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June 13, 2014
16:43 EDTOPEN, ULTA, DG, SYNA, APO, HSH, IDIX, LULU, FDO, IGT, PPC, PCLN, MRK, HRB, INTC, AAPL, CG, TSNMarket 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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January 14, 2015
11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTINTC, AAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:40 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
10:21 EDTLULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:14 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:37 EDTFDO3D Systems says David Styka joins company as Chief Accounting Officer
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08:34 EDTMRKMerck and Practice Fusion's health vaccine initiative shows positive results
Merck and Practice Fusion announced the results of a recent collaboration designed to improve public health outcomes through a Population Health Management program for adult vaccines. Launched in April, the program contributed to a statistically significant relative increase in recorded vaccinations among eligible patients on Practice Fusion's EHR platform. During the four-month test period, Practice Fusion observed a 73% relative increase in recorded vaccinations in test versus control patients.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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08:18 EDTINTCIntel Q4 revenue likely to be at high end of guidance range, says Pacific Crest
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07:46 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTINTC, AAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:25 EDTAPOCaesar's unit expected to file own Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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