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January 17, 2014
12:41 EDTNIHD, AAWW, MS, INTC, RDEN, FDX, AXP, AAPL, BAIRY, GE, UPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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January 27, 2016
08:16 EDTAAPLApple set-up 'increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple guidance better than feared, says Morgan Stanley
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $140 at Stifel
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07:57 EDTAAPLCiti recommends buying Skyworks on Apple weakness
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple revenue view already factored in Skyworks, Qorvo shares, says Stephens
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $145 at Citi
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07:43 EDTFDXStephens says FedEx among favorites names over next 12-24 months
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $150 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives says Apple CEO Tim Cook "finally ripped the band-aid off" and lowered the company's outlook based on softer iPhone 6S demand and a choppy macro environment. Apple has a "few tough quarters ahead" pending the iPhone 7 buildup later this year, Ives tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He lowered his price target for the iPhone maker to $130 from $150 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $130 at UBS
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07:33 EDTAAPLApple to remain range bound , says RBC Capital
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple guidance more firm than expected, says Brean Capital
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Oppenheimer
After Apple's guidance indicated that iPhone sales would decline during the current quarter, Oppenheimer nonetheless believes that the company's "growth potential in China and other emerging markets has not been fully realized." The firm says that patient investors in the stock will be rewarded. It keeps a $120 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:04 EDTINTCThe Deal to hold a virtual roundtable
The "Internet of Things: Dealmaking" roundtable discussion about opportunities in IoT which is driving growth and M&A in sectors from telecom, software groups and device makers, will be held on January 27 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:03 EDTAAPLDeutsche still sees limited catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says Apple's March quarter guidance implies a "significant decline" year-over-year in iPhone units, which likely drives a decline for FY16. The analyst remains concerned about the lack of growth in iPhone units this year, the slowdown in China sales and gross margin pressure following Apple's Q1 results. She sees limited catalysts for the shares in the near term and expects the stock to be range-bound. In a post-earnings research note titled "Is Apple season over?", Scribner keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $105 price target.
06:59 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:35 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 Plus may include dual camera system, 9to5Mac reports
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus will likely include a dual-camera system, 9to5Mac reports, citing Apple analyst KGI securities. By using two separate lenses, Apple can use the additional image data to create higher quality pictures, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple reported strong Q1 but guided weak for Q2, says JPMorgan
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06:20 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says Apple remains top pick for 2016
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's "insistence on broader macroeconomic headwinds" during its Q1 earnings conference call "may have spooked investors." He points out shares are trading down 3% despite iPhone guidance coming in above buy-side expectations. If macro headwinds remain an issue for Apple, the entire market would be impacted and the iPhone maker would be a relative winner, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes investors will view the safety of Apple's capital return program as a positive. Munster still predicts multiple expansion for Apple given the iPhone 7 and easier comps at the end of the year. The analyst lowered his price target for the stock to $172 from $179 but says Apple remains his top pick for 2016.
05:47 EDTAAPLTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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05:08 EDTAXPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AXP GLNG
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