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January 23, 2013
13:10 EDTHLF, GMCR, AAPLHerbalife down as renewed speculation of Einhorn short circulates
Shares of personal care and nutritional supplement maker Herbalife (HLF) are lower in afternoon trading amid renewed speculation that hedge fund manager David Einhorn has joined Bill Ackman in taking a short position in the stock. Ackman's short thesis on the multi-level marketing company is well documented and market participants have speculated that Einhorn has a short position as well ever since the head of Greenlight Capital questioned Herbalife management on a conference call. In his quarterly letter to investors in Greenlight, Einhorn jokingly attributed the funds lackluster quarterly performance to the facts that, "Our coffee was too hot, our apple was bruised, and our iron supplements didn't do down smoothly." Einhorn went on to explain in the same paragraph that the "coffee" reference applies to a previously disclosed short position in Green Mountain (GMCR) that was unprofitable during the quarter. At quarter end, Greenlight's largest disclosed long positions included Apple (AAPL), but the tech giant's shares fell during the quarter. Later in the letter, Einhorn discloses a new bearish thesis on iron ore, noting that the fund has shorted a number of stocks in the iron ore sector but not disclosing specific names. Greenlight states that in the fourth quarter the price of iron ore and related mining stocks rallied, but added that the fund is willing to be patient in its iron short position "given the considerable downside" potential. Some market participants have speculated Einhorn's reference to "iron supplements" in the opening paragraphs of the communication was a veiled reference to Herbalife, but the company was not mentioned by name in the letter. In early afternoon trading, Herbalife shares are down about 1.6% to $43.44.
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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTGMCRMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
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10:09 EDTAAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
August 14, 2014
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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17:08 EDTAAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:00 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:13 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
07:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates lowered well below consensus at SunTrust
SunTrust lowered forecasts well below consensus for Keurig Green Mountain, as the firm believes its gross margins will be impacted by higher green coffee costs and new product launches. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $3.70 from $4.00, vs. consensus of $4.05, and FY16 was lowered to $4.39 from $4.49. When the company reports Q4 result in November, the analyst expects the company to provide FY15 guidance around its new estimate and for Street estimates to move lower. Shares are Neutral rated with a lowered price target of $110, down from $115.
07:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces price increase, effective November 3
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06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:04 EDTHLFAckman will continue Herbalife short position as needed, Bloomberg reports
Bill Ackman's hedge-fund Pershing Square said most of the Herbalife contracts it holds will expire next year and that it will extend their terms by "paying additional premiums if it is necessary to do so," according to Bloomberg, citing Ackman's quarterly letter to investors. In the letter, Ackman said that the cost of holding a short position in options of Herbalife has dropped "substantially" after the company canceled its dividend, the report noted. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
11:21 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife may be unable to refinance 2016 credit, Bloomberg reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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