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January 30, 2015
09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading
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08:39 EDTMSFTXbox Live outage due to erroneous software, not hackers, Business Insider says
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06:01 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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06:00 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT NFLX
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January 29, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:58 EDTAAPLSpotify working with Goldman on new fuding round, may delay IPO, WSJ says
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15:15 EDTFBFacebook 'Place Tips' to challenge services like Yelp, BI says
Facebook's (FB) newly launched "Place Tips" feature, which provides notifications in users' News Feeds when they near locations that the service determines they may like, is "aimed directly at location-based recommendation apps" such as Yelp (YELP), according to Business Insider. Reference Link
13:17 EDTMSFT, FBEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
12:54 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:53 EDTAAPLQualcomm sinks after cutting outlook, confirming being dropped in Galaxy
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10:26 EDTFBFacebook shares little changed despite analysts lauding results
Facebook (FB) reported better than expected fourth quarter earning and revenue last night and a number of analysts responded positively to the news, though the social network operator's shares are little changed in early trading. BACKGROUND: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 54c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 48c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. The social network said that its monthly active user base grew 13% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier to 1.39B, while its ad revenue surged 53% to $3.6B. ANALYST REACTION: Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian raised his price target on Facebook to $93 from $80. The social network reported strong results, driven by healthy user engagement and monetization trends, the analyst believes. The company's ongoing large investments in developing ad technology should improve the platforms of the Facebook website, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as its developing ad network, Sebastian stated. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Cantor analyst Youssef Squali increased his price target on the stock to $90 from $80. The company's Q4 results were solid, as its ad revenue growth was impressive, the analyst stated. Given the ongoing shift of ad dollars to mobile and social, and the untapped revenue potential of a number of Facebook's assets, the stock remains a top pick, the analyst stated. UBS analyst Eric Sheridan was also upbeat on the shares, writing that the stock has one of the most compelling risk/reward ratios among large cap growth stocks he covers. The company continues to have strong user growth and engagement trends, and benefit from strong ad prices, and initiatives that produce advertising market share gains, the analyst stated. Facebook has many ways to increase its revenue going forward, and the stock increasingly looks cheap, according to Sheridan, who kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares.. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook shares rose fractionally to $76.32.
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB KO NFLX PFMT GILD YHOO TSLA MCD
09:12 EDTFBFacebook no longer being rewarded for outperformance, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said it continues to view Facebook as one of most attractive stories in online, given its many monetization opportunities, but the firm thinks the stock faces multiple compression as growth decelerates and that its shares are no longer being rewarded by the Street for beating expectations, as it did in Q4. Janney raised its fair value estimate on the stock to $80 from $78 but maintains its Neutral rating on Facebook shares.
08:48 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $93 from $80 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Facebook to $93 from $80 following Q4 results that beat already bullish expectations. The firm believes investments in the company's infrastructure to be prudent and sees the company benefitting from its ongoing user engagement trends and monetization. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Facebook shares.
08:48 EDTFBFacebook presents compelling risk/reward, says UBS
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08:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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07:27 EDTMSFTU.S. groups ask China to re-examine new cybersecurity rules, WSJ reports
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook to establish team in Taiwan, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPL, MSFTChina implementing new requirements for some tech companies, NY Times says
China is forcing companies which sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to divulge secret source code and submit to audits, according to The New York Times. It is also requiring such companies to provide the government with access to hardware and software products, the newspaper indicated. Cisco (CSCO), Qualcomm (QCOM), and Microsoft (MSFT) have raised issues about accessing the Chinese market, while Apple (AAPL) is looking to increase its business in the country, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:48 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Facebook after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results. The firm thinks the company has significant untapped monetization potential, and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:20 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
05:58 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; QCOM FB
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook Q4 beats despite currency headwind, says Piper Jaffray
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January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:31 EDTFBFacebook sees FY15 revenue 5% lower than it would be under FY14 exchange rate
Sees FY15 CAPEX $2.7B-$3.2B.
17:23 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says Instagram will become core to mobile ad effort
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says the company sees FY15 building on core advertising progress.
17:12 EDTFBFacebook CEO says company working to make Facebook Search more valuable
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17:06 EDTFBFacebook headcount up 44% in FY14
Comments made during Q4 earnings conference call.
16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:11 EDTFBFacebook up 1% to $76.91 following Q4 results
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 advertisng revenue up 53% to $3.59B
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users up 13% to 1.39B
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q4 EPS 54c, consensus 48c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.85B, consensus $3.77B.
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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15:37 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:29 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors gaining share in iPhone, says Raymond James
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15:00 EDTFBFacebook January weekly 77 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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13:51 EDTMSFTAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTFBAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:58 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders on the daily chart that will become active below the neckline at the $74 area. Downside potential for that pattern if it becomes active on worse than expected results or outlook would be to the $66 area. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as upside objectives would be at $80.04 and then the 52-week high and lifetime high at $82.17. A breakout above the life high would leave open a run to the $85 area.
12:52 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should do Dutch tender for buyback
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:40 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple one of the best buys in 'last couple of decades'
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12:38 EDTAAPLSchechter says Apple can grow earnings 30% in 2016, 2017
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12:37 EDTAAPLIcahn says short squeeze likely going on in Apple shares
Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLIcahn says likely to revise higher Apple price target of $200
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12:31 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat expectations in Q4 report
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11:31 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAPL
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11:18 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:13 EDTAAPLAnalysts upbeat on Apple after iPhone powers big earnings beat
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09:35 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $135 at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $140 citing the December quarter blow out.
08:26 EDTAAPLApple strengthening ecosystem with strong iPhone sales, says Janney Capital
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08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft stops production of Surface 2 tablet in favor of Surface 3, Verge says
Microsoft announced it is no longer manufacturing its Surface 2 tablet in favor of focusing on the more popular Surface 3, reports The Verge. The Surface 2 is Microsoft's last remaining device to run on its mobile operating system Windows RT, indicating a shift towards traditional editions of Windows. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $133 from $126 at Morgan Stanley
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07:59 EDTMSFTSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing" with EVP of American Express, Marc Gordon, VP of Microsoft, Scott Charney, EVP of Marsh & McLennan, Peter Beshar and Chief Security Strategist of FireEye, Richard Bejtlich, on January 28 at 2:30 pm. Webcast Link
07:58 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple at 42.25
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple growth poised to slow, says Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $125 at UBS
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07:31 EDTFBAOL downgraded on rising competition at Wells Fargo
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07:24 EDTAAPLCan Fed and Apple rescue market?
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07:23 EDTMSFTIntel pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple catalysts limited ahead of Watch launch, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blow out' results, says Bernstein
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06:47 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $143 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Apple after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm called the results "exceptional," and it thinks the company has a number of additional upcoming catalysts, including the 4G ramp in China and the Apple Watch. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $140 from $112 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 following the phone maker's better than expected December quarter results. JPMorgan believes new products in 2015 will drive Apple's earnings growth ahead of peers. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Apple are rallying $7.61, or 7%, to $116.75 in pre-market trading.
06:25 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons why Apple shares can go higher
Citigroup lists five reasons following Apple's better than expected December quarter results why it believes the stock can go higher. Citi says device acceleration, the potential for consensus estimates to move up, a lack of margin decline, Apple Pay, and the company's opportunity in enterprise can drive the stock higher. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $135 price target, noting it views Apple Watch as a bonus upside catalyst.
05:37 EDTAAPLApple guidance ex-currency would be 5% higher, says Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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18:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
18:10 EDTAAPLApple says mobile users switching to Apple from Android at highest rate ever
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17:53 EDTAAPLApple says targeting additional 40 stores in China by end of 2016
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17:40 EDTAAPLApple says Apple watch expected to ship in April
Says the company has gained market share in 34 of the last 35 quarters. Says 2015 will be, "The year of Apple Pay." Says App store sales increased by 41%. Says Q1 results would have been even stronger without Forex volatility. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:18 EDTAAPLApple suppliers higher after company beats estimates
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16:37 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 39.9% vs. 37.9% last year
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares jump 5% to $114.50 after Q1 results top estimates
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPhone units 74.47M vs. 39.27M last year
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sold 74.5M iPhones in Q1
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16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q2 revenue $52B-$55B, consensus $53.79B
Sees Q2 gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 EPS $$3.06, consensus $2.60
Reports Q1 revenue $74.6B, consensus $67.69B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.40 to 32.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB MSFT X RIG YHOO C GILD according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 110 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q1
15:35 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:46 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 113 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q1
14:27 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple China iPhone sales seen eclipsing U.S. for first time
Apple (AAPL) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.60 on revenue of $67.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.44-$2.97 on revenue of $65.01B-$74.27B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $63.5B-$66.5B and a gross margin of 37.5%-38.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently raised the firm's iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M based on the company reaching supply/demand balance before the end of the quarter. The firm reduced its iPad expectation to 22M from 25M and said it expects Mac sales to be roughly in line with the Street at around 5.3M units. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.42, which topped the consensus estimate for $1.31. Fourth quarter revenue of $42.1B also beat the $39.85B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 39.27M iPhones, 12.32M iPads, 5.52M Macs, and 2.64M iPods in Q4. Apple reported Q4 gross margin of 38%, versus 37% last year, and noted that international sales accounted for 60% of the quarter’s revenue. NEWS: On November 11, Alibaba's (BABA) Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said the company and Apple were in talks for a potential partnership that would focus on the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Tsai said, “We are positive about the potential cooperation, but it depends on the details being worked out.” On January 8, Apple announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50% and apps generated over $10B in revenue for developers, Apple added. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Apple is expected to say it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year. Analysts estimate the turning point in sales came last year after a deal with China Mobile (CHL), the publication added. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, Cantor Fitzgerald said Apple "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm added that it believed investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company. It raised its price target for shares to $143 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, said it believed strong near-term growth was largely priced into Apple shares at then-current levels, while catalysts were limited ahead of Apple Watch. The firm expected shares to be range bound and kept a Hold rating on Apple following the company's better than expected Q4 results. On January 13, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. The same day, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. On January 15, Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy and maintained its $115 price target based on its belief that the risk/reward for the stock was balanced. The firm said it expects solid Q1 results and for the company's March outlook to be in-line with consensus, but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint. Yesterday, Piper Jaffray said it believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter. Piper, which thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles, believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced about 2.7% on the first day of trade following its Q4 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up a bit over 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report tonight, Apple was down almost 2% to just over $111 per share.
14:08 EDTAAPLApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:35 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sinks after outlook brings multiple downgrades
Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are falling after the company last night issued guidance for its quarter ending in March that came in significantly below analysts' expectations. JPMorgan, Citigroup, MKM Partners and Nomura responded to the company's results by downgrading the stock. BACKGROUND: Microsoft's revenue guidance for its March quarter missed expectations, driven by U.S. dollar strength, and continued weakness in China, Russia and Japan, according to JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy. The company's second quarter results were roughly in-line with expectations, but its software sales came in below the consensus outlook, as customers shifted to cheaper Web-based products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, JPMorgan's Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral for Overweight. Microsoft plans to spend more money than anticipated going forward, according to the analyst, who consequently cut his fiscal 2015 earnings per share forecast for the company by 8%. The reduced profit outlook could delay the stock's move above $50, warned Murphy, who reduced his price target on the name to $47 from $53. But the analyst did note that the tech giant’s commercial cloud revenue growth jumped 114% year-over-year last quarter, a higher growth rate than during the same period a year earlier. Citigroup cut its rating on Microsoft to Sell from Neutral, saying that the company's earnings headwinds are becoming clearer. The firm set a $38 price target on the stock. Both Nomura and MKM Partners cut its ratings on the name to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft fell 9.55 to $42.50. Other companies
10:00 EDTMSFTOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:59 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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09:36 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Silicon Image (SIMG), up 23% after signing agreement to be acquired by Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC)... USA Technologies (USAT), up 5% following nationwide roll-out of new Apple Pay points... TE Connectivity (TEL), up 3.9% following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is close to a deal with Commscope (COMM)... Select Comfort (SCSS), up 1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), down 8.2%... Caterpillar (CAT), down 7.8%... Packaging Corp (PKG), down 8.3%... Peabody Energy (BTU), down 5.3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), down 5.7%... Polaris Industries (PII), down 2.1%... United Technologies (UTX), down 2.3%... Procter & Gamble (PG), down 2.6%.
09:13 EDTFBTwitter adds group messaging to mobile app, Re/code says
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08:20 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference
Small Business and Emerging Technologies Conference is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:17 EDTAAPLXiaomi's latest smartphone sells out in three minutes, Android Central says
Xiaomi's latest smartphone Mi Note launched in China today and sold out in less than three minutes, reports Android Central. The next shipment of the $370 phone is scheduled for February 3 and the upgraded $530 Mi Note Pro is launching in March. Xiaomi is positioning the Mi Note as an Apple iPhone competitor and the company expects 100M handset sales across all products for 2015. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for iPhone gaming controller, Apple Insider says
Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that snaps around the phone to offer additional controls, reports Apple Insider. The patent was first filed after the iPhone 3G was announced six years ago, and includes capabilities for directional pads, joysticks, extra buttons, rumble feedback, secondary displays, additional cameras and speakers, and a physical keyboard. Reference Link
08:03 EDTAAPLWestern Union to offer Apple Pay at flagship locations
Western Union (WU) announced it will offer Apple (AAPL)’s technology Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
07:38 EDTFBFacebook Q4 results should beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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07:35 EDTAAPLApple Q1 results should be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q1 iPhone sales should exceed most expectations, while Q1 results should boost the stock. However, the firm does not expect the company to generate significant EPS growth in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
07:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at MKM Partners
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares extend losses as downgrades pile up
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06:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Microsoft to Sell with a $38 price target after the company's March outlook came in well below expectations. Citi says Microsoft's earnings headwinds are becoming more clear. The stock was also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan and Nomura.
06:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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06:44 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce as sales growth eases, Reuters says
Apple supplier Foxconn Technology plans to reduce its workforce, according to Reuters. The Taiwan based manufacturer is experiencing declining revenue growth and increasing wages in China, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud business performed well in Q2, says Piper Jaffray
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06:36 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies announces nationwide rollout of new Apple Pay points
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06:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft guidance 'shockingly low,' says Jefferies
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05:45 EDTFBFacebook says global outage caused by internal glitch, BBC News reports
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05:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTAAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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18:28 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 Devices & Consumers, Other revenue approximately $2B
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18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 phone hardware revenue $1,4B-$1.5B
18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 computing and gaming revenue $1.5B-$1.7B
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 consumer licensing revenue $3.4B-$3.6B
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18:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft anticipates lower gross margins over next few quarters
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees four point revenue impact from FX in Q3
17:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results in China, Japan fell short of expectations in Q2
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17:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Commercial Cloud run-rate $5.5B
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16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares drop 2% to $45.99 following Q2 results
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16:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Commercial revenue up 5% to $13.3B
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16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Devices and Consumer revenue up 8% to $12.9B
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16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects to complete $40B share repurchase by end of 2016
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16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results include 6c of restructuring, IRS expenses
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 EPS 71c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue $26.5B, consensus $26.33B.
16:01 EDTAAPL, MSFT, FBOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 47 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTMSFT, AAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:45 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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09:49 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:44 EDTMSFTInterDigital announces commencement of ITC evidentiary hearing in Microsoft case
InterDigital (IDCC) announced the commencement of the evidentiary hearing in the remand of U.S. International Trade Commission "613 Investigation" of the company's complaint against respondents Nokia Corporation, Nokia Inc. and Microsoft (MSFT). In the 613 Investigation, InterDigital seeks an exclusion order prohibiting the importation into the U.S. of Nokia and Microsoft Mobile devices with 3G WCDMA capabilities that infringe two InterDigital patents. The 613 Investigation was remanded to the ITC from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the Commission had erred in interpreting certain claim terms in InterDigital's patents.
08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
06:46 EDTAAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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15:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
11:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire Revolution Analytics to aid customers with data analysis
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10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reveals smartphone-controlled "smart scarf," Business Insider says
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08:07 EDTFB, MSFTU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
06:46 EDTFBFacebook downplaying FBX, Digiday says
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
17:18 EDTAAPLJ. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler to retire from Apple board
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
14:12 EDTAAPLXoom will incorporate Apple’s Touch ID technology in app
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13:53 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
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13:03 EDTAAPLAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
10:20 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:43 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:36 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
08:33 EDTFBFacebook Q4 North America revenues trending slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q4 North American revenues are tracking to $1.8B vs. its prior estimate of $1.775B and consensus of $1.721B.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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07:59 EDTAAPLSanDisk growth story remains intact, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the 7% post-earnings drop in shares of SanDisk (SNDK) to the company unexpectedly announcing that Apple (AAPL) was dropping SanDisk as a supplier of client SSDs. The firm estimates that the Apple SSD business is roughly 8%-10% of SanDisk's revenue. Citi says it was relieved, however, when management attributed the Q4 miss to product shortage, implying NAND industry excess inventory is not an issue. It believes the company's secular growth story remains intact, and keeps a Buy rating on the name despite lowering its price target to $97 from $110.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple survey could mean earnings upside, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus surging in China, Business Insider reports
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06:11 EDTFB, AAPLWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:24 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
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11:34 EDTAAPLAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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13:45 EDTAAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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15:10 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range
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09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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08:47 EDTAAPLIntel CEO says relationship with Apple 'strong'
Krzanich says he's heard the "rumors" of Apple (AAPL) looking at other types of chips for some of its products. Apple will always choose innovation and Intel's (INTC) job is to offer them the most competitive products, Krzanich said. Intel's CEO says many customers want to have a single supply source, which is a reason Intel needs to be in a broad array of businesses including mobile, PCs and servers. Krzanich says "very comfortable" with inventory levels and that Q4 played out the way the company expected. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is speaking on CNBC.
08:09 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $123 from $120 at RBC Capital
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06:27 EDTAAPLSamsung names Lee Don-tae as global design team leader, Korea Joongang says
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple to open five new stores in China in next five weeks, Xinhua News reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 41 at upper end of index mean range
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06:10 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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05:59 EDTAAPLIntel aims to ship 44M tablet APs in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) targets shipping 44M tablet APs in 2015 to acount for one third of the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet shipments in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from tablet players, Intel expects losses from its tablet segment to narrow significant in 2016 as it acquires a leading position in the non-Apple tablet sector. Reference Link
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