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July 17, 2014
15:05 EDTIBM, AAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
International Business Machines (IBM) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, July 17, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. IBM, an information technology services and software company, is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $4.29 on revenue of $24.13B. The consensus range is $4.07-$4.39 for EPS on revenue of $23.5B-$24.59B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, IBM reported first quarter EPS of $2.54, matching the consensus estimate. Revenue came in at $22.5B, trailing the consensus $22.91B projection. IBM reported Q1 software segment revenue grew 2% to $5.7B and that technology services revenue fell 3% to $9.3B. IBM also said it still sees 2014 EPS of "at least" $18.00, which compared to consensus at the time of $17.84 and current consensus of $17.87. On IBM's Q1 earnings conference call, company management said, "As we look to the balance of 2014, we continue to expect good performance in the key growth areas, though our overall revenue growth will be impacted by the challenges in our hardware business and the customer care divestiture." IBM added that it still expects to deliver "at least" $20.00 in operating EPS in 2015. Current consensus for its FY15 EPS is $19.78. NEWS: On April 23, IBM unveiled new Power Systems servers that the company said would allow data centers to manage large data requirements with unprecedented speed. The new servers culminate a $2.4B investment, three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents, the company stated. Less than a week later, IBM introduced a cloud-based marketplace which it said would be one of the primary channels through which the company will deliver "IBM as a Service." At the end of April, IBM declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.10 per common share, which was an increase of 15c from its prior quarterly dividend. On June 11, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that IBM was close to finalizing an agreement to sell its its chip-making business to Globalfoundries. Two days ago, IBM announced an exclusive partnership with Apple (AAPL) that will bring IBMís big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. As part of the partnership, IBM will introduce a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad, as well as unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS. As part of the agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after IBM's last report, analyst opinion on its results and prospects was lukewarm. Goldman Sachs said IBM reported "another tough quarter" on weakness in emerging markets and increasing competition in application outsourcing. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $173 from $175 and kept a Neutral rating on the name at that time. JPMorgan raised its price target for IBM shares to $197 from $175, despite calling the company's operating metrics in Q1 "weaker than expected." JPMorgan also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Earlier this month, Bernstein noted the press reports that indicated IBM was getting closer to a deal to sell its Microelectronics business to Global Foundries. The firm said reports claimed the business loses up to $1.5B per year, but Bernstein estimates that the unit only loses around $500M per year and that the benefits of potential deal for IBM may have been overstated. The firm kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, IBM is up fractionally over $193 per share. IBM's stock has risen almost 2% over the last three months.
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October 15, 2014
06:16 EDTAAPLApple asks permission to lodge objections to GT bankrupcy in secret, Re/code says
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October 14, 2014
16:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages were mixed after three of the U.S.'s largest banks reported on their quarterly results and Germany slashed its economic forecasts for this year and next. Following the mostly solid earnings reports from the banks and Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investors appeared to breathe a sigh of relief and sent the averages higher in early trading. With oil prices falling almost 5% and settling at a recent low, the averages pared their gains and struggled in positive ground. Another late day slide ended with the averages mixed, as the Nasdaq led and the Dow lagged. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the International Energy Agency said in its monthly oil market report that world oil demand growth would be weaker than previously expected. Afterward, WTI crude oil futures fell 4.6% at $81.84, marking their biggest percentage drop since late 2012 and the lowest settlement for the benchmark in over two years. The National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's government cut its forecasts for gross domestic product growth to 1.2% in 2014 and 1.3% next year from its prior view of 1.8% growth this year and 2% in 2015. COMPANY NEWS: The first of America's big banks issued their quarterly reports, with JPMorgan's (JPM) headline earnings per share coming in below analystsí consensus estimate, Wells Fargo (WFC) reporting in-line earnings and improved credit quality and Citigroup (C) posting better than expected adjusted third quarter profit. Citi, which also announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct, saw its stock fare the best among the three, rising $1.57, or 3.15%, to $51.47... Another Dow member, Johnson & Johnson, reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but its stock slid $2.11, or 2.13%, to $97.01. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Domino's Pizza (DPZ), which rose $8.58, or 11.33%, to $84.30 after the pizza chain owner and franchisor reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and revenue. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which advanced $3.59, or 7.92%, to $48.91 after the supplier of chips to Apple (AAPL) raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook and revenue guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Exactech (EXAC), which dropped $4.09, or 16.63%, to $20.50 after the company warned its Q3 income and revenue will likely miss its prior guidance. Also lower were shares of Gilead (GILD), which fell $4.26, or 4.2%, to $97.18 amid a number of developments. Competitor Johnson & Johnson said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and "competitive," which some may have read as an indication of a potential price cut, and Ireland said it plans to close its "Irish Double" tax loophole, which currently benefits Gilead. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.88, or 0.04%, to 16,315.19, the Nasdaq rose 13.52, or 0.32%, to 4,227.17, and the S&P 500 added 2.96, or 0.16%, to 1,877.70.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTIBMIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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14:02 EDTAAPLApple moves back to lows of the day, levels to watch
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13:18 EDTAAPLSkyworks guidance should be well above consensus, says Craig-Hallum
After Skyworks pre-announced September quarter upside, Craig-Hallum says it expects the company's revenue outlook for the December quarter to be well above consensus. The firm believes Skyworks is benefiting from record Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales. It estimates Skyworks has around $5.50 worth of content in the iPhone 6/6+, up from $4.80 in the iPhone 5S/5C. Craig-Hallum reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $62 price target.
10:49 EDTAAPLWells Fargo says spending more on compliance, risk management
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10:43 EDTAAPLSkyworks benefiting from gains at Apple, China 4G/LTE ramp, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its estimates on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company pre-announced better than expected Q4 results. The firm expects sustained tailwinds into and beyond next quarter for Skyworks based on continued shares gains at Apple (AAPL) and from rising 4G/LTE phone sales in China. Oppenheimer maintains its Outperform rating and $65 price target on Skyworks and says the stock remains one of its top picks.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
07:24 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Apple's price target to $110 and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside.
06:37 EDTAAPLUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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