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June 13, 2014
16:43 EDTMRK, ULTA, LULU, INTC, DG, FDO, AAPL, SYNA, IGT, CG, APO, PPC, TSN, HSH, PCLN, OPEN, IDIX, HRBMarket 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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July 9, 2014
15:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar July weekly 64 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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15:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 89c.
12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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12:00 EDTIGTStocks with call strike movement; BBRY IGT
BlackBerry (BBRY) December 14 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 54, International Game (IGT) October 19 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 51 according to IVolatility.
10:20 EDTAAPL, INTCReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
10:02 EDTAPO, CGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:34 EDTINTC, AAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:19 EDTCGCarlyle Group downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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06:16 EDTAPOApollo Global downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Apollo Global to Neutral citing higher uncertainty around rising rates. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $28 from $32.
06:05 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DG VLO
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06:03 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU BBBY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 37, Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) 18.
05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
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