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January 9, 2013
06:12 EDTIRE, AAPL, CHL, SNE, JPM, SSNLF, GSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: In a change of industry practice, Goldman Sachs (GS) will begin disclosing the values of its money-market mutual funds daily rather than monthly, sources say. Some of the changes will take effect as soon as today. Experts said the move could force other firms in the $2.7T industry to follow, the Wall Street Journal reports...Sony Corp. (SNE) wants to establish itself as one of the world's top-three smartphone manufacturers as part of its turnaround plan, but it doesn't see the need to acquire another handset maker to solidify its position behind Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF), the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Apple (AAPL) CEO Cook is meeting with partners and government officials in China on his second visit to its second-largest market in less than a year. Analysts say the company's longer-term outlook in the market may hinge on expanding its partners to include China Mobile (CHL), Reuters reports...Pressured to improve the quality of its IPOs, China will tell underwriters and auditors of companies looking to list on mainland markets to review their financial statements and ensure that all is in order, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Irish Finance Minister Noonan said the government will sell at least half of its $1.3B of so-called contingent convertible capital notes in Bank of Ireland (IRE). Investment banks approached the ministry late last year indicating there was a “sizable investor interest,” Bloomberg reports...JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) CEO Dimon said some top executives at the bank “acted like children” in handling an errant derivatives bet that cost the company more than $6.2B last year, Bloomberg reports.
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November 18, 2014
09:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces municipal bond agreement with LPL Financial
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) announced that it has signed an agreement with LPL Financial (LPLA) to provide access to new issue municipal bonds to LPL financial advisors. Under the agreement, LPL will be a preferred retail dealer for J.P. Morgan, further expanding the investment bank’s distribution channels for new issue municipal bonds.
08:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available in all BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie grocery stores
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $115 at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony looking to boost movie entertainment revenue, Reuters reports
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06:39 EDTSNESony to re-evaluate support for free online music, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Sony to Buy after the company gave Pictures and Music sales targets for FY17 saying it had undervalued management's strategic initiatives.
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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06:28 EDTSNESony targets FY17 Pictures sales $10B-$11B, Music sales $4.8B-$5.2B
Sony announced its financial targets for the Pictures and Music segments for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For Pictures, Sony targets FY17 sales of $10B-$11B and operating income margin of 7%-8%. For Music, Sony targets FY14 sales of $4.8B-$5.2B and operating margin income 10.5%-11.5%. Sony also announced that it has increased its $250M in targeted overhead and procurement savings in its Pictures segment that it announced in November 2013, by $50 for a total of $300M. Sony expects the annualized savings to be fully implemented by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For FY15, Sony targets Pictures sales of $8.1B and Music sales of $4.8B.
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung to reduce number of smartphone models by 25%-30% in 2015, FT reports
Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, says that his company will reduce the number of handset types by 25%-30% in 2015 in a bid to cut costs and boost profits, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:06 EDTJPMSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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10:02 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing supply chain to cut OLED panel component prices, DigiTimes says
Samsung Display (SSNLF), which is looking to be price competitive with its own smartphone and has also attracted new customers including Motorola Mobility, Dell and Lenovo (LNVGY) that are developing Samsung Display OLED technology either in smartphones or notebooks, is pushing supply chains, including backlight makers, to lower pricing for components by as much as 30% during Q4, said DigiTimes. Reference Link
06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.26% vs. 2.24% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.34% vs. 1.30% last month.
November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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19:58 EDTSNEJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
17:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan settles mineral rights suit in Texas, Bloomberg says
JPMorgan settled a lawsuit by Texas mineral-rights owners that accused the bank of negotiating "sweetheart deals" with oil company clients to cheat them out of $681M in compensation, says Bloomberg. Beneficiaries of the South Texas Syndicate Trust alleged that JPMorgan entered into favorable deals for its commercial banking clients on the trust’s rights in the Eagle Ford, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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