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March 18, 2014
16:24 EDTSFLY, AAPL, PVA, MSFT, DSW, MRCY, HTZOn 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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January 21, 2015
12:31 EDTMSFT, AAPLMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
11:34 EDTAAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:16 EDTPVAICS Opportunities lowers passive stake in Penn Virginia to 4.8% from 5.2%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTAAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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