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April 24, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLTD Bank Group announces Apple Watch app
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes ahead of Apple earnings
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13:45 EDTAAPLGrubHub launches Seamless App for Apple Watch
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12:33 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: MEMP GPRO TWTR AAPL
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Apple to report stronger than expected Q2 results, and says that the company could raise its dividend by 20%+ and buy back an additional $80B+ of its shares through 2017. The firm thinks Apple Watch could increase its gross margins by one percentage point. It raised its price target on the name to $142 from $135 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Apple sales growth slowing from here
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple Watch teardown casts doubt on rumored upgradability, iFixit reports
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple job postings point to improvements in Siri, speech technology, AI reports
Apple is said to be working on improvements to its Siri speech recognition technology, Apple Insider reports. The company on Thursday opened posted several job listing relating to Siri, speech technology and language recognition, and is seeking a platform development manager and developer tools engineer for Siri, the publication says. Additionally, the company is seeking two pattern recognition engineers and software engineers in its Natural Languages Group. Reference Link
07:11 EDTGSKAgenus: GSK's RTS,S vaccine showed statistically significant results in study
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says smaller M&A deals more realistic, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reiterates outlook for FY15
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06:06 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Q1 core EPS $1.08, consensus $1.05
Reports Q1 revenue $6.06B, consensus $5.95B. Reports Q1 Symbicort revenue $845M vs. $928M last year, Pulmicort revenue $286M vs. $263M last year, Crestor revenue $1.17B vs. $1.33B last year, Nexium revenue $644M vs. $930M last year.
05:57 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Netflix (NFLX) 27 according to iVolatility.
05:39 EDTAZNCelgene announces strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca
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05:37 EDTAZNAstraZeneca signs co-development agreement with Innate Pharma
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05:27 EDTAAPLExpedia app now available on Apple watch
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05:24 EDTAAPLAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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15:01 EDTAZNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
08:25 EDTAZNJuno Therapeutics, MedImmune announce immuno-oncology trial collaboration
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06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
13:39 EDTGEAnalyst warns competition growing in 3D printing space
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10:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric says dividend a 'priority'
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10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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09:02 EDTGEAdvanced Power selects GE for 7F.05 gas turbines
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08:04 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics presents data on BIND-014, AZD2811 at AACR
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:21 EDTGEGeneral Electric to look to sell Czech banking unit, Reuters says
General Electric will divest its Czech banking subsidiary, believed to be worth more than $787M, within two years, a newspaper quoted the bank's CEO as saying, according to Reuters. Reference Link
06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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05:59 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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April 21, 2015
18:35 EDTAAPLChinese court rules in favor of Apple in Siri patent case, Economic Times says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
13:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: AT&T sees Q1 charge of approximately $130M
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11:00 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:34 EDTAAPLCorning sapphire glass rumored to be in new Apple iPhone, PatentlyApple says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services invests in GPI's solar project in Futtsu City
GE Energy Financial Services has formed a new partnership with Tokyo-based renewable energy project developer, Green Power Investment Corp., to invest in a 42-megawatt photovoltaic solar power project in Futtsu City, Japan. GE Energy Financial Services will invest alongside GPI in the project. In addition to the investment from GPI and GE Energy Financial Services, financing from a syndicate of four banks, led by The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. will be utilized for the project. Additional financial details are not disclosed.
09:02 EDTGEBlackstone, Wells Fargo in talks on more GE financial assets, Bloomberg says
General Electric (GE), which has announced plans to divest the majority of its GE Capital businesses, is in talks about the potential sale of its $74B U.S. commercial-lending unit, reported Bloomberg, echoing a similar report from The Wall Street Journal. Potential buyers include Blackstone (BX), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) Wells Fargo (WFC) and Apollo Global (APO), according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
08:20 EDTAAPLOrbitz app now customized for Apple Watch
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07:06 EDTAZNBina Tech, AstraZeneca announce collaborative agreement for GMS
Bina Technologies, a member of the Roche Group (RHHBY), and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that they have entered into an agreement for AstraZeneca to become the first member to join the Bina Alliance Program and to further develop the Bina Genomic Management Solution. AstraZeneca will utilize the Bina GMS as an enterprise platform to support its development work across three main therapeutic areas: oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity. Bina’s proprietary technology enables translational and academic researchers to perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize the value of genomic data. Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will adopt Bina GMS globally to support enterprise genomic data analysis and management. Bina in turn will provide AstraZeneca with direct access to its scientific and engineering teams to further develop the Bina GMS for pharmaceutical applications.
06:18 EDTAAPLCitigroup unenthused with IBM mix, still prefers Apple
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06:04 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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05:58 EDTAAPLReport: AU Optronics to supply Apple with iPhone panels, DigiTimes says
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTGEGE Ventures invests in talent acquisition platform Ascendify
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12:34 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell $74B U.S. commercial lending unit, WSJ says
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12:03 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell $74B commercial lending business, Dow Jones says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple Q2 EPS estimate raised above consensus at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its Q2 EPS estimate for Apple to $2.17 from $2.15, putting it above the consensus estimate of $2.14. The firm raised its Q2 estimate based on an increase in its iPhone unit outlook, and raised its fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates for the company based on higher iPhone and Apple Watch estimates. Nonetheless the firm expects the company to face growth challenges in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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07:20 EDTGSKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:01 EDTGSKPernix Therapeutics obtains six months U.S. pediatric exclusivity for Treximet
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06:18 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees Apple Watch as company's 'most profitable product ever,' BI reports
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06:08 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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06:02 EDTAZNClovis pullback on Astra data a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
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05:44 EDTAAPLApple cuts orders to upstream partners to reduce risks, DigiTimes reports
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05:22 EDTAAPLBooking.com launches first booking travel app for Apple Watch
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April 19, 2015
14:17 EDTAAPLSony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
16:24 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
16:11 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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12:21 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:00 EDTGESynchrony Financial will not return dividends, buybacks till after separation
Synchrony Financial (SYF) does not expect to have any dividends or buybacks till it is fully separated from General Electric (GE). It expects capital to grow in that time. The company adds that it expects credit trends will continue to be stable and it is seeing impact of compelling new value propositions. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
10:34 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, WSJ reports
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10:25 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, DJ reports
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:06 EDTGESynchrony Financial reports Q1 provision for loan losses $687M
Synchrony (SYF) reports Q1 provision for loan losses decreased $77M to $687M largely due to improved asset quality trends. Reports estimated Tier 1 Common Equity ratio under Basel I was 16.9% and the estimated fully phased-in Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III was 16.4%. Q1 return on assets was 3.0% and return on equity was 20.8%. Net interest margin declined 304 basis points to 15.79%, primarily due to the impact from the significant increase in liquidity versus the prior year. Efficiency ratio increased to 32.2%, mainly due to increased investments in growth and infrastructure build in preparation for separation from GE (GE).
09:04 EDTGESynchrony Financial says separation from General Electric on track
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08:36 EDTGEGE CEO says U.S. economy getting 'a little better every day'
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08:33 EDTGEGE says received 'strong' inbound interest on GE Capital assets
General Electric (GE) said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. The company said it is prioritizing portfolio actions to maximize franchise value and that its Synchrony (SYF) separation efforts are on track.
08:04 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees double-digit growth in Power & Water orders in Q2
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06:52 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted FDA orphan drug designation for selumetinib
AstraZeneca announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation for the MEK inhibitor selumetinib, for the treatment of uveal melanoma, a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the eye.
06:50 EDTAZNAstra reports median progression free survival of 13.5 months in AURA study
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06:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 Oil and Gas revenue flat and operating profit up 11%
06:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE performed in well in volatile environment
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06:38 EDTGEGeneral Electric on track for FY15 Industrial EPS $1.10-$1.20
06:38 EDTAAPLApple initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:38 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 Industrial segment profit up 9% to $3.6B
Reports Q1 orders $23.1B; Reports Q1-end backlog $263B; Reports Q1 Industrial segment gross margins up 90 basis points to 26.2%. Reports Q1 Industrial segment operating margins up 120 basis points to 14.6%.
06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q1 operating EPS 31c, consensus 30c
Reports Q1 preliminary revenue excluding GE Capital exit impacts $33.1B, consensus $34.23B
06:33 EDTAAPLChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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15:49 EDTGEGeneral Electric April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
General Electric April call option implied volatility is at 54, May and June is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 on April 17.
15:23 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:53 EDTAAPLApple cooperation with antitrust monitor declines, Reuters says
A court appointed monitor notified a judge that Apple's cooperation with him has "sharply declined," says Reuters. The monitor, who was assigned to Apple after the company was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities, added Reuters. Reference Link
13:36 EDTAAPLApple watches won't be available in-store in May, Telegraph reports
Apple Watches will not be available to buy in-store in May, according to a memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, The Telegraph reports. Instead, customers will be asked to order online to "get customers the model they want earlier and faster," according to the memo. Reference Link
12:57 EDTGEEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q1 report
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12:26 EDTAAPLYahoo announces four apps for Apple Watch
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12:00 EDTAAPLApple partners with Conservation Fund to preserve 36K acres, Buzzfeed says
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGSKAdamis says albuterol HFA product study met clinical FEV1 primary endpoint
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09:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for melanoma treatment
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09:07 EDTAAPLMaxim starts Apple at Hold on non-China iPhone slowdown
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi initiated shares of Apple with a Hold rating and $144 price target. After surveying over 800 international consumers, Chokshi thinks iPhone demand in non-Greater China markets will likely be down 16% year-over-year in 2015. The analyst points out, however, that the survey suggests iPhone demand should continue at a 100% rate for 2015 relative to 2014, a data point he calls "significantly positive." Chokshi views Apple as a "very attractive long-term investment," but thinks mature market smartphone lifecycles will trump the strong share gains in China this year.
08:43 EDTAAPLSunPower's China joint venture with Apple to provide solar power in China
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08:15 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline and Theravance announce launch of Anoro in Spain
In a regulatory filing, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the launch of Anoro in Spain following the approval in Europe in May 2014. Anoro Ellipta is indicated as a once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Anoro Ellipta is a combination of two bronchodilators, umeclidinium, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist and vilanterol, a long-acting beta2 agonist, in a single dry powder inhaler, the Ellipta. The approved dose of UMEC/VI is 55/22mcg. UMEC/VI has been developed under the 2002 LABA collaboration agreement between Glaxo Group Limited and Theravance.
08:04 EDTGECon Edison Devleopment enters into agreement to procure GE energy storage system
GE (GE) announced it will supply Con Edison Development (ED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, CA. The new storage solution will be utilizing GE’s Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules. As part of its expanding energy storage portfolio, this project marks the first time GE will introduce a lithium ion battery solution. The system will provide two megawatts of power over a four-hour period, and the deal includes delivery of a complete energy storage system, with associated long-term service agreements.
07:58 EDTAZNAstraZeneca's MedImmune, Immunocore announce new collaboration agreement
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLAnalyst: Apple Watch pre-orders exceed 2.3M, MacRumors reports
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch, Apple Watch, has sold over 2.3M units since pre-orders opened, MacRumors reports. The analyst notes that Apple is targeting production of 2M-3M Apple Watch units per month, and that apple could reach 2.5M units produced in June without potential bottlenecks to production. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLPoll: Six percent of Americans intend to buy Apple Watch, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Hold at Maxim
Target $144.
05:50 EDTAAPLApple to equip next iPhone next iPhone with Force touch tech, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
15:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric, Alstom may have interest in Bombardier rail unit
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15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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11:53 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
11:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
10:06 EDTAAPLSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple elevated at 35.58
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) at 35.58 compared to its 50-day moving average of 28.57.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple services profit contribution rising, says UBS
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07:41 EDTAZNEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
06:35 EDTAAPLSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLSmart wearaable device vendors avoid Apple Watch competition, DigiTimes says
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April 14, 2015
17:45 EDTAAPLApple acquires Israel-based camera-technology company LinX, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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12:06 EDTAZNFDA panel accepts Onglyza's safety profile in 13-1 vote
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12:05 EDTGEMarketo engagement marketing platform to integrate with LinkedIn
Marketo (MKTO) announced it will partner with LinkedIn (LNKD) on a solution that connects LinkedIn's Lead Accelerator solution with Marketo's Engagement Marketing Platform. The combination "bridges the gap between digital, social and offline channels to enable marketers to engage in relevant conversations with customers wherever they are online," the company said. GE (GE) will pioneer the joint solution, Marketo announced.
12:01 EDTAAPLApple says ResearchKit now available to medical researchers
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10:49 EDTGEWells Fargo sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target
Says adjusted tax rate leaves company in "mid-32%" range for rest of year. Says will look to work closely with GE Capital (GE) as it sells other businesses. Sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target. Says "optimistic" about Q2.
10:27 EDTAAPLSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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10:26 EDTGEWells Fargo says underlying economic expansion 'largely on track'
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple to discuss future of iOS and OS X at conference on June 8
Apple announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate technologies and fine tune their apps. Reference Link
09:35 EDTGE, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTAAPLSeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGEVeracyte and General Electric join to develop genomic diagnosis solutions
Veracyte (VCYT) and GE (GE) announced a research collaboration to develop new solutions that can improve disease diagnosis. Financial and other terms were not disclosed. Veracyte will collaborate with GE Ventures, GE Healthcare, and the GE Global Research Center to explore the feasibility of combining Veracyte's genomic technology with GE Healthcare's digital imaging technology. Through the agreement, Veracyte and GE aim to identify features from raw imaging data that, when combined with genomic information, have the potential to elucidate useful, new information to further address unmet clinical needs.
07:15 EDTAZNFDA Endocrinologic & Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee holds a meeting
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05:48 EDTAAPLReport: Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones in China, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
17:10 EDTAAPLIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTAAPL, GEOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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13:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
12:46 EDTAAPLApple to update capital return policy on April 27, says Piper Jaffray
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09:34 EDTGE, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales conversion showing good results, says Cowen
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09:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
08:58 EDTAZNMerck may have positive read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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08:54 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has negative read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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07:52 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage portfolio purchase from GE a win for both, says UBS
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07:48 EDTAAPLVocera announces first clinical communications app for Apple Watch
Vocera (VCRA) announced the Vocera app for Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables Vocera to extend the power of the Vocera Communication Platform in new ways so physicians and care teams can engage with and respond to life-critical communications and alerts. The Vocera app for Apple Watch will allow users to rapidly manage life-critical communications by viewing and responding to prioritized calls, alerts, and messages from other care team members, Electronic Health Records and clinical systems, including critical lab values and STAT orders. In addition, users will be able to manage key communication functions by setting their availability to enable proper message routing. The Vocera app also allows users to initiate panic calls in "man-down" emergency situations, improving staff safety. The Vocera app will be available this summer from the Apple Watch App Store.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Apple April call option implied volatility is at 28, May weekly is at 36, June is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large May price into the expected release of Q2 results on April 27.
07:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch orders totaled about 957K in U.S. on first day, Apple Insider says
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07:03 EDTGEGeneral Electric risk/reward ratio positive, says Bernstein
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06:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch off to strong start, says Cantor
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple Watch trends show solid demand, limited supply, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says lead-times for the Apple Watch were unchanged over the weekend, which it views as an indication that Apple is expecting a ramp in production in mid-May to June. Overall, Piper views the Watch trends over the weekend as suggesting solid demand paired with very limited supply. It maintains an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:32 EDTGEReal estate is a big part of Blackstone's business, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple in talks with Florence and the Machine for Beats service, Bloomberg says
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06:09 EDTGEGE must prove that industrial business can grow reliably, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple contacts Irish banks ahead of Apple Pay rollou, The Independent says
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05:49 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility movement; GE SD
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTAAPLNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
14:56 EDTGEGE investors should consider selling, Barron's says
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