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April 2, 2013
16:29 EDTOMPI, TM, NDAQ, DAL, AAPL, GM, BGCP, HTZ, HMC, FOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the Dow and S&P both closing at fresh all-time highs. The averages opened higher and firmed following roughly in-line domestic data on factory orders. The U.S. report contrasted with continued weakening in European data, as Germany's PMI indicated contraction in the zone's largest economy... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department said factory orders rose 3% in February, which was a bit ahead of economists' forecast for an increase of 2.9%. In Europe, the euro zone jobless rate was stable at 12.0% in February, though the number of unemployed in the zone rose to the highest level on record at about 19.1M. Also, the purchasing managersí index for the zone fell to 46.8 in March from 47.9 in February. In Asia, Japan's Prime Minister warned that a 2% inflation target pursued by the new head of its central bank may be difficult to reach... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BGC Partners (BGCP) gained $1.87, or 48.57%, to $5.72 after the company agreed to sell its eSpeed treasury trading platform to Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at as much as $1.23B. Nasdaq shares lost $4.10, or 12.81%, to $27.91 following the deal announcement... Carmakers reported March sales and General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) both posted U.S. sales gains of nearly 6% for March. Japanese manufacturers also reported higher March sales, with Toyota (TM) reporting a 1% increase in U.S. sales and Honda (HMC) reporting U.S. sales increased over 7%... Apple (AAPL) shares were active during the session, as a midday report from The Wall Street Journal said the company will begin production of a new iPhone in Q2 but that it will be similar in size and shape to the iPhone 5. Apple shares, which had been trading higher, moved lower following the report and closed up 99c, or 0.23%, at $429.90... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Obagi Medical (OMPI), up $3.17, or 16.08%, to $22.88 after Merz Pharma made an unsolicited proposal to acquire the company for $22 per share. Also higher were shares of Hertz Global (HTZ), up $1.50, or 6.85%, to $23.41 after the company affirmed its fiscal year 2013 earnings and revenue view and provided guidance for fiscal year 2015. Among the noteworthy losers was Delta (DAL), down $1.31, or 8.06%, to $14.94 after the company reported March operating performance and said it sees Q1 revenue up 4%-4.5% against a year ago... INDICES: The Dow was up 89.16, or 0.61%, to 14,662.01; the Nasdaq was up 15.69, or 0.48%, to 3,254.86; and the S&P 500 was up 8.08, or 0.52%, to 1,570.25.
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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13:31 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 84, WSJ reports
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13:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
12:58 EDTGMGM says it has resolved Bolt's technical challenges, Financial Times reports
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12:46 EDTAAPLApple to update capital return policy on April 27, says Piper Jaffray
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12:44 EDTGMFiat Chrysler interested in partnering with GM, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler 9FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to make a "mega deal" before stepping down in early 2019 and has shown "particular interest" in partnering with GM(GM), according to Reuters. GM is strong in Asia, an area of weakness for Fiat Chrysler, while GM is looking to expand in Europe, the news service stated. Reference Link
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales conversion showing good results, says Cowen
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09:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
07:48 EDTAAPLVocera announces first clinical communications app for Apple Watch
Vocera (VCRA) announced the Vocera app for Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables Vocera to extend the power of the Vocera Communication Platform in new ways so physicians and care teams can engage with and respond to life-critical communications and alerts. The Vocera app for Apple Watch will allow users to rapidly manage life-critical communications by viewing and responding to prioritized calls, alerts, and messages from other care team members, Electronic Health Records and clinical systems, including critical lab values and STAT orders. In addition, users will be able to manage key communication functions by setting their availability to enable proper message routing. The Vocera app also allows users to initiate panic calls in "man-down" emergency situations, improving staff safety. The Vocera app will be available this summer from the Apple Watch App Store.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Apple April call option implied volatility is at 28, May weekly is at 36, June is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large May price into the expected release of Q2 results on April 27.
07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
07:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch orders totaled about 957K in U.S. on first day, Apple Insider says
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06:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch off to strong start, says Cantor
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple Watch trends show solid demand, limited supply, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says lead-times for the Apple Watch were unchanged over the weekend, which it views as an indication that Apple is expecting a ramp in production in mid-May to June. Overall, Piper views the Watch trends over the weekend as suggesting solid demand paired with very limited supply. It maintains an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:30 EDTAAPLApple in talks with Florence and the Machine for Beats service, Bloomberg says
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06:07 EDTDALUS airline carriers accused of hypocrisy in subsidy debate, LA Times reports
American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Airlines (UAL) have complained that Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airlines have an unfair advantage due to the $42B in government subsidies received over the last decade, reports the Los Angeles Times. The U.S. carriers have asked federal officials to renegotiate an Open Skies agreement, although a new congressional report says that the U.S. airline industry benefited from $155B in support from the U.S. government from 1918 to 1999. Reference Link
05:59 EDTAAPLApple contacts Irish banks ahead of Apple Pay rollou, The Independent says
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April 12, 2015
19:46 EDTTMToyota plans to build new Chinese factory by 2018, AFP says
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19:01 EDTAAPLNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
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