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November 24, 2014
16:34 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in quiet fashion and trading remained that way throughout the day. The Dow and S&P moved in a narrow range and hugged the flat line, while the Nasdaq drifted steadily higher and added nearly 1% by the close of trade. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.14 in October, versus expectations for a reading of 0.33. Markit's services PMI fell to 56.3 in the flash reading for November, versus expectations for a slight increase to 57.3 from its prior reading of 57.1. The Dallas Fed manufacturing index was steady at 10.5 in November, versus expectations for a 9.0 reading. Overseas, the euro area’s largest economy, Germany, saw a business climate index advance to 104.7 in November from 103.2 in October, beating economists' prediction for a decline to a reading of 103. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) had a role in the Nasdaq's outperformance, as the tech giant climbed after a number of research firms, including Susquehanna, Cantor and KGI Research, were upbeat on the outlook for the company's performance during the holiday season. The iPhone maker's stock rose $2.15, or 1.85%, to close at $118.62 to close just below the 52-week high of $118.77 it hit late in the session... United Technologies (UTX) fell $1.51, or 1.37%, to $108.79 after the Dow member announced that Louis Chenevert had retired as Chairman and CEO, effective immediately. The company reaffirmed its expectations for 2014 earnings per share and sales, but provided little information regarding the abrupt exit of the executive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prosensa (RNA), which surged $7.16, or 62.59%, to $18.60 after the small drugmaker agreed to be acquired by larger BioMarin (BMRN). After the deal announcement BioMarin shares also rose $2.11, or 2.46%, to $87.94, while Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which is working on a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment to rival Prosensa's, advanced 88c, or 5.59%, to $16.61. Also higher was Cimatron (CIMT), which jumped $2.57, or 42.27%, to $8.65 after 3D Systems (DDD) agreed to buy the company for approximately $97M, or $8.97 per share, in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Ring Energy (REI), which fell $1.28, or 9.54%, to $12.14 after Canaccord downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy, citing the the recent decline in crude oil prices and the potential need for the company to raise capital. Also lower were shares of Potash (POT), which fell $2.23, or 6.09%, to $34.40, and Mosaic (MOS), which slid $1.75, or 3.71%, to $45.46 after Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, was reported to be set to start repair work at part of its damaged mine. INDEXES: The Dow added 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,817.90, the Nasdaq rose 41.92, or 0.89%, to 4,754.89, and the S&P 500 gained 5.91, or 0.29%, to 2,069.41.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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14:03 EDTAAPLApple advances after analysts upbeat on holiday season outlook
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11:49 EDTAAPLCitigroup mobile devices analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:11 EDTTVerizon slips after Citi downgrade on spectrum prices, rising competition
Shares of Verizon (VZ) are falling in early trading after Citigroup downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins downgraded Verizon, citing the higher than expected price the company will have to pay for wireless spectrum and the increased price competition it is facing. Prices for spectrum currently being auctioned by the FCC are running 36% above Rollins' estimates, the analyst wrote. The higher than expected cost of spectrum implies that the wireless carriers will have higher costs, the analyst explained. Meanwhile, increased competition over consumer prices among the carriers could prevent them from profiting from increased data consumption, Rollins believes. National wireless carriers' outlook for 2015 is unfavorable, warned the analyst, who trimmed his price target on Verizon to $51 from $53. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The total provision winning bids in the AWS-3 auction rose to about $33B after round 26, which was up 3.23% from the prior round, according to data posted to the FCC website on Friday. Companies believed to be bidding in the auction other than Verizon include AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and U.S. Cellular (USM). This morning, RBC Capital raised its price target on DISH to $81 from $69, citing the current price points of a spectrum auction. The firm views the price points as a conservative valuation proxy for DISH's AWS-4 spectrum holdings. Analysts at Goldman also raised DISH's price target to $96 from $77 to reflect a higher value for the company's spectrum holdings. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Verizon fell 2.2% to $49.12, while DISH Network shares rose 3% to $75.86.
09:46 EDTCCitigroup Global Markets fined $15M by FINRA for supervisory failures
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09:39 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Susquehanna
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple to have very good holiday season, says Cantor
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07:01 EDTCFed could further restrict banks' commodities businesses, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTTVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Verizon (VZ) to Neutral saying it believes the company's earnings will miss expectations in 2015 due to higher costs of spectrum and slower revenue growth amid rising rate plan competition. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $51 from $53. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on AT&T (T) with a $34 price target.
06:12 EDTAAPLSamsung, Apple, LG rank as top 3 smartphone vendors in 2014, DigiTimes says
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November 23, 2014
12:26 EDTTWireless carriers bid up prices at U.S. spectrum auction, WSJ
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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:00 EDTTProvision winning bids in FCC AWS-3 auction hit $33B after round 26
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15:08 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:24 EDTCBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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06:35 EDTTCalifornia AG announces $23.8M settlement with AT&T
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley yesterday announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8M. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28M over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final. This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronic waste. If approved by the court, under the final judgment, AT&T must pay $18.8M in civil penalties and costs. An additional $3M will fund supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California, and AT&T will pay a minimum of $2M to enhance its environmental compliance. The telecom provider will be bound under the terms of a permanent injunction prohibiting similar future violations of law.
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