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May 2, 2012
17:26 EDTEND, SMSC, AMZN, CBS, TRIP, BKS, TGT, TWX, OPEN, MCHP, AAPL, CHK, CMCSAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as generally good earnings reports were dampened by a weak private-sector jobs report. Stock futures traded slightly lower this morning ahead of the ADP employment change report. The report, which measures U.S. service sector jobs, missed expectations, precipitating a sell-off in futures and a lower open for the broader market. The market hit its low point about an hour into the session, with averages subsequently beginning to trade with an upward drift. The indices turned mixed around midday, with the Nasdaq crossing into positive territory after noon. From there, the averages continued to limp along in what was a lackluster session… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March… COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained 2.30%, while Comcast fell 0.60% and Time Warner moved 1.66% lower... Chesapeake (CHK) fell 14.59% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon… Target (TGT) has announced it will stop selling Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle while continuing to offer similar products from Apple (AAPL) and Barnes & Noble (BKS)… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up $10.19, or 38.83%, to $36.43, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and TripAdvisor (TRIP), up $6.10, or 16.70%, to $42.63, following a better-than-expected Q1 earnings report. Noteworthy losers included Endeavour International (END), down $3.05, or 23.79%, to $9.77, as its Q1 net loss widened on poor natural gas sales in the U.K. and falling gas prices, and OpenTable (OPEN), down $6.56, or 15.02%, to $37.12, after the company missed on revenues and lowered its Q2 EPS and revenue guidance… INDICES: The Dow lost $10.75, or 0.08%, to $13,268.57; the Nasdaq rose $9.41, or 0.31%, to $3,059.85; and the S&P 500 dropped $3.51, or 0.25%, to $1,402.31.
News For CMCSA;TWX;CBS;CHK;TGT;AMZN;AAPL;BKS;SMSC;MCHP;TRIP;END;OPEN From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:15 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; CHK RIG
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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10:24 EDTCMCSAComcast EVP and GM, Video Services Strauss says in 'golden age' of TV
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10:01 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTAAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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07:27 EDTCMCSAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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15:37 EDTTWX, CMCSAUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
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