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September 25, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility elevated
Google September weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 37, November is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 41, suggesting large October price movement.
05:58 EDTGOOG, AAPLIndian Prime Minister to meet with Apple, Google CEOs, WSJ reports
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet this weekend with Google (GOOG) CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, among others, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to industry insiders, the tech executives will use the visit to push for better market access in India as well as clearer regulation on investment and startups. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple shifts 30% of lens modules orders to Kantatsu, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2015
20:04 EDTSSNLFFacebook virtual reality initiative picks up speed with $99 Samsung device
Thursday's Oculus Connect 2 event saw numerous announcements from Facebook (FB) virtual reality subsidiary Oculus VR, including content deals with major media players as well as a $99 VR headset developed in conjunction with Samsung (SSNLF). CONTENT OFFERINGS: The virtual reality firm will be partnering with Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Lionsgate (LGF) to bring more than 100 films to the Oculus Store at launch. Additionally, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon's (AMZN), TiVo (TIVO), and Hulu -- the joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox, and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBCUniversal -- will be launching apps for the company's virtual reality products, bringing web TV and streaming content to early adopters of the new technology. MAINSTREAM DEVICE: Samsung joined with Oculus to reveal a new $99 "Gear VR" headset on Thursday. Standing in contrast to Oculus' own pricier devices, the Samsung headset will rely on the company's Galaxy line of smartphones to power its virtual reality experiences. Note that a major point of contention regarding the "blockbuster" potential -- or lack thereof -- of VR technology is whether consumers will be willing to pay upwards of $399 for the Oculus gadgets. Samsung's Gear VR tends more towards what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has called "medium immersion" devices, potentially allaying investor concern over adoption rates with its more attractive point of entry. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares closed higher by 0.5% and continued to rise in after-hours trading, up another 0.2%.
19:26 EDTUALUnited's pilot union says adamantly opposed to fuel monitoring
In a letter to United pilots, United Master Executive Council chairman Jay Heppner states, "Let me be very clear at the onset: The UAL MEC policy manual clearly states that we 'deem any fuel monitoring program using identified pilot information as promoting unsafe practices such as competitive flying.' While we 'endorse the most conservative fuel load, whether it is the dispatcher's fuel or the captain's fuel,' we fully support the captain's authority to plan his fuel load without undue influence from any monitoring program. Such programs have been used in the past to coerce captains to not add fuel when, in their judgment, they may have felt it prudent to do so. The tracking and scoring of captain's fuel loads can also lead to other issues; not the least of which is a degradation to safety and captain's authority. Fuel tracking can also lead to pilot pushing, intimidation and harassment by management in order to force compliance with 'fuel policy.' ALPA has worked tirelessly to ensure all captains have the tools necessary to make the safest and most appropriate decisions regarding fuel loads and all other decisions pertaining to every aspect of the preflight planning process. We are not necessarily opposed to a company fuel policy, but we are adamantly opposed to 'fuel tracking,' 'fuel monitoring' and 'competitive flying.'" Reference Link
19:03 EDTAAPL, VZVerizon offers annual upgrade plan for iPhone users
In the wake of recent iPhone purchase plans announced by Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ) announced that customers who purchase either the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with Verizon's Device Payment option will be eligible to get a new iPhone every year. "Yes, no more waiting for your contract to end... The new program allows you to turn in your phone and upgrade to a new iPhone every year," remarked the company. Verizon added that its customers will still have the option to pay off the phone without upgrading.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 24, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLSprint CEO expects to have adequate supply of new iPhones, Re/code says
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13:03 EDTGOOGEU investigates internet firms' online practices, Reuters reports
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12:10 EDTVZVerizon management to meet with Jefferies
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12:02 EDTSSNLFSTARZ PLAY now available on Samsung Smart TVs
Starz announced that STARZ PLAY, the authenticated online TV Everywhere service for STARZ premium subscribers, has launched on Samsung (SSNLF) Smart TVs. STARZ subscribers may now watch exclusive STARZ Original series including "Blunt Talk," "Survivor's Remorse," and "Power," among others, as well as hundreds of movies and first-run films on Samsung Smart TVs. Starting today, the STARZ PLAY App will be available in Samsung App store within the Smart Hub across select 2014 and 2015 Samsung Smart TVs.
11:24 EDTVZAOL's head of video McCormack exiting company, Variety reports
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11:21 EDTAAPL, GOOG, SSNLFJury says Pendrell patents not infringed on by Samsung, Google products
Pendrell announced earlier, that on September 23, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that certain claims of five digital rights management patents asserted by Pendrell (PCO) subsidiary, ContentGuard Holdings, against Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Google (GOOG) are valid, but that Samsung products and Google products accused in the lawsuit do not infringe the asserted patents. ContentGuard is assessing the jury's findings and evaluating its options to challenge the verdict. ContentGuard's claims against Samsung and Google are part of a larger lawsuit filed by ContentGuard against several companies that have not paid for a license to use ContentGuard's patented digital rights management solutions, including Apple (AAPL), DirecTV, HTC, Huawei and Motorola Mobility. The jury verdict does not impact ContentGuard's August 2015 settlement and license agreement with (AMZN); nor does ContentGuard believe the jury verdict will impact or delay ContentGuard's upcoming November trial against Apple. Shares of Pendrell are down 35.34% in morning trading.
11:15 EDTAAPL, GOOGAnalyst sees $55,000 car from Apple as soon as 2019
Apple (AAPL) could introduce a car by as soon as 2019, but assuming an average selling price of $55,000 and 200,000 shipments, the contribution to the tech giant's earnings in that year is probably not enough to "excite" investors, said the research team at Jefferies this morning. However, a car would give the tech giant some "much needed" diversification away from the iPhone and would be positive for the broader tech space, the firm added. RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: Jefferies analysts Sundeep Bajikar, Mark Lipacis and their team say their analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors. He assumes a $55,000 average selling price for an Apple Car and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited and earnings contributions from a vehicle may not become meaningful before iPhone decelerates, the analysts argue. However, the firm said it could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar and Lipacis keep a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. TOP CHIP PICKS: Efforts in the car market from tech heavyweights Apple and Google (GOOGL) will lead the industry to design and sell more intelligent vehicles, accelerating the growth of semiconductors for automobiles above current forecasts, contend Jefferies' analysts in a separate note to investors this morning. The analysts lay out their top picks among automotive semiconductor suppliers, saying the pending merger of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Freescale (FSL) will create the world's biggest automotive semi company, adding that growth in microcontroller content and networking applications will benefit that combined giant. NVIDIA's (NVDA) automotive sales have grown the fastest since the end of the 2012 fiscal year among the companies the firm follows, while Maxim Integrated (MXIM) had the second fastest growth in that time frame, the analysts noted in naming those two as their other top picks in the space. Lipacis and Bajikar identified Analog Devices (ADI), Microchip (MCHP) and Linear Technology (LLTC) as other notable beneficiaries from the expected growth of semiconductor content in automobiles. PRICE ACTION: Amid broad weakness in the market, Apple shares are down 1.5% to $112.56. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Sector index (SOX) is down 2.4% this morning.
09:59 EDTAAPLOTR Global believes NXP Semiconductors lost sensor gub in new iPhone 6S
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09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTT, AAPL, VZSprint to offer iPhone 6s 16GB for $1 per month
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08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $781 from $730 at Citi
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07:49 EDTGEGE reaches agreement with UKEF to access export financing for up to $12B
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07:24 EDTGOOGWPP CEO: Google needs to weed out 'fake' online ad views, FT reports
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