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May 2, 2012
17:26 EDTOPEN, MCHP, AAPL, CHK, CMCSA, END, SMSC, AMZN, CBS, TRIP, BKS, TGT, TWXOn 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.
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14:14 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple flat since last report with iPhone, Watch results in focus
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13:43 EDTAAPLApple services restored after nearly 4-hour outage, CNBC reports
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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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10:31 EDTCHKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
10:01 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Hold from Buy at Simmons
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08:34 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor shares should be bought on any weakness, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer is upbeat on the 2H15 outlook for online travel, due partly to what it says are higher inventories, improving site traffic, and a solid industry backdrop. The firm says that TripAdvisor's site traffic is accelerating, while its mobile conversions appear to be improving. Consequently, the firm is more confident that the company's hotel inventory is selling well. Oppenheimer introduced a $105 price target on TripAdvisor and reiterated an Outperform rating on the name.
07:45 EDTAMZN, AAPLSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:07 EDTCHKChesapeake to sell substantially all properties held by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa
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07:06 EDTCHKChesapeake to eliminate common dividend effective Q3
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake to eliminate common dividend effective Q3
07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAMZN, AAPLPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
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