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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 10, 2014
06:18 EDTMSFT, AAPLIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:10 EDTDSWDSW opens new stores in Canada
DSW announced the opening of its first two DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse stores in Canada, in partnership with Town Shoes Limited. The two new Canadian retail locations, each approximately 20,000 square feet in size, will make them the largest shoe stores in the country.
05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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July 9, 2014
18:17 EDTAAPLHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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11:00 EDTMSFTWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTMSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
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