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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTAAPLStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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12:21 EDTAAPLApple to focus on quality instead of new additions in OS upgrade, 9to5Mac says
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11:00 EDTAAPLIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:39 EDTAAPLData firm: Apple Watch orders haven't grown since initial surge, Quartz says
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10:38 EDTAAPLMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAAPLApple wants TV service to have local programming, Re/code reports
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07:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung increased purchases of IC parts, DigiTimes says
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07:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung content unit hit by layoffs and exec departure, Variety reports
Samsung's Media Solutions Center America has been hit by layoffs and a key executive departure over the last couple of weeks, reports Variety. According to multiple sources, the unit saw dozens of staffers laid off earlier this month. One source estimated that as much as 15% of staff may have been affected. Sources also said the layoffs came a few weeks after Samsung's VP of content and services Kevin Swint left the unit. Reference Link
06:56 EDTAAPLTrendforce expects iPhone shipments to reach 230M in 2015, DigiTimes says
Trendforce said Apple's iPhone shipments is expected to reach over 230M in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June and will be shipped in Q3. Quarterly shipments is projected to reach 24M units. Reference Link
06:55 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks Taiwan partners to promote Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to add fingerprint authentication to Android M, Buzzfeed reports
Google's Android M is expected to include fingerprint authentication, reports Buzzfeed. The functionality will allow users to log in to all supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. Google is expected to announce the feature next week at Google I/O. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple developing dual-app mode, 12-inch iPads, multi-user support, 9to5Mac says
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May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTGOOGGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
17:34 EDTGOOGGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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17:16 EDTAAPLApple plans 12-inch iPads, split-screen functionality, 9to5Mac says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:25 EDTAAPLApple to add public transit support to Maps app, 9to5Mac says
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14:44 EDTTAT&T plans 'substantial' Mexico investments, WSJ says
In a report published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal said that according to AT&T Mexico's CEO the telecommunications giant plans "substantial" investments in Mexico to broaden and enhance its mobile network as it seeks to increase market share. Reference Link
14:37 EDTTFCC likely to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions, CTFinancialNews says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
12:44 EDTGOOGGoogle developing tech to run on low-powered devices, The Information says
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11:21 EDTAAPLApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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10:15 EDTDISH, GOOGDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTGOOG, DISHDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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10:01 EDTUALGoldman reiterates Attractive view on US Airlines
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTVZIGEN Networks subsidiary signs account agreement with Verizon Wireless
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09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
09:03 EDTUALOptions expected to be active
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08:28 EDTUALAirline fundamental outlook little changed despite selloff, says Cowen
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08:27 EDTGEGeneral Electric announcements positive, says Bernstein
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08:15 EDTGOOGSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:44 EDTGEWoodward to host conference call
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07:36 EDTGEJoint venture a significant positive for Woodward, says Stifel
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07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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06:42 EDTSNESony establishes UK studio to work on Morpheus games, GameSpot reports
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06:10 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD GE
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05:56 EDTUALStocks with implied volatility movement; AAL UAL
Stocks with implied volatility movement; American Airlines (AAL) 40, United Continental (UAL) 39 according to iVolatility.
05:52 EDTAAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:48 EDTGEGE willing to sell IP rights in Alstom deal, Financial Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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16:15 EDTGEGE Aviation, Woodward combine fuel systems expertise for new joint venture
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16:14 EDTGEWoodward to repurchase $250M in shares over next 12 months
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16:00 EDTGE, UAL, AAPLOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
15:43 EDTUALAirlines fall as analysts grapple with concerns over capacity growth
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13:07 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility increases as shares pullback
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11:57 EDTGEGE says going for SIFI de-designation in 2016
11:39 EDTGEGE CEO Immelt confident Alstom deal will get approved
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11:38 EDTGEGE CEO sees having a 'good' business in Oil&Gas
Targets reduction of approximately $1B in cumulative cost.
11:35 EDTGEGE CEO says company is in good shape financially
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11:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric says Aviation will be better than prior view
11:31 EDTGEGE sees about $100B in finance asset sales in 2015 up from $90B
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11:21 EDTGEGE capital portfolio execution ahead of plan
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11:18 EDTGEGE on track for 2015 framework, sees solid organic growth and margin enhancement
Information from slides presentation prepared for 2015 Electrical Products Group Conference.
10:01 EDTUALOptions with increasing volume: DAL LUV AAL UAL SAVE ALK JBLU
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:14 EDTGEElectric Products Group to hold a conference
EPG 2015 is being held in Longboat Key, Florida on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 7:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks new partners for next-generation Nexus phones, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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06:17 EDTGEGeneral Electric looking to sell Australia commercial lending unit, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DD GE
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May 19, 2015
19:44 EDTSSNLFSamsung's next chairman may pursue smartphone, wearables synergies, Reuters says
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18:54 EDTGEGE to lose $350M locomotives deal if Export-Import Bank fails, Reuters says
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18:01 EDTGEAflac names Matthew Owenby as Chief Human Resources Officer
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16:53 EDTGOOGGoogle near to launching new web photo service, Bloomberg says
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16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPL, TOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
14:54 EDTVZRubicon Project an attractive target after AOL deal, The Deal says
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14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices
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13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:52 EDTGOOGDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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10:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'no sacred cows' in rethink of Glass product, Financial Times says
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09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:23 EDTUALSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
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08:20 EDTGOOG, VZVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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08:11 EDTVZVerizon CFO says customers 'tired of paying for 300 channels'
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08:04 EDTGEGE announces launch of Digital Wind Farm
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08:02 EDTVZVerizon CFO says spectrum position 'extremely strong'
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07:59 EDTVZVerizon CFO says wireless capital spending won't come down any time soon
Verizon CFO reiterates that Verizon's capital plan "will not decrease any time soon," citing the need to add capex to invest in video and wireless. Shammo sees 'multicasting' becoming more prevalent over time. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:54 EDTVZVerizon CFO says future of wireless around video, Internet of Things
Shammo says Verizon (VZ) mobile video "multicast" will be pay-per-view and mobile video service will be starting this summer. Shammo said buying AOL (AOL) gives the company the ad technology to make its mobile model work. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:43 EDTVZJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:36 EDTVZ, TAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
07:11 EDTUALWolfe Research to hold a conference
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06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:18 EDTVZ, T, DISHDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
06:01 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
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05:59 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:14 EDTGEColfax announces acquisition of Roots blowers & compressors
Colfax Corporation (CFX) announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Roots blowers and compressors business unit , also known as Industrial Air & Gas Technologies, from GE (GE) Oil & Gas for a cash consideration of $185M. Roots is a leading supplier of blower and compressor technologies which service a broad range of end markets, including water treatment, chemical production, and power generation. This acquisition will build on Howden's global strength in compressors and blowers and will add important application expertise and product solutions to the portfolio. In 2014, Roots had approximate revenues of $155 million and EBITDA of $22M. In making the announcement, Steve Simms, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colfax, stated, "I am delighted to welcome the Roots team to Colfax. We are excited by the opportunities created by combining the Roots capabilities and application expertise with Howden's global footprint and continuous improvement culture. Like Howden, the Roots business has spent more than 150 years developing market leading products and solutions, and we look forward to continuing to innovate and grow." Mr. Simms continued, "Strengthening our businesses through bolt-on acquisitions is a core part of our strategy, and we continue to see a robust pipeline of opportunities."Closing of the acquisition is expected early in the third quarter following the fulfillment of certain conditions.
16:00 EDTAAPL, TOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTTAT&T CEO sees net neutrality changing within 5-10 years, Wireless Week says
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes the FCC's net neutrality ruling will change within the next five to 10 years, reports Wireless Week, citing statements given Monday at a J.P. Morgan investor conference. "If I believed the rules that were passed by the FCC on Title II were going to be the rules of the land for the next five to 10 years, it would have a dramatic effect on how we thought about investment," said Stephenson, adding that his company's court case against the neutrality rules is "pretty strong." Reference Link
14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:47 EDTGOOGAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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09:49 EDTDISHEquity options with increasing volume
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09:36 EDTAAPL, GEActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPL, SSNLFAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTSSNLF, AAPLApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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08:59 EDTTAT&T CEO says gets profitable TV product from 'day one' by buying DirecTV
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said AT&T's existing U-verse product is "nice" but unprofitable and that the company will get a profitable TV product from "day one" by buying DireTV (DTV). Stephenson said he expects to take share from cable operators and other TV offerings with its combined offering after the DirecTV deal closes. Stephenson said the company is on target to get the DirecTV deal closed in Q2. Stephenson spoke on CNBC.
08:45 EDTTCogent CEO says considering lawsuit against AT&T, CTFinancialNews reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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08:22 EDTGOOG, VZVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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08:07 EDTGESplunk appoints Snehal Antani as Chief Technology Officer
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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07:27 EDTTJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTGEGE, Emerson said to be mulling bids for Aveva, Sunday Times reports
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06:09 EDTUALTrade group sees airlines carrying record passenger loads this summer, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
18:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $105M government contract modification
General Electric - Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a $105M modification to previously awarded contract FA8650-09-D-2922 to cover the potential award of the Adaptive Engine Technology Development order. This additional research and the resulting data will further mature aircraft engine technologies and decrease risk to achieve a system level preliminary design review and subsequent Adaptive Engine Research Design compatibility review. Work will be performed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 3, 2016. Funds will be obligated if additional in-scope work is awarded. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
17:15 EDTVZPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:28 EDTGOOG, UALAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTVZStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:01 EDTT, AAPLOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTGOOG, VZMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung not engaged in DRAM price war with Micron, says Jefferies
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07:56 EDTUALNational Press Club to hold a luncheon meeting
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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06:21 EDTSSNLFTwo Samsung foundations name Jay Y. Lee as chairman, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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19:04 EDTGOOGMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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18:39 EDTAAPL, TApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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18:30 EDTUALUnited Airlines launches security flaw 'bounty' program
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung to discontinue wallet service ahead of Pay launch, SamMobile says
Samsung will discontinue its Samsung Wallet service on June 30, reports SamMobile, citing company emails distributed to users of the service. The report notes that Samsung is planning to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment technology later this year. Reference Link
14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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13:19 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY15 capacity up 1%-2% y/y, non-fuel CASM flat to up 1%
Says plans to improve long-term shareholder value include: Optimizing network and maintaining capacity discipline, executing on revenue initiatives, growing CASM less than inflation, balancing cash flow allocation. Current network priorities include: Growing capacity in line with demand, re-allocating assets across network to reflect changing demand levels due to low oil, strong U.S. dollar, utilizing flexible fleet plan, focusing capacity growth in high-yield corporate markets. Sees FY15 capacity growth 1%-2% y/y. Says on track to achieve $1B in non-fuel annual savings by 2017. Sees CapEx averaging $2.7B-$2.9B over next 3-4 years. Plans to achieve ~$15B gross debt target, improve leverage ratios. Sees FY15 non-fuel CASM flat to up 1%. Comments from slides that will be presented at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Transportation Conference.
12:03 EDTGOOGVringo seeks Supreme Court review of reversal of judgment against Google
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11:01 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces product integration with Google's Nest
ADT (ADT) announced today a product integration with Nest (GOOG). Launching this summer, the integration will be another example of ADT’s continued desire to open up its ecosystem, paving the way for future opportunities.
10:43 EDTDISHDISH CEO says 'not sure' how spectrum will be used in wireless
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10:39 EDTDISHDISH CEO says may release Sling TV numbers next quarter
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10:37 EDTT, DISHDISH CEO says AT&T, DirecTV merger will bring tougher competitor
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09:34 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:37 EDTT, DISHDISH, Cogent ask FCC to set conditions for AT&T acquisition, Reuters says
DISH (DISH) and Cogent Communications (CCOI) asked the FCC to force AT&T (T) to sell Internet service as a standalone service, as a condition of the telecom giant's proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters. DISH and Cogent also asked the agency to make AT&T sell standalone Internet service at a reasonable price and at the same speeds it provides in package deals, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:26 EDTUALAerCap to lease up to 25 planes to United Continental, Reuters says
AerCap (AER) will lease up to 25 planes to United Continental (UAL), the airlines announced yesterday, according to Reuters. Eleven of the planes will be delivered over the next two years, and the airlines can lease up to 14 more through 2020, subject to certain conditions, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTUALQatar Airways CEO accuse US airlines of using 'bullying tactics', Bloomberg says
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's PR chief Whetstone leaves for Uber, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTVZAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTT, VZ, DISHDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
05:34 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 13, 2015
18:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung paid $250M for LoopPay acquisition, Re/code says
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16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:43 EDTGOOGGoogle moves corporate applications to cloud, WSJ says
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13:15 EDTAAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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12:01 EDTTAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:58 EDTTAT&T, Communications Workers of America reach tentative contract agreements
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11:17 EDTGEGE looks to sell Japan commercial finance operation, WSJ says
General Electric is looking to sell its Japanese commercial finance operations, as the conglomerate looks to slim down assets held in its GE Capital unit, says the Wall Street Journal. The unit, which finances the purchase of equipment is valued at about $5B, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
10:04 EDTVZVerizon's strategic policy adviser Randy Milch to retire
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09:39 EDTAAPL, GEActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTGOOGGoogle fight with EU over 'right to forget' may end up back in court, WSJ says
Google has set up a detailed process to comply with the European Union's "right to forget" rules and removed hundreds of thousands of links in search results for people's names from the European versions of its search engine, but European regulators argue that the company is undermining the decision by not applying it globally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Google says it wants to avoid seting a precedent that one region can set global rules for the Internet and the fight may end up back in court, the report added. Reference Link
07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:18 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTVZMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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07:08 EDTGEOppenheimer to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTT, AAPL, VZInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:15 EDTGEEU restart probe of GE's planned acquisition of Alstom's power business, WSJ say
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06:11 EDTGOOGBoeing ends work on only small satellite program, WSJ reports
Boeing is no longer working on a program for HySpecIQ, a private equity-backed startup, which had ordered two Boeing 502 Phoenix satellites that were expected to be launched in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reports. Boeing has ended work on the imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite order, due to the downturn in the natural resources market, the publication adds.
05:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung favors Ultra HD TVs over OLED in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
05:53 EDTVZAOL CEO: AOL staying in content business, not selling TechCrunch, TC reports
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05:28 EDTVZAOL upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded AOL (AOL) to Neutral after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $44 from $38.
May 12, 2015
19:23 EDTVZAOL CEO says Huffington Post will 'always' be company cornerstone, HP says
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17:33 EDTSSNLFIndian PM to urge Samsung to build Indian factories, Economic Times says
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with LG and Samsung next week and plans to urge the companies to establish factories in India, reports The Economic Times, citing statements by minister for communication and IT Ravi Prasad, who added that "we expect something concrete now." Reference Link
16:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung announces Internet of Things platform
Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow "faster, simpler" development of applications for the Internet of Things. ARTIK is an open platform that includes a family of integrated production-ready modules, software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of IoT devices, solutions and services.
16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:55 EDTVZAxel Springer made unsolicited offer for AOL last year, Financial Times says
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15:50 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung releases next-gen smart watch details to developers, SamMobile says
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15:04 EDTVZInvestors should be cautious reading through from AOL deal to Yelp, WSJ says
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13:06 EDTAAPLVivendi says talking to Spotify about streaming, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) said on its earnings conference call that is having discussions with Spotify regarding a streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple's (AAPL) streaming service may affect music sales and margins, Vivendi noted. Shares of Spotify competitor Pandora (P) are up 36c to $18.53 in afternoon trading.
12:59 EDTTRegulators unlikely to block AT&T-DirecTV deal, WSJ says
The FCC and U.S. Justice Department are nearly finished reviewing AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), and are unlikely to block the deal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Justice Department hasn't raised issues, and though the FCC may seek to impose conditions, they are expected to be acceptable to AT&T. Reference Link
12:34 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:32 EDTTDirecTV up 1% after report says regulators unlikely to block AT&T deal
Dow Jones, citing sources, said the U.S. review of the deal is nearing its end and that regulators are unlikely to step in to block the merger.
12:30 EDTTU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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12:02 EDTVZVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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11:47 EDTGOOGYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTT, VZAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:45 EDTGEAnalyst says Pall deal may spark more life sciences M&A
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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10:31 EDTVZCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:51 EDTGEPall Corp. could be precursor to more Life Science deals, says Janney Capital
After The Wall Street Journal said Pall Corp. (PLL) is nearing a possible sale, naming Thermo Fisher (THO) and Danaher (DHR) as potential suitors, Janney Capital said it thinks dealmaking in the Life Sciences space won't stop with Pall, listing Repligen (RGEN), Bio-Techne (TECH) and VWR (VWR) as others in the industry that could see strategic bids emerge. The firm added that it expects that GE (GE), 3M (MMM), and private equity firms would also be involved in bidding in deals in the space.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins assembly smartphones at Indonesia factory, WSJ reports
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09:14 EDTGOOGApps World to hold a conference
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09:04 EDTVZVerizon said to possibly spin off some or all AOL content ops, Re/code says
AOL's (AOL) ad tech business is growing at a much faster pace than its content business, but has lower margins, noted Re/code, adding that "one scenario we’ve heard" is that Verizon (VZ) intends to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, possibly with a third player such as German publisher Axel Springer also involved. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong seemed to leave the door open for such a deal by saying that the company has "spoken to partners about content and scaling [and] seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have," Re/code added. Reference Link
08:45 EDTVZVerizon says Triple Play 'still matters a lot'
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08:45 EDTDISHDISH shares likely undervalued, says Brean Capital
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08:31 EDTDISH, VZ, AAPLApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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08:29 EDTVZVerizon says won't be irrational with price to chase mobile users
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08:18 EDTVZVerizon says no change in financial outlook, debt position
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07:45 EDTVZJefferies to hold a conference
2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference is being held in Miami on May 12-14.
07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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07:20 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong says will stay with company 'for a long period of time'
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07:18 EDTVZAOL CEO says Verizon deal happened 'in natural way,' no auction held
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong continues speaking on CNBC.
07:12 EDTVZAOL CEO expects Verizon to take 'open approach' to content
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07:09 EDTVZAOL CEO says will 'certainly' buy Verizon stock
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07:08 EDTVZAOL CEO says company has 'shared vision' with Verizon
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07:06 EDTVZAOL volatility elevated into Verizon acquiring for $4.4B
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07:03 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B
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07:00 EDTGOOGPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTAAPL, SSNLFApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
06:53 EDTGOOGGoogle sees India business doubling every year, Economic Times says
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06:40 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believes management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates.
06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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May 11, 2015
19:05 EDTGOOGFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "We’re piloting a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
17:23 EDTGEGE would consider concessions to secure Alstom deal, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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14:24 EDTVZFrontier announces HSR clearance for acquisition of certain Verizon assets
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13:01 EDTDISHDISH says involved in several non-disclosure pacts since spectrum auction
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12:46 EDTDISHDISH CEO says still a few channel partners 'I'd like' on Sling TV
Sling TV CEO says Sling TV service is focused on mobile first, not TV. Says Sling TV customers are "comfortable" looking at content on mobile devices.
12:36 EDTDISHDISH CEO says auctions represent the company's 'core skill'
Says if involved, expects to participate in the 600Mhz auction at a "high level."
12:35 EDTGEGE not likely to gain unconditional approval for Alstom deal, Reuters reports
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12:34 EDTDISHDISH says would like to participate in 600Mhz incentive auction
Says main focus is getting through the AWS-3 auction.
12:28 EDTGEGE launches cloud foundry ‘Industrial Dojo’
GE Software announced its ‘Industrial Dojo,’ in collaboration with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, to strengthen its efforts to solve the world’s biggest industrial challenges. The Cloud Foundry Dojo program allows software developers to immerse themselves in open source projects to quickly learn the inner workings of the core technology and the unique agile development environment, as well as recommended methodologies for contributing code. GE also announced it will work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop and contribute open source code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation that will route all industrial messaging protocols. By opening this Industrial Dojo, GE Software is enabling developers to better learn industrial intricacies by pairing with experienced developers, thereby greatly reducing the time-to-productivity for those new to a project. Through this program, GE is bolstering its commitment to open source development and Cloud Foundry, and ultimately promoting the next wave of industrial innovation. Also announced, GE will drive, in collaboration with Pivotal, creation of a “TCP Router” to direct non-HTTP protocols and better equip Cloud Foundry to connect industrial machines with IT networks. By donating this innovation to the open source community, GE will enable Cloud Foundry to be used in a variety of industrial applications and use cases.
12:28 EDTDISHDISH says majority of impact from programmer disputes has passed
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12:24 EDTDISHDISH says difficult to bundle without ESPN
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12:17 EDTDISHDISH CEO says Sling TV should contribute 'meaningful revenue'
Says Sling TV results are "encouraging." Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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12:06 EDTTAT&T appoints Jeffrey Lewis Chief Accessibility Officer
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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10:21 EDTGEGE says EU suspends review on Alstom deal, sees probe resuming, Reuters reports
General Electric (GE) said the investigation of its takeover bid for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business was suspended last month by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports. GE says the probe was halted on April 24 to give the regulators time to review additional information, and believes the review will restart this week. Reference Link
09:56 EDTSSNLF, AAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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08:02 EDTUALUnited removes autistic teen from flight, mother says will sue, ABC News says
An Oregon woman, her husband, and their autistic daughter were removed from a United Airlines flight to Portland after the plane made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City. The woman claims the flight crew discriminated against her daughter for being autistic and she intends to sue the airline, reports ABC News. Reference Link
07:28 EDTUALUnited Continental raises Q2 average fuel price per gallon view to $2.17-$2.22
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
06:17 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 Pay-TV churn rate 1.65%
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06:15 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 EPS 76c, consensus 40c
Reports Q1 revenue $3.72B, consensus $3.74B. Reports Q1 subscriber-related revenue $3.69B.
06:12 EDTDISHDISH activated 554K gross new Pay-TV subscribers
DISH activated approximately 554,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers compared to approximately 639,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined by approximately 134,000 in the first quarter. The company closed the first quarter with 13.84M Pay-TV subscribers, compared to 14.10M Pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2014. Pay-TV ARPU for the first quarter totaled $86.01, compared to first quarter 2014 Pay-TV ARPU of $82.36. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.65% versus 1.42% for first quarter 2014. DISH added approximately 14,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 591,000. DISH added approximately 53,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter 2014.
06:11 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 net income attributable $351M vs. $176M last year
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06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTVZSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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May 10, 2015
18:05 EDTTFCC contract ruling may speed review of AT&T-DirecTV merger, WSJ says
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17:35 EDTSNEDisney's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' leads U.S. weekend box office with $77.2M
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12:33 EDTGEHoneywell stock could rise 20% in 12 months, Barron's says
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