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News For GOOG;DISH;T;VZ;SNE;PC;KBSTY;GE;SSNLF;AAPL;UAL From The Last 14 Days
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December 16, 2014
05:44 EDTSNESony Pictures confirms extent of cyber attack
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The dayís economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachersí Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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15:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to step up challenge to Amazon with new shopping features, WSJ says
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12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to shutter Russian engineering office, Guardian reports
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12:36 EDTGOOGVringo will seek Supreme Court review of court's reversal of Google judgement
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12:15 EDTAAPLCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
12:01 EDTGEBioTime unit, GE Healthcare sign set of license agreements, terms not disclosed
BioTime (BTX) announced that its subsidiary ES Cell International Pte. Ltd. and GE Healthcare (GE) have signed a set of license agreements through which GEHC received rights to ESIís stem cell patents and ESI received rights to stem cell patents controlled by GEHC, in both cases for the development of cellular assays and models derived from stem cells for use in drug discovery and toxicity screening. In addition, the agreements give GEHC the right to grant sub-licenses to the ESI patent portfolio and, in certain circumstances, ESI may further sublicense its rights for the purpose of marketing stem cell-derived products. Financial terms were not disclosed.
11:17 EDTGEGE Aviation selected by Boeing for 777x common core avionics systems
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTVZVerizon announces voluntary sale and purchase program for small shareowners
Verizon Communications announced a program to provide its small shareowners with a convenient and inexpensive way either to round their Verizon holdings up to 100 shares or to sell all their shares. Verizon will not buy or sell any of the shares or otherwise participate in the program. The program is voluntary. It is intended to help owners of fewer than 100 Verizon shares who may have been deterred from selling their Verizon shares or buying additional shares because of the inconvenience. Similar odd-lot programs are commonly offered periodically by public companies to reduce administrative costs and offer a service to investors. Verizon's program will be independently administered by Georgeson, a Computershare company.
08:44 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $95 from $75 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) as the firm says that its checks indicate that the company is benefiting from strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and for Chinese smartphones. The firm thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts, including rapidly proliferating Internet of Things applications. JMP Securities reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:40 EDTSSNLF, AAPLCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple checks show solid brand recognition in China, says Jefferies
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08:15 EDTGEGeneral Electric to host investor meeting
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08:08 EDTGEGeneral Electric enters into IP licensing agreement with WordLogic
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07:57 EDTUALDeutsche ups targets on Airlines amid lower fuel prices
Deutsche Bank expects 2015 to be an even stronger year than 2014 for Airline stocks and believes carriers will continue to "share their growing wealth with their stakeholders." Deutsche sees lower fuel prices and reduced interest expense providing benefits in 2015. The firm raised its price target for Allegiant Travel (ALGT) to $174 from $150, for Hawaiian Holdings (HA) to $27 from $19, for JetBlue (JBLU) to $21 from $17, for Southwest (LUV) to $55 from $46, for Spirit Airlines (SAVE) to $95 from $85, for United Continental (UAL) to $80 from $50, for American Airlines (AAL) to $67 from $54 and for Alaska Air (ALK) to $53 from $42.50. Deutsche keeps a $60 price target on shares of Delta Air Lines (DAL). The firm has a Buy rating on all name in the space save for Alaska Air, which it rates Sell.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple could pay $450M if it loses e-book appeal, WSJ says
A report from yesterday explains that the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin considering Apple's appeal for a ruling that the company was engaged in illegal price-fixing over e-books, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Apple loses the appeal, the company could pay $450M, with most of it going to e-book customers, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:45 EDTSNESony tells media outlets to stop reporting leaked information, Reuters says
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06:32 EDTGOOGUnwired Planet commented on Google Markman ruling
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