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September 2, 2014
14:32 EDTAAPLApple says no breach in iCloud or Find my iPhone
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12:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in 28 more countries this month
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12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces Surface chassis suppliers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft has reduced the number of chassis suppliers for its Surface tablets and outsourcing all the orders to Ju Teng, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft stopped placing chassis orders with its China-based supplier in August and may adopt a similar strategy for other components. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
September 1, 2014
12:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft given deadline to answer antitrust questions in China, WSJ says
China officials have given Microsoft 20 days to answer questions on compatibility and bundling issues with its Windows and Office software, says the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft is currently facing an antitrust probe into its business practices in China, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 31, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLApple said to be partnering to develop iPhone wallet, Bloomberg says
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August 30, 2014
10:08 EDTAAPLRF Micro Devices, Micron better play on Apple suppliers, Barron's says
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August 29, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 29, 2014
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14:33 EDTAAPLApple volatility low, shares near record high into September 9 press event
Apple September weekly call option implied volatility is at 20, September is at 24, October and January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into its upcoming September 9 press event.
12:06 EDTAAPLApple smartwatch device won't ship until 2015, Re/code reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTAAPLNXP to provide NFC chips for upcoming iPhone, FT reports
NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will provide Apple (AAPL) with secure near-field communications chips for its next iPhone, according to Financial Times, citing Several people familiar with the phonemaker's plans. Shares of NXP trading in New York are up 3% pre-market following the report. Reference Link
August 28, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 28, 2014
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13:36 EDTAAPL Apple's new iPhone may offer NFC mobile payments, Wired says
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone which is expected to debut on September 9 will feature NFC technology that will enable mobile payments, says Wired, citing unnamed sources. Apple is in a good position to enter the mobile payment space as the company has a multitude of credit cards on file from iTunes, added Wired. Note that On Track Innovations (OTIV) which designs, develops, and markets cashless payment solutions, is up 19% in afternoon trading after this report circulated. Reference Link
13:15 EDTAAPLAndroid dominates in China, South China Morning Post says
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12:07 EDTAAPLApple officially sends invites for September 9 event, Business Insider says
Apple has officially sent out invitations for its September 9 event, Business Insider reports. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 and could also debut the iWatch. Reference Link
11:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced falls after analyst downgrades to Underperform
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple patent points to wireless charging plans for iWatch, AppleInsider says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR FB TSLA C DRYS NFLX YHOO PAY AMZN
07:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to visit China in September, Reuters says
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06:26 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple request to block sale of Samsung devices, AP says
A federal judge denied Apple's (AAPL) request to block the sale of nine older Samsung phones that were found to have infringed on Apple patents, according to the Associated Press. Apple did not adequately prove that it was hurt by the sale of Samsung's devices, the news service quoted the judge as saying. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 26c to 27.89 Option volume leaders: AAPLTWTR TSLA PBR RSH GILD MCD AMZN WFM according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTAAPLCalifornia judge rules against Apple in patent suit with Samsung, Bloomberg says
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13:23 EDTAAPLApple may announce wearable device at September event, Re/code reports
Apple could announce a new wearable device alongside two next-generation iPhones at its September 9 event, Re/code reports. The wearable is likely to make use of the company's HealthKit health and fitness platform, the publication says. Reference Link
10:02 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTAAPLMovado downgraded to Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner MacBook as early as this year, Digitimes says
Apple could introduce a slimmer MacBook at the end of 2014 or in 2015, and production of components has begun in small volumes, Taiwan-based supply chain makers tell DigiTimes. The MacBook Air is currently 0.3-1.7cm thick, while the MacBook Pro with Retina has a thickness of 1.8cm. Reference Link
August 26, 2014
19:53 EDTAAPLApple may introduce a thinner, lighter MacBook as early as Q4, Digitimes says
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
14:59 EDTAAPLApple readying larger iPad for 2015 launch, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTAAPLL.A. school district halts $1B Apple iPad contract, LA Times reports
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13:48 EDTAAPLApple granted patent on flexible screen technology, AppleInsider says
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10:15 EDTAAPLApple volatility low as shares near record high into iPhone 6 cycle
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts launches Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One, PS4
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07:20 EDTAAPL, MSFTTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's web browser, media player targeted in China probe, Telegraph says
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August 25, 2014
19:58 EDTMSFTRoyalty cap for Nokia, Microsoft deal may be ordered by S. Korea, Bloomberg says
The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea may implement a cap on royalty fees for Nokia (NOK) patents as a condition when they hold a meeting next month to approve the Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia deal, Bloomberg reports, citing the Seoul Economic Daily. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Royal Caribbean providing 40K crew members with Windows tablets
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11:35 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles says larger screened iPhone should help upgrade cycle
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTAAPLMobileIron could benefit from BlackBerry replacements, says Deutsche Bank
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07:38 EDTAAPLiPad still important for Apple despite declining market share, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTAAPLTSMC slated to commence 16nm volume production in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) is expected to start volume production of its 16nm process in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports, citing the Chinese-language Economic Daily News. The company sees monthly output of 50,000 wafers to meet demand for Apple's (AAPL) A9 processors, the report says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
19:32 EDTAAPLApple's newest cloud offering could be most successful, Barron's says
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16:46 EDTAAPL, MSFTChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
15:01 EDTAAPLApple's iPad still has largest market share in tablets, WSJ says
Despite slowing growth, Apple's iPad still has the largest market share in tablets and is still profitable with some estimating second quarter margins of 30% on the product, says the Wall Street Journal. The iPad is also an important extension for Apple's iOS platform. added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:36 EDTAAPLBlackBerry wins another court victory against Typo Products, WSJ says
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14:09 EDTMSFTAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
11:59 EDTMSFTGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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11:17 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:32 EDTAAPLApple suppliers scramble after iPhone 6 screen hurdle, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung resumes supply of mobile RAM for next-generation iPhone, DigiTimes says
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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13:23 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTAAPL, MSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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August 20, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPL, MSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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