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February 24, 2012
16:00 EDTAAPL, NVS, MSFT, BACOptions Update; February 24, 2012
CBOE Volatility Index-VIX up .51 to 17.31. Option volume leaders today: NVS BAC MSFT AAPL according to Track Data.
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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15:27 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus 11c; Bank of America (BAC), consensus 32c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 24c; Fastenal (FAST), consensus 39c.
15:07 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTBACBank of America January 16 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q4
13:25 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after mixed competitors' results
Bank of America (BAC), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, January 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $20.94B. The consensus range is 30c-39c for EPS on revenue of $20.39B-$21.48B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected third quarter results, as it said its customer and client activity was "solid." Its net chargeoffs declined across most major portfolios versus the same period a year earlier, and its tangible book value increased 4% over the same period in 2013 to $14.13 per share. COMPETITORS' RESULTS: Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line fourth quarter profit and slightly higher than expected fourth quarter revenue. The bank said that its credit quality continued to improve last quarter. The bank's commercial and consumer loans, as well as its deposits also increased, it stated. However, its home lending originations fell to $44B from $48B in Q3. Also, JPMorgan (JPM) reported weaker than expected results, and noted that legal expenses lowered its EPS by 26c. Notably the results for JPMorgan's Corporate and Investment Bank sank significantly last quarter, compared with the previous quarter. The unit's net revenue fell to $7.4B from $9.1B, while its net income dropped to $972M from $1.7B. STREET RESEARCH: Large banks were hurt by trading volatility last quarter, research firm MKM Partners wrote last month. "Trading and investment banking are key quarterly swing factors" for Bank of America, the firm stated. MKM cut its Q4 EPS estimate for the bank by 9% to 32c. On the other hand, Barron's on December 27 named Bank of America as one of its ten favorite stocks for 2015. The bank had to absorb "massive legal charges" last year, but these charges should quickly decline in 2015, the magazine forecast. Bank of America trades at 12 times the consensus 2015 EPS estimate of $1.48, and its EPS is expected to reach about $2 by 2017, Barron's stated. Additionally, the bank will benefit if interest rates rise, Barron's believes. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock has fallen 7% over the last month, and 5% over the last year.
12:49 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTNVSImmunoGen discloses triggering of $5M milestone payment from Novartis
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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09:36 EDTBAC, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTAAPL, BACOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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07:34 EDTBACNew rules prompt BofA to sever ties with 150 hedge funds, Bloomberg reports
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06:57 EDTBACBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPL, MSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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