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March 30, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 30, 2015
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14:38 EDTGOOGGoDaddy IPO has many red flags, PandoDaily says
GoDaddy (GDDY) is expected to launch its IPO this week, with a range of $17-$19 per share, valuing the company at $2.7B assuming the midpoint of that range. However, PandoDaily sees a number of red flags for the IPO, including competition with Google (GOOG), a "dying market with low margins," a history of losses, heavy debt, and awkward timing for the IPO. Reference Link
12:52 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of problem with Gmail for 'significant' number of users
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) stated in a service notice update: "We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 3/30/15, 1:15 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change. This is only affecting IMAP connections to Gmail." Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLApple giving store credit for non-iPhone smartphones, 9to5mac says
For the first time, Apple is allowing consumers to receive credit for some smartphones not made by Apple at Apple Retail Stores, according to 9to5mac. The credit can be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, the website noted, adding that it reported earlier this month that Apple was planning to launch such a program. Reference Link
12:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:18 EDTSNYPDL BioPharma rises after Cerdelga approved in Japan
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, announced earlier that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has granted marketing approval for Cerdelga as oral therapy for the treatment of adults with Gaucher disease type 1 in Japan. PDL BioPharma (PDLI) announced on November 6 that it has acquired a portion of the University of Michigan's worldwide royalty interest in Cerdelga for $65.6M. Under the terms of the royalty agreement, PDL will receive 75% of all royalty payments due under U-M's license agreement with Genzyme until expiration of the licensed patents, excluding any patent term extension. The royalty rate used to calculate the royalties to be paid by Genzyme to U-M was not disclosed by the parties. Shares of PDL BioPharma are up 12c, or 1.8%, to $7.16 in morning trading.
11:01 EDTSNYSanofi's Genzyme says Cerdelga capsules approved in Japan
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09:40 EDTGOOGWeb.com may see larger threat from GoDaddy than Google, says BWS Financial
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08:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain, Reily Foods Company announce partnership
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07:49 EDTAAPLBarclays ups Analog Devices on Apple design wins
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07:38 EDTGOOGSenate to investigate FTC decision to not sue Google, NY Post says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple May volatility elevated at 32
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06:03 EDTGOOGU.K. court to allow privacy lawsuit against Google, FT says
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05:35 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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March 27, 2015
19:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft, Yahoo extend search partnership discussions for 30 days
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16:43 EDTBBRYMarket finishes week lower as Yemen conflict, data weigh on shares
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
15:14 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson not likely to buy Intuitive Surgical, says BofA/Merrill
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14:04 EDTREGN, SNYRegeneron price target raised to $500 from $450 at Argus
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13:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says EPS expectations are 'reasonable', but intends to do better
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09:59 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson to collaborate with Google to advance surgical robots
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says EPS expectations are 'reasonable', but intends to do better
08:23 EDTBBRYBlackBerry sees FY16 software and other revenue $600M
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08:21 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says 'financial house is in order' and 'no longer in question'
BlackBerry CEO John Chen says its "financial house is in order" and that its "financial reliability is no longer in question". Chen adds that it will now focus on high-margin software and value from handsets. Expects licensing software program to pick up in 2H15 and it is hiring in the security software side. Chen says that 90% of phones sold this quarter were new generation phones that have higher margins. Says company is on track in enterprise business. Chen says Blackberry behind in efforts to monetize BBM, but says Internet of Things strategy is ahead. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
08:03 EDTGOOGYouTube experiments with ultra-high-def video, TechCrunch says
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07:12 EDTBBRYBlackBerry up 1.3% after reporting Q4 results, partnerships
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07:11 EDTBBRY3 Hong Kong to resell enterprise licenses for BlackBerry
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07:09 EDTBBRYChina Mobile to resell enterprise licenses for BlackBerry
BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that China Mobile Hong Kong, or CMHK, the wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile (CHL), will offer Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing, or ESBL, by BlackBerry to its enterprise customers. With the new ESBL offering, CMHK enterprise customers can get BES12, a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry, integrated with their wireless monthly subscriber billing. The ESBL offering in conjunction with BES12 will support iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10. The offering will enable CMHK to resell to its enterprise customers licenses for BlackBerry EMM services as a bundled offer along with airtime and a data plan. ESBL enables CMHK to offer enterprise customers granular monthly billing, and the ability to consolidate all users to one monthly billing date. This helps CMHK facilitate how customers pay for BlackBerry EMM services, which can quickly and easily be selected at the carrier point of sale. ESBL will also integrate with CMHK's existing carrier provisioning systems, helping to identify a customer's existing licensing status as well as upsell opportunities. The ESBL offering will provide enterprise customers an improved purchasing experience, meaning they can consolidate operational costs into one monthly invoice. The license migration process is eliminated, since ESBL licensing includes version upgrades and updates. Enterprises with BYOD policies will also have the opportunity to purchase Bring Your Own Licenses with ESBL.
07:06 EDTBBRYBlackBerry recognized hardware revenue on 1.3M smartphones
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07:04 EDTBBRYBlackBerry continues to anticipate positive free cash flow in FY16
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07:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry reports Q4 EPS 4c, consensus (5c)
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple secretly acquired Acunu in 2013, Bloomberg reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
05:57 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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15:20 EDTBBRYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:09 EDTBBRYBlackBerry March weekly 9.5 straddle priced for 9.6% movement into Q4
14:56 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:50 EDTNVONovo Nordisk to launch Novoeight in U.S. for people with Hemophilia A
Novo Nordisk announced the company will launch Novoeight in the United States for people living with hemophilia A. Novoeight offers purity, reliability, and enhanced portability, with the highest storage temperature for the longest period of time compared with other marketed recombinant Factor VIII products—up to 86 degrees F for 12 months. It can be kept at that temperature for up to 4 hours after reconstitution, giving it the longest postreconstitution storage time. Novoeight offers purity through a 5-step purification process. It was shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials with zero inhibitors confirmed in 213 previously treated patients with hemophilia A. Novo Nordisk plans to make Novoeight available by mid-April.
12:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch inventory to be constrained initially, 9to5mac says
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12:35 EDTNVONovo Nordisk up almost 5%, near highs of session
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12:26 EDTNVONovo Nordisk to resubmit NDAs of Tresiba, Ryzodeg in U.S.
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12:17 EDTBBRY, GOOG, AAPLEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:37 EDTGOOGAnalyst says preliminary Google click data looks negative
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11:13 EDTSNY, NVOBofA/Merrill European pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle paid clicks growth slowed in Q1, says Axiom
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
07:25 EDTGOOGThe Economist to hold a forum
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 from $140 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Apple's price target to $145 and increased estimates based on near-term iPhone strength, better mix, and Watch awareness, all of which should offset currency headwinds.
06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple may introduce trade-in program for iPhones in China, Bloomberg reports
Apple plans to launch a trade-in program for iPhones in China with FoxConn Technology, reports Bloomberg. According to people familiar with the effort, consumers will be able to take older iPhones to Apple stores for credit against the company's products as soon as March 31. Foxconn will buy and re-sell the phones as part of the program. Reference Link
06:55 EDTBBRYBlackBerry revenue likely to bottom in Q4, says JPMorgan
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06:41 EDTGOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTGOOGIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple Watch yields low but are increasing, DigiTimes reports
Apple Watch yields in Q1 are reportedly mostly below 50%, but supply chain makers have noted the yields are on the rise, reports DigiTimes. Total shipments are for the device during 2015 are expected to reach 15M after an initial 4M shipments in Q1. Due to low yields in assembly and overall production , makers estimate the device will see an initial 2-2.2M in shipments before its release in April. Reference Link
05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN BBRY
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05:58 EDTAAPLApple expected to release 3 new iPhone models in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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05:56 EDTAAPLTSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C models, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple (AAPL) in 2H15, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will supply 20nm chips for the upcoming 6S and 6C models. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Reference Link
05:29 EDTSNYGenzyme reports Cerdelga data shows effectiveness in treating Gaucher disease
Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced the publication of results from the ENCORE study exploring Cerdelga as a maintenance therapy suitable for adult patients who had reached pre-specific treatment goals on enzyme replacement therapy, or ERT, in the March 26 online issue of The Lancet. ENCORE is a randomized, multinational, Phase 3, open-label, non-inferiority study designed to determine whether patients with Gaucher disease type 1 who had been stabilized after 3 or more years of ERT infusions would remain stable after switching to Cerdelga, a novel, oral, selective inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase. Eligible patients were randomized 2:1 to receive either oral Cerdelga or ERT with Cerezyme over a period of 12 months. The composite primary efficacy endpoint was the percentage of patients whose hematologic parameters and organ volumes remained stable, using the following stability criteria established for patients with Gaucher disease type 1 on maintenance therapy with Cerezyme: Hemoglobin concentration that did not decrease more than 1.5 g/dL; Platelet count that did not decrease more than 25%; Spleen volume that did not increase more than 25%; Liver volume that did not increase more than 20%. After 12 months, 85% of patients receiving Cerdelga and 94% of patients receiving Cerezyme met the composite endpoint of stability in all four of these measures. The difference between the two treatments was within the pre-specified margins. The principal secondary endpoints were stability with respect to the individual components of the primary endpoint. At least 93% of Cerdelga patients remained stable with respect to hemoglobin concentration, platelet count, spleen volume, and liver volume after 12 months of treatment. Additional endpoints evaluated bone disease, Gaucher disease severity, quality-of-life and Gaucher-disease associated biomarkers.
March 25, 2015
19:21 EDTAAPLApple, Beats working on streaming music service to rival Spotify, NY Times says
Apple (AAPL) is working with Beats to introduce a subscription streaming service to compete directly with services such as Spotify, according to the New York Times, citing people briefed on the company’s plans. Additionally, Apple is expected to overhaul iTunes Radio, the free service that competes with Pandora (P), the Times added. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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13:22 EDTNVONovo Nordisk says 3a trials achieved primary objectives
Novo Nordisk announced headline results from the final phase 3a trials for faster-acting insulin aspart, onset 1 and onset 2. The trials investigated the efficacy and safety of faster-acting insulin aspart compared with NovoRapid in a basal-bolus regimen in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, respectively. Both trials achieved their primary objectives by demonstrating that treatment with faster-acting insulin aspart is non-inferior to NovoRapid with regard to lowering of HbA1c. For people with type 1 diabetes, the HbA1c lowering achieved with faster-acting insulin aspart was statistically significantly larger than that achieved with NovoRapid when the insulins were given at mealtime. In addition, treatment with faster-acting insulin aspart was associated with less increase of postprandial glucose than NovoRapid during meal tests in both trials. In both trials, the previously reported safety and tolerability profiles of faster-acting insulin aspart and NovoRapid were confirmed, and there were no apparent differences between the two treatment groups with respect to adverse events and other safety parameters, Novo said.
12:17 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur announces FDA approval of Quadracel DTaP-IPV vaccine
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11:03 EDTREGNRegeneron confirms FDA approval of EYLEA
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10:35 EDTREGNFDA approves expanded indication for Eylea
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09:45 EDTAAPLApple to complete R&D facility in Yokohoma, Japan in 2016, Apple Insider reports
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09:33 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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09:24 EDTAAPLBernstein autos/US IT hardware analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
0U.S. IT Hardware Sacconaghi and Global Autos Warburton discuss whether Apple is really considering building a car on an Analyst/Industry conference call on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 26 at 11 am.
07:28 EDTBBRYOptions expected to be active
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06:54 EDTGOOGPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAAPLApple Watch may face yield issues at launch, AppleInsider says
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06:02 EDTGOOGYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple acquires FoundationDB, terms not disclosed, TechCrunch reports
FounadtionDB, a company specializing in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, has been acquired by Apple, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, and a notice on FoundationDB's site says that it is no longer offering downloads of its database software. Reference Link
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05:52 EDTAAPLSamsung set to lead smartphone market in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is set to lead the smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Samsung and Apple (AAPL) is expected to ship 330M and 230M smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovoy (LNVGY) is set to up its shipments to 84M units. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTGOOG, AAPLOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
15:33 EDTGOOGGoogle working on project to add bill pay function to Gmail, Re/code reports
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11:53 EDTAAPLApple May volatility elevated at 29
Apple March weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, April is at 21, May is at 29, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 26.according to Track Data, suggesting large May price movement.
10:35 EDTAAPLNetflix seen by Cantor as 'clear winner' as TV unbundles
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10:01 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTBBRYBlackBerry initiated with a Sell at Rosenblatt
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09:25 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for GPS 'path sharing'
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple patent number 8,989,773 which allows iPhone users to share GPS path data, enabling one user to see the physical path traveled by another user rather than just their current location. The patent also describes a "mirroring mode" which can replicate the screen of one iPhone onto the screen of another iPhone, allowing users to share the same map screen and zoom level. GPS data sharing would require approval by both iPhone users. Reference Link
09:09 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruth’s departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fed’s stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:02 EDTNVOBristol-Myers acquires exclusive license from Novo Nordisk for research program
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07:27 EDTHDTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to start showing TV ads to Google Fiber customers, NY Times says
Google said it would soon begin showing local, targeted TV ads to customers of its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, according to The New York Times, which cited a letter that Google sent to its customers in those cities. Reference Link
06:18 EDTNDAQNasdaq partners with Noble to develop bitcoin marketplace, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Taiwan banks to nurture marketing talent, DigiTimes reports
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAAPLAmazon adds Pandora-like stations to Prime Music app, The Verge reports
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14:07 EDTAAPLApple update adds memory, Apple Watch ad, Business Insider says
Apple's iOS 8.2 update increases devices' memory by up to 0.5 gigabytes, Business Insider reported in a video. On a negative note, however, the update adds an Apple Watch app that is little more than an ad for Apple's upcoming watch, and the app can't be removed, Business Insider added. Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces launch of K-Mug pods
Keurig Green Mountain announces the addition of Keurig K-Mug pods: pods that brew a large travel mug-size of consumers' beverages, offering even more brewing options within the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is a hot beverage system and the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel mug size of coffee. Available exclusively on Keurig.com, the new K-Mug pods are specially formulated to deliver the quality and strength of flavor that Keurig 2.0 brewer users expect when brewing 12-, 14-, and 16-ounce coffee and other beverages, accommodating both on-the-go lifestyles and those mornings that require more than a cup but less than a carafe.
10:32 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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10:31 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may cut Watch shipments to 1.25M-1.5M units, Business Insider says
Apple may cut its Watch shipments to 1.25M-1.5M from 2.5M-3M, reports Business Insider. Citing Taiwanese publication UDN Mobile, sources within Apple's supply chain say the drop in shipment expectations is due to an issue regarding the production of the AMOLED display panels. Reference Link
09:45 EDTSNY, NVOUBS to hold a field trip
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle's Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is long-term project, WSJ reports
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google Glass is too important of a technology to scrap, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although Google stopped selling the first version of Glass, shut down its Explorer program, and made personnel changes, Schmidt said Google Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform" for the company and will be a long-term project. Reference Link
09:19 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $180 from $160 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White raised his price target on Apple shares to $180 from $160, which equates to a $1 trillion market capitalization. He believes the market will reward the tech giant with a higher price-to-earnings multiple given media reports of new areas of future innovation, the company’s entrance into a new product category with next month's watch launch, and its commitment to returning cash to shareholders. White thinks a web TV service, as reported last week by the Wall Street Journal, could be a "stepping stone" for Apple to eventually launch a full blown TV product. He adds that Apple's iPhone portfolio and position in China have "never been stronger." White keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Apple shares closed Friday at $125.90.
08:55 EDTAAPLApple FY15 iPhone unit estimate raised to 220M from 210M at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Apple's FY15 iPhone unit estimate to 220M from 210M following Asia checks that indicate iPhone supply chain momentum remains strong. The firm lowered its iPad FY15 unit estimates to 55.8M from 60M but said the next catalyst is in October when the larger screen is launched. For the Apple watch, BofA lowered FY15 unit estimates to 9M from 13M given slightly more conservative views and the tough manufacturing process. Shares are Buy rated with a $140 price target.
08:27 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $115 at Cowen
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08:17 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Blackberry March weekly call option implied volatility is at 115, April is at 70, May is at 58, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on March 27.
08:13 EDTAAPL, GOOGPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:19 EDTNDAQCapital Link to hold a forum
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07:17 EDTREGNAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:47 EDTGOOGFTC staffers' position on Google may affect EU outlook, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple working on new version of Apple TV, BuzzFeed reports
Apple is working on a new version of its Apple TV streaming set-top box, BuzzFeed reported on Friday. Apple is said to be planning to announce the new Apple TV at its World Wide Developers Conference in June, and will also debut a software development kit allowing app developers to create their own apps for the streaming box. The new version of Apple TV will reportedly be a "significant overhaul of the device," and could introduce its own App Store in addition to adding Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $160 from $131 at Citigroup
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06:04 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZIOP BBRY
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06:00 EDTAAPLFoxconn denies iPhone 6 devices stolen from China plant, DigiTimes reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle dives deeper into health data gathering, Financial Times reports
Google is diving deeper into the health sector, placing a series of bets that include Google Genomics and an investment in 23AndMe, reports the Financial Times. This comes after the company closed its Google Health division a few years ago and CEO Larry Page said regulations about the use of personal health data was holding back medical research. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
17:07 EDTGOOGFTC disclosures embolden potential EU Google probe, WSJ says
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16:42 EDTAAPLChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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12:16 EDTNVONovo Nordisk to hold a conference call
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March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTAAPLStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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12:45 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple deserves higher multiple ahead of TV streaming foray
Given Apple's (AAPL) reported foray into streaming TV, the stock's multiple should be higher, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Media reports about Apple's new streaming TV service support Morgan Stanley's thesis that the stock should trade at a multiple of 18x-19x, Morgan Stanley analyst Kate Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. Companies with content platforms trade at that level, on average, the analyst noted. Apple's stock is currently trading slightly below 15 times consensus 2015 profit estimates for the company. Noting that Apple has already announced a new online streaming deal with Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and the New York Post reported that the tech giant is willing to share some viewership data with content owners, Huberty thinks that an Apple TV service seems to be more likely now than in past years. The analyst reiterated her belief, expressed in a previous note, that Apple should be compared to other companies that provide content platforms. Like other platform companies, Apple charges premium prices, its products are used every day by consumers, it has recurring revenue ,and it has the opportunity to expand its total market, the analyst stated. According to Huberty, TV is an $800B market, and the TV streaming market may be ready for prime time, as 20% of pay TV customers plan to cut the cord in the next year, a Morgan Stanley survey showed. The analyst kept a $160 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking a less favorable view of Apple on March 18 was research firm Jefferies, which predicted that the growth of the company's iPhones would decelerate further next quarter. The firm predicted that strong iPhone sales in China would propel the tech giants profit for the current quarter more than 10% above expectations, but it kept a Hold rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Apple was fractionally higher near $128 per share.
10:00 EDTREGNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple deserves higher multiple with TV service coming, says Morgan Stanley
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08:05 EDTREGNRegeneron initiated with a Buy at Chardan
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08:01 EDTAAPLStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTAAPL, BBRY, GOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower but turned mixed early in the day and remained that way for most of the session. The Dow and S&P spent most of the day deep in negative territory, while the Nasdaq managed to stay just above the flat line. Investors had a chance to digest yesterday’s comments from the Fed and may have re-considered whether it latest policy stance was as dovish as originally believed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close last night, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of Apple finished their first day in the blue chip index down 97c, or 0.76%, at $127.50, while AT&T fell 39c, or 1.16%, to $33.20... Coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) rose $1.92, or 2%, to close at $97.76 after hitting a new all-time high of $99.20 earlier. The move follows the company's investor day meeting yesterday, where it unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, reported a partnership to expand the distribution of its ready-to-drink products in China, and announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo were both unphased by the record highs and predicted the rally is not over for Starbucks in upbeat notes on the stock today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $3.11, or 33.26%, to $12.46 after reporting positive results in meetings with the EMA and FDA. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained $7.19, or 5.85%, to $130.11 after research firm Brean Capital last night initiated coverage of the stock and several casino peers with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell $1.09, or 7.15%, to $14.16 after saying that it intends to scrap four rigs and noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower after its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $3.50, or 16.36%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow fell 117.16, or 0.65%, to 17,959.03, the Nasdaq gained 9.55, or 0.19%, to 4,992.38, and the S&P 500 declined 10.23, or 0.49%, to 2,089.27.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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13:46 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens
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13:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:18 EDTGOOG, AAPLeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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11:07 EDTNVONovo Nordisk management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Connecticut on March 24 hosted by Jefferies.
10:28 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain 2.0 system traction disappointing, says Dougherty
Dougherty's said it is cautious on Keurig Green Mountain following checks indicating disappointing traction for the 2.0 brewer system.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTAAPLApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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08:14 EDTAAPLWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Blackberry March weekly call option implied volatility is at 85, April is at 66, May is at 58, June is at 54; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large April price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on March 27.
07:12 EDTAAPLIpsos poll claims 39% of iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch, Reuters says
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07:09 EDTSNYSanofi reports top-line results for Lyxumia for cardiovascular safety
Sanofi announced top-line results of the Phase IIIb ELIXA cardiovascular outcomes study, which compared lixisenatide to placebo in a high-risk population of adults with type 2 diabetes evaluating cardiovascular safety. The study showed that lixisenatide was non-inferior, although not superior, to placebo for cardiovascular safety. The results will be included in the U.S. New Drug Application of lixisenatide, which is on track to be resubmitted to the FDA in Q3. Lixisenatide is not approved in the U.S.
06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:57 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:50 EDTBBRYMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
05:42 EDTGOOG, AAPLeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
05:30 EDTSNYSanofi reports lixisenatide was non-inferior, though not superior to placebo
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March 18, 2015
18:23 EDTNDAQNASDAQ halts trading of Life Partners
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAAPL, HDActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTSNYMannKind faces cash shortfall if $100M debt not settled, TheStreet says
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08:17 EDTAAPLUnique value of Apple streaming TV may be ease of use, says Bernstein
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08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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07:54 EDTAAPLComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth to decelerate further in Q3, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple iPhone growth should support earnings expectations, says UBS
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06:31 EDTAAPLDiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:52 EDTAAPL12-inch MacBook to make up 15%-20% of all MacBook shipments, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 shipments expected to reach 53M, DigiTimes reports
Apple is expected to ship 53M iPhone 6 devices in Q1, reports DigiTimes, citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Citing data from Morgan Stanley, the guidance is up from the previously expected 51M shipments. All iPhone devices will reach 54.5M units during the quarter. Reference Link
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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March 17, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
14:13 EDTGOOG, AAPLMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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13:06 EDTAAPLBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTAAPLNBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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12:38 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the Dow falling about 1%. The market opened in negative territory and proceeded to gain additional downside momentum in early trading. Data on housing starts was not good, even accounting for bad weather in many areas of the country, and the prospect of interest rate increases on the horizon may have some fearing that the housing market recovery is in danger of stalling. Adding to the weakness in stocks may have been the further slide in crude oil prices, which pushed benchmark U.S. crude oil below $43 per barrel earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts plunged 17% to an 897K rate in February, widely undershooting expectations for starts to be down 2.4% to a 1.04M rate, but much of the slide was attributed to weather. Building permits rose 3% to a rate of 1.092M, which was better than the expected 0.5% growth to a 1.065M rate. In Europe, Germany's ZEW Center investor confidence index climbed to 54.8 from 53 last month, though that fell short of the 59.4 consensus forecast. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6% to close at its highest level in over 6 years. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) is preparing to launch an online TV service later this year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. After the reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple's online TV service launch would lay the groundwork for an actual television launch sometime in 2016. Munster estimates that at an average selling price of $1,750, a television could add about 7% to Apple's 2017 revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Black Diamond (BDE), which jumped 30% after the company reported was then expected quarterly results and guidance but also announced it has hired two banks to help it explore its strategic alternatives. Also higher was Esperion (ESPR), which rose 15% after the company's phase 2b study of ETC-1002, a product in development for patients with hypercholesterolemia on stable statin therapy, met its primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax (HIMX), which dropped 9% after BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower following its earnings report was magicJack (CALL), which fell 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 152.00, or 0.85%, to 17,825.42, the Nasdaq was down 8.39, or 0.17%, to 4,921.12, and the S&P 500 was down 11.39, or 0.55%, to 2,069.80.
11:36 EDTAAPLApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTAAPLApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:45 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; X BBRY
U.S. Steel (X) March 24 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52, BlackBerry (BBRY) September 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 50 according to IVolatility.
10:00 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTAAPLApple will ship 59M iPhones in CQ1, above consensus, says ITG Research
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTGOOG, BBRY, AAPLApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:07 EDTAAPL, GOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOG, AAPLMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:02 EDTSNYSanofi says Shantha will provide up to 37M doses of Shan5
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced that its affiliate Shantha Biotechnics of Hyderabad, India has delivered the first 400,000 doses of its pediatric pentavalent vaccine Shan5 to support the immunization of children in the cities of Gwalior and Jabalpur, both in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. In December 2014, following a two-year international tender, Shantha was awarded to supply global health organizations with a total of 37M doses of Shan5 in 2015 and 2016, in a ten-dose vial presentation. This tender provides the basis upon which purchase orders will be made for specific vaccine deliveries throughout the period, the company said.
07:43 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform on abating concerns at Leerink
Leerink upgraded Sanofi to Outperform from Market Perform saying key concerns around the lack of a CEO, Toujeo positioning and guidance are either resolved or largely factored into expectations. The firm believes the company's currency risk is hedged over time and that its multibillion dollar PCSK9 and dupilumab therapy assumptions have further upside potential. It raised its price target for shares to EUR 106 from EUR 85.
07:42 EDTGOOG, AAPLBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTGOOG, AAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTAAPL, GOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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05:40 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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