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News For GOOG;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
14:42 EDTAAPLFitbit shares approach historical lows as Apple Watch gains traction
Fitbit (FIT) shares are eyeing their lowest levels since their IPO in June after the IDC reported that Apple (AAPL) Watch shipments are nipping on the heels of Fitbit's market dominance in wearables. WHAT'S NEW: The International Data Corporation, or IDC, released its quarterly wearables device report on Thursday, showing that Apple reached the number two spot in the global wearables market with 3.6M shipments of the Apple Watch during Q2. Notably, Apple Watch shipments lagged just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's 4.4M units for the quarter. Total shipment volume for the space was up 223.2% year-over-year to 18.1M. Commenting on the metrics, IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said Apple's "participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem," though he also cautioned that the tech giant "forces other vendors -- especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters -- to re-evaluate their products and experiences." Rounding out the numbers, Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000, and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000. HARDWARE CHALLENGES: Aside from concerns of user churn, an oft-noted potential risk for Fitbit investors is the potential that limited-use fitness wearables will be absorbed into grander, multi-function devices. On June 21, Barron's opined that specialized devices "often get subsumed," and provided the example of iPod's music functions being largely replaced by similar features in the iPhone. Various research firms have downplayed the "absorption" issue, however. On June 25, Leerink remarked that fitness trackers "occupy a different piece" of the market, and on June 30, RBC said its studies at the time showed divergence between fitness wearables and smart watches. Leerink reiterated its bullish view of the sector as recently as August 24, commenting that "interest in the category remains deep." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Fitbit have plunged roughly 9% in intraday trading, while Apple is up about 2% amid broader market gains.
14:39 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility elevated on wide price movement
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14:19 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated on wide price movement
Apple current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 34, compared to a one-month ago level of 22, suggesting large price movement.
13:34 EDTAAPLPayAnywhere offers new mobile credit card reader ready for Apple Pay
North American Bancard said it will introduce its new version of its PayAnywhere mobile credit card ready to work with Apple Pay. The new PayAnywhere reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores nationwide in September. PayAnywhere is a go-to mobile credit card reader for businesses and individuals who want to accept Apple Pay, the easy and private way to pay that's safer than credit cards today. Available for iOS devices, this new PayAnywhere Mobile reader accepts Apple Pay, other contactless NFC payments, traditional magnetic stripe credit cards and is EMV-capable. PayAnywhere is also offering merchants $5,000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account, an unprecedented offer in the industry. "We are thrilled to offer PayAnywhere to sellers and business owners of all sizes and types, anywhere in the US. Customers will be able to purchase a solution which will enable them to accept Apple Pay on their iPhone or iPad. We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple stores throughout the country," said Marc Gardner, founder, president and CEO of North American Bancard. "To demonstrate how simple and easy it is to accept Apple Pay, we have chosen to offer all customers the first $5000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account." Reference Link
13:07 EDTAAPLApple to discontinue iPhone 5c, 9to5Mac says
Apple will unveil the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at its event on September 9, but not its new 4-inch iPhone 6c, as the device is not ready to ship, according to 9to5Mac, citing sources. The sources added that Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c, but not the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
12:35 EDTAAPLApple to hold event on September 9, WSJ reports
Apple will hold an event on September 9 in San Francisco, The Wall Street Journal reports. Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones at the event. Reference Link
12:23 EDTAAPLApple volatility at high end of range into special event on September 9
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11:44 EDTGOOGGoogle says EC's Statement of Objections 'incorrect'
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08:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch shipments total 3.6M in Q2, IDC says
Apple (AAPL) reached the number two spot in the global wearables market, having shipped a total of 3.6M units of its Apple Watch in Q2, just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's (FIT) 4.4M units, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1M units, up 223.2% from the 5.6M units shipped in 2Q14. "Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," noted Ramon Llamas, Research Manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher. Apple also forces other vendors - especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters - to re-evaluate their products and experiences. Fairly or not, Apple will become the stick against which other wearables are measured, and competing vendors need to stay current or ahead of Apple. Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables." Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000 units and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000.
August 26, 2015
18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle still looks attractive, Barron's says
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18:05 EDTAAPLMore Apple Watch accessories coming in September, MacRumors says
Starting with the "NightStand" charging station, Apple has started selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in the company's retail stores, and additional accessories may begin cropping up in stores in September, reports MacRumors, citing a source. Reference Link
17:58 EDTGOOG, AAPLAndroid Pay not launching this week, TechCrunch says
Google's (GOOG) Android Pay -- a mobile payment service set to compete with Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay platform -- will not be launching this week despite various reports to the contrary, says TechCrunch, citing sources familiar with Google's plans. Reference Link
16:26 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:59 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 26, 2015
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15:03 EDTAAPLApple says iCloud users may have had slower than usual performance
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14:24 EDTAAPLApple fades from rally attempt, levels to watch
Shares were making a rally attempt in the last hour which has since faded. At the current price of $106.64, next support is at $105.35. Resistance is at $107.82.
10:12 EDTGOOGGoogle climbs after Goldman upgrade, Cantor endorsement
The shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) are rallying after Goldman Sachs upgraded the search giant's stock and Cantor Fitzgerald named the stock as one of the top five Internet names to buy amid the market's recent selloff. WHAT'S NEW: Google is in the early innings of a long-term margin expansion process as the search giant intensifies its focus on cost cutting, Goldman analyst Heather Bellini wrote in a note to investors today. Moreover, after conducting checks, Bellini is more upbeat on the company's ability to increase its monetization of YouTube and mobile search. The analyst, who believes that cost cutting combined with the increased monetization is starting to move the needle for the company, hiked her price target on Google's Class A stock to $800 from $660, upgraded the stock and added the shares to Goldman's Americas Conviction List. Meanwhile, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali named Google as one of his top five Internet stocks to buy amid the market's recent volatility. Google is "relatively resilient," given its 91% share of the global search market as of July and its $61B of net cash as of the end of Q2, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company has virtually no exposure to China and its new corporate structure should improve its transparency, Squali believes. He kept a $720 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The other four companies on Squali's list of top Internet stocks are Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB), and Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Google's Class A shares rose 4.4% to $640 and its Class C shares advanced nearly 5% to $610.
09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
07:25 EDTGOOGCantor names top five Internet names to buy during selloff
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he "won't attempt to call the bottom" but identified his top five Internet and Media names to buy amid the recent market volatility, all of which have dominance in their respective markets, higher than peer level growth and valuations that he views as reasonable. Squali, who noted that he views concerns over macro risks and China to be overblown, called out Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) as having an attractive risk/reward given the selloff in recent sessions. The firm has Buy ratings on all five of the stocks named above.
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