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July 25, 2014
13:13 EDTMRVL, MU, MNK, AAPL, RAD, QCOR, LRCXEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
Well-known investor David Einhorn said his hedge fund, Greenlight Capital, had taken a new long position last quarter in Lam Research (LRCX), which develops equipment for semiconductor companies. Also last quarter, Greenlight sold out of its position in Rite Aid (RAD), Einhorn revealed. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight made a "medium-sized" new investment in Lam Research, Einhorn revealed in his quarterly letter to investors. As the size of transistors shrink, chip makers must run each layer of chips through the manufacturing line multiple times until they work properly, the investor stated. Consequently, the chip makers must buy more of Lam's tools for each manufacturing line, Einhorn explained. The valuations of many high momentum stocks in the tech sector are excessive, but not all tech stocks are too expensive, Einhorn contended. A number of tech stocks - including Apple (AAPL), Lam Research, Marvell Technology (MRVL) and Micron Technology (MU) - "have strong prospects and are undervalued," Einhorn declared. Greenlight holds long positions in all those stocks. Greenlight sold its position in Rite Aid because the company's sales and profits rose, as the hedge fund had expected, and the stock reached fair value, Einhorn explained. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight continues to be short Questcor (QCOR), which has "a laundry list of problems and risks," the investor said. Among these are ongoing criminal probes and a large number of adverse events, including deaths, experienced by a number of patients who were taking the company's only drug, Acthar, Einhorn wrote. Additionally, a number of insurers have moved towards limiting their reimbursement of the drug, he added. The FDA is examining lab reports which suggest that Questcor's product does not include a highly purified form of Acthar as promoted by the company but a degraded form of the drug, the investor alleged. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (MNK), which has agreed to buy Questcor, is not properly evaluating the risks of Questcor's drug, Einhorn stated. Mallinckrodt "is setting itself up to be a very attractive short sale candidate if the merger is completed," Einhorn believes. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Lam Research lost 1.5% to $69, Rite Aid slid 3.5% to $7, Questcor lost 2% to $95, and Mallinckrodt dropped 3% to $74.50.
News For LRCX;RAD;MNK;QCOR;AAPL;MU;MRVL From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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08:28 EDTAAPLEnergous rises after Apple said to be at work on wireless charging
A Bloomberg report that said Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology did not mention Energous (WATT), which is a development-stage company exploring technology that can enable wire-free charging for electronic devices. In pre-market trading, Energous shares rose 10% to $5.25.
06:28 EDTAAPLApple working on wireless-charged phone, Bloomberg says
Apple is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to create new wireless charging technology that could work on mobile devices possibly as soon as next year, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the plans. Apple is eyeing new technologies that would allow iPhones and ipads to be powered from further away than charging mats, the report says. Reference Link
January 28, 2016
18:19 EDTAAPLBank of America, Wells Fargo to integrate Apple Pay in ATMs, TechCrunch says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, MUOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Microsoft since last quarter's blowout
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Thursday, January 28, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets computer, phone and gaming hardware. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $25.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 66c-75c on revenue of $24.62B-$25.92B. On its last earnings conference call, Microsoft said it expected Q2 productivity revenue of $6.6B-$6.67B, Q2 revenue for intelligent cloud of $6.2B-$6.3B and Q2 personal computing revenue of $12B-$12.4B. LAST QUARTER: On October 22, Microsoft reported first quarter earnings per share of 67c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 59c. The company's revenue came in at $21.7B, topping the consensus estimate of $21.03B. NEWS: On December 17, Microsoft announced a new joint venture that will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China's government agencies and certain state owned enterprises and provide ongoing support and services for these customers. That announcement followed Microsoft inking a partnership with Baidu (BIDU) to make it easy for their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 while providing local browsing and search experiences, and universal apps. On January 4, Microsoft said in a blog post that operating system Windows 10 was currently active on over 200M devices, bringing the company closer to its goal of seeing Windows 10 active on more than 1B devices. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last earnings report, BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral, saying he believes the company was at a turning point with its operating income headed for growth following four years of flattish performance. At the time, Rangan increased his price target on the stock to $63 from $46. On November 20, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors that actions taken by Google parent Alphabet (GOOG) and comments made by its executives indicated that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market. Based on a comment from executive Urs Holzle that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, Sandler estimated that the company is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. On November 30, Raymond James analyst Michael Turits upgraded Microsoft two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Turits. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating, despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. On January 13, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss upgraded Microsoft to Overweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Buy" rating, from Equal Weight. Microsoft is emerging as a public cloud winner, is gaining share in the data center market and Office 365 is seeing its base grow and its per user pricing increase, all of which set up the company to resume earnings growth after a five year period of stagnation, Weiss told investors. The analyst, who believes Microsoft's earnings growth and "aggressive" return of capital to shareholders should help its multiple expand, raised his price target on the stock to $66 from $57. This morning, UBS analyst Brent Thill said that given Apple's (AAPL) recent negative commentary around macro uncertainty he was lowering his second half of the year estimates for Microsoft on the potential for more conservative guidance when it issues its Q2 report after the closing bell. Thill trimmed his price target on Microsoft to $58 from $60, but said he remains confident the company is making the right moves to the cloud and kept a Buy rating on shares. PRICE ACTION: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Microsoft shares jumped 10.4% to $53.03. In late afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Microsoft advanced 1.25% to $51.86.
14:17 EDTAAPLApple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTAAPLApple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, Bloomberg reports
13:07 EDTAAPLFacebook says expanding ability to share live video in U.S. via iPhone
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple supplier Cirrus jumps after results beat expectations
The shares of Cirrus Logic (CRUS) are surging after the company reported stronger than expected third quarter results last night. Research firm Oppenheimer responded to the news by upgrading the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Cirrus, which develops integrated circuits, is said to get about 75% of its revenue from Apple (AAPL). WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus reported Q3 EPS of 82c, versus analysts' consensus outlook of 81c. The company's revenue also came in slightly above expectations. However, it provided Q4 revenue guidance of $225M at the midpoint of their range of $210M-$240M, versus the consensus outlook of about $260M. However, Cirrus said that it continues to expect its revenue to increase more than 15% in its upcoming fiscal year. "Short-term weakness for certain audio products" caused Cirrus' Q3 results and Q4 outlook to be weaker than the company originally expected, the company stated. iPhones, whose sales came in below analysts' consensus forecast last quarter, utilize audio products from Cirrus. Cirrus CEO Jason Rhode said he remains upbeat about the company's prospects, stating, "We are confident that our strategy of focusing on innovative market leading customers in the fastest growing audio and voice segments will fuel future growth." Rhode added that Cirrus expects to sell more products to its existing customers going forward. ANALYST REACTION: Oppenheimer analyst Rick Schafer upgraded Cirrus to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors today. Apple will utilize a smart codec from Cirrus to reduce noise in the earbuds of the upcoming iPhone 7 device, Schafer predicted. As a result, Cirrus will obtain an average of about $5.50 for each iPhone 7 sold, up from about $3.50 for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, the analyst estimated. Meanwhile, Cirrus is selling more of its smart codecs and audio amps to Android smartphone makers, accrding to Schafer. He raised its 2017 EPS estimate for the company to $3.30 from $2.74, and he thinks the company's results could beat expectations through the second half of this year. Schafer set a $40 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Cirrus climbed 15.5% to $32.29.
10:32 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: RAD GMCR
10:05 EDTAAPLApple recalls wall plug adapters outside the U.S.
Apple announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. "In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched," the iPhone maker said in a statement. The wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide. The recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:32 EDTRADRite Aid reports January SSS down 1.4%
For the four weeks ended Jan. 23, 2016, same store sales decreased 1.4% over the prior-year period. January front-end same store sales decreased 1.9%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 242 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, decreased 1.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 1% over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 1.3% with sales of $2B compared to $2.026B for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.5% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.7% of pharmacy sales.
07:50 EDTLRCXLam Research weakness would be a buying opportunity, says Cowen
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07:46 EDTAAPLNew iPad Air production to start in Q2, Digitimes reports
Apple is anticipated to unveil its new edition of the iPad Air in March 2016 and production will begin in Q2, with General Interface Solution and TPK to supply touch panels, Digitimes reports, citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The new iPad will reportedly come with a 4K resolution panel and up to 4GB in RAM, as well as better battery life, the report says. Reference Link
07:15 EDTAAPLMarathon Patent Group announces trial date of May 2 in case against Apple
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple may unveil iPad Air 3 at March event, 9to5Mac reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLGoogle, Apple push back on Euro tax deals, FT reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple could ship 20M Macs this year, DigiTimes reports
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