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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 9, 2014
09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTAAPL, MSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should trade at $203 per share today
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08:42 EDTAAPLIcahn sees Apple launching UltraHD TV set in FY16
Carl Icahn stated in an open letter posted to his "Shareholder's Square Table" addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While Apple has not announced plans for a TV set and may never do so, we believe we have good enough reason to expect the introduction of an UltraHD TV set in FY 2016. We think television represents a large opportunity for Apple, one that reaches far beyond “the hobby” that Apple TV currently represents...As the home represents one compelling category for Apple, payments represents another...We estimate that, based upon Apple Pay’s rumored fee of 15 bps of all spend on credit and debit cards...and merchant deployment of NFC reaching 80%+ in 2017, Apple in the U.S. could generate revenues...of $2.5 billion in FY 2017 if it reaches 30% market share of all spend on U.S. credit and debit cards. The potential in the U.S. and internationally over a longer term is much larger."
08:41 EDTAAPLCooperman says Apple about 20% undervalued, still owns shares
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors is speaking on CNBC.
08:40 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:37 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:36 EDTAAPLIcahn requests Apple make tender offer for shares
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06:52 EDTAAPLTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
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