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April 12, 2012
06:14 EDTYUM, BKC, SNE, WEN, AAPL, MCDOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen made a case for sticking to the central bank's low-interest-rate policies, saying the Fed might need to take additional action to bolster the economy if the recovery falters again, the Wall Street Journal reports...Weaker sales after the recession are causing many fast-food chains (BKC, MCD, WEN,YUM) to adopt leaner business models by unloading company-owned outlets to franchisees, the Wall Street Journal reports...BLOOMBERG: While Apple's (AAPL) influence on the bull market in U.S. equities is among the biggest ever exerted by one stock, the S&P 500 has almost doubled since March 2009 even when Apple is excluded, Bloomberg reports...State Bank of India plans to buy loans mostly given to Indian firms from banks in the U.S. and Europe to increase its overseas credit assets and profitability, Bloomberg reports...REUTERS:Sony Corp. (SNE) CEO Kazuo Hirai outlined a revival strategy built around mobile electronics - phones, games, cameras - and a medical business with annual sales of $1.2B, Reuters reports.
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February 17, 2015
07:32 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to make 5M-6M Apple Watches in Q1, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple design chief working on store redesign ahead of Watch, New Yorker says
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07:24 EDTMCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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07:22 EDTAAPLMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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05:52 EDTSNESony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link
February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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13:38 EDTWENWendy's, Alghanim Industries partner to expand in the Middle East
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
18:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's holder CtW Investment Group seeks board changes, WSJ reports
McDonald's shareholder CtW Investment Group is seeking a “robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:35 EDTMCDS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
13:56 EDTAAPLApple working on car technology in secretive lab, FT says
Apple, which often investigates wide ranging product areas, has been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the company’s Cupertino campus, Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:43 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $130 at BMO Capital
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08:19 EDTMCDAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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07:41 EDTMCDGlenview buys small stake in McDonald’s, suggests real estate sale, WSJ says
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06:14 EDTAAPLTSMC transfers more peripheral IC orders to Vanguard, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has transferred more orders for peripheral ICs for use in Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices to Vanguard International, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Vanguard has already entered Apple's supply chain by providing TSMC 8-inch production capacity for power management IC orders placed by Dialog Semiconductor. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSNESamsung, HTC, others to launch non-Android Wear smart devices, DigiTimes says
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich raised his price target for Apple shares to $150 from $130 citing the tech giant's "expanding ecosystem." Milunovich believes services based on Apple's operating system, such as Apple Pay, Car Play, HomeKit, and HealthKit, will play key role in extending Apple's reach. He believes Apple is evolving into a "platform company" from a "device company" and that this transition may bring the iPhone maker's market capitalization to $1T. Milunovich has a Buy rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday up $1.58 to $126.46, representing a market cap of $739B.
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