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March 6, 2014
12:28 EDTLOV, BJRI, AAPL, PXLW, COST, P, SPLSOn 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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10:11 EDTAAPLApple breakout continues, levels to watch
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09:44 EDTPPandora management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat as shares near record
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07:29 EDTAAPLJapan Display asking Apple to finance new smartphone screen plant, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTAAPLFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to publicly beta test iOS update, Re/code says
Apple plans to allow consumers to test the next update for its iOS mobile operating system, reports Re/code. The beta test will be available mid-March through the company's Apple Seed program. Reference Link
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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05:27 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:20 EDTSPLSWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:10 EDTCOSTBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
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