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March 18, 2014
12:41 EDTHTZ, PVA, GME, NDAQ, MSFT, AAPL, WMT, ICEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid continued headlines from Russia regarding the Crimea region of Ukraine and a report that showed the cost of living in the U.S. was little changed in February. Also, the Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting, which will culminate tomorrow with Janet Yellen's first press conference as the head of the central bank. 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, which was linked to the Crimea crisis and represented its weakest reading since August 2013. COMPANY NEWS: Rental car company Hertz (HTZ) confirmed plans to separate its equipment rental business and announced a new $1B share repurchase program, but missed earnings expectations. The stock's reaction to the spin-off news was likely muted due to the fact that Financial Times, citing sources familiar with the matter, had already reported on the spin-off on Friday evening and the stock advanced nearly 5% yesterday after that report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penn Virginia (PVA), which jumped 13% after activist investor Soros Fund Management disclosed that it has taken a 9.18% stake and urged the company to explore strategic alternatives. Also higher was Microsoft (MSFT), which rose almost 4% after the tech blog The Verge, citing sources, said the company will introduce a version of its Office product suite for Apple's iPad (AAPL) at a press event later this month. Barclays also published a positive note on Microsoft this morning, stating that the firm believes that the benefit Microsoft could receive from the monetization of Office 365 is underappreciated, while the company's revenue growth from Azure is accelerating. Among the noteworthy losers was Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), which fell about 4% after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called for tougher regulations and market reforms to eliminate what he called the "unfair advantages" provided to high-frequency trading firms. Also possibly weighing on its shares was a Dow Jones report that claimed the New York Stock Exchange, which is owned by IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), is viewed as the front-runner for the upcoming IPO of China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba. Also lower were shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid 4% after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that customers would soon be able to trade in their used video games in return for store credit. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 81.65, or 0.5%, to 16,328.87, the Nasdaq was up 41.74, or 0.98%, to 4,321.69, and the S&P 500 was up 10.56, or 0.57%, to 1,869.39.
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October 20, 2014
07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWMT, AAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatile in mixed trading as it nears 52-week lows
The shares have been trading in a dollar range, but with multiple sweeps higher and lower this morning as price nears the 52-week low at $72.27. At the current price of $73.74, next support is at $73.03, the session low. Resistance is at $74.18, the high of the day.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
09:00 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with SunTrust
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07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
05:39 EDTGMESeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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