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March 6, 2014
12:28 EDTAAPL, BJRI, LOV, COST, SPLS, P, PXLWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a drop in weekly jobless claims may have increased confidence that tomorrow's closely watched monthly jobs report may not be as bad as feared. Other reports showed factory orders fell in January and fourth quarter non-farm productivity was downwardly revised, but both of those were widely expected. The Dow has been today’s leader while the Nasdaq has been the laggard, reversing yesterday's trend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 26K to 323K, which was better than the forecast for 335K initial claims. The government's estimate of productivity growth in the fourth quarter was lowered sharply to 1.8% from 3.2%, though this was generally in line with analysts' expectation. Unit labor costs fell 0.1% in the quarter, which was less than anticipated. Factory orders declined 0.7% in January, though that was only a bit worse than expected and was improved from the prior month's drop. Excluding transportation, orders were up 0.2%. In Europe, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England kept their key interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Wholesale club operator Costco (COST) fell over 2% after its second quarter earnings and sales came in below analysts consensus estimate. Costco said its second quarter comparable store sales rose 3% and that its February comparable store sales were up 2%... Shares of office products retailer Staples (SPLS) plunged 15% after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance trailed expectations. The company also announced it expects to close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of 2015 and that it will no longer provide annual sales or EPS guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pixelworks (PXLW), which jumped 55% after the company disclosed that more than 10% of its revenue in 2013 was attributable to its sales to Apple (AAPL). Also higher was BJ's Restaurants (BJRI), which rose 18% after two different investor groups stated their intent to nominate slates to stand for election to BJ's board and the stock was upgraded to Buy at Buckingham. Among the noteworthy losers was internet radio provider Pandora (P), which fell 2.5% after its listener hour growth decelerated to 9% in February and the company announced it will discontinue its monthly report of key metrics. Also lower was Spark Networks (LOV), which was downgraded at both Canaccord and William Blair and fell 21% after the company's earnings report and forecast that revenue from its Christian Mingle website would drop modestly in 2014. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 85.41, or 0.52%, to 16,445.59, the Nasdaq was up 10.94, or 0.25%, to 4,368.92, and the S&P 500 was up 7.63, or 0.41%, to 1,881.44.
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October 8, 2014
15:00 EDTAAPLApple shares climb following Icahn tweet of open letter to Tim Cook
Activist investor Carl Icahn tweeted that he is sending an open letter to Tim Cook tomorrow. This news along with the better tone in markets has helped lift the shares back above the psychologically important $100 level. Next resistance is at $101.79. Support is at $99.90.
14:54 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat, Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 20, November is at 26, December is at 24, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on Carl Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow.
14:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says to send open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
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12:25 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple sends out invites for October 16 event, 9to5Mac reports
Apple has sent out invitations for its October 16 event that is expected to introduce new iPads and Macs, 9to5Mac reports. The event will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California and begin at 1pm ET. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAAPLApple 'surprised' by GT Advanced's Chapter 11 filing, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) says it was "surprised" by GT Advanced's (GTAT) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple says it is focused on preserving jobs in Arizona and will continue to work with state and local officials "as we consider our next steps." GT Advanced is a partner for Apple's sapphire initiative. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
11:23 EDTCOSTCostco sees FY15 CapEx $2.5B-$2.7B
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11:14 EDTCOSTCostco expects to open 31 new warehouses and relocate 4 locations in FY15
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11:10 EDTCOSTCostco reports September SSS up 4%, September revenue $10.57B
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10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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09:57 EDTAAPLBlog reveals next-generation Apple iPad Air, 9to5Mac says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:20 EDTAAPLQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTAAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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05:21 EDTCOSTCostco reports Q4 EPS $1.58, consensus $1.52
Reports Q4 revenue $34.75B, consensus $35.47B. Reports Q4 SSS up 6%. Reports Q4 SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 7%.
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