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February 8, 2013
16:23 EDTLNKD, MCD, MELI, CZR, NUAN, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on the day after the averages opened the day higher following a report showing the U.S. trade deficit shrank to its narrowest level in nearly three years. The averages traded in a narrow range after their initial move higher, with the S&P finishing above the 1,510 level while the Dow fell short of 14k... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department reported that the trade deficit shrank in December to its narrowest in nearly three years, falling to $38.5B, compared to expectations for a deficit of $46B. A separate report from the Commerce Department showed wholesale inventories fell 0.1% in December, versus forecasts for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the trade surplus narrowed slightly to $29.2B in January from a month earlier, but exports and imports both showed robust growth. Exports climbed 25%, while imports jumped 28.8%, both of which were ahead of expectations. Also, China's CPI was in line with forecasts at 2.0%. In Europe, German exports hit a record yearly high... COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) reported January global same store sales fell 1.9%, and shares gained 24c, or 0.25%, to $94.87, though finished off their highs. The company's comparable sales were down during the month in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe, but were up nearly 1% in the U.S... Apple (AAPL) gained $6.76, or 1.44%, to $474.98 after activist investor David Einhorn yesterday disclosed legal action against the company, prompting a response from Apple near the end of yesterday's session saying the board is in active discussions to return cash to shareholders. With today's gains, Apple shares added $21.36, or 4.71% on the week... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Caesar's Entertainment (CZR), up $3.84, or 38.13%, to $13.91 after Nevada reported December statewide gaming win increase 10.24%. Today's advance followed yesterday's 18.47%, or $1.57 gain following reports that NJ Governor Chris Christie will allow the state to legalize Internet gambling.Also higher were shares of LinkedIn (LNKD), up $26.39, or 21.27%, to $150.48 after the company's Q4 report beat consensus estimates and the stock's price target was lifted by at least four analyst firms. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Nuance (NUAN), down $4.55, or 18.53%, to $20.00 after the company's FY13 guidance fell short of expectations and the stock was downgraded by at least three analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Mercadolibre (MELI), down $2.11, or 2.46%, to $83.73 after Bloomberg headlines said Venezuela would devalue its currency by 33% to 6.3 bolivars per dollar from 4.3... INDICES: The Dow was up 48.92, or 0.35%, to 13,992.97; the Nasdaq was up 28.74, or 0.91%, to 3,193.87; and the S&P 500 was up 8.54, or 0.57%, to 1,517.93.
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February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTMCD, AAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meetings to be held in the Midwest February 26-27 hosted by Pacific Crest.
09:38 EDTAAPL, MCDActive equity options trading on open
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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
06:20 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.
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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09:35 EDTMCD, AAPLOption 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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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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