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March 18, 2014
16:24 EDTPVA, MSFT, DSW, MRCY, HTZ, SFLY, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as Russia confirmed it will look to annex Crimea, but that it is not seeking to further split up Ukraine. Investors may be fatiguing from reacting to the situation regarding the two nations, but stock futures did react favorably during this morning's televised account of Russian President Putin's parliament meeting. The Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting, with Chair Janet Yellen scheduled to give her first press conference after the meeting's conclusion. Investors await any potential changes in the central bank's forward guidance and are interested to see if the bank will continue to taper its monthly asset purchases at the same pace. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer prices rose 0.1% in February, matching the consensus forecast of economists. Housing starts fell 0.2% from the prior month in February to a rate of 907K, while building permits rose 7.7% to a rate of 1.02M. In Europe, Vladimir Putin formally called for Crimea and Sevastopol to be annexed and added to Russia, but added in his address to his parliament that Russia is not seeking to split up Ukraine. A measure of German economic expectations dropped more-than-expected to 46.6 in March, with the Crimea crisis attributed as a contributing factor. COMPANY NEWS: Rental car company Hertz (HTZ) announced plans to separate its equipment rental business, which had been telegraphed in recent media reports. The company also reported quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal 2014 earnings outlook that missed expectations. Additionally, Hertz announced a $1B share repurchase plan. While the stock traded more than 3x its daily average volume, shares of the company closed the session down 14c, or 0.51%, at $27.08... Microsoft (MSFT) was the Dow's biggest gainer, adding $1.50, or 3.94%, to $39.55 after reports that the company will introduce its Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at a press event on March 27. Analysts at Barclays said in a note to investors that potential monetization benefits from Office to the company from are under appreciated, while analysts at Citigroup said the potential launch of Office on iPad is unlikely to be a "meaningful driver" for the company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Mercury Systems (MRCY), which rose $2.12, or 19.19%, to $13.17 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in the early stages of selling itself in a deal that could be worth around $500M. Also higher was Penn Virginia (PVA), up $2.13, or 15.65%, to $15.74 after activist investor Soros Fund Management disclosed that it has taken a 9.18% stake and urged the company to explore strategic alternatives. Among the noteworthy losers was Shutterfly (SFLY), down $2.39, or 4.74%, to $48.04 after analysts at Cowen downgraded shares two notches to Underperform from Outperform, saying the company's recent growth slowdown has continued into 2014. Also lower was DSW (DSW), down $1.09, or 2.73%, to $38.90 after its quarterly revenue disappointed and the company said it sees fiscal 2014 revenues to grow 6%-7%, with comparable-store sales growth in the low-single digit range. INDEXES: The Dow was up 88.97, or 0.55%, to 16,336.19, the Nasdaq was up 53.36, or 1.25%, to 4,333.31, and the S&P 500 was up 13.42, or 0.72%, to 1,872.25.
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April 8, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Wednesday, April, 8
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10:22 EDTAAPLSociete Generale cuts Apple after seeing lower iPhone selling prices
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10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Annaly Capital (NLY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Trina Solar (TSL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... WebMD (WBMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Yingli Green Energy (YGE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Zep Inc. (ZEP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:41 EDTAAPLApple slips in early trading, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:47 EDTAAPLGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analysts Andy Perkins and Peter Knox downgraded shares of Apple to Hold from Buy after their work indicated iPhone average selling prices dropped in the March quarter. Due to lower share of 128GB models, the analysts estimate the March quarter average selling price dropped to $651 from $687 in the December quarter. Further, Perkins and Knox believe currency headwinds are likely to adversely impact sales and that Apple will struggle to replicate the huge success of the iPhone 6 launch. They keep a $130 price target on the Apple. The stock closed yesterday down $1.34 to $126.01.
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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12:50 EDTAAPLHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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11:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch reservations limited to one per customer, MacRumors reports
Apple Watch reservations will be limited to one per customer through the company's Reserve and Pickup service, reports MacRumors. Apple's one-per-customer reservation limit has been confirmed to be in place in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely other launch countries. Reference Link
09:52 EDTAAPLApple retail chief instructs staff to push Apple Store shoppers online, BI says
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants staff at Apple Stores to push customers to order the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online instead of buying in physical stores, Business Insider reports, citing a memo. The memo notes that "This is a significant change in mindset" and will help ensure guaranteed delivery of the Apple products. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
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