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February 8, 2013
16:23 EDTMCD, AAPL, CZR, LNKD, NUAN, MELIOn 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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07:05 EDTAAPLNordstrom in talks to be early merchant partner with Apple, Bank Innovation says
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06:50 EDTLNKDLinkedIn examines censorship rules in China, Bloomberg says
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06:20 EDTAAPLSupply chains ramp up component production for 9.7-inch iPad, DigiTimes says
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September 2, 2014
16:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 2, 2014
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14:32 EDTAAPLApple says no breach in iCloud or Find my iPhone
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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.
11:03 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.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target raised to $250 from $225 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised LinkedIn's price target to $250 based on expected 2H catalysts that include ongoing new product investments, international expansion, and margin growth. Shares are Buy rated.
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.
06:53 EDTMCDFast food workers to carry out civil disobedience, NY Times says
Fast food workers seeking a $15 per hour wage are planning to carry out “widespread” civil disobedience activities on Thursday, according to The New York Times. Thousands of home-care workers will also take part in the activities, the newspaper added. Fast food companies include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTMCDMcDonald's overhauls food-safety strategy in China, WSJ reports
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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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