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October 6, 2015
14:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new Surface, Lumia, Microsoft Band devices
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices, taking advantage of new hardware to unlock new Windows 10 experiences. Showcasing Windows 10, Microsoft also shared new gaming experiences from Xbox and new details on Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer. Now running on 110M devices around the world, Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history -- seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same time period. With more than 1.25B visits to the Windows Store, Microsoft announced all-new universal apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, Uber, and others. These apps add to the existing Windows 10 experiences that will be available on the new Microsoft devices. Microsoft announced the new Surface Book, a powerful, high-performance laptop with pen and touch support, starting at $1,499. Microsoft also announced the Surface Pro 4, a thin, light and powerful tablet that can replace a laptop, starting at $899. Microsoft also announced Microsoft Band 2, a fitness wearable starting at $249.
13:06 EDTGOOGAWS, Rackspace pact a sign of consolidation, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster views the partnership between Amazon Web Services (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX) as another sign that market offerings are consolidating. The cloud space is set to continue to consolidate toward key winners AWS, Azure and Google (GOOG), Munster tells investors in a research note. He views AWS as the key driver for Amazon shares and the rollout of SaaS products as the next major catalyst. The unit could be worth north of $100B, Munster estimates. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $650 price target.
11:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Visa in talks to end $5B processing fees suit, Bloomberg says
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11:18 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; DOW AAPL
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10:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils second version of Microsoft Band, TechCrunch reports
Microsoft showcased the second edition of its Microsoft Band at a company press conference, available for pre-order today for $249, TechCrunch reports. The watch is available on October 30, the report says. Reference Link
10:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Myerson: 110M devices currently run Windows 10, TechCrunch says
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10:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's HoloLens dev kits available in 1Q16, TechCrunch reports
Microsoft debuted a new demo of its augmented reality device HoloLens and announced that development kits will be available for $3,000 in the first quarter of 2016, TechCrunch reports. The company also showed a new product for HoloLens codenamed Project Xray, a mixed reality game for the HoloLens, the report says. Reference Link
10:07 EDTAAPLApple slips below $110
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09:34 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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08:43 EDTGOOGGoogle search outlook positive, says JMP Securities
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07:17 EDTMSFTStrategic News Service to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTAAPLSamsung Electronics still trying to find smartphone fix, Reuters reports
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06:21 EDTGOOGRoughly 44% of online shoppers turn to Amazon first, Re/code reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple plans to sell iPad Pro in first week of November, AppleInsider reports
Apple is planning to start selling its 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the first week of November to go along with the debut of its Apple Pencil stylus and its Smart Keyboard technology, AppleInsider reports. Reference Link
October 5, 2015
19:57 EDTAAPLApple says YiSpector malware addressed in iOS 8.4, Loop Insight says
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18:28 EDTAAPLApple acquires startup Perceptio, Bloomberg says
Apple acquired Perceptio, a startup "developing technology to let companies run advanced artificial intelligence systems on smartphones without needing to share as much user data," according to Bloomberg. The acquisition was confirmed by Apple, but terms were not disclosed. Reference Link
16:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
The Dow began the day with a triple digit jump and continued to tack on gains from there, rising nearly 2% by the time the closing bell rang. The Nasdaq and S&P also posted significant gains in the market's broad based advance. The number of advancing stocks crushed the number of declining stocks while the up volume overwhelmed the down volume. The S&P 500 is now on a five day winning streak with earnings season set to unofficially begin on Thursday, when Alcoa (AA) releases its quarterly report after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dropped to 55.1 in the final September print, compared to the preliminary reading of 55.6 and August's 56.1 figure. ISM's services index dropped 2.1 points to 56.9 in September, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to a reading of 57.5. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) was the best performer on the Dow, advancing $1.35, or 5.3%, to $26.82 after activist investor Nelson Peltz disclosed that his firm, Trian Fund Management, has accumulated a $2.5B stake, making it one of the company's top ten shareholders. Trian, which believes GE is "executing a bold transformation" from a broad conglomerate into an industrial company, predicted that GE stock may be worth $40-$45 per share by 2017... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) rose $1.85, or 7.03%, to $28.16 after the company appointed co-founder and interim Chief Executive Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO. Analysts welcomed the news, saying Dorsey was simply "too good to pass up" despite his concurrent role as head of payments company Square. Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, though the rating change was made prior to this morning's CEO news, which had been previewed last week by Re/code, was confirmed by the company... The U.S., Japan and ten other countries came to terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement meant to open agricultural markets, tighten intellectual property rules and establish a group that will have the clout to challenge China's influence in the region. Reacting to the deal, Honeywell (HON) said trade agreements like the TPP have the potential to boost exports, support jobs, and increase access abroad, while Boeing (BA) pointed out that more than 70% of its commercial airplane revenue last year came from customers outside the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), which surged $9.09, or 20.69%, to $53.02 after the Phase 3 trial of the company's lead gene therapy product met its primary endpoint. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which gained 77c, or 9.31%, to $9.04 after announcing plans to optimize its business operations by refocusing on its core markets and simplifying its structure, among other initiatives. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of Apple (AAPL) chip suppliers, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Avago (AVGO) falling a respective 4.5%, 1.7%, and 2.6% after Citi analysts lowered fourth quarter iPhone sales estimates. Also lower was Valeant (VRX), which lost $18.86, or 10.34%, to $163.46 after its alleged "price hike" business strategy was highlighted in reports by the New York Times and Barron's. Additionally, AtriCure (ATRC) declined 8.8% to $20.47 after releasing preliminary third quarter results and agreeing to acquire cardiac device maker nContact. INDEXES: The Dow gained 304.06, or 1.85%, to 16,776.43, the Nasdaq advanced 73.49, or 1.56%, to 4,781.26, and the S&P 500 rose 35.69, or 1.83%, to 1,987.05.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 5, 2015
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15:28 EDTAAPLCiti lowers iPhone unit sales estimates for Q4
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are underperforming a strong broader market rally after Citi lowered its fourth quarter iPhone unit sales estimates in a note to investors earlier. WHAT'S NEW: Not all of Apple's first weekend sales of iPhone 6S and 6S will be included in the company's Q4 earnings, Citi analyst Jim Suva wrote. Suva, who has a Buy rating and $145 target price on Apple shares, said that although first weekend sales of 13M units of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus exceeded sell side targets, Apple noted that not all of these units unit sales will be included in Apple's Q4 earnings given cut off of the reporting quarter. Only sales through Friday and Saturday of the weekend launch will be included in Q4. The remainder of the units sold on Sunday will be reported in December financial results, said Suva. As a result, Citi reduced its iPhone unit estimates to 47M from its prior view of 48M. This is below the Q4 consensus of 48M. The remaining units will be shifted to the December quarter. Citi expects many sell-side analysts to follow suit and lower their September quarter iPhone estimates in the weeks ahead before Apple reports on October 27. According to the Citi note, Apple share volatility will continue and the firm sees limited earnings and sales upside potential in the near-term causing some investors to exit the stock. The investment thesis for Apple is likely to shift from an iPhone "beat and raise" investment story to a gross margin upside story heading into a difficult comp year for iPhone 6S unit sales, Suva tells investors. He thinks any pullback will prove an attractive opportunity for long-term investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Late last week, an article from the DigiTimes said Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in Q3 and 65M-70M units in Q4.PRICE ACTION: In late afternoon trading, shares of Apple are underperforming broader market measures and are up 0.4% compared to a 1.75% gain for the S&P 500. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Apple chip suppliers are also relatively weak, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS) down almost 4%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) sliding 2.5%, Qorvo (QRVO) trading near flat, Avago (AVGO) lower by 1.4%, and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) down 0.25%.
14:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a media briefing
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