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July 29, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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15:53 EDTBENNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:38 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline Tanzeum available in U.S. pharmacies
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12:39 EDTAAPLFord replacing employees' BlackBerry phones with iPhones, Bloomberg reports
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10:57 EDTAAPLApple iWatch launch said to be delayed to at least December, BGR reports
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10:52 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 with sapphire to be limited by production issues, LEDinside says
Analysis of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 supply chain indicates component suppliers have to start shipping products to OEMs for assembly in June to meet the September launch date, but LEDinside said its research did not discover demands for smartphone cover glass. "The sapphire glass version iPhone 6 will be issued in limited volumes this year," the periodical contends. Note that GT Advanced is a parter to Apple and sapphire supplier to the tech giant. Reference Link
09:52 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple updates MacBook Pro with Retina display
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08:00 EDTAAPLGarmin should be bought on any weakness after results, says Oppenheimer
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07:40 EDTGSKCourt date set for Glaxo investigators arrested in China, WSJ says
Two investigators who were hired by GlaxoSmithKline last year to look into a sex video taken of the drug company's top China executive, and who were subsequently placed in custody by Chinese authorities on charges of illegally purchasing personal information about Chinese nationals, will stand trial August 8, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLFoxconn's labor practices in spotlight again following employee death, WSJ says
Foxconn says that an employee died in Shenzhen, China, putting the Apple supplier's labor practices in the spotlight again, the Wall Street journal reports. The cause of the 22-year-old male employee's death is still being investigated. The company, which assembles many iPhones and iPads for Apple, has been under scrutiny for its labor practices after several suicides and accidents at its Chinese factories. Reference Link
July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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12:45 EDTAAPLApple says large amount of data can be obtained about iPhone users, Reuters says
Apple employees can extract personal data from iPhones through previously unpublicized methods, Apple acknowledged last week, Reuters reported on Friday night. The company's admission came after a researcher showed last week how iPhone services extract a "surprising" amount of data about their users, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:26 EDTAAPLIHS teardown says Amazon Fire phone costs $205 to build, Re/code reports
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11:17 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services invests in Atria Power's wind farms in India
GE unit GE Energy Financial Services announced earlier that it has invested equity in three Atria Power wind projects under construction in India, supporting GE’s commitment to invest $1B annually in renewable energy projects worldwide. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of 126 megawatts and will support the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s program to generate competitively priced grid-interactive wind power through feed-in tariffs. Financial details were not disclosed. The projects will use GE 1.6-87.5 wind turbines, serviced by GE under an operations and maintenance agreement, to generate 76 megawatts of the total capacity. Additional turbines will be supplied and serviced by another manufacturer to generate 50 megawatts. Atria Power is managing construction and operations. This note corrects a prior version with a typo in its headline.
10:22 EDTAAPLMIT Technology Review discusses new sapphire production at GT
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10:02 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
09:50 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
07:23 EDTAAPLApple's acquisition of Beats cleared by European Commission
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music. Beats Electronics was established in 2008 and designs, develops and sells audio products such as headphones and audio speakers. The Commission concluded that the combination of the two businesses did not raise competition concerns because the combined market share of Apple and Beats Electronics is low. In addition, Apple and Beats Electronics are not close competitors because the headphones they sell differ markedly in functionality and design.
07:21 EDTAAPLBlackBerry, Dell play-down risk of Apple-IBM partnership, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLRival asks for ban on sale of Beats products, Re/code says
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06:22 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline could eventually spin off consumer healthcare business, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty is considering the possibility of the company being broken up in the future, suggesting that the consumer healthcare business could be spun off if a time comes when it is more valuable as an independent company, the Financial Times reports. Witty says there are no such plans in the near term. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAAPLApple nears deal to buy Swell radio app for $30M, Re/code reports
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05:36 EDTAZNQIAGEN, AstraZeneca announce collaboration
QIAGEN (QGEN) announced a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) for the co-development and commercialization of a liquid biopsy-based companion diagnostic to be paired with IRESSA, AstraZeneca's targeted therapy for non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The project builds on a master framework agreement signed by both companies in 2013 and aims to develop and market a novel QIAGEN companion diagnostic that analyzes plasma samples to assess EGFR mutation status in NSCLC patients. The assay will be designed to guide the treatment of NSCLC patients with Astra Zeneca's oral monotherapy anti-cancer treatment when tumor tissue is not available. QIAGEN already offers the therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a tissue-based companion diagnostic for lung cancer patients, which was approved in the U.S. by the FDA in July 2013 and in China in May 2014. The companies will collaborate to create a new companion diagnostic for IRESSA based on liquid biopsy samples from NSCLC patients, rather than requiring invasive surgical collection of tissue samples. Data from several studies, including the IFUM Study presented at the "World Lung 2013" conference, provided evidence of the ability to assess the EGFR status of advanced lung cancer patients using blood / plasma samples. This breakthrough provides hope for patients for whom surgical biopsy is not an option by enabling them to have their EGFR mutation status assessed using a less invasive method.
July 27, 2014
15:38 EDTAAPLApple acquires book analytic startup BookLamp, TechCrunch says
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10:40 EDTAAPLLarger iPhone could squeeze iPad sales further, Barron's says
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTAAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
13:55 EDTAAPLBose sues Beats Electronics over alleged patent infringement
Bose Corporation filed a lawsuit requesting that the International Trade Commission commence an investigation to "remedy the unlawful importation" into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. of certain noise canceling headphones and components from Beats Electronics that are alleged to infringe one or more valid and enforceable U.S. patents owned by Bose. Beats Electronics has agreed to be acquired by Apple. Reference Link
13:13 EDTAAPLEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
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12:12 EDTAAPLEinhorn takes stake in Lam Research, Bloomberg reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLSwatch says not working with Apple on smartwatches, Business Insider reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTAAPLApple rumored to push out larger iPhone 6 production, AppleInsider says
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-books agreement terms troubles U.S. judge, Reuters says
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July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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13:29 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline facing bribery allegations in Syria, Reuters says
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13:16 EDTAAPLAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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12:41 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports FDA approves Flonase for OTC sales in U.S.
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11:45 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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10:37 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPLApple set to become TSMC's largest client, DigiTimes reports
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09:28 EDTAAPLApple to release iPhones at different times to avoid competition, DigiTimes say
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple could launch mobile wallet as early as this fall, The Information reports
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06:13 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline's malaria vaccine candidate accepted for EU regulatory review
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July 23, 2014
18:03 EDTAAPLInvestors shouldn't wait too long to buy Apple, Barron's says
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17:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way throughout the trading day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was helped by a post-earnings rise in shares of Apple (AAPL), while the blue-chip index was weighed down by Boeing's (BA) under-performance following its own quarter report. There was little movement in the averages during the day as they remained in a narrow range, but the increase in the S&P 500 did manage to push it to a new all-time closing high. After the bell, investors will receive the next wave of earnings with AT&T (T), Facebook (FB) and Qualcomm (QCOM) scheduled to report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced $2.47, or 2.61%, to $97.19 after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Another research firm, Janney Capital, said Apple did not address rumored new products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch, on its earnings call, but did indicate that its wider than normal revenue guidance range was due to "many moving pieces," suggesting one or two new products may be introduced, but late in the quarter... Dow component Boeing sank $3.03, or 2.34%, to $126.71 despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's (MCD), fell 92c, or 0.96%, to $95.35 after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock surged $174.40, or 295.44%, to $233.43 after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose $69.47, or 17.71%, to $461.63 and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers was Xilinx (XLNX), which tumbled $6.89, or 14.31%, to $41.26 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. After the report, analysts at William Blair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital all downgraded the stock. Also lower were shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR), which fell $2.39, or 9.63%, to $22.43 and was also downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after its Q3 guidance missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slid 26.91, or 0.16%, to 17,086.63, the Nasdaq rose 17.68, or 0.4%, to 4,473.70, and the S&P 500 gained 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,987.01.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
14:47 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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13:48 EDTGEHouse Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a hearing entitled, "American Metals and Mineral Security: An Examination of the Domestic Critical Minerals Supply and Demand Chain" with Doe Run Company's CEO Pyatt, Anthony Ku, of General Electric Co.’s GE Global Research and Mark Fellows, SNL Financial Analyst on July 23 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:01 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HLF
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10:40 EDTAAPLApple tentatively plans to announce iPhone 6 in mid-September, 9to5Mac says
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX FB MSFT CELG TWTR TSLA VALE CNW
09:33 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports record Promacta/Revolade Q2 revenue of $92M
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09:17 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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08:52 EDTAAPLApple guide suggests big products to come late in quarter, says Janney Capital
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08:49 EDTAAPLVirnetX volatility elevated into CAFC decision
VirnetX (VHC) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 110, September is at 106, September is at 89; compared to its 26-week average of 85 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement as investors await a with regard to VirnetX's case with Apple (AAPL).
08:11 EDTGEYingli Green Energy to supply PV modules to large project in Japan
Yingli Green Energy's (YGE) wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Japan, has signed an agreement to supply 32 MWs of multicrystalline PV modules to a large-scale project located in Okayama, Japan. The company will deliver approximately 108K YGE 72 Cell Series modules for the project from January 2015 to December 2015. The project is financed by GE (GE) Energy Financial Services.
08:08 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at CLSA
07:47 EDTAAPLApple results more or less status quo, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTGSKGenmab reports Q2 Arzerra net sales GBP 12.8M
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07:12 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline lowers 2014 core EPS outlook to 'similar' to 2013
GSK now expects 2014 core EPS to be "broadly similar" to 2013 versus previous expectations of 4%-8% growth. It added, "Given impact of recent sustained strength of Sterling on free cash flow, share repurchases over balance of 2014 likely to be immaterial."
07:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q2 core EPS down 12% to 19.1p
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07:09 EDTGSKMylan wins restraining order against Apotex for generic version of GSK's Paxil
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07:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $111 at Cantor
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06:54 EDTAAPLApple shares recommended after June quarter results at Citigroup
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06:45 EDTAAPLMicrosoft faces increased competition from MacBooks, Chromebooks, DigiTimes says
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July 22, 2014
18:33 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple guidance suggests Sept. 26 iPhone launch, says Piper Jaffray
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple says iPad sales were 'gated' by channel inventory, market softness
Comment made on Q2 earnings conference call.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple shares up 17c to $94.89 following Q3 results
16:34 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'strong' sales of iPhone, Mac in Q3
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3
Apple sold 13.28M iPads in Q3, 4.4M Macs, and 2.93M iPods.
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.4% vs. 36.9% last year
International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter's revenue.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $37B-$40B, consensus $40.44B
Sees Q4 gross margin between 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.23
Reports Q3 revenue $37.4B, consensus $37.99B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:30 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:12 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 94.64 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q2
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13:18 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
10:51 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:30 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3
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10:01 EDTAAPLPandora advances after upbeat notes from analysts
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09:55 EDTGSKLupin, private equity funds weigh bids for GSK's older drugs, Reuters reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for smartwatch with gesture support, AppleInsider says
A patent granted to Apple and published by the USPTO provides one of the clearest signs yet that the company has been working on a smartwatch, reported AppleInsider, which noted that the patent covers a wrist-worn wearable device, dubbed "iTime" in one illustration, that supports arm and wrist gestures and has advanced proximity-sensing circuitry. Reference Link
07:31 EDTAAPLInvestors prepare for large dose of earnings reports
U.S. equity futures are suggesting a market bounce following yesterday’s down day. Investors are feeling optimistic about the week’s large number of earnings reports. Scheduled to release results today are tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT.) Both companies' earnings have the ability to impact the rest of the technology sector. Investors will also be examining the Consumer Prices Index, a housing price index, an existing home sales report, and Richmond Fed manufacturing data.
06:01 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to produce 80M large-screen iPhones, WSJ reports
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05:25 EDTAZNAdams Express, MedImmune announce clinical trial partnership
Advaxis (ADXS) has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The Phase I/II immunotherapy study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of MedImmune's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with Advaxis' lead cancer immunotherapy vaccine, ADXS-HPV, as a treatment for patients with advanced, recurrent or refractory human papillomavirus, or HPV,-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer. Both MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV are cancer immunotherapies, a new class of treatments that use the body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, MedImmune and Advaxis will evaluate the combination as a treatment for HPV-associated cervical cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The Phase I part of the trial is expected to establish a recommended dose regimen of MEDI4736 with ADXS-HPV, and the Phase II portion will assess the safety and efficacy of the combination. The study will be funded and conducted by Advaxis. Results from the study will be used to determine whether further clinical development of this combination is warranted. Under the terms of the deal, MedImmune has a non-exclusive relationship with respect to HPV-driven tumour types. MedImmune has first right of negotiation for future development of combinations involving MEDI4736 and ADXS-HPV.
July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGEGE gas engine technology chosen for power project in Mexico
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09:05 EDTGEGE unit invest $5M in Mebane manufacturing operations
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5M to strengthen its Mebane North Carolina operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that was expanded in October 2013 with the grand opening of GE’s Power Equipment and Power Components global headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. The investment will enable Mebane operations to transition to a dedicated, regional customer experience center where co-located teams will work collaboratively to streamline manufacturing processes and bring new electrical distribution technologies to market. Production of GE’s automatic transfer switches for the data center market is also included in the transition, creating approximately 60 jobs and related growth to the local economy.
08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric annual targets a 'stretch,' says JPMorgan
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07:18 EDTGEAlstom CEO not concerned over complexities added to deal by France, FT says
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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07:11 EDTGSKInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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15:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric invests $1.3M in West Burlington plant
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing an additional $1.3M in its West Burlington plant as a manufacturing center of excellence and is creating about 50 new jobs. GE will add two product lines to its local manufacturing operations, including: Paralleling switchgear equipment for mission-critical applications including data centers, financial systems and hospitals and EntelliGuard low-voltage air circuit breakers for reliable equipment and personnel protection in industrial and commercial settings.
12:42 EDTGEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
10:12 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees Alstom deal to close in 2015
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09:51 EDTGESynchrony Financial files 125M share IPO, sees pricing $23-$26 per share
Synchrony Financial (SYF), the planned spin-off from GE Capital (GE), is offering 125M shares of its common stock in its initial public offering and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share. Its shares of common stock have been authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” the company disclosed in a filing.
09:48 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:29 EDTGEGE estimates $2B income dividend, $1B special dividend from GE Capital
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09:26 EDTGEGeneral Electric says does not like to discuss dispositions until announced
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09:24 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGEGE says not done with divestitures, likes current Oil & Gas portfolio
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08:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric says U.S. challenges persist in Healthcare
Reports Q2 Healthcare segment orders flat at $4.8B, with emerging markets up 7%, Europe up 2% and U.S. down (2%). GE cites caution from Affordable Care Act impacting U.S. activity in Healthcare segment.
08:43 EDTGEGeneral Electric says orders, backlog give confidence in second half
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTGEGE sees FY14 revenue flat to up 5%, consensus $148.59B
General Electric says its total year framework remains on track. GE expects strong Industrial segment growth and margin expansion in 2014. Says on track to lower Corporate expense about $500M. Sees FY14 Industrial segment organic growth 4%-7%; GE Capital flat to (5%). Comments and guidance from slides for Q2 earnings call.
07:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 orders up 4% to $25.1B
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06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTGEGE says it is targetting IPO of North American Retail Finance business for July
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06:34 EDTGEGE CEO Jeff Immelt: The environment continues to be generally positive
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06:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports backlog of equipment and services at Q2-end $246B
Reports ENI was at $371B at Q2-end, down $2.4B from last quarter. General Electric Capital Corporation’s estimated Tier 1 common ratio rose 51 basis points from the year-ago period to 11.7%, and net interest margin was strong at 5%.
06:32 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 Industrial segment profit up 9% to $4.2B
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06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus 39c
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July 17, 2014
16:40 EDTAAPLBill Campbell retires from Apple's board, replaced by Susan Wagner
Apple (AAPL) announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric July 27 straddle priced for 2.3% move into Q2
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15:26 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 39c; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.36; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 56c; Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 83c; V.F. Corporation (VFC), consensus 35c; Kansas City Southern (KSU), consensus $1.17; Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.55.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple heads lower to test of support, levels to watch
The shares are heading lower, last at $93.48. At that price the stock is just above uptrend support at the 30-day moving average, last at $93.11. A break below the 30-day moving average would set the stage for a test down to the 50-day moving average at $90.57. Resistance is at $95.10, the 10-day moving average.
14:44 EDTAAPLAsus tablet sales in Japan top Apple in first half of year, Nikkei says
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14:04 EDTGEGeneral Electric technical comments ahead of results
The shares have traded essentially flat in the prior three months within a very narrow range. The bounds of that trading range are from $26.20 at the low to $27.53 at the high, with the bulk of the range from $26.20 to $27. Stocks that trade in such narrow ranges over this length of time are typically setting up for a break of the range and a larger move that will persist. In this case a decisive break below $26 and a breakout above $27.53 would be all that is required. If the news is more positive than expected, resistance above the range high as an upside objective would be at $28.09, the 52-week high, and then at $30.29. If the news disappoints, a break below $26 would see $24.94 and then $23.89 as next supports.
13:33 EDTAAPLAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
13:18 EDTGEEarnings Preview: General Electric shares little changed since Q1 report
General Electric (GE) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Friday, July 18 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. General Electric is a globally diversified technology and financial services company serving customers in more than 100 countries. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 39c on revenue of $36.3B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 38c-40c on revenue of $35.99B-$36.72B. LAST QUARTER: General Electric reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 33c against estimates for 32c on revenue of $34.18B against estimates for $34.36B. CEO Jeff Immelt said, “We’re off to a good start to the year, and our 2014 framework remains unchanged. The environment is consistent with our expectations, with a positive bias.” During GE’s Q1 earnings call, management said the U.S. market gets "a little better every day," and Europe is improving. They said there was some improvement in demand for credit in Q1. They noted the company was on track to reduce share count in 2014, and on track to achieve its margin goal in 2016. The company expected to make gains from divestitures in its industrial portfolio. In June, GE finalized a deal to purchase the Power and Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY), after fending off rivals Siemens (SIEGY) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to GE's Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Barclays upgraded the U.S. Multi-Industry sector to Positive from Neutral. The firm's data indicated that Fed policy had extended the cycle, driving up capital spending and corporate confidence. PRICE ACTION: GE shares traded marginally higher following its Q1 report, but currently sit at approximately the same level as they did three months ago. Over the past twelve months, the stock has gained about 13%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q2 report, GE shares are down almost 1% to $26.76.
09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTGEGE's CFM JV says signed $21.4B in new deals at Farnborough Air Show
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08:52 EDTGEGE, JV companies garner over $36B in orders/commitments at Farnborough Air Show
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07:18 EDTGSKMylan wins motion to enjoin GlaxoSmithKline from production of generic product
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06:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline admits to bribing Chinese officials in 2001, FT reports
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July 16, 2014
16:54 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple's Tim Cook doing a 'good job'
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16:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
14:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric in talks to sell appliances business, Bloomberg says
General Electric, which tried and failed to sell its household appliances business in 2008, is once again in talks with potential acquirers about the unit, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The appliances business could fetch $1.5B-$2.5B in a sale, according to sources quoted in the report. Reference Link
14:00 EDTGEGeneral Electric in talks to sell appliances business, Bloomberg reports
12:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:07 EDTAAPLApple, IBM rise after agreeing to collaborate on mobile products
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12:05 EDTAAPLNew York AG enters E-Book price fixing settlement with Apple
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12:01 EDTAAPLNew York AG announces e-book price settlement with Apple
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10:58 EDTAAPLSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
10:36 EDTAZNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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10:10 EDTGEGE Aviation, Barco's Defence & Aerospace unit sign collaboration agreement
GE Aviation and Barco’s Defence & Aerospace division have signed an MOU for collaboration in the development of a new family of open system cockpit display products, targeted at display and avionic system applications for helicopters. This collaboration combines the companies’ respective investments in new technology with their experience in delivering integrated cockpit display systems, open architecture ARINC 653 computing platforms, and expertise in the design and production of high quality cockpit displays for a new generation of flexible display and computing products. It is anticipated that the products will be integrated with an open suite of development and integration tools enabling aircraft prime contractors and application providers to collaborate in customizing functionality and optimizing aircraft performance. The solutions are intended to host existing applications from the two companies and be compatible with industry standard ARINC 653 and Barco’s MOSArt application interfaces.
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLPhoto claims to show iPhone 6 Touch ID component, Business Insider says
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09:35 EDTGEChina's 9 Air places $3.7B CFM engine order
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09:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
09:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric-powered Boeing 777X commissioned by Qatar Airways
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09:03 EDTGEQatar Airways commits to additional 50 GE9X-powered Boeing 777x
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08:18 EDTGEGE announces presentation of new flutemetamol PET scan data
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08:10 EDTGEBoeing, Airbus narrow engine choices in move toward efficient jets, WSJ says
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08:03 EDTAAPLApple deal with IBM could drive enterprise sales, says Canaccord
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08:01 EDTAZNAlexion names former AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan to board
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08:00 EDTAAPLInvenSense Orbotech look good into Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:59 EDTAZNTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:14 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) has earned a $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) related to the advancement of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug in development with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $27M in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. If GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license the ISIS-TTRRx program, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
06:55 EDTAAPLSurvey shows Samsung losing smartphone ground, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $107 on enterprise opportunity at Goldman
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06:20 EDTAAPLDRAM chip prices likely to increase 10% in July, DigiTimes reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone orders to benefit Taiwan component maker revenue, DigiTimes says
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup believes consensus expectations are underappreciating the upgrade potential of Apple’s installed base. Citi believes Street estimates for 2015 and 2016 are too low and started shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $110 price target.
06:14 EDTAAPLABI Research: More than 2B smartphones to ship in 2018, DigiTimes says
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05:38 EDTGSKGSK, Theravance initiate Phase III IMPACT study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. IMPACT is the first pivotal phase III study in a programme to evaluate a once-daily closed triple combination treatment of an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS; a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, or LAMA; and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, or LABA, in patients with COPD. The IMPACT study will enrol approximately 10,000 patients and assess whether the combination of FF, or fluticasone furoate, an ICS, UMEC, or umeclidinium, a LAMA, and VI, or vilanterol, a LABA, all delivered in GSK's Ellipta inhaler, can reduce the annual rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta, FF/VI, which is an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta, UMEC/VI, which is a LAMA/LABA combination.
July 15, 2014
18:29 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 4.1% after reporting second quarter results... AMD (AMD), up 1.6% after Intel reported quarterly results... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.6% after reporting fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: IBM (IBM), up 1.8% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with Apple (AAPL), which is up 1.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), down 2.3% after reversing direction during the company's second quarter earnings conference call. ALSO LOWER: BlackBerry (BBRY), down 3.4% following IBM and Apple partnership announcement.
17:40 EDTAAPLBlackBerry slides after Apple, IBM partner on mobile enterprise
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16:51 EDTAAPLBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:50 EDTAAPLApple, IBM both higher after announcing enterprise mobile partnership
In after-hours trading, Apple (AAPL) is up 1.5%, while IBM (IBM) is up 2.1%.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:55 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
General Electric July call option implied volatility is 31, August is at 17, September is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results before the open on July 18.
11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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11:01 EDTGEGE wins orders from Lee Air for High Density Avionics Interface
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10:47 EDTGEInterjet selects LEAP-1A to power A320neos in $2.9B order
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
09:46 EDTGEGE's FES selected by SpiceJet Airlines to support entire fleet
SpiceJet Airlines has selected GE’s (GE) Flight Efficiency Services to support its fleet of 52 Boeing (BA) 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. GE will provide flight data analytics and fuel management to optimize the airline’s operational efficiency with the goal of substantially reducing fuel expenses for the airline. GE will provide consultation and evaluation services with the aim of reducing the airline’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions. GE is also designing and implementing custom solutions for SpiceJet and performing on-going efficiency measurements.
09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
09:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:50 EDTGEGE anticipates meeting $30B air show goal, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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