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June 13, 2014
16:43 EDTLULU, FDO, IGT, PPC, PCLN, MRK, HRB, INTC, AAPL, CG, TSN, OPEN, ULTA, DG, SYNA, APO, HSH, IDIXMarket ends week lower as Iraq fears weigh
Stocks finished the week lower, as fears about the revolution in Iraq and a potential civil war there, along with weak U.S. economic data, dragged down shares. MACRO NEWS: A revolution broke out in Iraq, as rebel fighters conquered a number of major cities in the northern section of the country and advanced towards the capital city of Baghdad. In the U.S., oil prices rose and stocks fell amid fears that a civil war could engulf Iraq, shutting down its sizable oil exports... Three key U.S. economic data points missed expectations, as an index of consumer sentiment, weekly jobless claims, and retail sales for May all missed consensus estimates. On a positive note, China said that its retail sales jumped 12.5% last month, beating market expectations and coming in at the highest level since last December. COMPANY NEWS: M&A deal flow continued to be strong. On Monday, Merck (MRK) agreed to buy Idenix (IDIX), which has developed a treatment for hepatitis C, for $3.85B, or $24.50 per share, which was more than triple the company's closing price on Friday. Tyson Foods (TSN) raised its bid for Hillshire Brands (HSH) to $63 per share in cash, or $8.55B, prompting rival Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) to withdraw its own takeover proposal. Priceline (PCLN) agreed to buy OpenTable (OPEN), which operates on online restaurant reservation platform, for $103 per share, or $2.6B. Synaptics (SYNA) agreed to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which supplies display driver chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhones. Reuters reported that several companies, including Apollo Global (APO) and Carlyle Group (CG), are looking to buy International Game (IGT), which develops gaming equipment for casinos. Well-known activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he had obtained a significant stake in discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) and subsequently told Fox Business that he may push for a merger between the company and peer Dollar General (DG)... Intel (INTC) raised its Q2 revenue outlook, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs... Yoga apparel maker lululemon (LULU) sank after the company lowered its full-year guidance, while beauty supply store operator Ulta Salon (ULTA) and tax preparer H&R Block (HRB) rose after reporting stronger than expected results. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.88% to 16,775.74, the S&P 500 was down 0.68% to 1,936.16, and the Nasdaq was down 0.25% to 4,310.65.
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March 19, 2015
08:40 EDTINTCIntel Capital in talks to invest in Indian streaming service, TechCrunch says
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08:14 EDTAAPLWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:55 EDTAPOMolycorp bondholders led by Apollo close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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07:16 EDTLULUlululemon volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
lululemon March weekly call option implied volatility is at 74, April is at 46, June is at 38, September is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on March 26.
07:12 EDTAAPLIpsos poll claims 39% of iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch, Reuters says
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05:42 EDTAAPLeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
15:22 EDTAPOMolycorp creditors close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTAAPLUnique value of Apple streaming TV may be ease of use, says Bernstein
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07:54 EDTAAPLComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:27 EDTAPOFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:27 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth to decelerate further in Q3, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth should support earnings expectations, says UBS
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07:18 EDTAPOWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:31 EDTAAPLDiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTPCLNPriceline shares inexpensive 'by many measures,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its conclusion from several valuation analyses is that shares of Priceline are inexpensive "by many measures." When compared to a comp group of hotel companies, the stock trades at a "material discount," Piper states. It believes shares are worth in excess of its $1,375 price target. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:52 EDTAAPL12-inch MacBook to make up 15%-20% of all MacBook shipments, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 shipments expected to reach 53M, DigiTimes reports
Apple is expected to ship 53M iPhone 6 devices in Q1, reports DigiTimes, citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Citing data from Morgan Stanley, the guidance is up from the previously expected 51M shipments. All iPhone devices will reach 54.5M units during the quarter. Reference Link
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