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April 26, 2015
12:50 EDTAAPLApple, Celgene, others are 'top picks' for spring, Barron's says
In a survey of U.S. money managers, shares of Apple (AAPL), Dow Chemical (DOW), American Airlines (AAL), Celgene (CELG), General Motors (GM), and McDermott (MDR) were identified as top picks for this spring, Barron's contends in its cover story. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLTD Bank Group announces Apple Watch app
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16:31 EDTMSFTStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTAAPL, MSFTOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes ahead of Apple earnings
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13:45 EDTAAPLGrubHub launches Seamless App for Apple Watch
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12:49 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: MEMP GPRO TWTR AAPL
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:37 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
07:56 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Apple to report stronger than expected Q2 results, and says that the company could raise its dividend by 20%+ and buy back an additional $80B+ of its shares through 2017. The firm thinks Apple Watch could increase its gross margins by one percentage point. It raised its price target on the name to $142 from $135 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTMSFTNomura's Shurland upgrades Microsoft to Buy citing expected 2016 acceleration
Nomura's Richard Shurland upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral with a $50 price target. Shurland said Microsoft's Q3 results reflected difficult comps and core business weakness due to the transition to cloud, but results were better than guidance. The analyst said there is emerging evidence that Azure has turned positive on gross margins and Office 365 margins have expanded sharply. Shurland believes Microsoft will begin to show low single digit revenue growth in 2016, with about 10% EPS growth from share repurchase leverage and with a 2.9% dividend yield. He also said he views valuation as reasonable.
07:31 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Apple sales growth slowing from here
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07:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $47 at RBC Capital
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple Watch teardown casts doubt on rumored upgradability, iFixit reports
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple job postings point to improvements in Siri, speech technology, AI reports
Apple is said to be working on improvements to its Siri speech recognition technology, Apple Insider reports. The company on Thursday opened posted several job listing relating to Siri, speech technology and language recognition, and is seeking a platform development manager and developer tools engineer for Siri, the publication says. Additionally, the company is seeking two pattern recognition engineers and software engineers in its Natural Languages Group. Reference Link
07:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft estimates more likely to go down than up, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the majority of Microsoft's earnings beat to "significantly" lower than expected operating expenses and it no longer expects next week's analyst day to be a negative catalyst as the company said FY16 guidance won't be given. Citi, however, still believes estimates are too high and are more likely to go down than up. It expects Microsoft shares to underperform and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. It raised its price target for shares to $37 from $36.
06:30 EDTMSFTAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:16 EDTMSFTEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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05:27 EDTAAPLExpedia app now available on Apple watch
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05:24 EDTAAPLAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
19:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices, consumer licensing revenue 3.2B-$3.4B
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19:16 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 3% after reporting better-than-expected Q3 earnings
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 Commercial revenue grew 5% to $12.8B
Commercial revenue grew 5%, up 7% in constant currency, to $12.8B. Commercial cloud revenue grew 106%, up 111% in constant currency, driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3B. Server products and services revenue grew 12%, up 16% in constant currency, with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $9B
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8%, up 11% in constant currency, to $9B. Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4M, up 35% sequentially. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices. Search advertising revenue grew 21%, up 24% in constant currency, with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year.
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says stronger U.S. dollar had 'significant' impact on Q3 results
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results include $190M of integration, restructuring expenses
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 51c
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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15:38 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Citi says sell Microsoft shares, Wells Fargo sees outperformance
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12:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTMSFTEY and Microsoft form strategic business relationship
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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08:16 EDTMSFTSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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April 21, 2015
18:35 EDTAAPLChinese court rules in favor of Apple in Siri patent case, Economic Times says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
13:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: AT&T sees Q1 charge of approximately $130M
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13:34 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Yahoo shares dropped more than 6.5% since last earnings report
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11:00 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:34 EDTAAPLCorning sapphire glass rumored to be in new Apple iPhone, PatentlyApple says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLOrbitz app now customized for Apple Watch
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07:37 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive extends agreement with Harmonix for Rock Band 4
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07:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:18 EDTAAPLCitigroup unenthused with IBM mix, still prefers Apple
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06:04 EDTMSFTYahoo, Microsoft add termination clause to search deal
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05:58 EDTAAPLReport: AU Optronics to supply Apple with iPhone panels, DigiTimes says
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple Q2 EPS estimate raised above consensus at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its Q2 EPS estimate for Apple to $2.17 from $2.15, putting it above the consensus estimate of $2.14. The firm raised its Q2 estimate based on an increase in its iPhone unit outlook, and raised its fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates for the company based on higher iPhone and Apple Watch estimates. Nonetheless the firm expects the company to face growth challenges in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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06:18 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees Apple Watch as company's 'most profitable product ever,' BI reports
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05:51 EDTMSFTEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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05:44 EDTAAPLApple cuts orders to upstream partners to reduce risks, DigiTimes reports
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05:22 EDTAAPLBooking.com launches first booking travel app for Apple Watch
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April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTMSFTFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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14:17 EDTAAPLSony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
16:11 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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13:39 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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12:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:20 EDTMSFTGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, WSJ reports
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10:25 EDTAAPLApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, DJ reports
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10:19 EDTMSFTAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:15 EDTMSFTYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:33 EDTMSFT, AAPLChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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13:53 EDTAAPLApple cooperation with antitrust monitor declines, Reuters says
A court appointed monitor notified a judge that Apple's cooperation with him has "sharply declined," says Reuters. The monitor, who was assigned to Apple after the company was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities, added Reuters. Reference Link
13:36 EDTAAPLApple watches won't be available in-store in May, Telegraph reports
Apple Watches will not be available to buy in-store in May, according to a memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, The Telegraph reports. Instead, customers will be asked to order online to "get customers the model they want earlier and faster," according to the memo. Reference Link
12:26 EDTAAPLYahoo announces four apps for Apple Watch
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12:00 EDTAAPLApple partners with Conservation Fund to preserve 36K acres, Buzzfeed says
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11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAAPLMaxim starts Apple at Hold on non-China iPhone slowdown
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi initiated shares of Apple with a Hold rating and $144 price target. After surveying over 800 international consumers, Chokshi thinks iPhone demand in non-Greater China markets will likely be down 16% year-over-year in 2015. The analyst points out, however, that the survey suggests iPhone demand should continue at a 100% rate for 2015 relative to 2014, a data point he calls "significantly positive." Chokshi views Apple as a "very attractive long-term investment," but thinks mature market smartphone lifecycles will trump the strong share gains in China this year.
09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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08:43 EDTAAPLSunPower's China joint venture with Apple to provide solar power in China
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
06:43 EDTAAPLAnalyst: Apple Watch pre-orders exceed 2.3M, MacRumors reports
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch, Apple Watch, has sold over 2.3M units since pre-orders opened, MacRumors reports. The analyst notes that Apple is targeting production of 2M-3M Apple Watch units per month, and that apple could reach 2.5M units produced in June without potential bottlenecks to production. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLPoll: Six percent of Americans intend to buy Apple Watch, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Hold at Maxim
Target $144.
06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:50 EDTAAPLApple to equip next iPhone next iPhone with Force touch tech, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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10:06 EDTAAPLSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple elevated at 35.58
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) at 35.58 compared to its 50-day moving average of 28.57.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple services profit contribution rising, says UBS
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06:35 EDTAAPLSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLSmart wearaable device vendors avoid Apple Watch competition, DigiTimes says
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April 14, 2015
17:45 EDTAAPLApple acquires Israel-based camera-technology company LinX, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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12:01 EDTAAPLApple says ResearchKit now available to medical researchers
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:27 EDTAAPLSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple to discuss future of iOS and OS X at conference on June 8
Apple announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate technologies and fine tune their apps. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTAAPLSeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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05:48 EDTAAPLReport: Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones in China, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
17:10 EDTAAPLIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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13:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
12:46 EDTAAPLApple to update capital return policy on April 27, says Piper Jaffray
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales conversion showing good results, says Cowen
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09:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
07:48 EDTAAPLVocera announces first clinical communications app for Apple Watch
Vocera (VCRA) announced the Vocera app for Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables Vocera to extend the power of the Vocera Communication Platform in new ways so physicians and care teams can engage with and respond to life-critical communications and alerts. The Vocera app for Apple Watch will allow users to rapidly manage life-critical communications by viewing and responding to prioritized calls, alerts, and messages from other care team members, Electronic Health Records and clinical systems, including critical lab values and STAT orders. In addition, users will be able to manage key communication functions by setting their availability to enable proper message routing. The Vocera app also allows users to initiate panic calls in "man-down" emergency situations, improving staff safety. The Vocera app will be available this summer from the Apple Watch App Store.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Apple April call option implied volatility is at 28, May weekly is at 36, June is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large May price into the expected release of Q2 results on April 27.
07:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch orders totaled about 957K in U.S. on first day, Apple Insider says
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06:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch off to strong start, says Cantor
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple Watch trends show solid demand, limited supply, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says lead-times for the Apple Watch were unchanged over the weekend, which it views as an indication that Apple is expecting a ramp in production in mid-May to June. Overall, Piper views the Watch trends over the weekend as suggesting solid demand paired with very limited supply. It maintains an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:30 EDTAAPLApple in talks with Florence and the Machine for Beats service, Bloomberg says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple contacts Irish banks ahead of Apple Pay rollou, The Independent says
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