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January 18, 2013
12:20 EDTCOF, LIFE, INTC, STT, FB, MS, FNSR, PATH, AAPL, GEOn 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.
News For GE;MS;INTC;AAPL;FB;LIFE;PATH;STT;COF;FNSR From The Last 14 Days
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December 10, 2014
06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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14:57 EDTFNSRTelecom equipment stocks rally after Verizon CFO comments on wireless CapEx
Telecom equipment stocks, which opened lower, rallied after Verizon (VZ) CFO Fran Shammo said he sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend upward. Shammo, speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media And Communications Conference, said, "The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Ciena (CIEN), JDSU (JDSU), and Finisar (FNSR) all reversed earlier losses. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Ciena is up 1.5%, JDS Uniphase is up 3.8%, and Finisar is up 4.5%. Verizon, which was downgraded this morning to Neutral from Buy by RW Baird, is trading down almost 5%.
14:57 EDTSTT, MSFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTMSFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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10:20 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:35 EDTMSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:21 EDTMSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
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