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February 25, 2013
06:07 EDTJCP, BAC, YUM, VLKAY, F, IVZ, MS, BBRY, TM, GM, WFC, C, AAPL, FIATYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson has seen sales fall by double-digits. By the end of 2012, analysts were warning the company could run short on cash. Penney's stock finished last year down more than 40%. Johnson was viewed as something of a savior when he was hired from Apple in 2011 but sources say he ignored conventional industry wisdom and moved too abruptly to impose practices inspired by his time at Apple. On Wednesday Penney reports results for the all important holiday quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports...An uptick in the housing market and rising consumer confidence resulted in another month of strong U.S. car and pickup sales that will be evident on Friday when auto makers post their February sales. Over 1.2M new vehicles were estimated to have been sold in the month, a 4.3% increase over a year earlier and a 15% increase over January, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Apple (AAPL) faces new competition in India from BlackBerry (BBRY) and is now aggressively pushing the iPhone through installment payment plans that make it more affordable, a new distribution model and a heavy marketing blitz. The new-found interest there suggests a subtle strategy shift for Apple, which has moved tentatively in emerging markets, Reuters reports...Yum Brands (YUM) will step up its monitoring of suppliers and improve testing of poultry as it looks to reverse a steep drop in business at its KFC restaurants in China after a chicken safety scare, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: U.S. banks want to capitalize on a dearth of financing for Europe’s commercial property market that’s driven lending margins to five times the level prior to the 2008 crisis. Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are following insurers and distressed investors allocating capital to the region as local banks, which overextended during the last boom, are forced to contract amid new regulations, Bloomberg reports...As the bond market expects inflation to stay at about the past decade’s average, the biggest buyers of government debt say they need protection from rising consumer prices as central banks focus on growth. Pacific Investment Management Co. and Invesco (IVZ) say growing central-bank tolerance of inflation means securities with interest or principal tied to consumer prices are the ones to own, Bloomberg reports.
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06:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley invests in Alibaba-backed online insurer, WSJ reports
A group of investors including Morgan Stanley (MS) has invested $934M in China’s first online-only insurer backed by Alibaba (BABA) called Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Company, valuing the venture at $8B, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, the report says. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple Music unable to secure rights to '1989' album, BuzzFeed News reports
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06:04 EDTTMToyota CEO to stand by arrested US executive Julie Hamp, Financial Times says
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized for the arrest of the company's first female western senior executive although it vowed to stand by her for now, reports the Financial Times. Toyoda commented, "Julie Hamp is an invaluable colleague... What I can do now is to believe in my colleague and co-operate fully with the investigation." Hamp was arrested on suspicion of illegally importing a prescription drug from the U.S. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBACRBS looks to hire banker who had worked on ABN deal, Financial Times reports
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June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:46 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Hope Hardison as Chief Administrative Officer
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple said to plan video camera for next Watch, 9to5Mac reports
Apple plans to add a "FaceTime" video camera, more iPhone independence and additional premium-priced variants with the next iteration of the Apple Watch, but may only keep, or slightly improved, the existing battery life with the next device, reported 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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13:02 EDTAAPLWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
12:10 EDTAAPLContract electronic manufacturers underperform after Jabil results
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12:04 EDTAAPL, BACActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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11:31 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:15 EDTBBRYBlackberry June weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Blackberry June weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, July is at 49, August is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 75, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on June 23.
08:11 EDTBBRYMorgan Stanley continues to believe BlackBerry will revise FY16 guidance down
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08:07 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices secured design win in next iPhone, says Citi
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he believes Analog Devices (ADI) has secured a design win in the next generation Apple (AAPL) iPhone. The win could contribute $160M in revenue and 10c in earnings per share in 2016, Danely tells investors today in a research note. He upped his price target for Analog shares to $66 from $55 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The analyst believes the Apple design win is already priced in with shares trading at 22 times his 2016 earnings estimate. Danely cites valuation for his Neutral rating on the stock.
07:37 EDTMSNoranda Aluminum to evaluate strategic alternatives, suspends dividend
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07:09 EDTAAPLAlmost 20% of Apple Watch buyers have purchased spare band, Reuters says
Nearly 20% of Apple Watch buyers have also purchased a spare band for the watch, Reuters reports, citing data from Slice Intelligence. Slice estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M watches as of mid-June, the report says. The data shows that approximately 17% of Apple Watch shoppers have purchased more than one band, with the entry level sports brand as the highest seller at $49, Reuters says. Other popular bands are the quilted leather loop at $149 and the stainless steel link bracelet for $449. Reference Link
06:36 EDTBACGoldman tells interns not to stay in office overnight, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs (GS), which has been looking to improve working conditions for its investment-banking interns, has set new guidelines, under which interns are expected to stay away from the office between midnight and 7 a.m. during weekdays, Reuters reports, citing company sources and confirmed by a Goldman spokesperson. Following the 2013 death of a Bank of America (BAC) intern in London, Goldman and other banks have taken steps to encourage its junior employees to take time off. Reference Link
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