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September 25, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 25, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.09 to 30.38. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP PBR GILD DOW according to Track Data.
14:29 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: BlackBerry downgraded at BGC ahead of tomorrow's report
BlackBerry (BBRY) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, September 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. BlackBerry manufactures and markets mobile devices, such as smartphones, and creates software and services for those devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting losses per share of (16c) on revenue of $949.64M. The consensus range is (36c)-(4c) for EPS on revenue of $855.9M-$1.16B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 19, BlackBerry reported a loss per share, excluding certain items, of (11c), versus analysts' consensus estimate of a (26c) per share loss. The company's revenue of $966M was a bit higher than the consensus expectation near $963M. The smartphone maker said that it had recognized revenue on about 1.6M of its smartphones, up from about 1.3M during the previous quarter. Moreover, it said that it was close to reaching the breakeven point on hardware sales and added that it expects its subscriber numbers to be steady going forward. BlackBerry should be profitable sometime in fiscal 2016, company CEO John Chen stated. NEWS: On July 21, BlackBerry announced that it has named Marty Beard as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to the appointment, Beard had been chairman and CEO of LiveOps. After Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) announced an enterprise partnership, BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Financial Times on July 24 that his company was in early talks with companies about working together in parts of the enterprise market, though he declined to comment on who the discussions have been with. Last month, BlackBerry announced that it has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's technology assets, including QNX, Project Ion, Certicom and Paratek as well as BlackBerry's patent portfolio. Two weeks ago, BlackBerry announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though the next day Wells Fargo wrote that it thinks the deal brings a degree of differentiation to BlackBerry's mobile device management solutions and will make BYOD better for both companies and employees. Yesterday, BlackBerry launched the Passport, a high-end smartphone featuring a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard. Inspired by actual passports, the device was "purpose-built for productivity-driven business professionals," the company stated. STREET RESEARCH: On the day of BlackBerry's last quarterly report, BGC Financial said that it thought that the negative thesis on BlackBerry was falling apart, at least in the short-term. However, this afternoon BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis downgraded shares of BlackBerry to Hold from Buy, saying the company's quarterly results tomorrow "may prove underwhelming." Gillis expects BlackBerry's revenue declines to continue in the current quarter and noted that his estimate is below consensus. He has an $11 price target for the shares. Also today, MKM Partners stated in a note to investors that it believes BlackBerry's new Passport phone is for "hardcore entrenched BB users" and unlikely to make much of a difference. The firm kept a Neutral rating on the stock with a $10 price target. PRICE ACTION: On the day of its last report, shares of BlackBerry climbed 9.65% to close at $9.09. Since the day after that initial pop, the stock has gained about another 10%. In afternoon trading, BlackBerry was down 51c, or almost 5%, to $10.00.
14:05 EDTAAPLApple has only received nine complaints regarding bent iPhone 6, John Fortt says
Apple has only received nine customer complaints regarding bent iPhone 6's, CNBC's John Fortt says. Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone bending concerns bring opportunity, says Cantor
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12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:30 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL HAL
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10:55 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL up 22.4% to 28.79
VIX methodology for Apple VXAPL up 22.4% to 28.79, compared to its 10-day moving average of 24.28
10:45 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit falls amid market pullback despite Q4 earnings beat
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09:55 EDTAAPLApple falls below $100, levels to watch
The shares are down 1.9% to $99.68 at time of writing following update issues for iOS 8.0.1 impacting cell service and potential security vulnerabilities related to the 'Bash' bug. Next support is at $98.38. Resistance is at $100.53.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTNWSAGoogle responds to News Corp. criticism in blog post
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple volatility low into software glitch
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple knew early of security hole in iCloud, The Daily Dot reports
Apple knew as early as March of a security hole that left personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, reports The Daily Dot. According to leaked emails between the company and a noted security researcher, a London-based software developer Ibrahim Balic informed Apple of a method he'd discovered for infiltrating iCloud accounts. Balic said he successfully bypassed a security feature designed to prevent "brute-force" attacks. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple to replace bent iPhone if it passes visual inspection, TheNextWeb says
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06:07 EDTAAPLGlobal tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2014
17:54 EDTAAPLTim Cook, others sold $142.76M in Apple stock, Barron's says
Apple insiders, including CEO Tim Cook, sold 1.41M shares of Apple stock for $142.76M. Cook sold 348,425 shares of company stock for about $35.23M and currently holds 950,767 shares, which is less than 1% in the company, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 24, 2014
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14:28 EDTAAPLApple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update due to cell service bug, TechCrunch says
In an update to its earlier story about bugs being reported with Apple's iOS 8.0.1, TechCrunch reported that the company has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from availability and that a fix is "likely incoming." Reference Link
13:54 EDTAAPLApple iOS 8 upgrade disables cell service, TechCrunch says
Apple's latest iOS 8 upgrade crashed cellular device service along with Touch ID on many of its products despite the update including many improvements, reported TechCrunch. The software did, however, fix the defect that hindered HealthKit apps from being available at the software's initiation. Reference Link
11:25 EDTAAPLApple Watch not expected to arrive before Valentine's Day, The Information says
The Apple Watch may not be coming any time soon and the company may be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day," reports The Information, citing a person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch. Earlier this year, Apple executives had indicated to some employees and others involved that the product would have an expected launch for the holidays. Reference Link
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