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December 6, 2012
12:22 EDTDB, AAPL, AKAM, T, ZNGA, VRA, ALGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as jobless claims came back down a bit from their storm-driven elevated levels. The market opened slightly lower as the S&P and Nasdaq were once again weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) stock continuing yesterday's descent. As Apple pared its losses and moved back into positive ground so did the Nasdaq, making the index the morning's biggest winner with an increase of over 0.6%... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 25,000 to 370,000, versus expectations for claims to fall to 380,000. Also, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that planned layoffs were up 34% in November compared to the prior year. In Europe, the European Central Bank and Bank of England both kept their benchmark interest rates unchanged and did not announce new stimulus measures. The ECB also lowered its growth and inflation forecasts for 2013... COMPANY NEWS: Three former Deutsche Bank (DB) employees told U.S. regulators that the bank hid as much as $12B in losses during the financial crisis, according to The Financial Times, though the company disputed the allegations... Apple, which is always in focus as such a large component of the Nasdaq 100, managed to dominate the spotlight for a second day in a row after CEO Tim Cook said the company will produce one of its existing lines of Macs in the U.S. next year... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Akamai (AKAM), up over 9% after announcing a partnership with AT&T (T), and Zynga (ZNGA), up nearly 8% after the Wall Street Journal reported the company has filed paperwork in Nevada for real money games. Among the noteworthy losers were Vera Bradley (VRA), down 12% after its guidance missed estimates, and Align Technology (ALGN), down about 5% after saying it now expects EPS and revenue for it current quarter to come in at the lower end of its previous guidance... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 8.98, or 0.07%, to 13,043.47; the Nasdaq was up 18.29, or 0.62%, to 2,991.99; and the S&P 500 was up 2.48, or 0.18%, to 1,411.76.
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08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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07:50 EDTALGNAlign Technology upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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07:15 EDTTAT&T weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:43 EDTALGNAlign Technology upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:03 EDTALGNAlign Technology upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Align Technology to Buy due to relative valuation and long-term growth. Price target lowered to $59 from $65.
October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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