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October 11, 2012
12:23 EDTS, SWY, CTB, FAST, SSNLF, AAPL, SFTBF, DTEGY, PCS, CLWR, DLTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as jobless claims fell to their lowest weekly level in years, though the data appeared to be impacted by a reporting irregularity. Stocks began the session moderately higher but never really gained upside momentum. The catalyst for the early move, the unexpected decrease in the weekly jobless claims data, may have been largely impacted by one state failing to file certain data on time, taking the luster off the early positive surprise. The averages began to drift off their highs and were struggling to stay in positive territory as the lunch hour approached... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly initial jobless claims were 339,000, versus the expected 370,000. However, a Labor Department economist reportedly said one large state didn't report additional quarterly figures as expected, which influenced the figure. The trade balance report showed a deficit of $44.2B, versus the expected deficit of $44.0B. A separate report showed import prices increased 1.1% in September, versus the expected increase of 0.7%. In Europe, Spainís credit rating was downgraded by S&P by two notches late Wednesday... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Sprint (S) climbed following reports, which the company then confirmed, that it is in talks with Japanese cellphone company Softbank (SFTBF) regarding a potential "substantial investment." CNBC said Softbank may be attracted to Sprint, which may be working to buy Clearwire (CLWR), because of spectrum holdings. The talks come a bit over a week after Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) owned T-Mobile and MetroPCS (PCS) agreed to combine their U.S. cellphone businesses. In midday trading, shares in Clearwire were up 32% to $1.72 and Sprint was up 15% to $5.80, while PCS slid over 3% to $11.63... An appeals court reversed an injunction granted to Apple (AAPL) against Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy Nexus smartphone, meaning sales of the phone can begin again while the patent fight between the companies continues... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Fastenal (FAST), up over 8% after the company reported in-line results for its third quarter and raised its dividend, and Cooper Tire (CTB), up nearly 8% following reports that Indian tire maker Apollo Tyres is in the process of acquiring Cooper. Among the noteworthy losers were Safeway (SWY), down 3% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenues missed consensus forecasts, and Dollar Tree (DLTR), down more than 7% after saying its sees its Q3 sales coming in at the low end of its prior forecast... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 35.93, or 0.27%, to 13,380.90; the Nasdaq was up 11.95, or 0.39%, to 3,063.73; and the S&P 500 was up 6.81, or 0.48%, to 1,439.37.
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16:51 EDTAAPLBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:50 EDTAAPLApple, IBM both higher after announcing enterprise mobile partnership
In after-hours trading, Apple (AAPL) is up 1.5%, while IBM (IBM) is up 2.1%.
16:35 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple, IBM announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTSPaulson sees T-Mobile takeover in high $30s, low $40s 'reasonable,' WSJ says
John Paulson, the fourth-largest shareholder in T-Mobile (TMUS) and the third largest stakeholder in Sprint (S), would support a merger of the two, which has been widely reported as being worked on, and said that a takeover price for T-Mobile in the "high $30s to low $40s" per share would be "reasonable," according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an interview with the investor. Reference Link
13:44 EDTS, SFTBFSprint, T-Mobile jointly raising $10B for airwave auction, WSJ says
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12:55 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
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09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:53 EDTSFTBFVMware announces partnerships with China Telecom, Softbank
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07:15 EDTSWYIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung finishes LTE-A solution for mobile processors, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTSSNLFSamsung, HiSilicon to sell more handset solutions to vendors, DigiTimes says
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06:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Nest, ARM team up for Thread wireless networking protocol
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