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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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September 7, 2014
13:40 EDTAAPLApple looks to focus on health with unveiling of smartwatch, WSJ says
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTAAPLMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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12:43 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange launches 30 new energy futures, option contracts
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12:03 EDTAAPLAvago climbs after Citi predicts surge in iPhone components
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11:32 EDTAAPLApple, Google, Adobe appeal court's rejection of hiring settlement, Reuters says
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10:19 EDTPVAPenn Virginia a Top Pick for buyout appeal at SunTrust
SunTrust said Penn Virginia is a top pick for a buyout and believes the odds of a deal increase as more of the Eagle Ford acreage is developed. The firm has strong confidence in upcoming well results and notes the company has one of the highest average Eagle Ford Oil well IP rates of anyone. Shares are Buy rated with a $28 price target.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTAAPLNVIDIA lawsuits likely to have positive outcome, says JMP Securities
After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities thinks there is a good chance that NVIDIA will obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC),. The firm thinks that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), will launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommends buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm is upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterates an Outperform rating.
08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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08:02 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange acquires SuperDerivatives for $350M
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08:01 EDTICEICE acquires SuperDerivatives for $350M
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07:30 EDTAAPLApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares could work going forward, says RBC Capital
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07:02 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange expected to buy SuperDerivatives for $350M, FT reports
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTAAPL$30 to be competitive price for sapphire covers in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple plans to warn users of attempts to hack iCloud, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $100 from $90 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Avago (AVGO) shares to $100 citing increased confidence in the company's wireless content gains after meeting with management. Citi believes Avago will likely double its dollar content in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 when compared to the iPhone 5S. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Avago, calling the stock its top specialty semi pick. The stock closed yesterday up 70c to $86.09.
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