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February 7, 2014
09:00 EDTLQDT, ELON, FWM, ARIA, ANR, ONNN, OUTR, ATVI, GTAT, EXPE, AAPL, LNKDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Expedia (EXPE), up 12.5%... Activision Blizzard (AtVI), up 8%... Liquidity Services (LQDT), up 12%... ON Semiconductor (ONNN), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up nearly 2% after CEO Tim Cook told the WSJ that the company has repurchased $14B worth of stock in the two week since its quarterly earnings report... Outerwall (OUTR), up 10% after earnings report, $350M buyback through modified Dutch auction tender offer, management changes... Alpha Natural (ANR), up 2% after upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 6% after Reuters reports that Sarissa Capital, run by Carl Icahn's former healthcare head, is seeking at least two seats on the company's board... GT Advanced (GTAT), up 6% after 9to5Mac said the company is preparing to manufacture sapphire displays for Apple. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: LinkedIn (LNKD), down 6%... Echelon (ELON), down 18%. ALSO LOWER: Fairway Group (FWM), down 23% after weaker than expected Q3 results, retirement of CEO, downgrades by at least five research firms... iRobot (IRBT), down 2% following downgrade to Underweight at JPMorgan.
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February 20, 2015
07:40 EDTEXPEExpedia price target raised to $102 from $91 at UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:35 EDTARIASarissa Capital seeks retirement of ARIAD CEO, board seats
Sarissa Capital disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has been in negotiations with members of ARIAD's board in an attempt to avoid a potential proxy contest. Sarissa said it indicated its belief that the board undertake measures to effect and facilitate the imminent retirement of Harvey Berger as CEO and that any settlement of a potential proxy contest must include the CEO’s retirement. It added that no settlement has been reached. Sarissa believes the board "as currently constructed is not up to the task of providing the stewardship necessary to optimally navigate" the company. On February 19, Sarissa notified ARIAD that it intends to appear at the company's 2015 annual meeting of stockholders to nominate and seek to elect Richard Mulligan, Ph.D. and Anna Protopapas to the eight member staggered board of directors. Sarissa intends to seek to unseat Harvey Berger, ARIAD's Chairman and CEO, and Wayne Wilson, the lead independent director, with its two nominees. Sarissa added that it is "extremely concerned" with the conduct of certain members of the board, "particularly with respect to compensation, governance and financial matters." The hedge fund said it may ultimately initiate court proceedings to seek to remove one or more directors for cause based on potential breaches of their fiduciary duties. Sarissa Capital has a 6.9% stake in ARIAD.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
05:18 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE TRIP
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Expedia (EXPE) 28, TripAdvisor (TRIP) 33 according to iVolatility.
February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
12:58 EDTAAPLRecent Apple hires have backgrounds in automotive hardware, 9to5Mac says
Many of the automotive experts poached by Apple (AAPL) come from automotive hardware backgrounds, strongly hinting at development beyond automotive software, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the company. The new hires have backgrounds in motor and gearbox design, safety components, transmissions, power trains, drive trains, electric vehicle batteries, hybrid vehicles, interior vehicle components, and other areas. Reference Link
11:51 EDTAAPLCiti, RBC lay out reasons to be bullish on Apple
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10:28 EDTONNNON Semiconductor to host analyst day
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09:35 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
08:50 EDTAAPLApple could return $150B-$200B to shareholders, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Apple could return $150B-$200B to its shareholders over the next three years. The firm expects the company to return 100% of its annual free cash flow to shareholders. It raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple Pay faces resistance from China, MarketWatch says
Apple (AAPL) is attempting to launch Apple Pay in China, but a People's Bank of China official stated the company has not acknowledged regulators and "it's unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements,” while talks with state-owned card payment operator UnionPay "have stalled" according to sources close to the companies, reports MarketWatch. Alibaba (BABA) currently operates the similar Alipay service and an Alibaba employee stated the two companies "have stayed in contact and are preparing for several projects," but because all payments go through UnionPay, Apple's entry into the market is ultimately controlled by the state-owned firm. The Chinese government has raised numerous concerns regarding Apple Pay, and is demanding the company open a mainland China data center to house customer information. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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07:39 EDTARIAARIAD expects to file IND application for AP32788 this year
ARIAD says "We expect to file an investigational new drug application for AP32788 this year and to begin a Phase 1/2 proof-of-concept trial in 2016. This will be our third IND filing of an internally discovered oncology development candidate in the past eight years." The company also says "We anticipate presenting updates from the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of brigatinib at the 2015 European Lung Cancer Conference and the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings later this year. Additionally, we expect to present preliminary data from the brigatinib ALTA trial in the second half of 2015."
07:38 EDTARIAARIAD sees FY15 net product revenues from sales of Iclusig $130M-$140M
Net product revenues from sales of Iclusig are expected to be in the range of $130M-$140M. This guidance includes sales of Iclusig in the U.S., Europe, and other select countries where ARIAD has distributorships in place. R&D expenses are expected to be in the range of $185M-$195M, reflecting increased development activities for Iclusig, brigatinib, and AP32788, as well as ongoing discovery research efforts. Expenses related to Iclusig represent approximately 50% of total R&D expenses and include the three new planned trials to begin this year, as well as all ongoing trials. Expenses related to brigatinib represent approximately 35% of total R&D expenses and include the two ongoing trials and NDA-enabling pre-clinical studies.
07:37 EDTARIAARIAD reports Q4 EPS (3c), consensus (20c)
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07:17 EDTEXPEMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
06:39 EDTAAPLA123 Systems sues Apple for poaching employees, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons for why Apple shares are going higher
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05:34 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE BBRY
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