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April 24, 2014
16:59 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; April 24, 2014
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15:20 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report for first time with Nadella at helm
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13:42 EDTAAPLApple volatility at record low on Q2, iPhone sales, buyback, dividend, split
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12:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following reports from some of the biggest names in technology and ahead of reports tonight from several other tech giants. The averages opened in positive territory, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq up more than 1% soon after the opening bell. The index was unable to hold its early gains and moved into negative territory, taking the other major averages with it. The indexes were able to keep their losses to a minimum and eventually regrouped and made it back onto positive ground, where they stood near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 24K from the prior week to 329K in the week ended April 19, which was above the 315K consensus forecast of analysts, though there may have been some impact from Easter as the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted difficulty adjusting the data around the holiday. Durable goods orders rose 2.6% in March, beating the 2.0% increase that was forecast. Outside the U.S., Russia said it launched military exercises along the Ukrainian border after Ukrainian forces killed pro-Russian militants. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced more than 8% after the company reported significantly better than expected quarterly earnings and sales, particularly sales of its iPhone. Apple also announced a 7-for-1 stock split that will take effect in June, along with an 8% increase in its quarterly dividend and a $30B increase in its share repurchase authorization. Following last night's report, CLSA upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Buy from Outperform and raised its price target for the stock to $695 from $610, while Jefferies recommended "aggressively" buying shares following the Q2 results and outlook for Q3... Another tech giant, Facebook (FB), also reported earning and revenue that topped expectations last night, sending its shares higher in after-hours trading and prompting a number of price target hikes among Street analysts. However, Facebook also announced that its CFO David Ebersman will step down, to be succeeded by David Wehner, who is currently the company's Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Planning. The social network operator traded on both sides of the flat-line this morning, but was up a bit over 1% at midday... Shares of General Motors (GM) fell about 2% after the company reported profits that narrowly edged out expectations but revenues that fell short of expectations. GM said its core operating performance has been on plan for the year CEO Mary Barra said the company has seen "no meaningful slowdown" in its U.S. sales despite the negative publicity related to its ongoing ignition switch recall and associated legal matters. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), which climbed 11% after it agreed to merge with privately held Biomet in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $13.35B, including the assumption of net debt. Also higher following their earnings reports were Citrix Systems (CTXS), which rose 10%, D.R. Horton (DHI), which gained more than 7%, and Aetna (AET), which advanced 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was chip making giant Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 3.5% despite reporting profits that beat expectations and raising its yearly EPS outlook, as the company also disclosed the receipt of a notice from the SEC about a potential filing of an enforcement action against the company related to anti-bribery violations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Xilinx (XLNX), which fell about 9%, Raytheon (RTN), which dropped 4%, and Hershey (HSY), which also declined about 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 19.49, or 0.12%, to 16,521.14, the Nasdaq was up 25.91, or 0.63%, to 4,152.87, and the S&P 500 was up 5.35, or 0.29%, to 1,880.74.
12:25 EDTAAPLApple shares cheap, Netflix expensive, Barron's reports
While Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) both reported better than expected profit this week, Apple's shares look cheap based on strong cash generation. Netflix, on the other hand, had strong growth, but only generated a small cash profit, and therefore looks pricey, according to Barron's. Reference Link
12:22 EDTGSElizabeth Arden engages Goldman to explore sale, Reuters says
Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) has engaged bankers at Goldman Sachs (GS) to explore a sale of the company, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of Arden are at session highs, up more than 7% following the report. Reference Link
12:02 EDTGSElizabeth Arden selects Goldman to explore sale of company, Reuters reports
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $610 from $565 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital increased its price target on Apple after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm says it increased its target because it now expects the company to introduce wearable products by the end of the year, and it had not included those products in its outlook previously. BMO Capital keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:59 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
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07:56 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to host fixed income investor conference call
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple shares recommended at Morgan Stanley
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07:30 EDTAAPLNasdaq futures poised to pull the market higher
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07:28 EDTAAPLQualcomm price target raised to $89 from $83 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Qualcomm (QCOM) following mixed Q2 results. The firm cited expectations for a strong second half due to an Apple (AAPL) upgrade cycle and LTE. The firm would use any dip to buy the shares. Shares are Buy rated.
07:15 EDTAAPLJefferies recommends 'aggressively' buying shares of Apple
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results, guidance positive, says Stifel
Stifel keeps a $650 price target and Buy rating on Apple.
06:46 EDTGSGoldman supports case for commodity holdings as competitors cut, Bloomberg says
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $665 from $630 at Macquarie
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple iPhone beat, capital plan outweigh iPad miss, says Piper Jaffray
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05:42 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
CLSA upgraded its rating on Apple (AAPL) shares to Buy from Outperform and raised its price target for the stock to $695 from $610. Following Apple's Q2 results, CLSA believes the company's earnings momentum is poised to accelerate and it sees low near-term earnings risk.
April 23, 2014
19:13 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:25 EDTAAPLApple planning for annual divided increases 'going forward'
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18:24 EDTAAPLApple has sold more than 20M Apple TV set-top boxes
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18:08 EDTAAPLApple iPhone ASPs were down $41 in Q2 in part from stronger 4S sales
Regarding the decline in ASPs or 'average selling price' on the iPhone, Apple said on its Q2 earnings call: "When you look at the $41 of decline, I would say about half of that was driven by the fact that we have continued to do very well in emerging markets with the 4S. I mentioned that there's a lot of markets where we've grown very strongly, in Latin America, in Asia-Pacific, in Eastern Europe. So about half of that decline came from the stronger sales of the 4S. And then the rest was primarily the fact that, again, as we move away from the quarter where we launch the product, we tend to have lower capacity mix in our numbers."
17:59 EDTAAPLApple has done 24 acquisitions in 18 months
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17:51 EDTAAPLApple says 'current stock price doesn't reflect full value of the company'
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17:48 EDTCCitigroup approves $1.17B common stock repurchase program
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17:46 EDTAAPLApple China revenue for Q2 a record for company at almost $10B
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17:42 EDTAAPLApple iPad sales came in at the high end of the companyís expectations
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17:38 EDTAAPLApple now has nearly 800M iTunes accounts
Comment from Q2 earnings conference call.
17:05 EDTAAPLIcahn still sees Apple as 'meaningfully undervalued'
Icahn comments on Twitter. Reference Link
16:57 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'extremely pleased' with Apple results
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16:46 EDTAAPLApple resumes trading, shares up 8%, or $39.56, to $564.31
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16:39 EDTAAPLApple announces seven-for-one split, boosts dividend, buyback
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16:35 EDTAAPLApple sold 43.7M iPhones in Q2 vs. 51.03M last quarter
Apple sold 16.35M iPads in Q2 vs. 26.04M last year. Sold 4.14M Macs vs. 4.84M Macs last quarter. Sold 2.76M iPods vs. 6.05M last quarter.
16:33 EDTAAPLApple boosts quarterly dividend by 8% to $3.29
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple raises share repurchase authorization to $90B from $60B
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple announces seven-for-one stock split
16:31 EDTAAPLApple raises capital return program to over $130B
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q3 revenue $36B-$38B, consensus $37.87B
Sees Q3 gross margin 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 EPS $11.62, consensus $10.18
Reports Q2 revenue $45.6B, consensus $43.53B.
16:29 EDTAAPLApple trading halted, pending news
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 12c to 41.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD GOOG TSLA ZNGA TWTR FB according to Track Data.
15:41 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm mentioned positively by firms throughout April
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14:18 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: iPhone sales in focus ahead of Apple's Q2 report
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14:04 EDTAAPLApple April weekly 525 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q2
13:46 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD NFLX TSLA VZ MU WFM AMGN
08:10 EDTAAPLGoogle took on some Samsung liability in fight with Apple, Re/code says
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 64 into Q2
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07:26 EDTGSGoldman acquires Westpeak in pull for 'smart beta' assets, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs's asset-management division has agreed to purchase Westpeak Global Advisors, a firm that looks to surpass market indexes by using factors besides company size to select stock investments, according to Reuters, citing comments from the head of Goldman Sachs asset management's quantitative business, and its head of customized and tax efficient beta businesses. The deal comes as Goldman aims to strengthen its quantitative product offerings. Reference Link
07:23 EDTCCitigroup management to meet with ISI Group
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07:20 EDTCCitigroup Chairman, CEO both feel firm has to simplify itself, Reuters says
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April 22, 2014
18:42 EDTAAPLIcahn reiterates hasn't sold a share of Apple
Icahn speaks in online interview with CNBC's David Faber.
16:04 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; April 22, 2014
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple's large screen phone may not emerge until 2015, Cnet reports
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13:18 EDTAAPLOpera says Android overtook iOS in mobile ad traffic
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11:53 EDTLNGStocks with call strike movement; AAL LNG
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10:45 EDTCCitigroup CEO expects 'others will be disciplined' over Mexico fraud
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10:43 EDTCCitigroup to resubmit capital plan in 2015, address issues in 2014
Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said at today's annual meeting, "Based on our conversations with the Federal Reserve, we don't believe their objection was owing to an issue with our business model, our strategy, levels of capital, or capability to generate capital. We are consulting closely with the Fed to identify exactly where they believe our procedures fall short, so that we can fix the problems they've identified. And rather than resubmitting this year, we've decided to focus our energies on addressing those issues in preparation for our 2015 capital plan. This will require investment in new talent, the acceleration of spending on certain systems, and changes to the way we build, validate and test our scenarios....I want, and our shareholders deserve, an industrial strength, permanent solution that paves the way for sustainable capital return over time. And achieving that will be my highest priority for the remainder of 2014."
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:26 EDTC, GSInformation Management Network to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTCSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:16 EDTAAPLiPhone sales could be hurt by fading phone subsidies, WSJ reports
Sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhones may be further pressured as carriers make faster progress in transitioning customers away from subsidies, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. wireless carriers like T-Mobile US (TMUS) and AT&T (T) have been having more success than expected in moving customers to non-subsidy plans, a transition that could harm sales of expensive handsets such as the iPhone. Reference Link
06:42 EDTAAPLSamsung thinks $2.19B too costly for Apple patents, Bloomberg says
Samsung (SSNLF) feels that Apple's (AAPL) patent-infringement lawsuit of $2.19B is 57 times greater than what the South Korean company should pay if a jury deems that it infringed smartphone technology, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:19 EDTC, GSInvestment banks battling over stock trading, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2014
17:45 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell about 50 branches in California, Bloomberg says
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16:01 EDTAAPL, COptions Update; April 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 40.03. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD NFLX TSLA TWTR FB WLT according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLApple recruiting employees for mobile payments, Re/code says
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14:40 EDTAAPLWi-LAN files appeal in patent suit with Apple
Wi-LAN (WILN) announced that it has filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in its patent dispute with Apple (AAPL) involving WiLAN's U.S. Patent No. RE37,802. On April 3, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that the Jury had no basis for invalidating the 802 patent at the trial of the WiLAN vs. Apple lawsuit in October 2013. In addition to this case, WiLAN is in litigation with Apple in the Southern District of California concerning the infringement of two patents related to LTE technology. WiLAN expects the case in Southern California to go to trial later this year if not settled earlier.
11:34 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 50 into Q2
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit downgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital downgraded Jabil Circuit (JBL) to Sector Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited concerns about Jabil circuit's largest customer, Apple (AAPL), as well as its belief that Jabil's FY15 guidance appears to reflect a best-case scenario. Target to $20 from $21.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple to add call credit payments in China, Marbridge Daily says
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07:22 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of Dallas to hold a luncheon discussion
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06:48 EDTAAPLMicrosoft faces internal & external conflicts in three segments, DigiTimes says
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06:45 EDTAAPLApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLSquare discusses possible sale as losses widen, WSJ reports
Mobile-payments startup Square discussed a possible sale to several rivals as its losses widen, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Google (GOOG) discussed a possible acquisition of the company earlier this year, but it was not clear if the talks were continuing. Square also had discussions about a deal with Apple (AAPL) and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. Reference Link
06:27 EDTAAPLApple revenue outlook likely to miss expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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06:26 EDTAAPLCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
April 17, 2014
16:45 EDTC, GSMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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12:53 EDTGSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:16 EDTGSGoldman CFO says trajectory for merger activity 'appears good' right now
10:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs fully-phased-in Basel 3 tier 1 common ratio 9.7%, CFO says
9.7% ratio is under advanced approach.
10:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says no plans to adjust size of balance sheet
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09:59 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' Schwartz says no strategic plans for Sigma X dark pool
Goldman CFO Harvey Schwartz speaking on company's Q1 earnings call.
09:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says confident in ability to comply with SLR rules
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOGL GOOG NFLX TSLA AMZN GOLG NOV AA IBM
07:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports total capital $244.73B at March 31
As of March 31, total capital was $244.73B, consisting of $79.10B in total shareholdersí equity and $165.63B in unsecured long-term borrowings. Book value per common share was $154.69 and tangible book value per common share was $145.04, both approximately 1% higher compared with the end of 2013. Under the regulatory capital requirements applicable to bank holding companies, the firmís Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firmís Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31. Level 3 assets were $41B as of March 31, compared with $40B as of December 31, 2013, and represented 4.5% of total assets. Total staff of 32,600 was down from 32,900 as of December 31, 2013.
07:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO Blankfein says 'generally pleased' with Q1 performance
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07:46 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Q1 Basel 1 tier 1 common equity ratio 14.6%
The firmís global core excess liquidity was $175B as of March 31. The firmís Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firmís Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31.
07:44 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q1 EPS $4.02, consensus $3.49
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 38 into Q2
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple plans to launch song-ID feature for iOS software, Bloomberg says
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06:31 EDTGS, CBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTCCitigroup may have received mixed signals from Federal Reserve, WSJ says
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April 16, 2014
17:57 EDTAAPLYahoo seeks default search status for Apple products, Re/code says
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16:00 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; April 16, 2014
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15:17 EDTGSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April 157 straddle priced for 2.5% move into Q1
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple slips lower, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLApple risk/reward looks positive into Q2 results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest thinks that Apple's low valuation should prevent it from falling sharply, and it expects the company's Q2 iPhone sales to exceed expectations. The firm believes that iPhone 6 can enable the company to return to growth, and recommends buying the stock. .
08:35 EDTAAPLLiveDeal completes development of iOS mobile app
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple denied motion to dismiss e-books suit, Reuters says
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple earnings have more downside risk than upside risk, says Bernstein
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07:40 EDTAAPLGoogle Play Q1 downloads exceeded downloads from Apple store, App Annie says
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07:16 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility flat into Q1 and revenue outlook
Goldman Sachs April call option implied volatility is 39, July is at 21, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the open on April 17.
06:52 EDTAAPLSamsung objects to Apple's patent claims in $2B court battle, Bloomberg says
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06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTLNGCheniere Energy price target raised to $74 from $67 at Deutsche Bank
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTC, AAPL, LNGOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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14:20 EDTCCitigroup reports March credit loss 2.3% vs. 2.02% last month
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10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTCCitigroup needs more progress to move higher, says Sterne Agee
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07:50 EDTLNGCheniere Energy May volatility elevated at 48
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07:46 EDTAAPLMonitor says Apple antitrust compliance off to 'promising start,' Reuters says
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06:08 EDTAAPLSamsung: Gains in smartphone market the result of strategy shift, WSJ reports
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05:50 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Citigroup to Outperform following the bank's better than expected Q1 results and raised its price target for the stock to $57 from $52.
April 14, 2014
16:24 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTC, AAPL, LNGOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
12:26 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:59 EDTCStocks with call strike movement; C MA
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11:16 EDTCCitigroup says one employee terminated related to fraud found in Mexico
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11:09 EDTCCitigroup says committed to improving capital planning process
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10:39 EDTCCitigroup sees lowering consumer banking headcount below 145K by end year
The company noted its headcount in consumer banking stood at 149K in Q1 and it sees the headcount to be cut to below 145K by Q4 of this fiscal year. The company sees cutting its consumer banking card products to under 440 by Q4 and lowering its branch count to under 3,525 in Q4 from 3,601 in Q1. Information from slides for earnings conference call.
10:02 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:38 EDTCCitigroup rallies after results, levels to watch
Shares are up over 4.1% at time of writing to $47.59 following better than expected earnings. At that price next resistance is at $48.36, a pivot high. Support is at $47.12. Rafferty Capital upgraded the stock to Hold from Sell.
09:36 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital
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08:31 EDTGSBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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08:10 EDTCCitigroup shares up 3% in pre-market trading after Q1 report
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08:09 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 net interest margin rose to 2.9%
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08:05 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 loan loss reserve release of $673M
Reports Q1 net credit losses of $2.4B, down 15% versus prior year period. CVA/DVA was $7M, or $4M after-tax, in the first quarter, compared to negative $319M, or negative $198M after-tax, in the prior year period. Q1 included a $210M tax charge related to corporate tax reforms enacted in two states. These reforms lowered marginal tax rates, resulting in a reduction in Citigroupís state deferred tax assets. CEO Michael Corbat said, ďDespite a quarter that was difficult for our company, we delivered strong results. Both our consumer and institutional businesses performed well and we grew both loans and deposits while holding the line on our expenses. We reduced our deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. $4B in net income helped generate $6B in regulatory capital during the quarter and increased our estimated Tier 1 Common ratio to 10.4% on a Basel III basis. Very cognizant of our shareholders desire to see a sustainable return of capital, we are engaged with the Fed to better understand their expectations regarding the CCAR process. We are committed to bringing our capital planning process to the highest possible standards, befitting an institution of our global reach. I will dedicate whatever resources and make whatever changes necessary to achieve this critical goal."
08:02 EDTCCitigroup reports estimates Basel III Tier 1 common ratio of 10.4%
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08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 EPS ex CVA/DVA $1.30, consensus $1.14
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple in talks for $100 iPhone 6 price increase, says Jefferies
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07:20 EDTGSKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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07:10 EDTGSNBG picks Goldman, Morgan Stanley to manage share offering, Reuters says
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07:06 EDTAAPLU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:59 EDTCCitigroup says client information leaked at Korean credit units, Bloomberg says
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06:50 EDTAAPLChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
06:40 EDTAAPLNo lines for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but carriers say demand healthy, Re/code says
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06:11 EDTAAPLIntel works with HzO to enhance water resistance in products, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2014
19:07 EDTCCitigroup to eliminate another 200 to 300 jobs, WSJ says
Citigroup has eliminated another 200 to 300 jobs including Steve Prince, the younger brother of former CEO Charles Prince, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, a Citigroup spokeswoman said the bank is continuing to "tightly manage expenses, making targeted head count reductions in light of current market conditions." Reference Link
April 11, 2014
15:44 EDTGSTyson, Post final contenders to buy Michael Foods, Reuters says
Michael Foods, the egg and dairy products maker that has been put up for sale by Goldman Sachs' (GS) private equity arm, is evaluating binding bids from Tyson (TSN) and Post (POST) and is near a deal to be sold to one of the two for close to $2.5B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
15:20 EDTCNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
Notable companies reporting before Monday's open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus $1.14, and M&T Bank (MTB), consensus $1.61.
12:12 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 34 into Q2
Apple 4/25/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 25, June is at 23, October at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 23.
10:25 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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10:19 EDTAAPLApple drops to session lows, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple Q1 should be in line but slight risk to Q2, says Cowen
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07:37 EDTGS, CGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:09 EDTCLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:03 EDTCCitigroup volatility increases into Q1and capital outlook
Citigroup April call option implied volatility is at 43, May is at 27, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
06:47 EDTAAPLSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTCCitigroup unit in California facing DOJ probe, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:00 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:37 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
08:15 EDTGSGoldman COO says company committed to Brazil operations, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn asserted that the company is committed to retaining its investment-banking operations in Brazil as part of its world-wide footprint, according to Reuters, citing comments from Cohn. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGSGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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06:35 EDTGS, CMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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