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July 21, 2014
10:45 EDTGOOG, BBY, AAPL, GPROAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Flyís research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
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07:22 EDTGPRO, AAPLMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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07:03 EDTGPROGoPro initiated with an Outperform at Northland
Target $70.
February 15, 2015
16:45 EDTGPROFAA proposes new rules for commercial operation of drones in U.S
The Department of Transportationís Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, in todayís aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Publicly traded companies in the space include General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), AeroVironment (AVAV), SAIC (SAIC), Textron (TXT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and GoPro (GPRO). Reference Link
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTGOOGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:43 EDTGOOGGoogle founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin each plan to sell 2M shares of stock
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14:48 EDTGPROLarge amount of GoPro shares available for sale on Tuesday
Action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) may see additional trading volatility this Tuesday when a lock-up expires on a large number of shares of its stock. Lock-up agreements, a typical feature of company stock offerings, prevent certain shareholders from selling for a set amount of time after the offering. WHAT'S COMING: Around 76M shares of GoPro stock will become available for sale Tuesday, February 17, as a lock-up related to a recent secondary offering of the company's stock expires. BACKGROUND: Initially, many shares of GoPro were going to be eligible for sale on Tuesday, December 23, as a lock-up tied to its initial public offering was set to expire. However, on November 10 of last year, GoPro filed to sell shares in a secondary offering of stock and its CEO acknowledged he planned to sell some of his stake as part of that offering. The company disclosed in a regulatory filing that GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman sent an email message to company employees related to the offering, in which he wrote that such a "follow-on and secondary" offering is a "relatively common occurrence following an IPO" that allows a company to raise additional capital while providing early investors and employees with vested options the opportunity to realize a financial return. Woodman also said the offering was meant to facilitate a "more orderly and gradual sale of shares than what might otherwise occur when the IPO lock-up ends on December 22," noting that larger shareholders that participated in that secondary offering were signing a new 90-day lock-up agreement to help further that goal. Woodman acknowledged he planned to sell a portion of his holdings in GoPro, but said "no one should misunderstand my commitment to the company or our vision" and that he plans to be a "significant shareholder in GoPro for a long time." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 6, the day after GoPro's Q4 earnings report, analysts at Citigroup lowered their price target on the stock to $48 from $59. Citi attributed the company's expected decrease in Q1 margins to the low-end HERO gaining traction. Citigroup had previously cut its price target for GoPro shares to $59 from $94 ahead of the camera maker's Q4 report. The firm has said it expects shares to see "seesaw volatility" over the next few months given the February 17 lock-up expiration and deceleration in revenue growth in the first half of 2015. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of the long weekend, GoPro shares slid about 2% to $44.35. Over the last three months the stock has declined about 42%.
13:56 EDTAAPLApple working on car technology in secretive lab, FT says
Apple, which often investigates wide ranging product areas, has been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the companyís Cupertino campus, Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
12:40 EDTGOOGGoogle says to shut down Google Helpouts on April 20
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09:33 EDTGOOGMattel, Google confirm View-Master toy collaboration
Mattel (MAT), at the Toy Industry Associationís Toy Fair in New York, unveiled a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) via which the two will launch a new "virtual reality" View-Master toy. Available fall 2015, consumers can purchase the View-Master viewer and a sample experience reel for SRP $29.99. Additional experience reel packs will be sold separately at retail for SRP $14.99.
08:43 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $130 at BMO Capital
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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06:14 EDTAAPLTSMC transfers more peripheral IC orders to Vanguard, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has transferred more orders for peripheral ICs for use in Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices to Vanguard International, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Vanguard has already entered Apple's supply chain by providing TSMC 8-inch production capacity for power management IC orders placed by Dialog Semiconductor. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGSamsung, HTC, others to launch non-Android Wear smart devices, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to push 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich raised his price target for Apple shares to $150 from $130 citing the tech giant's "expanding ecosystem." Milunovich believes services based on Apple's operating system, such as Apple Pay, Car Play, HomeKit, and HealthKit, will play key role in extending Apple's reach. He believes Apple is evolving into a "platform company" from a "device company" and that this transition may bring the iPhone maker's market capitalization to $1T. Milunovich has a Buy rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday up $1.58 to $126.46, representing a market cap of $739B.
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