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February 3, 2014
12:16 EDTFIATY, MW, AKAM, GM, SNN, LVLT, RSH, F, BEAT, ARTC, AAPL, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday in the first trading day of February, which is opening with a downbeat session reminiscent of many seen last month. Reports showed that manufacturing activity slumped in January in both the U.S. and in China. Adding to the negative sentiment were reports from auto makers showing that sales dropped for most of them amid January's frigid weather. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ISM's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for January plunged to 51.3. The decline was significantly worse than forecast by economists. A separate manufacturing PMI for January from Markit was unchanged from the preliminary 53.7 reading, though that was down 1.3 points from December's 55.0 figure. Construction spending inched up 0.1% in December, versus expectations for it to have remained flat. In China, data released over the weekend showed factory growth slumped to a six-month low in January, with the nation's official manufacturing PMI falling to 50.5 in January from 51 last month. China's official non-manufacturing PMI fell to 53.4 in January from 54.6 in December. The lone bright spot among the global manufacturing data releases came from Europe, where Markit's eurozone manufacturing sector PMI rose to a 32-month high of 54 points in January from 52.7 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) shares fell 3% after the company's U.S. sales declined 7% from a year ago to 154,644 vehicles in January. General Motors (GM) reported an even worse decline of nearly 12% in the month to 171,486 vehicles sold and its shares also slid 2%. Fiat-owned (FIATY) Chrysler was the only one of the "Big Three" to report a sales increase in the month, stating "the bad weather only seemed to affect our competitors' stores as we had a great January with sales up 8%." U.S. industry vehicle sales, which previously came in at a 15.6M unit pace in December and were expected to rise to a 15.7M unit rate, were estimated by GM to actually have declined to a 15.3M unit pace in the month. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of RadioShack (RSH) appeared to benefit from a positive reaction to the company's Super Bowl advertising, with the stock rising more than 9% near noon following last night's game. Another notable gainers was ArthroCare (ARTC), which rose 7% after the U.K.'s Smith & Nephew (SNN) agreed to buy the U.S. medical device maker in a $1.37B deal. Also higher was BioTelemetry (BEAT), which surged 22% after the company announced it achieved a victory in its patent infringement case against Mednet, which it subsequently agreed to acquire in an accretive transaction. Among the noteworthy losers was JoS. A. Bank (JOSB), which fell over 3% after The Wall Street Journal reported the company is in talks to buy sportswear retailer Eddie Bauer, which could complicate the ongoing takeover battle Jos. A. Bank has been having with Men's Wearhouse (MW). Also, Jos. A. Bank made public a letter it sent to Men's Wearhouse, saying the most recent buyout offer its peer made is inadequate. Also lower were shares of Akamai (AKAM), which fell 4% after a blog report claimed Apple (AAPL) has recently hired a number of employees as part of a new group assigned to build out a new content delivery network, or CDN. Apple has historically relied on CDN providers Akamai and Level 3 (LVLT), the Streaming Media report noted. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 232.90, or 1.48%, to 15,465.95, the Nasdaq was down 74.29, or 1.81%, to 4,029.59, and the S&P 500 was down 28.08, or 1.58%, to 1,754.51.
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March 17, 2015
09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTAAPLDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
07:42 EDTAAPLBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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05:57 EDTAAPLChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:24 EDTAAPLCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
14:13 EDTAAPLApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:44 EDTAAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTAKAMAkamai Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Akamai's traffic growth is accelerating slightly in Q1. As a result, the firm thinks the company's Q1 results should come in near the high end of its guidance and above consensus levels. However, the firm keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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