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July 7, 2014
10:25 EDTAAPL, GTATGT Advanced sinks following downgrades at UBS, Canaccord
Shares of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) - which makes sapphire products and solar energy equipment - are sinking after research firms UBS and Canaccord downgraded the stock in notes to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, UBS analyst Stephen Chin reported that GT Advanced had shipped much less sapphire from its Arizona plant in May than he had expected. Moreover, the increase in shipments from the plant slowed significantly compared with April, the analyst added. The lower than expected shipments in the second quarter of the year will make it more difficult for the company to meet the high end of its 2014 sales guidance of $600M-$800M, Chin stated. To meet its sales guidance, the sapphire product maker will need to sharply increase its sales to Apple (AAPL) in Q4, the analyst indicated. He reduced his 2014 revenue estimate for GT Advanced to $700M from $800M and cut his EPS estimate for the sapphire maker to 12c from 17c. The firm downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, however, Chin kept his price target on the stock at $22. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also downgrading GT Advanced today was research firm Canaccord. The firm cut its rating on the stock to Hold from Buy, citing the stock's valuation. It believes that much of the company's positive catalysts are priced into the shares. Canaccord set a $20 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, GT Advanced tumbled $2.30, or 11.75%, to $17.25.
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June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:54 EDTAAPLPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPLOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
12:46 EDTAAPLApple denies coercing artists into Apple Music deals, Rolling Stone reports
An Apple spokesman has denied allegations that it is threatening to remove music from its iTunes store by artists who do not sign up for the Apple Music service, reports Rolling Stone. A company spokesman said "It will not be taken off". The comments came after musician Anton Newcombe went on Twitter, alleging that an Apple representative threatened to take off their music if he didn't sign on. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple Music unable to secure rights to '1989' album, BuzzFeed News reports
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