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November 30, 2015
07:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Azure margin can jump, says Bernstein
Bernstein estimates that the operating margin of Microsoft's cloud business, Azure, can surge to 20% in fiscal 2018 from an estimated -50% in fiscal 2018. The firm estimates that the business' growth could increase Microsoft's EPS by 16c by fiscal 2018 from fiscal 2015 levels. Bernstein keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on Microsoft.
06:57 EDTAAPLApple to unveil new Macbook Air at next year's WWDC, AppleInsider reports
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05:57 EDTINTCIntel unveils 2016 tablet processor road map, DigiTimes reports
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05:56 EDTAAPLReport: Apple to switch to OLED panels for upcoming iPhones, DigiTimes says
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05:39 EDTAAPLFitbit upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock upgraded Fitbit (FIT) to Overweight saying the 26% pullback in shares over the past 30 days is unjustified. New product launches, new corporate wellness deals and margin improvement should provide share catalysts over the next year, McClintock tells investors in a research note. Current valuation levels "are just too compelling to ignore" now that potential headwinds from the Nike (NKE) and Under Armour (UA) analyst days as well as initial performance from Apple (AAPL) Watch are in the rearview mirror, the analyst contends. He keeps a $49 price target for Fitbit shares. The provider of health and fitness products closed Friday down 16c to $27.80.
November 29, 2015
18:39 EDTAAPLLG Display reports 'major investment' in OLED production facility
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November 27, 2015
14:09 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 27, 2015
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09:36 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:08 EDTAAPLApple acquires mocap maker Faceshift, TechCrunch reports
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06:46 EDTAAPLTarget lists Apple iPads among Black Friday best sellers
Target reported this morning a "successful start to its Black Friday weekend, with unprecedented results on and a strong turnout in stores on Thanksgiving Day." The retailer added, "Demand outpaced 2014's record Thanksgiving performance, making it Target's biggest day for online sales yet, driven largely by electronics." Top selling Black Friday items included Apple (AAPL) iPads, gaming consoles like including Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii U, TVs and Beats Solo 2 headphones, Target stated.
November 25, 2015
16:49 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began Wednesday in positive territory and remained higher for much of the day before dipping slightly near close. The averages moved in a narrow range as investors digested a host of economic data, including reports on consumer confidence, jobless claims and housing, none of which moved the market in any discernible way ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., several days of economic reports were compressed into a single, busy morning. Jobless claims for the week ended November 21 fell to 260,000 against expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. Personal income rose 0.4% in October, matching expectations, while spending rose 0.1% versus estimates for a 0.3% increase. Meanwhile, durable goods orders were up 3% last month versus expectations for up 1.7%. Removing transportation items showed a core reading of up 0.5% against estimates for 0.3%. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% in September to 226.5, while Markit's services index improved to 56.5 in the flash reading for November, topping the 55.1 forecast. New home sales rose 10.7% to a 495,000 rate in October. Consumer sentiment rose to 91.3 in the final November print of the University of Michigan survey, up from October's 90.0 reading but down from the preliminary November reading of 93.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HP Inc. (HPQ) and HP Enterprise (HPE) headed in opposite directions following the final combined earnings report of the recently-split companies. HP Inc., which was downgraded to Hold at research firm Needham following last night's report, ended the session down 13.63% to $12.65. Meanwhile, HP Enterprise, which also announced a cloud partnership with Microsoft (MSFT), gained 3.14% to $14.12... Deere (DE), which reported better than expected earnings and issued a 2016 sales outlook matching estimates, gained 4.79% to $80 following its quarterly report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tesla (TSLA), which advanced $11.39, or 5.22%, to $229.64 after research firm Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating and $325 price target on the shares, saying the carmaker's January volume report should positively address investor fears over its fourth-quarter performance and Model X production ramp. Also higher was American Capital (ACAS), which gained $1.32, or 9.50%, to $15.22 after expanding its stock buyback program and announcing a strategic review of the company, including a possible sale. Additionally, Veeva (VEEV) jumped 5.01% to $28.73 following its quarterly numbers, which prompted analysts at both JPMorgan and Canaccord to raise their price targets on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which declined $2.23, or 7.02%, to $29.52 after Jefferies analyst Gena Wang downgraded the stock to Underperform, saying yesterday's FDA panel for BioMarin's (BMRN) competing muscular dystrophy drug is a negative for PTC. BioMarin, meanwhile, slipped 1.78% to $96.06 for the day, while Sarepta (SRPT), also competing in the same therapeutic space, was up fractionally to $37.49. Also lower were SunEdison (SUNE) and TerraForm Power (TERP), which crashed a respective 21.6% and 17.67% after research firm UBS downgraded both stocks on "considerable" risks suggested by recent management changes at Terraform. TerraForm Global (GLBL), meanwhile, plunged 21.26% to $4.11. Separately, Dow Chemical (DOW) slipped 2.72% to $51.93 after the EPA withdrew approval for the company's Enlist Duo herbicide. INDEXES: The Dow rose 1.20, or 0.01%, to 17,813.39, the Nasdaq gained 13.33, or 0.26%, to 5,116.14, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.27, or 0.01%, to 2,088.87.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 25, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLApple to launch OLED iPhones by 2018, Nikkei says
Apple (AAPL) plans to use so-called organic light-emitting diode displays, or OLED, in its iPhones beginning in 2018, reports the Nikkei. The company has notified suppliers, with LG Display (LPL) already starting to plan for capacity upgrades, according to the report. The publication contends that securing enough screens to meet global demand for iPhones will "likely" be difficult, leading Apple to potentially offer OLED iPhones alongside standard LCD models. Reference Link
12:58 EDTMSFTShares of HP companies diverge following last combined report
Shares of the two newly created public companies from the Hewlett-Packard split diverged after reporting quarterly results. WHAT'S NEW: Shares of HP Inc (HPQ), which focuses on personal computers and printers, fell, while shares of its counterpart Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which sells equipment, services, and software to businesses, rose after reporting fourth quarter results after the close on Tuesday. This was their last report as a combined company. HP INC: HP Inc reported Q4 earnings per share of 93c, below average analyst estimates of 96c on revenue of $25.7B, also below analyst estimates of $26.6B. Looking ahead, HP Inc forecast its first quarter profit to be 33c to 38c per share, well below the average analyst estimate of 42c per share. Personal Systems revenue was down 14% in the quarter, as consumers turned away from personal computers and rely more on mobile devices. The company also reported that Q4 printing revenue was down 14%. On the Q4 conference call, the CEO of the newly created HP Inc, Dion Weisler said that Q4 was a "difficult" quarter and "somewhat weaker than we expected." Weisler anticipates the PC market to remain "challenged." The printing division also saw accelerated revenue declines in the quarter with currency movements that have accelerated pricing pressures more than the company anticipated. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE, reported Q4 revenue of 14.1B, above the average analyst view of $13.5B. This is the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year, constant currency revenue growth for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise segments. HPE also reaffirmed its fiscal year 2016 profit forecast of $1.85-$1.95 a share. Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said "Hewlett Packard Enterprise is off to a very strong start. The new company's business segments delivered a second consecutive quarter of constant currency revenue growth in Q4, and we believe that momentum will accelerate into FY16." ANALYST VIEWS: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, who reiterated the firms Buy rating and $18.50 price target on HPE, noted that investors may be encouraged that HPE reiterated its FY16 EPS view. The analyst said improving fundamentals make HP Enterprise's stock more attractive. The firm said the company is positioned for more improvements and expects solid near-term results to lift the stock. Another analyst, Richard Kugele of Needham, who maintained a Hold rating on HPE, said the firms opinion remains unchanged on shares. Needham is focused on the storage and server opportunity for HPE. The firm sees the server segment to show slight growth in FY16 but expects the storage situation to be more complicated with a possibility of pricing war breaking out in All Flash Array, or AFA. As far as the Cloud segment, Needham is more optimistic about the company's consulting arrangement with Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure than it is with Cloud directly. As far as HP Inc, Needham analyst David Rold downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying further share upside will require "real improvement in the underlying business." Some of the valuation argument has played out, while the Printing market has turned sharply lower over the past three months, Rold tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes "incremental pressures" will limit the stock's upside. PRICE ACTION: Shares of HP Inc are down over 13% to $12.73, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are higher by over 2% to $13.99.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL TSLA TGT TSN FB
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09:31 EDTAAPLSupply chain talks point to Q1 iPhone units of 75M-80M, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said its recent talks with members of Apple's supply chain suggest iPhone units in the December quarter are still tracking for year-over-year growth, with units trending in the 75M-80M range. Talks still suggest a softening in the March quarter, the research firm added. Cleveland Research keeps a Neutral rating on Apple shares.
09:18 EDTMSFTHP Enterprise announces Azure cloud partnership with Microsoft
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November 24, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFT, INTC, AAPLOptions Update; November 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 13c to 19.04, Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC PFE AMZN CHK TWTR GE SUNE DE AGN AAL MSFT INTC X BABA A
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC DIS NFLX X YNDX GILD PANW SUNW
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