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March 27, 2014
12:18 EDTAAPL, LULU, C, AMZN, LDOS, BAX, GOOG, GME, BACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in Citigroup (C) and a number of tech giants weighed on the indexes. The weakness comes in spite of the government's estimate for GDP growth in the fourth quarter having been revised upward, as well as encouraging data about unemployment claims. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The estimate of GDP growth in the fourth guarter was revised up to 2.6% from the prior 2.4% estimate, but analyst had expected it to be bumped up to 2.7% in this third reading. There were 311K initial jobless claims in the week ended March 22, which was below the consensus forecast for 323K claims. Pending home sales fell 0.8% in February from the prior month, missing expectations for them to have risen 0.2%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup dropped 6% after the bank was one of five to have its capital plan rejected by the Federal Reserve. The central bank said Citi's plan reflected a "number of deficiencies" in its planning. Citi was denied its request for a $6.4B share repurchase program and to increase its dividend to 5c per share, but will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions. Following last night's Fed announcment, Citigroup shares were downgraded at Keefe Bruyette and at Bernstein... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were also lower by nearly 2% near midday, despite receiving approval from the Fed for its 2014 capital plan. The bank will be allowed to repurchase $4B of its common stock and increase its dividend to 5c from 1c per share. The bank also announced a more than $9B settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency related to mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) between 2005 and 2007... Shares of Baxter (BAX) rose 5.5% after the company announced plans to split into two separate, independent companies -- one focused on biopharmaceuticals and the other on medical products. The split, which is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Baxter shareholders of a new publicly traded stock in the new biopharmaceuticals company, is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015... Shares of Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and a number of other tech stocks were all lower near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was athletic apparel maker lululemon (LULU), which rose over 6% after the company's fourth quarter results topped analysts' consensus expectation and the company's previously lowered outlook. Also higher was Garmin (GRMN), which gained 4.5% after research firm Oppenheimer joined Citigroup to issue the second positive note about the GPS product maker in two days. Among the noteworthy losers was security, health and engineering solutions firm Leidos (LDOS), which dropped more than 15% after its guidance dissapointed and its COO announced plans to leave the company. Also lower following its earnings reports was video game retailer GameStop (GME), which fell 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 35.52, or 0.22%, to 16,233.47, the Nasdaq was down 34.23, or 0.82%, to 4,139.35, and the S&P 500 was down 7.94, or 0.43%, to 1,844.62.
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March 17, 2015
09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:07 EDTAMZN, AAPL, GOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAAPL, AMZN, GOOGMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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07:42 EDTGOOG, AAPL, AMZNBoeing 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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07:15 EDTCCiti price target raised on positive news flow at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Citi (C) shares to $56 from $54 citing recent positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, the credit card deal with Costco (COST) and last week's stress test results. Deutsche notes the stock still trades at a 6% discount to tangible book. It keeps a Buy rating on Citi.
06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPL, GOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTAAPL, GOOGChina 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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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTC, AMZN, AAPLOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:24 EDTAAPLCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
14:13 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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14:09 EDTCCiti reports February credit loss 2.55% vs. 2.30% last month
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10:44 EDTAMZN, AAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:22 EDTBACBank of America February default rate 2.98% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.86% vs. 1.83% last month.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTBAXCTI BioPharma shares should be bought on weakness, says Roth Capital
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March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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