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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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March 17, 2015
12:46 EDTAAPLNBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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12:38 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the Dow falling about 1%. The market opened in negative territory and proceeded to gain additional downside momentum in early trading. Data on housing starts was not good, even accounting for bad weather in many areas of the country, and the prospect of interest rate increases on the horizon may have some fearing that the housing market recovery is in danger of stalling. Adding to the weakness in stocks may have been the further slide in crude oil prices, which pushed benchmark U.S. crude oil below $43 per barrel earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts plunged 17% to an 897K rate in February, widely undershooting expectations for starts to be down 2.4% to a 1.04M rate, but much of the slide was attributed to weather. Building permits rose 3% to a rate of 1.092M, which was better than the expected 0.5% growth to a 1.065M rate. In Europe, Germany's ZEW Center investor confidence index climbed to 54.8 from 53 last month, though that fell short of the 59.4 consensus forecast. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6% to close at its highest level in over 6 years. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) is preparing to launch an online TV service later this year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. After the reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple's online TV service launch would lay the groundwork for an actual television launch sometime in 2016. Munster estimates that at an average selling price of $1,750, a television could add about 7% to Apple's 2017 revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Black Diamond (BDE), which jumped 30% after the company reported was then expected quarterly results and guidance but also announced it has hired two banks to help it explore its strategic alternatives. Also higher was Esperion (ESPR), which rose 15% after the company's phase 2b study of ETC-1002, a product in development for patients with hypercholesterolemia on stable statin therapy, met its primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax (HIMX), which dropped 9% after BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower following its earnings report was magicJack (CALL), which fell 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 152.00, or 0.85%, to 17,825.42, the Nasdaq was down 8.39, or 0.17%, to 4,921.12, and the S&P 500 was down 11.39, or 0.55%, to 2,069.80.
11:36 EDTAAPLApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTAAPLApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:39 EDTAAPLApple will ship 59M iPhones in CQ1, above consensus, says ITG Research
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTAAPLApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTAAPLDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
07:42 EDTAAPLBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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06:13 EDTTMToyota to offer biggest pay increase for workers in 13 years, WSJ reports
Toyota will raise wages for its workers by the most in 13 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a source, the automaker will raise the monthly pay for a unionized worker in Japan by about 3.2% on average beginning in April; workers will be offered a Y4,000 raise in monthly base pay and a Y7,300 raise in seniority pay, the source adds. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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