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March 27, 2014
12:18 EDTC, BAC, BAX, LULU, GME, LDOS, AAPL, GOOG, AMZNOn 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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September 17, 2014
16:00 EDTBAC, AAPL, AMZNOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple using own CDN, not Akamai, Level 3, for iOS 8, StreamingMediaBlog says
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13:57 EDTAAPLiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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13:16 EDTBAC, CHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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12:27 EDTAAPLNet Element shares higher by over 29% after integrating Apple services
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11:42 EDTAAPLVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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11:02 EDTLULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:15 EDTAAPLDiscover calls active, rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple could announce new products at October event, Apple Insider says
Apple is said to be planning an event for the second half of October where it will unveil more gadgets, a source tells Apple Insider. The company may unveil a next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini which is rumored to feature the company's Tough ID fingerprint sensor. Reference Link
10:04 EDTGOOG, AAPLDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
08:44 EDTBAXJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple iPhone prices could rise, says RBC Capital
After conducting a survey of consumers, RBC Capital believes that average sales prices for Apple's iPhone could rise $90 quarter-over-quarter and $65 year-over-year, while gross margins could increase as a result of higher average memory per device. The firm raised its price target on the name to $114 from $110 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTAAPLEarly reviews point to iPhone 6 battery life similar to iPhone 5s, BI says
After analyzing the first round of major tech publications' reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Business Insider said critics have "mixed" opinion's on the battery life of the 6 and that it "seems like" the smaller phone's battery life won't be radically different from the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
06:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com ads could increase EPS, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Amazon.com's ad initiatives could boost its EPS by $2.60 and raise its operating margin by one point in 2018. The firm quotes ad tech experts with whom it spoke as saying that the company is "a potential juggernaut in the ad industry" and is "on a $1B run rate." The firm keeps a $460 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:54 EDTBACNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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06:31 EDTAAPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 products sell out fast in Taiwan market, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:17 EDTAAPLApple supplier reportedly struggling to meet iPhone demand, WSJ reports
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