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July 31, 2015
16:51 EDTVZVerizon says little progress in contract talks with East landline employees
Verizon said, "After nearly seven weeks of challenging negotiations, Verizon is preparing for all potential scenarios following the expiration of its contracts with the CWA and IBEW, covering more than 37,000 Wireline employees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The contracts expire at midnight, Aug. 1, 2015.While the company presented union leaders with a comprehensive initial offer on June 22 that included a solid wage increase, union leaders countered with a series of proposals that did virtually nothing to advance the progress of negotiations." "Employees are eligible to receive up to five weeks of paid vacation time, not including paid sick days and paid excused days," said Marc Reed, Verizon's chief administrative officer. "While we're willing to consider all offers, union leaders came back with counterproposals that would offer up to 19 additional days off, including new holidays, employee birthdays, more vacation days and additional sick days. That sort of proposal is unrealistic and out-of-touch in today's marketplace."
16:00 EDTT, AAPLOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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10:36 EDTSSNLFParkerVision says appeals court affirms district court noinfringement decision
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10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:56 EDTAAPLApple heads for retest of support
Shares are down less than 1% to $121.68, but the drift lower suggests the range low at the $120 area will be retested. A break below the range would be bearish. Resistance is at $122.99.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:53 EDTAAPL, GOOGToyota signs pact with two companies for in-car navigation, Re/code says
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06:50 EDTVZComcast, Verizon differ over terms of wireless network deal, WSJ says
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06:45 EDTGOOGGoogle, Silent Circle partner to add Android for Work to Blackphone, WSJ says
Google is partnering with Silent Circle, a Geneva-based maker of privacy-centric phones, to add Google's Android for Work software onto Silent Circle's Blackphone, a phone with encrypts calls, texts, and data, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:16 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung allowed to halt Smartflash infringement proceedings, Reuters reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) can halt patent infringement proceedings brought by Smartflash while the patents are examined by the USPTO, Reuters reports. The court also declined to stay the Smartflash case against Apple (AAPL), the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTDISHRovi price target lowered to $26 from $29 at Piper Jaffray
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05:58 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TEVA GOOG
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July 30, 2015
20:04 EDTUALUnited Continental CEO rejects criticism of high airline fees, Reuters says
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18:56 EDTGOOGFacebook plans drone test later this year, AP says
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17:50 EDTGEGE exec sees $10B in projects going overseas due to Ex-Im trouble, Reuters says
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17:28 EDTAAPLApple to announce next-generation Apple TV in September, BuzzFeed says
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16:14 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
15:19 EDTGOOGGoogle pitching new version of 'Glass' to businesses, WSJ reports
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14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle rejects global delisting request from French regulator
In a company blog post published Thursday, Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said the tech giant respectfully disagrees with French regulator CNIL's recent delisting request. According to the blog, CNIL requested that Google apply French "right to be forgotten" requests -- whereby a citizen requests removal of search results containing his or her name -- to all versions of Google across the globe, rather than just French or European versions of the search engine. "We believe that no one country should have the authority to to control what content someone in a second country can access," said Fleischer. Reference Link
12:23 EDTGOOGGoogle loses patent royalty battle with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
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12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle denies French request to apply 'right to be forgotten,' Reuters says
Google is denying a request from the French privacy watchdog to clean search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, Reuters reports. Reference Link
11:37 EDTGOOGFacebook price targets hiked while shares slide after earnings
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11:26 EDTGOOGAppeals court affirms lower court judgment in Microsoft, Motorola patent suit
The 9th Circuit Appeals court affirmed the judgment of a district court in a patent lawsuit between Microsoft (MSFT) and Motorola, which is now owned by Google (GOOG). In its ruling, the appeals court wrote: "With the parties’ consent, the district court conducted a lengthy, thorough bench trial on the RAND rate and range. The court analyzed that evidence in its exhaustive findings of fact and conclusions of law, in a manner consistent with the Federal Circuit’s recent approach to establishing damages in the RAND context. The court’s factual findings were properly admitted at the jury trial. The jury’s verdict was supported by substantial evidence, and its damages award was proper." In a tweet after the ruling was released, Markman Advisors, which specializes in patent law, stated that Microsoft, Qualcomm (QCOM), InterDigital (IDCC) and others will be affected by this ruling, which it characterized as "tough for licensors of standard-essential patents."
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08:56 EDTSSNLFTaiwan LCD TV maker shipments down 8.6% in Q2, Digitimes reports
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07:00 EDTSSNLFSamsung expects smartphone demand growth to slow in second half
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06:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees Q3 smartphone demand growing slightly vs. Q2
Samsung expects Q2 smartphone demand to grow slightly quarter-over-quarter. The company expects "solid mobile and server demand due to seasonality and launch of new products." It adds, "Despite downside risk in LCD, expect overall earnings to remain at a similar level to the previous quarter due to improvement in OLED."
06:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q2 net profit 5.75T won vs. 6.25T won last year
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06:48 EDTAAPL, SSNLFGlobal tablet market fell 7% y/y in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:43 EDTSNESony sees FY16 revenue Y7.9B, operating income Y320M
Mobile Communications sales are expected to be lower than the April forecast primarily due to an expected decrease in smartphone unit sales. Although higher than originally anticipated selling prices of smartphones and additional cost reductions are expected to offset the negative impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales, operating loss is expected to be larger than the April forecast primarily due to the negative impact of foreign exchange rates. Game & Network Services sales are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in PS4 hardware unit sales and PS4 software sales. Operating income is expected to be above the April forecast due to the above-mentioned increase in sales, partially offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange rates and an expected increase in marketing and promotional costs. Imaging Products & Solutions sales and operating income are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in unit sales of digital cameras and the positive impact of foreign exchange rates. Devices sales are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in image sensor sales reflecting the impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by an expected decrease in battery business sales. The forecast for operating income remains unchanged from the April forecast mainly due to the above-mentioned increase in image sensor sales being offset mainly by the above-mentioned decrease in battery business sales. The forecasts for sales and operating income for the HE&S, Pictures, Music, and Financial Services segments remain unchanged from the April forecast.
06:40 EDTSNESony reports Q1 EPS Y70.36 vs. Y22.94 last year
Reports Q1 sales and operating revenue Y1.82B. Reports Q1 operating profit Y96.9B. Sales were essentially flat year-on-year mainly due to a decrease in Mobile Communications segment sales reflecting a significant decrease in smartphone unit sales and a decrease in Home Entertainment & Sound segment sales reflecting a decrease in unit sales of mid-range LCD televisions, substantially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates and a significant increase in Devices segment sales reflecting the strong performance of image sensors. On a constant currency basis, sales decreased 7% year-on-year.
06:04 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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05:55 EDTSSNLFMasterCard, Samsung extends partnership to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe
MasterCard (MA) and Samsung (SSNLF) announced they are extending their global partnership leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe. Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that will enable consumers to use their Samsung flagship mobile devices to make every day in-store purchases at contactless and magnetic stripe terminals leveraging NFC and MST technologies.
July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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11:06 EDTT, VZSprint introduces Family Share Pack plan
With more data than T-Mobile (TMUS), and with significant savings over Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), Sprint (S) introduces the new Sprint Family Share Pack. Families switching to Sprint get four lines, unlimited talk, text and 10GB of high-speed data while on the Sprint network for $100/month starting July 31. Sprint says its new plan will save families $480/year over Verizon and $720/year over AT&T for virtually the same 10GB of data. Sprint says that 10GB is more than double the high-speed data in T-Mobile’s family plan.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTTSynchronoss says company signed new 2 year agreement with AT&T
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08:35 EDTUALUnited computers said to be breached by hackers, Bloomberg reports
United Airlines (UAL) detected a breach of its computer systems in May or early June, reported Bloomberg, citing several people familiar with an investigation into the matter. The cyberattack on United has been linked to the China-backed hackers said to be responsible for several other large incursions, including thefts of data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and health insurer Anthem (ANTM), according to several of the people who talked to Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:30 EDTVZAOL: There are more TV ads now than ever, WSJ reports
AOL (AOL), currently owned by Verizon (VZ), said that there are more advertisements on television than ever, making it increasingly difficult for marketers to break through in an already cluttered arena, the Wall Street Journal reports. AOL said that the reported rate of TV ad impression growth is misleading, though TV networks are managing to push in more ads into half hour and hour long shows, the report says. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGTwitter's VP of product management Christian Oestlien departs for YouTube
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05:30 EDTGEGE Healthcare to invest $1B for training and education solutions by 2020
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July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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15:25 EDTVZVerizon reaches deal with Time Warner to offer HBO NOW
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14:57 EDTSSNLFAnalyst skeptical after 'amateurish' Micron, Intel memory presentation
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13:43 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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10:47 EDTGOOG, VZUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
10:07 EDTGEGE in talks to sell assets to Ansaldo Energia, Reuters reports
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09:20 EDTGOOGGoogle well positioned to benefit from online video shift, says UBS
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09:01 EDTVZVerizon and Swisscom extend partnership
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08:17 EDTVZUnum Group names Verizon CFO Fran Shammo to board of directors
Unum Group (UNM) announced that Francis J. Shammo, executive vice president and CFO of Verizon Communications (VZ), has been elected to serve as a director of the company.
06:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung to unveil bigger Galaxy S6 Edge on August 13, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTGOOGVessel recruits former YouTube exec Kirkbride, Re/code reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle recently attempted to buy Impossible Foods, The Information reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle Express workers file for representation by Teamsters union
Teamsters Local Union 853 announced yesterday that workers at Palo Alto-based Google Express Services filed for a representation election. The more than 140 warehouse and shipping workers sought out the Teamsters for help with improving working conditions, treatment on the job and compensation. Google Express Services, operated by Adecco, provides products shipped from local businesses to consumers on a same-day or overnight basis. Workers are required to sign short-term employment agreements with Adecco that limit them to two years before the company lets them go. Workers have also alleged subjection to constant harassment to work faster in poor conditions that includes damaged equipment, cracked floors and failing electrical systems that have resulted in fires.
July 27, 2015
20:01 EDTGOOGGoogle to decouple Google+ from YouTube, other services
Google will begin decoupling Google+ from other services such as YouTube within the coming months after previously requiring users to log in through the social network. "While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink," said Bradley Horowitz, Google VP of streams, photos, and sharing. Reference Link
19:54 EDTAAPLApple Music reaches 10M subscribers in four weeks, HITS says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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14:34 EDTVZFrontier Communications, CWA reach agreement in California
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14:19 EDTTTV One, AT&T extend agreement into 2026
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13:16 EDTT, GOOG, AAPLADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
12:46 EDTGEAlstom to accept EUR300M hit to assist GE deal completion
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12:43 EDTGOOGGoogle AdSense publishers to obtain EU end users' consent before accessing data
Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google AdSense. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or accessing their data, Google says in a blog post. Jason Woloz, Security & Privacy Program Manager, Display and Video Ads, comments, "European Union data protection authorities requested some changes to current practices for obtaining end user consents. It has always been Google’s policy to comply with privacy laws, so we’ve agreed to make certain changes affecting our own products and partners using Google products. If your websites are getting visitors from any of the countries in the European Union, you must comply with the EU user consent policy. We recommend you start working on a policy-compliant user consent mechanism today." Reference Link
10:07 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down Autocomplete API on August 10
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08:30 EDTAAPLNew Apple ipad mini rumored to be 'miniature iPad Air 2,' AppleInsider says
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08:04 EDTTAT&T reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple said to talk with BMW about electric car project, MacRumors reports
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07:14 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV deal conditions look reasonable, says Jefferies
Jefferies says the Federal Communications Commission' conditions for AT&T's (T) pending acquisition of DirecTV appear reasonable and should have a negligible impact on deal economics. The firm sees AT&T's upcoming analyst day in August as a positive catalyst for the shares. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $40 price target.
06:38 EDTGEGE intends to be 'sizable' player in energy storage market, Reuters reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLNike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLSky prepares to unveil set-top box, Telegraph reports
Sky is finishing up an advanced set-top box called SkyQ, a device it hopes can help its pay-TV business compete against BT (BT), the Telegraph reports. The new hardware is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks and will offer satellite households an "Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) style" experience, the report says, citing industry insiders. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures joins Secret Escapes' $60M funding round, TechCrunch reports
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06:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis plans to list on Nasdaq by end of Q2, Reuters reports
Samsung Group's biosimilar drug development subsidiary, Samsung Bioepis, is expected to select advisers to list in the U.S. by the middle of August and plans to debut on the Nasdaq by the end of Q2, Reuters reports. A spokesperson for Bioepis says the exact timing or size of the listing has not yet been decided, but notes that if the company is valued at 8T won-10T won, or $6.87B-$8.59B, and lists 10%-20% of shares, an IPO could raise up to 2T won. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLBest Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in August, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
19:00 EDTVZVerizon workers willing to authorize strike if needed, AP says
In a recent poll available to the 39,000 Verizon workers covered by the Communications Workers of America union, 86% of participants said they would be willing to back strike action in a dispute with Verizon over contract terms, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing statements by union officials at a rally. Reference Link
17:16 EDTSNEChina to repeal restrictions on videogame consoles, WSJ says
China will end its restrictions on manufacturing and selling videogame consoles within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing statements from China's Ministry of Culture. The report notes that foreign console makers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), and Nintendo (NTDOY) were previously limited to operations in just the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, but will now have access to the entire country. A Sony spokesperson remarked, "This is great news for us." Reference Link
15:59 EDTSNEDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $24.8M
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July 24, 2015
17:33 EDTTS&P announces changes to S&P 400, 500, and 600 indices
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16:30 EDTAAPL, VZ, TStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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16:22 EDTTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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15:17 EDTGECapital One, Apollo Global weigh final bids for GE unit, Bloomberg says
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15:16 EDTTAT&T completes acquisition of DirecTV
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15:06 EDTSNE, AAPLEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:35 EDTTFCC approves, with conditions, AT&T acquisition of DirecTV
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14:32 EDTTFCC approves AT&T acquisition of DirecTV
14:04 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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11:51 EDTAAPLPandora soars after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of internet radio provider Pandora (P) are rising after the company’s second quarter results beat analysts' expectations. The company's third quarter and fiscal year 2015 revenue outlooks also exceeded the consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday after the bell, Pandora reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 5c and revenue of $285.56M, easily topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 2c and $283.06M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.3M, a 29% year-over-year improvement. The company also said that total RPMs increased 24% to $53.91 in Q2, ad RPMs grew 25% to $49.94, ad revenue was $230.9M and said total mobile revenue was $229.7M. For the quarter, total listener hours increased 5% to 5.3B and active listeners were 79.4M at the end of Q2 compared to 76.4M from the same period last year. Looking ahead to Q3, the company forecast revenue of $310M-$315M, slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $309.2M, and sees Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $25M-$30M. For FY15, Pandora forecast revenue of $1.175B-$1.185B, slightly better than analysts' consensus of $1.17B. Pandora also sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA of $75M-$85M and a tax rate of 30%-35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Brian McAndrews, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented on Apple Music, Apple's (AAPL) recently launched music streaming service. McAndrews said that since the app launched at the end of June, "there was no impact yet" to Pandora. Going forward, McAndrews said that the company "feels really good about our trajectory and competitive position," noting that "there could be some users that experiment with [Apple Music] and there could be some short-term impact." McAndrews does not see any long-term impact from the Apple app. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary has been mixed. Research firm Stifel said Pandora's outlook remains favorable. Stifel said that the company plans to intensify its marketing efforts during the seasonally stronger 2H15 and that the company's outlook for 2H15 has improved following the results. The firm kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JMP Securities, said Pandora’s mobile trends were encouraging, but said it will stay on sidelines until the company's user trends accelerate and its royalty case concludes. JMP Securities kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pandora rose $2.05, or about 14.8%, to $15.93 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the shares have fallen approximately 45% over the past year.
11:30 EDTUALDOT requests airline pricing information following complaints of irregular fares
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10:00 EDTUALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:43 EDTGOOG, VZGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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07:08 EDTUALUnited Continental upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded United Continental with a $72 price target citing an improved outlook and higher share buyback program following the airliner's Q2 results. The firm views the stock as compelling at current levels.
06:18 EDTGOOGYouTube updates app, to offer VR, Engadget says
Google's YouTube has updated its mobile app, adding Home, Subscriptions, and Account tabs, Engadget reports. Users can watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the first time. In addition, the redesigned app comes with a set of video creation tools, including the option to trim footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload creations within the app. In addition, YouTube said that virtual reality will come to the streaming service with 360-degree video, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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06:13 EDTSSNLFAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
19:44 EDTTAT&T says 'interested' in broadcast auction
On its Q2 earnings conference call, AT&T said, "With regard to the dissipation in the broadcast auction, we did offer to participate when we first announced our intention to acquire DTV. We'll wait and see what the final terms and conditions with regard to any approval of that merger are. But in any event I would suggest to you that we'll be interested and prudent in investigating the opportunities to see what's available and participate in an appropriate way as we move forward."
19:42 EDTTAT&T says 'on track' to hit guidance metrics
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19:39 EDTTAT&T expecting DirecTV deal approval 'at any time'
On its Q2 earnings conference call, AT&T (T) said it expects "final approval at any time" for the DirecTV (DTV) transaction. The company said it was "very confident" it can make an adequate return on any investment it makes as part of the deal, and that it still fully expects to achieve $2.5B worth of cost synergies from the deal. AT&T said, "We are more confident than ever about the opportunity this transaction brings. We are building a unique communications and entertainment company that we believe will not only transform us but transform our industry as well."
19:24 EDTGOOG, AAPLWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
16:04 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 cash flow from operations of $9.2B, $4.5B in free cash flow
16:03 EDTTAT&T reports 2.1M net adds in Q2
Reports: 2.1 million net adds including 410,000 postpaid, 331,000 prepaid and 1 million connected cars; About 1.2 million branded (postpaid and prepaid) smartphones added to base; Positive branded phone net adds; Strong churn levels with continued low wireless postpaid churn of 1.01 percent and total churn of 1.31 percent; Strong phone-only postpaid ARPU with AT&T Next monthly billings growth, increased 6.1 percent year over year and 3.3 percent sequentially; Wireless operating margin of 25.6 percent; total EBITDA margin of 36.9 percent; with a best-ever adjusted EBITDA service margin of 48.5 percent.
16:01 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 adjusted EPS 69c, consensus 63c
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15:04 EDTTNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:00 EDTUALProposed bill would cut airline bag fees, Bloomberg reports
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14:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
13:53 EDTAAPL, GOOG“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:13 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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12:39 EDTTEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive on AT&T ahead of Q2 results
AT&T (T) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 63c on revenue of $33.04B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-67c on revenue of $32.51B-$33.84B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 62c, on revenue of $32.58B against estimates for $32.84B. In Q1, the company reported the following: Wireless service revenues were down 3.7% to $14.81B; Phone-only postpaid ARPU decreased 9.6% versus the year-earlier quarter; Phone-only postpaid ARPU with AT&T Next monthly billings decreased 1.9% year over year, but increased 0.4% sequentially; Postpaid churn of 1.02%; 6.2M postpaid smartphone gross adds and upgrades in the quarter; 1.2M total wireless net adds, including 441,000 postpaid and 684,000 connected cars; 1.2M branded smartphones added to base, including 700,000 prepaid. AT&T noted its FY15 standalone guidance remained 'on track,' and said it expected the DirecTV (DTV) deal to close in Q2. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q2 earnings report with several firms issuing upgrades on the stock. On July 1, Oppenheimer raised their price target on AT&T to $40 from $36. Following AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, Oppenheimer expects AT&T to benefit from cross-selling, new services, and higher wireless prices. The firm expects the company's free cash flow to be boosted by its winding down of Project VIP. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Also on July 1, Buckingham initiated AT&T with a Buy rating and $41 price target. On July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of AT&T with a Buy and $41.50 price target. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares are up approximately 4% since the company's Q1 report. However, over the past 12 months, they are down about 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight’s Q2 report, AT&T’s shares are down 0.7%.
11:23 EDTGOOGGoogle announces program to help give patents to startups
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10:54 EDTAAPLStreet Check: Summit said buy SanDisk before earnings rallied shares
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10:46 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q3 CASM to be flat, FY15 CASM to be flat to up 0.5%
10:45 EDTUALUnited Continental says revenue hurt by oil and gas industry weakness
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10:45 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY15 consolidated capacity to grow 1%-1.5%
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10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 corporate revenue down 5%
10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q3 unit revenue to decline 5%-7%
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10:37 EDTUALUnited Continental says Q2 was challenging due to weather, maintenance spike
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10:36 EDTUALUnited Continental expects Q3 pre-tax margin 13.5%-15.5%
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10:20 EDTGOOGGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:45 EDTAAPLJPMorgan sees risk of Synaptics losing Apple business
Apple (AAPL) is working on bringing its touch and display driver integration functionality in-house to better protect its operating system, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster tells investors today in a research note. The move increases the likelihood of the iPhone maker terminating its use of Synaptics' display diver solution in mid-2017, Coster writes. To reflect the risk of losing the business, the analyst cut his price target for Synaptics to $97 from $112. The supplier of human interface solutions is trading up 49c to $80.34 in early trading. Coster keeps an Overweight rating on Synaptics, however, saying the stock is already pricing in the risk of losing the Apple business after selling off 20% since mid June.
09:38 EDTAAPL, TActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTGEGE's CDF unit extends inveotry finance program with Husqvarna Group
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07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental announces additional $3B share repurchase program
Jeff Smisek, UAL's chairman, president and CEO, said, "The $3B share repurchase program we announced today demonstrates the confidence we have in our future. We will continue to invest in our customers, assets and our people, and remain committed to improving our balance sheet, expanding our margins and improving our return on invested capital, and expect our third quarter pre-tax margin to be between 13.5%-15.5%, excluding special items." The company expects to complete the additional $3B share repurchase program by the end of 2017.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 EPS ex-items $3.31, consensus $3.31
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06:56 EDTTAmerica Movil downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded America Movil (AMX) to Underweight saying competition coming from AT&T (T) will drive Mexican margins lower. The firm cut its price target for shares to $17.50 from $20.50.
06:42 EDTSSNLFMobile DRAM prices to fall on excess smartphone inventory, DigiTimes reports
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06:32 EDTGOOGOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLApple says no changes to product plans despite CapEx cut, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTAAPL, SSNLF, GOOGApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple cuts FY15 CapEx forecast by $1B to $12B
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple Mac shipments expected in 2H!5 to surpass 1H volume, DigiTimes reports
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06:19 EDTSNE, GOOGSony plans 'stripped back' version of Android
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06:05 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG LOCK
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05:59 EDTSNEEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTGOOGFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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19:40 EDTDISHDISH executive says auction strategy 'complied with all legal requirements'
In response to the FCC's proposal to deny roughly $3.3B in spectrum auction discounts, DISH EVP and general counsel R. Stanton Dodge stated, "We respectfully disagree with the proposed denial of the bidding credits. Our approach to the AWS-3 auction, which followed 20 years of FCC precedent and complied with all legal requirements, was intended to enhance competition -- in the auction and in the marketplace long term. Our investments in NorthStar and SNR helped make the AWS-3 auction the most successful spectrum auction in FCC history, and resulted in more than $20B of direct benefit to the American taxpayer." Reference Link
17:35 EDTDISHDISH meets with FCC, says draft order would deny $3.3B in auction discounts
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16:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:26 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:16 EDTT, VZFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
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15:02 EDTT, AAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:06 EDTGOOGCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
11:32 EDTTAT&T July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
AT&T July weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, August is at 17, September is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 23.
10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple results disappointing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Apple's lower than expected Q3 iPhone sales suggest that it may be keeping inventories low because of low demand. The firm thinks the company faces a number of challenges in its September quarter, including product transitions, tough comps, China volatility and less differentiation in the 6S iPhone. Wells keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
After Apple reported higher than expected Q3 EPS but in-line revenue and the stock fell, JMP Securities says that the stock declined due to worries that the company's momentum is diminishing ahead of tougher comps. However, the firm finds the stock's valuation attractive, given the fact that other tech bellwethers are missing expectations. The firm is upbeat on the company's performance in China and believes that iPhone penetration can increase significantly.
08:39 EDTVZVerizon partners with U-Michigan to open autonomous vehicle test bed
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08:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone miss de-risks 2H 2015, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said the 2.5M iPhone unit miss is a function of management's conservative approach to channel inventory given currency volatility and related price actions. Firm said demand remains strong despite price increases and sees a decent set-up for 2H channel inventory build that can lead to unit growth year-over-year. Morgan Stanley believes shares are attractive following reset expectations and reiterates its Overweight rating and lowered its price target to $155 from $166 on share.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple post-earnings selloff overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Apple as overdone. The company made no mention of demand weakness while China results and commentary were positive, Hall tells investors in a research note. He recommends adding to positions on today's selloff and keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $145 price target.
07:23 EDTGEFrench minister 'reassured' by elements of Alstom, GE deal talks, Reuters says
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales light but no reason to sell stock, says UBS
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares still attractive, says Cantor
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06:41 EDTGOOGLG denies rumors that Google will take 35% stake, Korea Herald reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri downgraded Apple to Market Perform and lowered his price target for shares to $130 from $140 following the iPhone maker's June quarter results. In a research note titled "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Arcuri says "tepid" iPhone sales in the quarter coupled with his supply-side channel checks indicate that phone builds are down cycle-over-cycle for the first time. June quarter iPhone units were weaker than expected even after adjusting for channel inventory, the analyst tells investors. Apple is entering a transition period and the stock's risk/reward no longer supports a buy rating, Arcuri writes. Shares of Apple are down $7.09 to $123.66 in pre-market trading. On the flip side, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying the iPhone maker on today's selloff.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:08 EDTSNE, GOOGSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch component reserves to remain high until September, DigiTimes reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster a buyer of Apple today on the selloff
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05:29 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WMB GOOG
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05:17 EDTAAPLApple shares drop after iPhone sales, guidance fail to impress
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July 21, 2015
19:34 EDTTAT&T pleased with FCC order, sees closing DirecTV deal 'shortly' after approval
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19:09 EDTGOOGYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
19:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:54 EDTTAT&T announces Department of Justice completed review of acquisition of DirecTV
AT&T (T) released the following statement "We are pleased the Department of Justice has completed its review of our acquisition of DIRECTV (DTV). We look forward to gaining the approval of the Federal Communications Commission so we can quickly begin providing consumers with the benefits of this combination."
18:37 EDTVZVerizon CFO says video service to feature targeted ads, Reuters reports
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18:33 EDTTFCC chairman proposes to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions
In light of news reports concerning the proposed AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV) transaction, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler issued the following statement: "An order recommending that the AT&T-DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners... If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, 12.5M customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&T’s current fiber-to-the-premise deployment... and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve. In addition, the conditions will build on the 'Open Internet Order' already in effect... First, in order to prevent discrimination against online video competition, AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections. Second, in order to bring greater transparency to interconnection practices, the company will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance... We will require an independent officer to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions." Reference Link
18:24 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, WSJ reports
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18:14 EDTAAPLApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
18:11 EDTDISHHarbinger Capital sues DISH over LightSquared, Reuters reports
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17:58 EDTAAPLApple says remains 'extremely bullish' on China
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17:50 EDTAAPLApple says India iPhone sales up 93%, Korea up 100%
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17:25 EDTAAPLApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says iPhone continues to gain 'significant share'
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16:57 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, DJ says
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple calls Watch launch successful, does not give sales figures
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares drop 8% to $120.56 following Q3 report
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 iPhone units 47.53M vs. 61.17M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.7% vs. 39.4% last year
International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $49B-$51B, consensus $51.05B
Sees Q4 gross margin 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.81
Reports Q3 revenue $49.6B, consensus $49.31B.
16:28 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:56 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 5.2% movement into Q3
15:11 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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15:02 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:14 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple flat since last report with iPhone, Watch results in focus
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14:02 EDTGOOGYouTube pulls Streamus app, Variety reports
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13:43 EDTAAPLApple services restored after nearly 4-hour outage, CNBC reports
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13:33 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Pixate, terms not disclosed
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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
12:59 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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08:59 EDTVZVerizon CFO says churn rate improvement shows company 'protecting its base'
Verizon CFO Shammo says the company needs to compete where the market takes it. Comments from Verizon's Q2 earnings conference call.
08:48 EDTVZVerizon sees percentage of activations on installments continuing to grow in Q3
Shammo said customer demand for device installment plans has increased, noting that the percentage of phone activations on installments grew to 49% in Q2, compared with 39% in Q1 and 18% a year ago. Phone activations on device installment plans totaled 4.7M in the quarter and Verizon now has more than 14M customers on these plans, representing about 16% of its postpaid phone base. The company believes that the percentage of phone activations on installments will continue to increase and will likely be around 60% in Q3. Comments made by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo speaking on the company's earnings conference call.
07:45 EDTAAPL, GOOGSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:43 EDTVZVerizon says quality of the net additions 'remained strong' in Q2
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07:39 EDTVZVerizon sees FY15 consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%
For the full year, the company estimates consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%, excluding revenue from AOL. Consensus $131.3B.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTSSNLF, GOOG, AAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTGOOG, AAPLPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:34 EDTDISHDISH customers to lose WDIV-TV Local 4
WDIV-TV Local 4 is about to go dark for all DISH (DISH) TV subscribers. WDIV and its parent organization, Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings (GHC), stated, "The satellite provider has been unwilling to strike a reasonable deal with the local content provider. On Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. subscribers will no longer be able to watch programs like Local 4 News, NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Voice, The Blacklist, Sunday Night Football and more. DISH charges its subscribers a monthly fee to get these programs, so essentially their estimated 127,000 Detroit area customers will not be getting what they pay for. That includes important local news and weather information in emergency situations from the Local 4 News team."
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
16:20 EDTGEFederal Reserve establishes enhanced standards for GE Capital
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) 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. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
13:27 EDTUALUnited Continental 'congratulates' U.S., Cuba on reopening of emabssies
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12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTGEGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:35 EDTSNESony to buy more LCD TV panels in Malaysia, Nikkei Asian Review reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:16 EDTGEAlstom sees General Electric deal completed in coming months, Reuters reports
Alstom (ALSMY) expects to complete the transaction with GE (GE) in the coming months, Reuters reports. Reference Link
06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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14:09 EDTSSNLF, AAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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