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January 14, 2013
16:26 EDTDELL, AAPL, UPS, TNTEY, XRTX, AZK, HALOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with the Dow the lone index managing to close in positive territory. Apple (AAPL) shares weighed on the Nasdaq, though that weakness was partially offset by strength in Dell (DELL), following a report that it is exploring a bid to go private. The day's trading session, however, saw generally light volume ahead of a number of big financial earnings report due later this week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. After the close, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan, which has the potential to be market moving... COMPANY NEWS: Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that Dell has held talks about going private and shares spiked higher before being halted due to volatility. After resuming trading, Dell shares climbed as high as $12.74 before settling up $1.41, or 12.96%, at $12.29. Notably, Goldman Sachs upgraded Dell shares on December 3 to Buy from Sell, citing the potential for a leveraged buyout opportunity among the factors, and Susquehanna said in a late-day note to investors that Dell could be worth $16-$17 per share in a buyout... Shares of Apple lost $18.55, or 3.57%, to $501.75, but closed above the psychologically and technically important $500 level after shares dipped below that level intraday. The slide followed a Wall Street Journal report, citing sources, that said Apple has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weak demand... UPS shares gained $1.32, or 1.69%, to $79.24 after the company announced it will drop its pursuit of TNT Express (TNTEY), citing EU regulatory hurdles. Following the announcement, UPS shares were upgraded to Buy at Deutsche Bank and to Market Perform at Avondale... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Xyratex (XRTX), up 70c, or 8.36%, to $9.07 after hedge fund Baker Street Capital, which owns approximately 23% of the company's outstanding shares, sent a letter to the Xyratex board urging the company to review all strategic alternatives. Also higher were shares of Aurizon Mines (AZK), up $1.12, or 32.37%, to $4.58 after Alamos Gold launched an offer to buy the miner for C$780M, and Halozyme (HALO), up $1.13, or 15.67%, to $8.34 following an upgrade to Outperform at BMO Capital. Among noteworthy losers was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which fell $2.96 or 9.37%, to $28.62 as one of the Apple suppliers displaying weakness after the WSJ report. Also lower were shares of Francesca's (FRAN), which slid $1.01 or 3.58%, to $27.22 despite the company raising its Q4 revenue view... INDICES: The Dow was up 18.89, or 0.14%, to 13,507.32; the Nasdaq was down 8.13, or 0.26%, to 3,117.50; and the S&P 500 was down 1.37, or 0.09%, to 1,470.68.
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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
July 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 8, 2014
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13:12 EDTAAPLGT Advanced's sapphire screens likely in both new iPhones, says Stifel
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11:42 EDTAAPLUber poaches Apple's Chris Blumenberg, The Information reports
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10:24 EDTAAPLApple could be impacted by Chinese subsidy cuts, says UBS
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD EXXI FB MGM
09:36 EDTAAPLApple to invest $55M in North Carolina solar farm, Hicorky Record reports
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07:34 EDTAAPLLeak points to sapphire screen for 4.7" iPhone 6
A newly posted YouTube video supposedly shows the screen that will be used in Apple's (AAPL) upcoming 4.7" iPhone 6 and claims that the part confirms that the smaller new model will have a sapphire display, not Gorilla Glass from Corning (GLW). The video adds that the existence of the part dispels rumors that only the larger, 5.5" iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire display. Note that Apple has a sapphire contract with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). Reference Link
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