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January 24, 2014
16:47 EDTMSFT, IBM, AAPL, NFLX, HLF, JNPRMarkets fall sharply on emerging market concerns
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as the U.S. indexes had their worst week since 2012 as tepid economic data out of China and sharp declines in some emerging market currencies rattled investors. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., reports on initial jobless claims, existing home sales and the leading economic indicators all came in roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's "flash" Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 53.7 in the preliminary January reading. In China, the preliminary HSBC manufacturing PMI slipped below 50, indicating contraction in the sector, for the first time in six months. In Europe, a composite Eurozone PMI jumped more than a point from the prior month's reading, with both the underlying services PMI and manufacturing PMI beating forecasts. Several emerging market currencies hit multi-year lows, including the Argentinian peso, the Turkish lira, the South African rand and the Russian ruble. COMPANY NEWS: Technology stalwart's Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM) both reported quarterly earnings this week, with their reports sending shares in different directions. On Tuesday after the market close, IBM reported bottom-line earnings that beat expectations but revenues that fell short of estimates for the fourth straight quarter. During Wednesday's trading session, IBM fell 3.28% and closed the week down more than 5%. In contrast, Microsoft reported earnings last night that beat on the top and bottom lines, and reported strong sales of both its Surface tablet and Xbox gaming consoles, sending shares higher by a bit more than 2%... A number of Carl Icahn-related stocks were in the news this week, including Netflix (NFLX), one of Icahn's most profitable positions, which reported earnings that beat expectations, sending shares of the internet streaming video provider sharply higher to close the week up about 17%. In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Icahn was again critical of Apple's (AAPL) use of cash, and on Thursday Icahn disclosed on his Twitter account that he purchased additional shares of the iPhone maker, bringing his stake to $3.6B. Icahn also sent an open letter to Apple shareholders, calling for the company to repurchase $50B worth of stock in its fiscal 2014. Herbalife (HLF) shares fell more than 16% this week after Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey asked the SEC and FTC to investigate the multi-level marketer as a possible pyramid scheme. Icahn is long shares of Herbalife against Bill Ackman's public short of the company... Juniper Networks (JNPR) last night reported earnings and revenue that beat expectations and said it will announce a new operational plan shortly, an announcement that follows a presentation from activist investor Elliott Management earlier this month that urged the company to return capital to shareholders. Noted investor JANA Partners also backed Elliott's plan for efforts to unlock shareholder value at Juniper, and shares of Juniper finished the week up more than 6%. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.5% to close at 15,879.11; the S&P 500 lost 2.6% to close at 1,790.29; the Nasdaq lost 1.6% to close at 4,128.17.
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October 14, 2014
06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
10:08 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTJNPRHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:01 EDTHLFHerbalife moving distributor websites to central control, NY Post reports
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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07:23 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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