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July 7, 2014
10:25 EDTGTAT, AAPLGT 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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August 21, 2014
10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPL, GTATGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
10:04 EDTGTATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPL, GTAT, GTATGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
09:10 EDTGTAT, GTATGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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05:52 EDTGTATStocks with implied volatility movement; GTAT ZNGA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; GT Advanced (GTAT) 76, Zynga (ZNGA) 52 according to iVolatility.
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