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January 6, 2014
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Aggressive investors were a driving force behind a number of deals at big companies in 2013. According to FactSet SharkWatch, there were 10 instances in 2013 in which a U.S. company agreed to break itself up or sell or exit businesses after an investor pushed it to make such changes, even if the moves didn't always satisfy the activist, the Wall Street Journal reports...U.S. prosecutors and regulators are expected to announce this week that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will pay over $2B in penalties for alleged failures to warn about Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers are increasingly using to watch TV (NFLX, DISH, DIS, TWC, DTV, CMCSA, VZ), Reuters reports...Toyota Motor (TM) and its two local joint-venture partners sold more than 900,000 vehicles in China last year, according to two executives, beating its annual sales target after tensions eased in a territorial row between Japan and China, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Samsung (SSNLF), which sells almost one of every three smartphones, wants to parlay that technology into automotive navigation and entertainment systems for an industry that makes more than 80M vehicles a year (GM, VLKAY, TM, INTC, QCOM, NVDA), Bloomberg reports...Apple (AAPL), facing behind-the-scenes pressure from some shareholders to add more female directors and executives, has taken a step to address the criticism and diversify its board, Bloomberg reports.
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September 25, 2015
09:48 EDTAAPL, QCOMApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:47 EDTAAPLiPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
09:34 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB NKE NFLX PFE AU TSLA
09:21 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities
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09:17 EDTVLKAYAuto suppliers decline on Volkswagen fears overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that a 10% decline in diesel's market share in Europe would only reduce the annual EPS of Tenneco (TEN0, BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) by 1%-5%, while the stocks have fallen by a median of 10.2% since September 17. The firm does not expect Volkswagen (VLKAY) sales to drop tremendously. It views fears about BorgWarner and Tenneco as "way overdone," and says that Delphi's weakness is also unjustified.
09:12 EDTVLKAYBank of France removes Volkswagen securities from buy list, Bloomberg says
The Bank of France has cut two notes secured by Volkswagen (VLKAY) auto loans from a list of asset-backed debt it's looking to buy, Bloomberg reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. The Volkswagen-related securities were not listed Friday after being included in the original list sent to investors earlier this week, the report says. One of the two bonds backed by Credit Agricole (CRARY) consumer loans was also cut, the report says. Reference Link
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated
General Motors October weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, October and November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement.
08:50 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry says working with Google on securing Android
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08:03 EDTAAPLShopify announces new EMV credit card reader that accepts chip, pin, Apple Pay
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07:54 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen issues could lead to Magna buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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07:27 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit fiscal 2016 guidance 'solid,' says Stifel
After Jabil reported higher than expected Q4 EPS, Stifel notes that the company's guidance for its November quarter was significantly above expectations. The firm thinks the company is benefiting from increased purchases of its diversified manufacturing products by Apple (AAPL). Stifel says that Apple is using Jabil's products for many of its products, not just iPhones, and it expects other customers to ramp up their purchases of the company's DMS products. Stifel keeps a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:23 EDTVLKAYVW scandal to hit French car makers Peugeot, Renault, Bloomberg says
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) diesel emissions scandal may accelerate the technology's decline in Europe, hitting competitors Peugeot (PUGOY) and Renault, Bloomberg reports. The French car maker rely on diesel-powered vehicles for approximately 60% of their sales in Europe, and with the fuel systems already hit due to pollution concerns, Volkswagen's scandal could cause the technology's market share to fall to as low as 35% of cars sold in 2022 from 53% last year, the report says, citing industry consultant LMC Automotive. Reference Link
06:47 EDTAAPLApple October volatility flat as new iPhone hits stores
Apple September weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, October weekly is at 30, October is at 29, November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 56, suggesting non-directional near term price movement and large November price movement.
06:34 EDTGMGM CEO again rejects idea of merger with Fiat Chrysler, WSJ reports
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06:30 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
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06:15 EDTVLKAYFrance's Macron: Don't overreact to Volkswagen scandal, The Times reports
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06:13 EDTNFLXPiper's Munster sees building virtual reality momentum for Facebook
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Facebook's (FB) virtual reality theme is building momentum after its Oculus unit announced a 50% price cut for its mobile VR solution headset to $99. Also announced was that the headset, named Gear VR, will work with five phones versus three in the past. A better virtual reality experience is now available to a larger market and the "critically important" content is growing, Munster tells investors in a research note. Oculus has partnerships with Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Tivo (TIVO), Sega and Midway to bring their content into Gear VR, Munster points out. He expects Samsung to sell 5M-10M Oculus enabled Gear VR headsets next year, up from around 1M in 2015. Munster maintains an Overweight rating on Facebook with a $146 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 44c to $94.41.
06:07 EDTGMGM CEO says pursuing profit margins, not market share, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAAPLIndian Prime Minister to meet with Apple, Google CEOs, WSJ reports
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet this weekend with Google (GOOG) CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, among others, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to industry insiders, the tech executives will use the visit to push for better market access in India as well as clearer regulation on investment and startups. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple shifts 30% of lens modules orders to Kantatsu, DigiTimes reports
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