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February 3, 2014
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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November 17, 2015
07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:56 EDTFFord faces trial over allegedly exaggerated MPG estimates, Bloomberg says
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12:53 EDTAKAMLimelight Networks responds to US Court of Appeals decision
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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12:00 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse upgraded Underperform from Sell at Tigress Financial
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10:25 EDTAAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:59 EDTGMOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
08:20 EDTFFord sold remaining interest in Mazda, Nikkei reports
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07:36 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
05:37 EDTMWStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MW WTW
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November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
17:25 EDTGMUAW union in talks with General Motors regarding proposed agreement
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