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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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October 8, 2014
06:13 EDTAAPL, SSNLFNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
17:05 EDTAAPLApple iPhone gains market share among teens, says Piper
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster concluded from Piper's 2014 Teen Survey that interest in Apple's technology remained strong among teens. According to the survey, teen iPhone ownership rose to 67% from 61% in the Spring, and iPad ownership among teens that owned a tablet remained at 66%, the same as in the Spring. However, teen interest in the Apple Watch remained "tepid," as only 16% of teens would be interested in an Apple Watch at $350. Shares are Overweight rated with a $120 price target.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:01 EDTAAPLDunkin Donuts testing mobile ordering system, considering Apple Pay, NRN reports
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14:46 EDTAAPLApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire not used for iPhones because 'proved brittle,' WSJ says
Apple's (AAPL) decision to choose glass screens over GT Advanced's (GTAT) sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was because of "tests in which the synthetic sapphire proved brittle, cracking when phones were dropped from various heights and angles," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's decision to withhold GT Advanced's expected $139M payment was the tipping point for GT Advanced to declare bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter added. Reference Link
12:50 EDTSSNLFSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung executives concerned about earnings, chairman's health, WSJ reports
In addition to slumping earnings, the Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung executives are also concerned about the health of Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has been hospitalized since May when he had a heart attack. According to sources, there are additionally increasing concerns within the company about a "major reshuffle" of executives later this year. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:52 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; S HIMX
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