those patterns. A breakout or a breakdown in Apple will therefore shape the index quite literally. Watch for The Fly's previews on Monday. Given the big jump in Google, why haven't we been able to break out in the index? One factor of course is the very large number of names that have yet to report. Next week is extremely heavy on reporting companies and may therefore prove to be the most productive trading week in some time and potentially the most volatile. Once again the week is heavily loaded toward Wednesday and Thursday. One potentially troublesome note needs to be mentioned and that is the potential negative divergence that is shaping up in the S&P 500. While big name such as Netflix (NFLX) are at fresh new life highs, others and whole sectors are floundering. The SPDR Gold (GLD) is hitting new lows and weak metals pricing is impacting Miners and Materials. Energy (XLE) is weak as is the interest-rate-sensitive Utilities (XLU) sector. Banking (XLF), Technology (XLK) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are dominating. It is odd to find Consumer Staples at a breakout point given that it is typically seen as a "safety" sector for troubled times. That is part of the odd mix investors face in this bull market. It may be a reflection of still-attractive yields in those names, but valuations in that group are looking quite stretched, far more than some of the biggest tech names.
11:06 EDTAAPLOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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10:46 EDTAMZN, BBYBest Buy sinks after analyst says sell to avoid comp sales risk
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10:13 EDTAMZN, BBYAmbarella to get boost from drone demand, analyst says
Ambarella (AMBA) should benefit from stronger than expected demand for drones, which are "literally flying off the shelves" at Best Buy (BBY), research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. Ambarella develops processors used in high definition cameras, such as those often utilized by drones. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson wrote that sales of drones have been stronger than expected. Ambarella should benefit from that trend, as well as from the fact that demand for GoPro (GPRO) cameras, which utilize Ambarella's chips, has been steady, Erickson stated. Although initial demand for GoPro's new Session camera "appears lukewarm," its newer cameras should drive a significant increase in sales volume starting in GoPro's October quarter, according to Erickson, who said the popularity of GoPro's cameras should enable Ambarella's results to beat Street expectations. The analyst continues to recommend buying Ambarella's stock and kept a $123 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy wrote that GoPro's risk/reward ratio was favorable heading into the company's Q2 results. According to Murphy, the stock fell recently because money rotated out of the shares following the initial public offering of Fitbit (FIT) and Goldman Sachs' initiation of coverage of the stock with a Neutral rating. However, Amazon (AMZN) data shows that GoPro's cameras are selling well and Ambarella's Q2 results beat expectations, Murphy noted. As a result, she expects GoPro's Q2 results to exceed expectations when they are reported next week. Murphy reiterated a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Ambarella rose 1.3% to $109.59, while GoPro added 0.5% to $55.53.
10:05 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Accretive Health (ACHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Cablevision (CVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Domino's Pizza (DPZ) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... First Quantum Minerals (FQVLF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... First Republic (FRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Fresenius SE (FSNUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Golden Minerals (AUMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... JD Wetherspoon (JDWPY) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... NV5 Holdings (NVEE) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Natural Gas Services (NGS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Receptos (RCPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... SKF AB (SKFRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... SolarWinds (SWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Syntel (SYNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... TECO Energy (TE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tangoe (TNGO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tegna (TGNA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI.
09:44 EDTBBYBest Buy falls after downgrade, levels to watch
Shares are down over 5% to $33.08. At that price next support is at $32.56, a recent pivot low, and then at $31.78. Resistance is at $34.14. BofA/Merrill earlier downgraded the shares to Underperform and cut its price target to $32.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple should deliver beat and raise Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Apple July call option implied volatility is at 25, July weekly 34, August is at 28, October is at 25; 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.
07:26 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill downgrades Best Buy two notches to Underperform
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Best Buy to Underperform from Buy. The firm lowered estimates based on limited catalysts and continued investments and warned that a mixed product cycle could result in 2H comp downside. BofA/Merrill believes the consensus estimate of 1% comps for 2H look challenging given ongoing computer weakness, ongoing tablet commodization and pricing pressure and flat mobile trends. The firm cut its price target on Best Buy to $32 from $45.
07:18 EDTAMZNApigee won;t be hurt by AWS API Gateway, says Pacific Crest
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07:07 EDTBBYBest Buy downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
06:58 EDTAAPLApple Store employee suit reaches class action status, Reuters reports
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06:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh close to launching in London, London Times reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
18:26 EDTAAPLXiaomi VP says 'absolutely' coming to U.S., Bloomberg TV says
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:22 EDTBBYBest Buy purchase of GameStop unlikely, says Oppenheimer
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12:30 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime Day order growth 18% more than Black Friday 2014
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12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Prime Day sales exceed Black Friday sales, breaks record
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11:53 EDTAAPLApple and Samsung in talks to launch e-sim card, Financial Times reports
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are in advanced talks to launch electronic sim cards, reports the Financial Times. The GSMA is close to announcing an agreement to produce an standardized embedded sim for consumer devices that would include the smartphone makers. Reference Link
11:18 EDTAAPLReport: Apple considers axing iPad mini product, Business Insider says
Apple may be ending its iPad mini to focus on other products and specifically its larger iPads, reports Business Insider, citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report. Apple may also push the launch of its next-generation iPad Air to next year to emphasize its larger iPad. Reference Link
11:17 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:00 EDTAMZNAmazon says HBO NOW available on Fire Tablets
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:34 EDTAAPLSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for spinal cord stimulation trial system
St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced it received FDA approval of the Invisible Trial System. The system, which received CE Mark in June 2015, is fully wireless and leverages Apple (AAPL) technology for both the patient and physician controllers. The system is designed to provide patients a more improved and discreet spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, trial experience. "Patients undergoing SCS trials consistently tell us about challenges they find in navigating the SCS trial system, from programming the device, to discomfort from the programming cables, to management of both issues. These hindrances may impede the integration of the technology into their daily activities, which shifts their focus away from evaluating the effectiveness of SCS therapy,” said pain specialist Dr. Jason E. Pope, president of Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa, California. “By providing a discreet trial system, St. Jude Medical will help patients focus more on their potential pain relief and functional improvements, and less about the burdens common to traditional trial systems.”
08:26 EDTAMZNAmazon.com shares likely to rise after Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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08:18 EDTAAPLSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
07:22 EDTAAPLiPhone average selling prices may be underestimated by Street, says UBS
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple Q3 iPhone estimates raised at Stifel
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple applies for patent for wireless devices with solar cells
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch to roll out in New Zealand July 31, AppleInsider reports
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July 15, 2015
16:28 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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15:27 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Prime Day peak order rates already exceed 2014 Black Friday
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13:37 EDTAMZNAmazon's 'Prime Day' peak order rates surpass 2014's Black Friday, CNBC says
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13:29 EDTAMZNAmazon users complain about Prime Day troubles, CNBC reports
Amazon's Prime Day, a day full of savings for customers of Amazon's "Prime" status, has received negative feedback from users, who complained that the deals didn't match the hype, CNBC reports. High profile items such as Amazon's Fire TV Stick lasted only a couple of hours before the savings were fully claimed, and the waitlist for the device was filled soon after, leading to many frustrated customers complaining that they were intentionally misled, the report says. The company said it was part of a bigger plan to "stagger the deals to make sure the fun will last through tonight," Bloomberg reports, citing a company spokeswoman. Amazon experience problems dealing with its surge of customers heading to the site in the middle of the day, according to data from Catchpoint Systems. Reference Link
12:38 EDTAAPLGundlach says out of Apple position
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11:01 EDTAAPLApple introduces new iPod touch, unveils new colors for iPod models
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09:53 EDTAAPLHSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks, Apple Insider says
HSBC UK (HSBC) said that Apple Pay (AAPL) support is in its final testing and availability will be coming within two weeks, reports Apple Insider. An HSBC spokesperson said, "We are excited to be one of a small number of Apple Pay launch partners. We have been working closely with Apple and are now properly reviewing and testing our systems before launching in two weeks." Reference Link
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09:08 EDTAMZNAmazo Studios announces Spike Lee's Chi-Raq as Amazon original movie
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06:39 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPod touch, 9to5Mac reports
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06:33 EDTAAPLApple 'in touch' with Iranian distributors to sell products there, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
15:52 EDTAAPLApple Pay in U.K. less lucrative than U.S., FT says
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13:18 EDTAAPLProbendi sues Apple over iWatch name, Bloomberg reports
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10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:47 EDTAMZNRackspace up 3% after CRN says deal close with Amazon Web Services
09:45 EDTAMZNRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
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08:56 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:19 EDTAAPLFBR Capital looks past 'speed bump' in Apple shares
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08:00 EDTAMZNAmazon, GoPro advance after analysts up ratings to buy
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07:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.Q2, Q3 operating income can beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple Pay launches in U.K., has technical problems, Reuters reports
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05:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Eric Sheridan upgraded Amazon.com to Buy from Neutral citing the growth of the company's Prime subscriber base. In a research note titled "Completing The Checkout," Sheridan says the "fast growing and higher spending" Prime subscriber base has raised the significance of Prime eligible items, driving greater penetration of the Fulfillment by Amazon business. This will result in increased annual spend per customer and ultimately higher levels of gross merchandise value for Amazon, the analyst writes. He raised his price target for the online retailing giant to $550 from $450. Amazon shares closed Monday up $12.06 to 455.57.
05:53 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to launch Galaxy Note 5 on August 14, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLReport: Apple research center in Japan part of govt IT strategy, DigiTimes says
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July 13, 2015
18:54 EDTAAPLApple HomeKit stipulations causing product delays, The Register says
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18:38 EDTAAPLYouTube CEO says music service relaunching 'later this year,' BI reports
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17:11 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services announces largest renewable energy project to date
Amazon Web Services, an Amazon.com company, announced that it has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC to construct and operate a 208 megawatt wind farm in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, North Carolina, called the Amazon Wind Farm US East. This new wind farm is expected to start generating approximately 670,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually starting December 2016, or enough to power more than 61,000 US homes in a year. When completed, it will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the state of North Carolina, with the energy generated delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.
16:54 EDTAMZNWal-Mart e-commerce chief announces 'awesome deals' without 'admission fees'
In a Wal-Mart (WMT) blog post published Monday, Walmart.com president and CEO Fernando Madeira wrote that the company is "kicking off some awesome deals this week that will be available for everybody with no hidden costs or admission fees, and they won’t be available for just one day. Our customers will see thousands of great deals on Rollback beginning this week along with some special atomic deals... In addition, we’re rolling back our free shipping minimum order to $35 from $50." Note that Amazon's (AMZN) "Prime Day" shopping holiday is set to take place on July 15, though consumers will need a Prime membership to gain access to those deals. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; July 13, 2015
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10:25 EDTAAPLGoogle to unveil interactive watch faces next Android Wear, Phandroid says
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10:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTAAPLSusquehanna comfortable buying Apple, NXP Semiconductors ahead of earnings
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09:02 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Cantor
Noting that Apple's stock has dropped over the past couple of weeks, Cantor blames the retreat on the sharp sell-off in China's stock market, a sloppy tech tape and concerns regarding Apple Watch. However, the firm thinks the company's momentum in China will not be derailed by the stock market retreat, while supply issues have restrained sales of the Apple Watch. The firm believes that Apple Watch will be the top gift this holiday season. It keeps a $195 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:47 EDTAAPLSkyworks should be bought ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:44 EDTAAPLHSBC to launch Apple Pay in UK on Tuesday, 9to5Mac reports
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07:33 EDTAMZNWal-Mart sale to rival Amazon's Prime Day, USA Today reports
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07:18 EDTAAPLChina jitters won't impact Apple results yet but long-term test remains, FT says
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07:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch U.S. sales 3.04M through July 10, MacRumors reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLTablet sales plateaued in 2014, TechCrunch reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analyst Andy Perkins upgraded shares of Apple to Buy and maintained its $140. Perkin's upgraded Apple citing recent share weakness, expectations for a successful launch of the new 6s handset in September, and continuing good growth in revenues from the App Store.
06:17 EDTAAPLApple could release updated iPod Touch, Nanos this week, Business Insider says
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05:49 EDTAAPLFoxconn plans to build 10-12 India plants before 2020, DigiTimes reports
Apple supplier Foxconn plans to build 10-12 plants in India before 2020, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, the rise of the domestic market and clients' demand for local production in India has prompted Foxconn to consider building production bases in the country. Reference Link
05:49 EDTAAPLReports: Foxconn investment plan in Vietnam rejected, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple 'cautious' about placing orders for 12.9-inch iPad, DigiTimes reports
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05:49 EDTAAPLUpstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
The upstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in the second half of 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, orders are expected to stay weak in Q3 after it originally expected a bottoming out in Q2. Reference Link
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