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September 21, 2015
10:49 EDTBBRY, AAPLGoPro falls after Barron's predicts 'dramatic' drop in share price
GoPro (GPRO) shares fell in morning trading after an article from Barron's argued that the company's share price may drop to as low as $25. WHAT'S NEW: Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's stock price may see a "dramatic" slip of as much as 30% to $25 due to significant competitive pressure from Apple (AAPL), Sony (SNE) and others. Eule noted that the company's shares have crashed to a recent $35 after peaking at $98 in October 2014 and even called the mostly bullish analyst views on the camera maker's stock "wishful thinking." Additionally, Eule called the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" and compares them to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers, which previously dominated their respective markets. The article adds that there is risk in being overly bearish on the company, since the "impressive" brand might become an acquisition target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Wednesday, Citi analyst Jeremy David said that GoPro chief financial officer Jack Lazar confirmed at the bank's Global Tech Conference the week before that the Hero4 Session camera has been off to a slow start since its launch on July 12. David said that the recent selloff in the company's shares has been motivated by investor concerns about the Session. At the time, Citi cut its third quarter fiscal 2015 estimate for the company to $425M from $438M and fourth quarter estimate to $560M from $737M, $148M below consensus estimate at the time of $708M. David also said he was reducing estimates for the second half of fiscal 2015 and first quarter of fiscal 2016 as a result of downside from the Hero4 Session, but left estimates after 1Q16 unchanged, saying the long-term fundamentals of the company are "intact." The analyst added that his firm was "humbled" by the recent move in share price and acknowledged that GoPro is the "quintessential product cycle stock," though he said he remains bullish on the long-term prospects of the camera maker and reiterated a $90 price target. David argued that GoPro missing Q3 estimates and guiding below the consensus for Q4 is largely priced in. Separately, The Wall Street Journal said on September 13 that shares of GoPro were starting to look like a bargain after dropping 50% in a month. The company had a difficult time selling its Hero4 Session camera in July in the face of competition from older GoPro models, the publication added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares are down 5.15% to $33.34. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, is down 3.7% to $68.81.
10:42 EDTYHOOAnalyst says IRS statement removes some risk for Yahoo
An IRS official said that the agency's recent direction on the tax treatment of transactions like Yahoo's (YHOO) planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA) "is not a description of future guidance," reported FBR Capital analyst William Bird, who views the comments as incrementally positive for the U.S. tech company. BACKGROUND: On September 8, Yahoo reported that the IRS refused to take a position on whether Yahoo could carry out a tax-free spinoff of its huge stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. On September 15, the agency, without mentioning Yahoo or Alibaba by name, stated that "certain distributions" about which the agency had received inquiries may not meet requirements for tax-advantaged treatment. WHAT'S NEW: IRS Associate Chief Counsel Robert Wellen said on Friday that the agency's statement "is not a description of future guidance," FBR's Bird wrote in a note to investors today. The IRS hasn't made any decision about the guidance it could issue regarding spinoffs, Bird quoted Wellen as saying. The agency does not want to make a judgment on Yahoo's proposed spinoff while it is still studying the rules, Wellen explained, according to Bird. Wellen's statement appears to be positive for Yahoo, as it at least removes the possibility that Yahoo's transaction will be subject to potentially more restrictive upcoming rules, according to Bird. However, the analyst believes that the outlook for the tax treatment of Yahoo's spinoff remains uncertain. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A lockup on about 1.58B shares of Alibaba's stock expired on Saturday, meaning that the holders of the shares are able to sell them for the first time today. However, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and vice chairman Joseph Tsai hold 269M of the shares whose lockup expired, and Tsai has said that they have no intention of selling significant amounts of their shares following the lockup expiration. Yahoo has another 384M of the Alibaba shares whose lockup expired. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo rose 2.6% to $31.54 and Alibaba slipped 1.6% to $64.66.
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09:34 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 11% in three months ended August
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus to arrive on Friday, September 25
Apple announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 25 at Apple's retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9. Apple says "iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bring a powerful new dimension to iPhone's revolutionary Multi-Touch(TM) interface with 3D Touch, which senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do essential things more quickly and simply. The new iPhones introduce Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories. Live Photos, 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and more are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold."
08:22 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests strong iPhone demand, says Baird
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08:19 EDTYHOOFriday's IRS comments remove one Yahoo risk, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst William Bird views comments from the Internal Revenue Service on Friday at the ABA meeting as incrementally positive for Yahoo (YHOO). Robert Wellen, IRS Associate Chief Counsel, said Friday that his agency's recent notice "is not a description of future guidance" and that "nothing in this notice affects an immediate retroactive date." The analyst believes the comments take one Yahoo risk off the table, namely the retroactive treatment of potential new rules. However, anything shy of a definitive tax ruling on Yahoo's planned spinoff of its Alibaba (BABA) holdings falls short of fully resolving tax uncertainties, Bird tells investors in a research note. No timeline was given for how long the IRS plans to study the spinoff questions under tax code Section 355, analyst points out. He keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo. The stock is up 23c to $30.97 in pre-market trading. Alibaba, which has 63% percent of its outstanding shares come off lockup today, is up 77c to $65.19 in trading before the opening bell.
07:43 EDTAAPLApple surveys indicate iPhone increasing high-end share, says Canaccord
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07:43 EDTBBRYBlackBerry September weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
BlackBerry September weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, October is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 75, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 25.
07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $847 from $720 at JMP Securities
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06:34 EDTAAPL, VZSamsung may be planning leasing program for Galaxy phones, Forbes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is rumored to be planning to launch a leasing program for its Galaxy phones in the U.S., similar to the program Apple (AAPL) recently announced, Forbes reports, citing an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans. According to the source, Samsung could launch the leasing program in the next few months. Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program encourages consumers to buy iPhones directly from the Apple Store instead of going through carriers, the publication notes. Publicly traded wireless carriers include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile US (TMUS). Reference Link
06:24 EDTFB, GOOGEU's web rules won't discriminate against U.S. tech companies, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTAAPLFoxconn seeks to acquire Sharp's LCD business, Nikkei reports
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn (HNHPF) has offered to buy Sharp's (SHCAY) struggling LCD business and plans to seek funding from Apple (AAPL), a key Sharp customer, The Nikkei reports. According to the report, Foxconn would take a majority stake in a LCD company spun off by Sharp, with Apple also making an investment. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple hit by rare malware in China, Financial Times reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple meets with regulators to discuss self-driving cars, Financial Times says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle holding event on September 29, The Verge reports
Google will hold its fall event on Tuesday, September 29, The Verge reports. According to the publication, Google is likely to introduce new Nexus smartphones -- one from LG and one from Huawei -- as well as an updated Chromecast. Reference Link
05:21 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD BBRY
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September 20, 2015
14:46 EDTAAPLCompany split may not end troubles at Hewlett-Packard, Barron's says
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12:49 EDTAAPLGoPro shares could fall another 30% to $25, Barron's says
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