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March 18, 2014
16:24 EDTHTZ, MSFT, AAPL, MRCY, PVA, SFLY, DSWOn 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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July 22, 2014
06:17 EDTMSFTGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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06:01 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to produce 80M large-screen iPhones, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF MSFT
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July 21, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTGoogle ranked as top U.S. search marketplace in June
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:27 EDTAAPLApple inventory, older iPhone demand should be watched, says BGC Financial
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated at 57 into Q3
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11:04 EDTMSFTOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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10:45 EDTAAPLAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
10:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAAPLApple should be owned into tomorrow's results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $115 from $100 at UBS
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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July 20, 2014
13:06 EDTAAPLFormer Obama spokesman Carney said to consider job at Apple, Bloomberg says
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