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May 27, 2015
07:51 EDTAAPLSamsung patents potential notebook with 'phablet' dock, Patently Mobile reports
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed a U.S. patent application for a new dual OS operating system hybrid device that would allow a mobile device docked in a notebook automatically detect and switch its OS based on the companion device, which Patently Mobile said "could be a sign marking a huge new move into the enterprise space where Apple (AAPL) is currently winning handily." Reference Link
07:20 EDTAAPLMicrosoft bringing Cortana assistant to iOS, Android, The Verge reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple data center in Arizona catches fire, ABC15 reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTAAPLApple granted patent describing dual-purpose keyboard
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05:53 EDTAAPLReport: TSMC to build 10nm pilot line in June, DigiTimes says
TSMC (TSM) is scheduled to build a 10nm pilot line at its 12-inch water plant in northern Taiwan in June, reports DigiTimes. Citing a recent Economic Daily News report, TSMC is eyeing orders for Apple's (AAPL) A10 SoC chips, but Samsung (SSNLF) will also be involved in the race for orders. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLLenovo ranks 3rd behind Samsung, Apple in Q1 smartphone rankings, DigiTimes says
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May 26, 2015
19:25 EDTYELPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:14 EDTYELPEminence Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Yelp
16:01 EDTAAPLTaiwan Semiconductor plans 10-nanometer chip test in June, AppleInsider says
Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor (TSM) plans to being testing production of 10-nanometer microprocessors in 12 factories by June, and hopes to sign production contracts by year's end, reports AppleInsider, citing unnamed sources quoted by UDN.com. The report notes that Apple (AAPL) is likely to pursue the 10NM chips, and sources quoted by G for Games said TSMC will be capable of handling the majority, if not all, of manufacturing responsibilities for Apple's rumored A10 chip. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 26, 2015
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15:45 EDTAAPLNext generation iPhone to include 'force touch' screen, 9to5Mac says
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13:17 EDTAAPLApple considering issuing $1.62B in bonds as early as June, Nikkei reports
Apple is considering a Y200B, or $1.62B, bond issuance as early as June, The Nikkei reports. The company could use the proceeds to increase shareholder returns and to expand its operations in Japan. The bonds would target Japanese investors, but would also likely be sold to overseas investors. Reference Link
12:11 EDTAAPLGlobal smartphone growth expected to slow to 11.3% in 2015, IDC says
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10:55 EDTAAPLApple edges below its short-term bullish price channel
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10:27 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:51 EDTAAPLUniversal Display outlook has improved, says Needham
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09:47 EDTAAPLActives on open:
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer, 9to5Mac reports
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May 25, 2015
15:32 EDTCVSCVS Health shares have 'more gains ahead,' Barron's says
Shares of CVS Health (CVS) remain "reasonably" priced and traders would be wise to stick with the company, Barron's contends in its 'Follow Up' column. Barron's argues that the company's recent purchase of Omnicare (OCR) gives CVS an opportunity to consolidate suppliers and expand its sales to the elderly. Reference Link
May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTBBY, AAPL, CVSStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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14:38 EDTBBYBest Buy downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research
12:21 EDTAAPLApple to focus on quality instead of new additions in OS upgrade, 9to5Mac says
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11:00 EDTAAPLIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:39 EDTAAPLData firm: Apple Watch orders haven't grown since initial surge, Quartz says
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10:38 EDTAAPLMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
09:01 EDTAAPLApple wants TV service to have local programming, Re/code reports
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08:47 EDTCVSCVS Health acquisition positive, says SunTrust
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08:42 EDTBBYBest Buy share gains should continue, says SunTrust
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08:09 EDTRIGLJefferies views Rigel as rare biotech stock
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06:56 EDTAAPLTrendforce expects iPhone shipments to reach 230M in 2015, DigiTimes says
Trendforce said Apple's iPhone shipments is expected to reach over 230M in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June and will be shipped in Q3. Quarterly shipments is projected to reach 24M units. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple developing dual-app mode, 12-inch iPads, multi-user support, 9to5Mac says
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May 21, 2015
19:15 EDTCVSCVS Health should profit from Omnicare acquisition, Barron's says
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17:16 EDTAAPLApple plans 12-inch iPads, split-screen functionality, 9to5Mac says
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16:24 EDTCVS, BBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:25 EDTAAPLApple to add public transit support to Maps app, 9to5Mac says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
12:49 EDTCVS, BBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:28 EDTCVSGabelli says he likes CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Mario Gabelli is speaking on CNBC.
11:21 EDTAAPLApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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11:06 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in New York on May 26 hosted by SunTrust.
10:04 EDTBBYHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: MTZ LQD LBTYA AGEN OCR CVC NTAP BBY BRKR VOC
09:40 EDTBBYBest Buy trades up on beat, levels to watch
Shares are off the best level of the day, last at $35.49 and up over 5% on the session. At that price next resistance is at $36.61, the session high. Support is at $34.49.
09:36 EDTAAPL, BBYActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTBBY, CVSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
09:03 EDTBBY, CVSOptions expected to be active
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08:54 EDTCVSCVS expects Omnicare deal to have significant synergies, operating efficiencies
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:48 EDTCVSCVS Health to hold a conference call
Conference call to discuss definitive agreement to acquire Omnicare will be held on May 21 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:26 EDTBBYBest Buy rises 9.5% to $37 after Q1 earnings beat expectations
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07:21 EDTCVSOmnicare elevated into CVS Health acquiring for $98 per share
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07:21 EDTENDPEndo shares have attractive long-term setup, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan believes the acquisition of Par builds out Endo's generics business. The firm believes the long-term setup for Endo is attractive and raised its price target for shares to $110 from $105. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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07:06 EDTCVSCVS Health agree to acquire Omnicare for $98 per share
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says strategy resonating with customers
Hubert Joly, Best Buy president and CEO, said, "In the Domestic business, against a backdrop where the NPD-reported consumer electronics categories, which represent approximately 65% of our revenue, were down 5.3%7, our comparable sales, excluding the impact of installment billing, declined only 0.7% as we continued to take advantage of strong product cycles in large screen televisions and iconic mobile phones and continued growth in the major appliance category. Throughout the quarter, our strategy of delivering ‘Advice, Service and Convenience at Competitive Prices’ continued to resonate with our customers. While merchandising, marketing and operational execution were the tactical drivers of our better-than-expected first quarter financial results, strategically, we believe the cumulative impact of the progress we have made to improve our multi-channel customer experience is what has allowed us to consistently outperform the market. We have made real progress and it is showing up in our results."
07:04 EDTCVSCVS Health agree to acquire Omnicare for $98 per share
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q2 revenue growth flat to negative low-single digit
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q1 adjusted EPS 37c, consensus 29c
Reports Q1 revenue $8.56B, consensus $8.46B. Reports Q1 domestic comparable sales up 0.6%
06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR BBY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 68, Best Buy (BBY) 40 according to iVolatility.
05:52 EDTAAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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18:51 EDTSSprint names Kevin Crull as Chief Marketing Officer
Kevin Crull will join Sprint as chief marketing officer effective May 31. Crull will report to President and CEO Marcelo Claure. Crull brings to Sprint 30 years of experience leading sales, marketing and operations teams. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then president of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company.
18:19 EDTCVSOmnicare up about 5% from close after talks of being acquired by CVS Health
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18:10 EDTCVSCVS Health in late stage talks to acquire Omnicare, Bloomberg says
CVS Health (CVS) is in advanced talks to buy Omnicare (OCR), Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. A deal could be reached as soon as this week, the sources added. Reference Link
18:00 EDTCVSCVS Health reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Omnicare, Bloomberg says
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17:46 EDTSStandard General wins RadioShack brand, forced to destroy some customer data
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
15:21 EDTBBYBest Buy May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Best Buy May weekly call option implied volatility is at 104, June is at 39, September is at 34; compared to its 90-day average of 32, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 21.
15:00 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 75c... Best Buy (BBY), consensus 29c... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), consensus $2.48... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 65c... Donaldson Company (DCI), consensus 35c... Booz Allen Hamilton Holding (BAH), consensus 33c... The Buckle (BKE), consensus 78c... Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO), consensus 39c... Brady Corp. (BRC), consensus 37c... Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 9c... Quality Systems (QSII), consensus 15c... Kirkland's (KIRK), consensus 11c... Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), consensus ($1.56).
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTBBYBest Buy trends moderating, says Cleveland Research
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07:21 EDTCVSUBS to hold a conference
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06:25 EDTAAPLSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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06:07 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS BBY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Michael Kors (KORS) 40, Best Buy (BBY) 37 according to iVolatility.
May 19, 2015
16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:30 EDTRIGLRigel Pharmaceuticals management to meet with Jefferies
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:27 EDTYELPYelp May weekly calls active on renewed talk of buyout
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10:14 EDTENDPHigh option volume stocks
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09:53 EDTBBYBest Buy May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:53 EDTSSprint expects Voice to be 'still important' as Data demands continues to grow
Expects that half of its plans will be financed while a third plus will be through leasing. The company says it has its eye on how those numbers change going forward. Cites successful financing through securitization and vendor financing. The company says it "feels good" about taking expenses and reinvesting on a smaller base for overall operation. Says the company is still working on getting its churn down. Comments made by CFO Joe Euteneuer at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
09:51 EDTYELPYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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07:39 EDTENDPEndo presents data on Xiaflex treatment for PD
Endo Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Endo International, supports efforts to bring the medical community the first ever treatment guidelines for Peyronie's Disease, or PD, a condition in which collagen plaque, or scar tissue, develops on the shaft of the penis, and may harden and reduce flexibility. The company also announced that it has presented encore data at a key medical meeting evaluating the efficacy of XIAFLEX treatment for PD as well as the impact of PD on erectile dysfunction and female partners.
07:36 EDTSAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:17 EDTCVSCVS Health has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO Larry Merlo on May 21 at 11 am.
07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
05:59 EDTAAPLSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTENDP, AAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:42 EDTENDPAchillion rises as conference cancellation adds fuel to M&A speculation
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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10:03 EDTYELPYelp slips after analyst says stock already reflects takeover probability
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10:01 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTAAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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09:25 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTENDPEndo CEO says will be looking for deals on lower end of $300M-$1B range
Endo will be looking for deals similar to its Aspen transaction, the company's CEO added.
09:09 EDTENDPEndo says 'pretty large' disparity in FY16 interest expense view vs. consensus
Endo said it will not give FY16 guidance at this point but noted that there appears to be a "pretty large" disparity between the company's interest expense view for the fiscal year compared to what appears to be factored into the consensus FY16 forecast. Comments from Endo's call discussing its deal to acquire Par Pharmaceutical.
09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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08:27 EDTENDPEndo says Par financing structure provides flexibility for future M&A
Endo expects adjusted diluted Par EPS to grow faster than revenues, according to slides for the Par Pharmaceutical acquisition presentation. Endo anticipates returns well in excess of its cost of capital, which should enable de-levering to a projected 3-4x net debt to EBITDA in 12-18 months. Endo said the financing structure of the Par deal provides flexibility for future M&A. Endo says consolidation and maturation of competitors have stabilized the generic pharmaceuticals pricing environment and that adding Par creates a top five generics player. Endo said it will have pro forma filed ANDAs of 165 and pro forma programs in development of 152 after adding Par.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTENDPEndo sees PAR transaction accretive to adjusted EPS in first 12 months
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06:34 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Par Pharmaceutical in transaction valued at $8.05B
Endo and Par Pharmaceutical announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire privately-held Par from TPG in a transaction valued at $8.05B, including assumption of Par debt. The combination is expected to help drive long-term double-digit revenue growth for Endo. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of Endo and Par, and is supported by the management teams of both companies. There are no further shareholder approvals required. The purchase price will consist of approximately 18M shares, $1.55B of value based on the 10-day volume weighted average share price of Endo ending on May 15, of Endo equity and $6.50B cash consideration to Par shareholders. Endo has secured fully committed financing from Deutsche Bank and Barclays to fund the cash consideration. Endo expects to implement a permanent capital structure to finance the transaction prior to the close that would include a combination of cash, debt and an equity offering. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2015 and is subject to regulatory approval in the U.S. and certain other jurisdictions, as well as other customary closing conditions.
06:33 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Par Pharmaceutical in transaction valued at $8.05B
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06:31 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Par Pharmaceutical in transaction valued at $8.05B
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05:46 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded Yelp to Neutral from Overweight saying a takeout is priced into shares at current levels. Munster sees a 65% chance of Yelp eventually getting acquired at a valuation at or slightly below the current share price. The stock has rallied 24% since it was reported that the company hired a bank to explore a sale, the analyst points out. He lowered his price target for shares to $46 from $70. The review website closed Friday down 46c to $46.89.
May 17, 2015
18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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May 15, 2015
17:40 EDTENDPEndo announces FDA approval of label update for XIAFLEX
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17:15 EDTSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTENDPSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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19:02 EDTENDPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:39 EDTAAPLApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:11 EDTENDPEndo, BioDelivery announces Phase 3 data for buprenorphine
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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11:16 EDTYELPStocks with call strike movement; VIPS YELP
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10:31 EDTST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTSDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
May 13, 2015
16:19 EDTSAMBoston Beer expands repurchase program by $50M
At a special meeting of the board of directors of The Boston Beer Company held on May 8, the board voted to increase the aggregate expenditure limit for the company's stock repurchase program by $50M, thereby increasing the limit from $350M to $400M. Shares of the company's class A common stock will be repurchased pursuant to a rule 10b5-1 plan. As of May 8, the company had approximately $28.3M remaining on the $350M repurchase limit.
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:27 EDTSStandard General acquires rights to RadioShack brand, data, WSJ says
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13:15 EDTAAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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11:47 EDTCVSCVS Health says to pay $22M in settlement with DEA, USAO
CVS Health said in a regulatory filing that it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to resolve previously-disclosed allegations relating to the dispensing of certain controlled substances in Florida. CVS Health agreed to pay $22M and the settlement resolves all civil matters between the Company and the DEA in the state of Florida. This payment amount has been fully accrued for in prior fiscal periods.
11:22 EDTYELPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:35 EDTBBYBest Buy May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Best Buy May weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, June is at 34, September is at 33; compared to its 90-day average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 21.
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
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