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February 14, 2014
17:04 EDTCX, CF, NTAP, AAPL, TEVA, LUK, YNDX, STZ, BRCD, MSFT, HAL, ABX, JPM, MWV, JNJ, HLF, DISH, GM, C, ESNTSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Essent Group (ESNT), JPMorgan (JPM), Leucadia (LUK), Citigroup (C) and Barrick (ABX). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), General Motors (GM), Halliburton (HAL), Apple (AAPL) and Dish (DISH). DECREASED STAKES: Microsoft (MSFT), NetApp (NTAP), Herbalife (HLF), Brocade (BRCD) and CF Industries (CF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Constellation Brands (STZ), Cemex (CX), MeadWestvaco (MWV) and Yandex (YNDX).
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September 25, 2015
10:48 EDTDISHMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
10:13 EDTAAPLApple launch day lines generally as expected, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the line at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York was about 650 people long at 8 am EDT, compared to last year's record 1,880 people counted, but added that the shorter line was generally in-line with the firm's expectations. The analyst noted that iPhone "S" cycles have historically had shorter lines, that Apple has been promoting pre-orders and online sales, and that the addition of China as a launch country likely cut down on resellers that were in line. Munster said he's still comfortable with his 12M-13M unit estimate for the opening weekend and keeps an Overweight rating and $172 price target on Apple shares.
10:06 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic content in iPhone 6S better than expected, says Barclays
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic (CRUS) secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors in a research note. He views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. Cirrus is up $3.68 to $30.81 in early trading.
09:48 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:47 EDTAAPLiPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB NKE NFLX PFE AU TSLA
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated
General Motors October weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, October and November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement.
09:02 EDTTEVATeva acquires Gecko Health Innovations, terms not disclosed
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08:37 EDTTEVAAntares Pharma could benefit from drug pricing controversy, says Oppenheimer
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08:03 EDTAAPLShopify announces new EMV credit card reader that accepts chip, pin, Apple Pay
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07:54 EDTABXBarrick Gold says Veladero processing restrictions lifted
Barrick Gold announced that restrictions on processing activities at the Veladero mine in San Juan province, Argentina, have been lifted. A local court previously restricted the addition of new reagents to the mine's heap leach circuit following the failure of a valve on a pipe carrying cyanide solution at the leach pad, which led to a release of solution. Barrick does not anticipate any material impact to production at Veladero as a result of this incident.
07:27 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit fiscal 2016 guidance 'solid,' says Stifel
After Jabil reported higher than expected Q4 EPS, Stifel notes that the company's guidance for its November quarter was significantly above expectations. The firm thinks the company is benefiting from increased purchases of its diversified manufacturing products by Apple (AAPL). Stifel says that Apple is using Jabil's products for many of its products, not just iPhones, and it expects other customers to ramp up their purchases of the company's DMS products. Stifel keeps a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTTEVAEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:47 EDTAAPLApple October volatility flat as new iPhone hits stores
Apple September weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, October weekly is at 30, October is at 29, November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 56, suggesting non-directional near term price movement and large November price movement.
06:34 EDTGMGM CEO again rejects idea of merger with Fiat Chrysler, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM CEO says pursuing profit margins, not market share, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAAPLIndian Prime Minister to meet with Apple, Google CEOs, WSJ reports
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet this weekend with Google (GOOG) CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, among others, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to industry insiders, the tech executives will use the visit to push for better market access in India as well as clearer regulation on investment and startups. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple shifts 30% of lens modules orders to Kantatsu, DigiTimes reports
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05:08 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; PFE HLF
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