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January 18, 2013
12:20 EDTFNSR, PATH, AAPL, GE, COF, LIFE, INTC, STT, FB, MSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as earnings reports and economic data did little to spur the markets. Shares of Intel (INTC), Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB) were all trading lower at midday, weighing on the Nasdaq, while the Dow and S&P sat a bit below the flat-line after both averages touched five-year highs during yesterday's trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading dropped to 71.3, versus an expected first look reading of 75.0 for January. In Asia, China's GDP grew 7.9% in the final quarter of the year. The late-year rebound led the nation's full year GDP to grow 7.8%, beating analyst consensus of 7.7% and the government's 7.5% target. Also, Japan's stock market surged on increased expectations that the government will take even more aggressive easing steps... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) reported earnings that were just above Street estimates and a record equipment and services backlog of $210B to end the year, sending shares up almost 3% at midday... Morgan Stanley (MS) also reported earnings that beat consensus estimates, and the company said expenses could decline by about $1.6B through 2014. Shares of Morgan Stanley were leading the financial sector at midday, up over 7.5%... Intel dropped 6.5% at midday after the company reported earnings last night that were generally in-line with Street estimates, though investor concerns over slowing sales and continued capital spending spurred a sell-off of shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Technologies (LIFE), up about 10.6% as a number analysts said a takeover or leveraged buyout could be in the works for the company following a media report indicating talks are ongoing. Also higher were shares of NuPathe (PATH), up 8.2% after the company's migraine treatment Zecuity received FDA approval, and State Street (STT), up 5.9% after the company reported earnings that beat estimates and announced the elimination of 630 jobs worldwide. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Capital One Financial (COF), down 8.3% after Janney Capital downgraded shares to Neutral citing last night's disappointing Q4 results, and Finisar (FNSR), down 7.4% following a downgrade to Underperform at Jefferies... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 21.64, or 0.16%, to 13,574.38; the Nasdaq was down 14.97, or 0.48%, to 3,121.03; and the S&P 500 was down 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,477.09.
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November 16, 2015
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
18:43 EDTGESumitomo, Shinsei emerge as final bidders for GE's Japan lease unit, WSJ says
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17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
November 13, 2015
16:45 EDTGETrian gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:40 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
16:00 EDTAAPL, FB, GEOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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15:04 EDTAAPLLeerink digital health analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Digital Health Analyst Wardell discusses Fitbit and how many units will it sell in Q4, the Apple Watch and whether it is in a different product category than Fitbit on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 12:30 pm.
11:57 EDTAAPLGoogle rolls out Chrome beta for iOS, 9to5Mac reports
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10:15 EDTAAPLApple breaks below support at $115, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.5% to $113.95. At that price next support is at $111.73. Resistance is at $115.
10:09 EDTAAPLApple could launch second-generation Apple Watch by June 2016, AI reports
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09:35 EDTINTC, AAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTGEGE Capital's CDF extends MarineMax financing through 2018
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08:26 EDTMSFederal Reserve Board to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTGESumitomo Mitsui to start talks with GE's Japan leasing division, Nikkei reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple Music coming to Sonos 'soon'
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06:15 EDTAAPLApple's Beats Music ending on November 30
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