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January 24, 2014
16:47 EDTNFLX, MSFT, JNPR, AAPL, HLF, IBMMarkets 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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February 17, 2015
13:18 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTIBMIBM launches new storage software
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11:49 EDTHLFSoros increased Herbalife stake last quarter amid slide, Bloomberg says
George Soros’ Soros Fund Management increased its stake in Herbalife during the fourth quarter as the stock declined, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter who noted that the firm will disclose details in a filing as early as today. The Fly notes that large investors are given until today by the SEC to disclose their 13F filings outlining their holdings as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. Reference Link
11:18 EDTHLFHong Kong women posed as Herbalife presidents, South China Morning Post says
Two women who claimed to be presidents of Herbalife took HK$50M in orders for the company's products from about 60 people before disappearing, according to The South China Morning Post. A number of the victims lost a significant amount of money on the scheme, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:31 EDTAAPLApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTHLFFormer Herbalife distributors to reject $15M settlement, NY Post reports
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09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
07:32 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to make 5M-6M Apple Watches in Q1, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple design chief working on store redesign ahead of Watch, New Yorker says
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07:22 EDTAAPLMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTIBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
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