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October 11, 2012
06:08 EDTGS, SSNLF, AAPL, USB, WFC, MS, C, BAC, JPM, UTXOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL Fed governor Daniel Tarullo called on Congress to consider capping the size of the nation's financial firms, marking one of the most high-profile challenges to the way Wall Street does business.Tarullo recommended curbing banks' growth by putting a limit on their nondeposit liabilities, which are sources of funding for operations that go beyond consumer deposits, the Wall Street Journal reports...U.S. telecommunications equipment makers are watching the Chinese technology market for what they see as Beijing's possible response to a rebuff by U.S. lawmakers: retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon lashed out at the government for a lawsuit alleging misdeeds at Bear Stearns, over four years after JPMorgan was asked to rescue the failing financial firm. Dimon said the company is still paying the price for doing the Fed "a favor" by buying Bear Stearns in early 2008, Reuters reports...The IMF prodded Europe and the U.S. to move quicker to resolve their debt troubles, blaming slow progress for creating economic uncertainty and slowing global growth, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: A Seoul court granted Appleís (AAPL) request to delay a sales ban imposed on some iPhones and iPads after an August ruling that they infringed on Samsung Electronics Co.ís (SSNLF) patents, Bloomberg reports...Pratt & Whitney (UTX), building an engine for Airbus SASís A320neo, said orders for the new geared turbo-fan powerplant may double as airlines seek more fuel-efficient aircraft, Bloombegr reports.
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September 3, 2014
06:35 EDTBAC, JPMJPMorgan in talks to sell oil-supply agreement to Bank of America, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTJPM, BAC, MS, GS, USB, WFC, CFBI hasn't found evidence JPMorgan hack hit other big banks, WSJ reports
The FBI hasn't found any evidence to suggest that the recent breach at JPMorgan hit any of the other big U.S. banks, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing four people close to the probe. JPMorgan said it isn't experiencing "unusual amounts of fraud," and, according to two sources, consumers "likely don't face a serious risk." Reference Link
06:21 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Lenovo cuts tablet prices in US market, DigiTimes says
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06:20 EDTAAPLSupply chains ramp up component production for 9.7-inch iPad, DigiTimes says
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September 2, 2014
16:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 2, 2014
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14:32 EDTAAPLApple says no breach in iCloud or Find my iPhone
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12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:01 EDTUTXUnited Technologies concerns overdone, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said United Technologies underperformance due to China real-estate and Commercial Aero OE outlook are overdone. The firm said Oits China growth is not that impactful and Commercial Aero OE cycle risks are immaterial. The firm believes revenue underperformance will reverse and that consensus estimates are reasonable, positioning shares for outperformance. The firm rates United Technologies an Overweight with a $129 price target.
07:14 EDTCCiti to boost senior pay in Europe to adjust for bonus cap rules, FT says
Citigroup recently told various senior staff members in Europe that they will receive fixed monthly payments in addition to their salaries as a way of compensating for newer rules there that limit bonuses, said Financial Times, citing several people close to the situation. Reference Link
07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
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