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January 17, 2014
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday amid a pickup in the number of prominent earnings reports and a raft of domestic economic data. The averages opened lower as traders rolled out positions ahead of options expiration. Within minutes of the open, however, the bluechip Dow had recouped its losses and moved back into positive territory, powered by a strong post-earnings jump by American Express (AXP). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 9.8% to a rate of just under 1M in December, though that decline was roughly in-line with expectations. Building permits dropped 3.0% from the prior month, versus an expected decrease of 0.3%. Industrial production rose 0.3% in December, meeting the consensus forecast of economists. The preliminary January reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 80.4, versus expectations for a 83.5 reading. JOLTS data showed job openings rose 70K in November to about 4M. COMPANY NEWS: Intel (INTC) shares were down more than 3% near noon after the company’s fourth quarter results and fiscal 2014 guidance painted a mixed picture. Last night, the chipmaking giant reported earnings per share that just missed estimates on revenue that narrowly beat expectations and said there were signs of stabilization in the personal computer market in the quarter. However, Intel provided disappointing revenue guidance for 2014, saying it expects revenue to be flat compared to this just completed year... Among other giant corporations that reported earnings last night or this morning, American Express advanced nearly 5%, Morgan Stanley (MS) gained over 4% and General Electric (GE) slipped more than 2%... UPS (UPS) shares slid 1.5% after the shipper pre-announced weaker than expected results. UPS estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would be $1.25, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.43. The shipping giant said the compressed holiday shopping season and the "unprecedented" level of online shopping that featured a surge of orders at the very end of the season forced it to take to take "extraordinary measures" that hurt its profits. FedEx (FDX) was also down 0.6% after the profit warning from its shipping peer... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NII Holdings (NIHD), which surged 23% after announcing it reached a deal with Apple (AAPL) to offer Nextel customers in Brazil the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Also higher was video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), which rose 11% after its stock was initiated with a Buy rating at CRT Capital and Cowen said the video game maker has a chance of beating December quarter guidance and Street estimates given its solid December sell through. Among the noteworthy losers was Atlas Air (AAWW), which dropped 15% after reporting British Airways (BAIRY) intends to return three aircraft in April. Also lower were shares of Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which tumbled 15% after the company cut its second quarter earnings and revenue outlook. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.04, or 0.37%, to 16,477.05, the Nasdaq was down 4.43, or 0.11%, to 4,214.25, and the S&P 500 was down 0.62, or 0.03%, to 1,845.27.
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November 12, 2015
06:49 EDTAAPLPayPal volatility elevated after reports of Apple working on payment service
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06:37 EDTAAPLCiti says PayPal thesis unchanged with possible Apple P2P launch
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06:25 EDTGEGE may shut down Hudson River cleanup, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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05:51 EDTAAPLApple P2P offering to have limited impact, says Piper Jaffray
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November 11, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower following a range-bound session marked by lighter than normal volume due to the Veteran's Day holiday. The lower participation allowed the market to digest the latest round of earnings with the reporting season beginning to wind down. Oil remained under pressure and closed near three week lows, as production has not really declined despite lower pricing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major data reported. U.S. bond markets were closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) trading in New York fell $1.62, or 1.98%, to $79.81 despite its report of blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast... Macy's (M) shares fell 14% to $40.41 after the department store operator cut its fiscal year sales and profit forecasts and said it would not follow an activist investor's suggestion to form a real estate investment trust. A number of its peers fell as well, including J.C. Penney (JCP), which dipped 1.9% despite previewing that its own quarterly results should be better than its prior expectations. Penney, which pre-announced stronger than expected same-store sales growth of 6.4% for Q3, is set to report full quarterly results on Friday morning... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner following today's announcements, rising 4.4% to $92.19. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rose 33c, or 4.39%, to $7.85 after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) issued a statement saying it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire the company. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained $14.18, or 2.15%, to $673.86 after research firm Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the name to $800 from $750 on the growing opportunity of Amazon Web Services. Separately, Wayfair (W) rallied 5.4% to $41.57 after Cowen analysts raised their target on the shares to $61 from $56 and reiterated an Outperform rating, calling Tuesday's selloff misguided. Among the noteworthy losers were Horizon Pharma (HZNP) and Insys (INSY), which declined a respective 19.6% and 8.7% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with Linden Care, a specialty pharmacy used by both companies. Also lower was PayPal (PYPL), which fell 67c, or 1.81%, to $36.33 shortly before the close after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform. Additionally, Intercept (ICPT) lost $24.02, or 11.66%, to $181.95 after FBR Capital cut its price target on the stock to $192 from $273, saying the market opportunity for Intercept's obeticholic acid liver disease candidate appears smaller than initially thought. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 55.99, or 0.32%, to 17,702.22, the Nasdaq slid 16.22, or 0.32%, to 5,067.02, and the S&P 500 declined 6.72, or 0.32%, to 2,075.00.
16:00 EDTAAPL, GEOptions Update; November 11, 2015
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15:38 EDTAAPLApple at work on potential rival to PayPal Venmo payment service, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's (PYPL) Venmo platform, the Journal said. Paypal shares fell 2.5% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:33 EDTAAPLPayPal dips after report of Apple woking on payment service
Shares Paypal (PYPL) are down 1.7% following a Dow Jones report that says Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile person-to-person payment service that could challenge Paypal's Venmo.
15:31 EDTAAPLApple in talks with banks on mobile person-to-person payment sevice, DJ says
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14:51 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook vows to stay in Ireland regardless of tax verdict, RTE says
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12:56 EDTGEOptions with increasing call volume
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10:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric advances, levels to watch
The stock was last at $30.44, up over 1% on the day and outperforming the averages. At that price next resistance is at $31. Support is at $30.22, the opening price of the day.
09:38 EDTAAPLApple slides lower, levels to watch
The stock was last at $116, down fractionally on the day so far but suggesting a test at $115 is possible. That level has been important support in the past. Below it, support the next key level is at the $105 area. There is still a potential bearish head and shoulders pattern on the long-term chart that would trigger below that point. Resistance is at yesterday's closing price at $116.77.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:52 EDTFDXFedEx removed from Focus List at Citi
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple acquired 15 firms in past year, 6 unknown, AppleInsider reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLApple to hire an additional 1,000 staff in Ireland, Reuters reports
Apple is set to add 1,000 jobs in Ireland, Reuters reports, citing comments made by Irish jobs minister Richard Burton. The jobs are expected to be added at Apple's base in Cork. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric calls active, shares close above $30
General Electric 11/20/15 38, 11/20/15 35, 11/20/15 30.50 and 11/13/15 30 calls were active as shares closed above $30 for the first time since 2008. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
06:21 EDTAAPLApple Music available for Android, BuzzFeed News reports
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