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February 8, 2013
16:23 EDTMCD, MELI, CZR, NUAN, AAPL, LNKDOn 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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November 16, 2015
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
November 13, 2015
16:40 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTAAPL, MCDStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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15:04 EDTAAPLLeerink digital health analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Digital Health Analyst Wardell discusses Fitbit and how many units will it sell in Q4, the Apple Watch and whether it is in a different product category than Fitbit on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 12:30 pm.
11:57 EDTAAPLGoogle rolls out Chrome beta for iOS, 9to5Mac reports
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10:15 EDTAAPLApple breaks below support at $115, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.5% to $113.95. At that price next support is at $111.73. Resistance is at $115.
10:09 EDTAAPLApple could launch second-generation Apple Watch by June 2016, AI reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTMCDWendy's '4 for $4' a hit, McDonald's promo may be next
An analyst at Citi believes Wendy's (WEN) has seen strong results from its ongoing "4 for $4" promotion, prompting him to add the stock to the firm's Focus List and predict that the company's same-store sales growth this quarter will beat expectations. 4 FOR $4: Under an ongoing promotion that was launched in October, Wendy's offers a junior bacon cheeseburger, four piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for $4. Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian told investors in a research note this morning that his analysis and talks with those in the fast-food industry suggest that the promotion continues to drive strong results, leading to a rise in transactions at Wendy's with little to no impact on restaurants' average check total. Badishkanian predicts Wendy's will post fourth quarter same-store sales growth of at least 4%, versus the First Call consensus forecast of 2.7% and the 3.3% growth implied by the high-end of the company's fiscal year guidance. INDUSTRY VALUE FOCUS: Wendy's management has emphasized value offerings recently, but other quick service restaurant peers are also increasing their focus on value, Badishkanian noted. The analyst sees a good chance that McDonald's (MCD) will roll-out a "2 for $2" promotion soon, which he believes could have a "modest" impact on Wendy's, but more of an impact on Restaurant Brands' (QSR) Burger King. Badishkanian predicts McDonald's same-store sales growth should accelerate further in the fourth quarter, but not at the expense of Wendy's. He keeps a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with an $11 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yum! Brands (YUM), which also competes in the quick service food space with its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, is rallying this morning after reporting last night that its China division's same-store sales grew an estimated 5% in October. PRICE ACTION: Wendy's stock has gained over 5% in the last month, closing yesterday at $9.63 per share. In that same period, McDonald's shares have risen over 8% while Restaurant Brands has declined 3%.
06:17 EDTAAPLApple Music coming to Sonos 'soon'
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06:15 EDTAAPLApple's Beats Music ending on November 30
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06:11 EDTNUANNuance volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Nuance November call option implied volatility is at 67, December is at 40, January is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 51, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 16.
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