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February 20, 2014
WSJ: Broadcasters (CBS, NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) get first victory over Aereo in Utah federal court...BlackBerry's (BBRY) BBM app gets renewed attention...REUTERS: Bayer (BAYRY), Novartis (NVS) explore bids for Merck's (MRK) consumer unit...Nokia (NOK) reportedly considering buying Juniper (JNPR), combining it with NSN... BAE Systems (BAESY): U.S. unit close to 'bottoming out' this year...BLOOMBERG: Wal-Mart (WMT) weighs support for minimum wage increase...Slim (AMX) to exercise NY Times Co. (NYT) warrants this year...OTHER NEWS: Macau casino license renewals (MGM, WYNN, LVS) seen going smoothly, South China Morning Post reports... Intel (INTC) CEO says relationship with Apple (AAPL) getting 'closer,' Apple Insider reports...Comcast (CMCSA) confident of Time Warner Cable (TWC) acquisition approval, FT reports.
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January 24, 2016
15:27 EDTAAPLHead of Apple's car project stepping down, Bloomberg says
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January 22, 2016
17:57 EDTAAPLApple looks cheap, poised to rise 50%, Barron's reports
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16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks opened sharply higher thanks to gains in oil prices and speculation on potential stimulus programs in Japan, China and the European Union. The averages had a midday swoon and lost about half of their gains, but the market was able to find a level where it reversed and regained upside momentum. The Nasdaq was the day's clear winner with gains of more than 2% and led the other indexes with its best gains of the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12.12% to $55.05 after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors... Apple (AAPL) rose 5.32% to $101.42 after Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying the iPhone maker's shares ahead of its earnings report next week, contending that the stock will rally over the next six months. Munster believes shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from current levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 50.67% to $17.99 after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger (SLB) to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Meanwhile, Schlumberger shares gained 6.12% to $65.21 after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. Among the noteworthy losers was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 29.86% to $8.74 and was downgraded to Underperform at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. Also lower were shares of Tutor Perini (TPC), which fell 16.69% to $10.68 after the Construction & Engineering company cut its FY15 forecast and gave lower than expected guidance for the next fiscal year as well. INDEXES: The Dow gained 210.83, or 1.33%, to 16,093.51, the Nasdaq rose 119.12, or 2.66%, to 4,591.18, and the S&P 500 added 37.91, or 2.03%, to 1,906.90.
16:01 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Friday January 22
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13:42 EDTAAPLApple iPhone upgrade program off to stable start, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster noted that Citizen's Financial (CFG), Apple's (AAPL) financing partner for the iPhone upgrade program, reported that it had $220M in iPhone loans at the end of the year. That balance implies that Apple sold about 250,000 iPhones on the program since the iPhone 6S launch, said Munster, adding that he views this as a "stable start" for the program. Munster, who continues to think that program will help shrink the iPhone upgrade cycle in the U.S., keeps an Overweight rating and $179 price target on Apple shares.
13:35 EDTAAPLCitizens Financial reports $220M of iPhone loans made by end 2015
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12:41 EDTCMCSA, DISBox Office Battle: 'The Revenant' expected to bump off 'Ride Along 2'
With weather emergencies already having been declared for New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland with winter storm Jonas fast approaching on the East Coast, box office results could be seriously dampened this weekend. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Northeast makes up about 20% of the overall domestic box office gross, with New York alone consisting of 7%-8%. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story "The Revenant," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is expected to take top place in its third weekend of wide release, with an estimated gross of $19M-$21.6M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Ride Along 2," starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, is expected to earn an additional $18M-$18.7M in its second weekend. Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is expected to add another $14.5M-$15.3M to its record breaking total. Lionsgate (LGF) road-trip comedy "Dirty Grandpa," starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, is expected to gross $10.5M-$12M in its first weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) young adult sci-fi adventure "The Fifth Wave," also opens this weekend and is expected to earn $8M-$11.8M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
10:42 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL NFLX
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09:34 EDTBBRY, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT), up 12.5%... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says that Apple could rally over 50% by September... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), up 6.4% after announcing that it is suspending its quarterly preferred stock dividends... NephroGenex (NRX), up 27.3% after the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board recommendation to continue the Pyridorin study... Avon Products (AVP), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 6.7% after Reuters reports that Indonesia asked the company to set aside another $530M into an escrow account for the miner to extend its permit to export copper concentrate. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Express (AXP), down 6.9%... Starbucks (SBUX), down 2.6%... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), down 32.3%... GE (GE), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Barrick Gold (ABX), down 3.4% after giving fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 production guidance and announcing potential asset impairment charges of $1B-$1.2B.
08:11 EDTMRKMerck price target lowered to $58 from $67 at Leerink
Leerink analyst Seamus Fernandez lowered his price target for Merck (MRK) to $58 citing his expectation for Bristol-Myers (BMY) to remain the leader in the immuno-oncology market as well as a "harder to penetrate" hepatitis C virus market. Nonetheless, the analyst believes headwinds facing Januvia, Keytruda and the HCV franchise are reflected in Merck shares at current levels. Fernandez keeps a Market Perform rating on the name.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales likely to come in at low 50M range in Q1, says Stifel
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07:02 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:58 EDTCBSShari Redstone, Philippe Dauman showdown over Viacom possible, NY Post says
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06:36 EDTAAPLApple suppliers expect drop in iPhone orders, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTAAPLApple got $1B from Google to maintain search bar on iPhone, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) paid Apple (AAPL) $1B in 2014 to keep its search bar on the iPhone, Bloomberg reports, citing a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's (ORCL) copyright suit against Google. Google has a pact with Apple that gives the iPHone maker a percentage of the revenue Google brings in through the Apple device, the report says, citing an attorney for Oracle at the hearing. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says Apple could rally over 50% by September
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report on January 26. Over the next six months, the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Munster believes shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from current levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September. Apple has traded at a lower multiple than today in only one month, April 2013, over the past 120 months or 10 years, Munster writes. He believes the "historic multiples" being applied to Apple right now imply that bad news is being priced in. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. Apple closed yesterday down 49c to $96.30.
05:57 EDTAAPLTaiwan smartphone sales to reach 7.5M-8M units in 2016, DigiTimes reports
Smartphone sales in Taiwan are expected to stay flat at 7.5M-8M units in 2016, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from local retail channels, the proportion of sales of high-end models will continue to fall, which will push vendors to focus on renovation and differentiation, while also strengthening their deployments in new products. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple hires top researcher in virtual reality, Financial Times reports
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05:46 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SRPT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 30, Sarepta (SPRT) 169 according to iVolatility.
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