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March 28, 2014
17:13 EDTALXN, AAPL, FB, BIIB, MSFT, VRTX, CMarket ends week mixed as Nasdaq continues to lag
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed as the tech-heavy Nasdaq continued to lag the S&P 500 and Dow, while the situation in Ukraine appeared to impact trade in U.S. markets less than in previous weeks. MACRO NEWS: U.S. durable goods orders for February and weekly jobless claims beat expectations, while fourth quarter GDP, new home sales for February, and an index of consumer confidence were roughly in-line with expectations... The world continued to keep an eye on the situation in Ukraine, with Western leaders saying this week that they will look to intensify economic sanctions against Russia. However, for this week at least, the geopolitical situation did not seem to move markets as much as it had in recent weeks... Investors also continued to monitor the apparent the economic slowdown in China, with Manufacturing PMI data coming out of that country to start this week missing expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) again made headlines for a major acquisition, with the social network on Tuesday night announcing it acquired virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for about $2B in cash and stock. Shares of the social network, which have had a tough month amid broad weakness in the Nasdaq, finished the week down about 10% at $60.01... Citigroup (C) shares fell about 6% after the bank's 2014 capital plan was rejected by the Federal Reserve, which spurred downgrades from a number of analyst firms. Citigroup had been seeking to raise its dividend to 5c from 1c per share, as well as repurchase $6.4B of its common stock. The bank will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions through the first quarter of 2015, which include a 1c dividend and a $1.2B share repurchase program... New Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella made his first public appearance as the company's CEO, announcing the launch of its Microsoft Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at an event... A number of biotech stocks, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 8%, Biogen (BIIB), down 7.5%, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 6.5%, were notably weak as the sector, and the broader tech-heavy Nasdaq, continued to underperform. INDEXES: The Dow gained 0.1% to close at 16,323.06, the S&P 500 lost 0.5% to close at 1,857.62, and the Nasdaq fell 2.8% to close at 4,155.76.
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12:33 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for remote-controlled camera system, Patently Apple says
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12:27 EDTCDOJ, EPA report proposed settlement regarding cleanup of Warren County, NJ site
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11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTFB, MSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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11:04 EDTCCitigroup January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:59 EDTAAPLApple rises after Credit Suisse, Canaccord hike iPhone estimates
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are climbing after two research firms issued upbeat notes on the company in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. Meanwhile, Apple's gross margins are being boosted by the increased popularity of both its 64 GB memory phones and of the IPhone 6 Plus, the analyst stated. Garcha increased his earnings per share estimate for the iPhone maker by 18% in fiscal 2015 and 20% in fiscal 2016. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. The analyst thinks the shares can reach $130 at least. After analyzing surveys in the U.S. that took place in December and into January, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said the surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results. The increases were based on the positive demand trends, particularly for models with higher memory levels and prices, Walkley stated. He expects these positive trends to continue and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apple climbed $3.39, or 3.1%, to $112.64.
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:44 EDTCNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:36 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $146 from $125 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Vertex Pharmaceuticals shares to $146 citing continued Kalydeco growth after the company issued 2015 guidance. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Vertex.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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06:38 EDTCCiti cut consumer banking business, Reuters reports
Citi is cutting its consumer banking operations in some of the world's largest cities, according to Reuters. Last year, the bank decided to target 100 cities with retail banking services, down from its previous level of 120 cities, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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