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February 11, 2014
08:45 EDTKKR, FB, BCS, YHOO, PANW, CSCO, FEYE, VALE, RIO, BHP, DB, GS, EBAY, AAPL, VODOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: KKR (KKR) closing two funds for individuals investors...Haskett Research: ISSís Apple (AAPL) stance may not help Icahn with eBay (EBAY)...REUTERS: Goldman (GS), Deutsche Bank (DB) seek exit from uranium supplier...Big miners (BHP, RIO, VALE) look to increase payouts...FireEye (FEYE) to release new cyber product targeting Cisco (CSCO), Palo Alto (PANW)...Alibaba (YHOO) to unveil U.S. e-commerce website...BLOOMBERG: Goldman's (GS) Blankfein: Emerging markets stronger than in past...OTHER NEWS: Court denies Apple's (AAPL) request to sideline e-book monitor, NY Times reports...Barclays (BCS) to cut up to 12,000 jobs this year, BBC News reports...Facebook (FB) asked Vodafone (VOD) to give free data in emerging markets, FT reports.
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14:32 EDTAAPLApple says no breach in iCloud or Find my iPhone
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13:04 EDTCSCOFinisar retreats after analyst cuts on pricing, demand worries
Shares of optical components maker Finisar (FNSR) are falling after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy in a note to investors today, citing pricing and demand concerns. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Jefferies analyst James Kisner wrote that Finisar is facing "brutal" prices for datacom optics, particularly in China. Prices for telecom components in North America are also challenging for Finisar, he reported. Various low-cost competitors are driving down prices for datacom optics, while AT&T (T) is trying to force optical systems vendors to cut the prices of their components by 40%, Kisner stated. Meanwhile, demand for mobile backhaul optics slowed significantly in China over the last month, and two of Finisar's customers - Cisco (CSCO) and Huawei - are exploring alternatives to Finisar's products, Kisner indicated. Additionally, Intel (INTC) and numerous start-ups may launch products that will compete with those of Finisar, potentially cutting into its market share beginning in the second half of 2015, the analyst warned. He cut his price target on the shares to $19 from $25. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Finisar slumped 5.5% to $19. Other optical components makers also dropped, with Oclaro (OCLR) falling 1% to $1.75 and JDS Uniphase (JDSU) losing 2% to $11.30.
12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:43 EDTBHP, VALE, RIOAnglo American open to takeover proposals, CEO says, WSJ reports
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11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
10:46 EDTBHP, VALE, RIOAnglo American CEO sees iron-ore prices under pressure, WSJ says
The CEO of miner Anglo American (AAUKY) Mark Cutifani said he is worried about the outlook for iron-ore, says the Wall Street Journal. In spite of concerns about an iron-ore glut, the company intends to press on with the Minas-Rio iron-ore project in Brazil , added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Vale (VALE),Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), Rio Tinto (RIO), and BHP Billiton (BHP). Reference Link
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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09:41 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTEBAYWageWorks names Colm Callan as CFO, effective immediately
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07:55 EDTPANWPalo Alto business appears to be beating expectations, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer reports that its checks indicate that Palo Alto's business is tracking ahead of consensus estimates this quarter. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $90 from $80 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTBHPBHP assures break-up does not amount to South Africa exit, FT says
BHP Billiton will drastically cut its presence in South Africa as part of its previously announced spin-off strategy, but since announcing the demerger BHP has pledged that its spin-off company will have a mandate to grow in there and while the new company will be based in Australia with an Australian stock market listing, it also plans a secondary listing in Johannesburg, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTFBEU sends questionnaire to rivals over Facebook-Whatsapp deal, WSJ says
European Union officials have sent a second wave of questions to competitors and customers of Facebook and Whatsapp, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to a questionnaire, EU officials are trying to understand what separates a social network from the messaging application and get to the heart of the competitive landscape. Reference Link
06:34 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD YHOO
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
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