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January 23, 2013
13:10 EDTHLF, AAPL, GMCRHerbalife 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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15:45 EDTHLFUsana, Nu Skin on lows after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:39 EDTHLFU.S. DoJ, FBI launch criminal probe into Herbalife, FT says
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15:38 EDTHLFCriminal probe launched into Herbalife, FT says
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15:08 EDTHLFHerbalife bracing for 20/20 report on business practices, Gasparino says
On Twitter, Charlie Gasparino said, "FBN NEWS: $HLF bracing for news magazine @ABC2020 expose on company's business practices worried abt a new whistle blower." Reference Link
12:12 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 34 into Q2
Apple 4/25/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 25, June is at 23, October at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 23.
10:19 EDTAAPLApple drops to session lows, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple Q1 should be in line but slight risk to Q2, says Cowen
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06:47 EDTAAPLSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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