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December 21, 2012
14:05 EDTAAPL, ICE, ORCL, NYX, ELOQMarket set to end week little changed as cliff fears offset strong data
Once again stocks are poised to finish the week little changed, as concerns about the looming fiscal cliff canceled out stronger than expected economic data... MACRO NEWS: House Speaker John Boehner decided not to hold a vote on his deficit reduction bill, after it became clear that the measure wouldn't pass the House due to opposition by Democrats and conservative Republicans. As of Friday afternoon, no solution to the looming fiscal cliff was visible, and investors were becoming more pessimistic about the chances of avoiding the cliff... On the other hand, several important pieces of U.S. economic data from November were better than expected. Existing home sales, durable goods orders, housing permits and personal income all beat expectations. But not all the economic data was bullish, as an index of consumer confidence for December, housing starts for November, and last week's new jobless claims were all slightly weaker than expected... COMPANY NEWS: Another positive development this week was the heating up of the M&A market. Among the bigger deals were the merger between IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) and the NYSE Euronext (NYX) and the acquisition of software as a service marketing company Eloqua (ELOQ) by Oracle (ORCL)... Oracle also reported results, and its second quarter EPS and revenue both came in above analysts' consensus estimates... A federal judge denied a request by Apple (AAPL) to ban the sales of a number of Samsung's smartphones.
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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:08 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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November 20, 2014
16:53 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $41.
15:44 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $125 at Evercore ISI
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08:16 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $126 from $115 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley survey indicates investors are underestimating Apple iWatch demand. The firm is modeling 30M watches in CY15 vs. buy-side forecasts of 10M-12M. Ultimately, the analyst believes the wearable market will hit 530M in 2020 and potentially a 1B units in its bull case. Morgan Stanley raised CY15 EPS forecast to $8.40 from $8.20 on higher watch and ASP forecasts. Shares of Apple are Overweight rated.
07:11 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced creditors criticize proposed Apple settlement, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTAAPLBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
05:38 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 after the firm's channel checks indicated that supply of the iPhone 6 and 6+ is "gradually improving vs. demand." Munster does not see risk to Apple's December quarter guidance as he believes the company factored supply constraints into its outlook. He thinks most consumers will wait to purchase an iPhone and maintains an Overweight rating on Apple. The stock closed yesterday down 80c to $114.67.
November 19, 2014
14:25 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:56 EDTAAPLApple plans to bundle Beats with iOS next year, FT reports
Beginning early next year, Apple is planning to bundle the subscription music service acquired from Beats into iOS, the Financial Times reports. The move will make Beats available on hundreds of millions of Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, and will put pressure on Spotify. Sources believe the paid-for Beats service could be included in an iOS software update as early as March. Reference Link
10:29 EDTAAPLGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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09:41 EDTAAPLRubicon Project to partner with Apple on programmatic advertising
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:47 EDTICEKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
Securities Brokerage & Market Structure Conference is being held in New York on November 19 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 7:45 am. Webcast Link
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