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March 11, 2014
12:16 EDTS, MW, WDAY, SAP, ORCL, JIVE, MYGN, AEO, URBN, FCEL, BYD, AAPL, T, VZ, TMUS, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street continued searching for direction near midday, after having spent time about equal time just above and just below the flat-line in the early hours of the session. The averages drifted lower and fell into negative ground near noon, but generally have been range in a band around where they ended yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in January, beating expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The NFIB small business optimism index for February fell to 91.4, which was a worse than expected drop from its prior 94.1 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings rebounded 60K in January to 3.97M. COMPANY NEWS: Softbank (SFTBF) CEO and Sprint (S) Chairman Masayoshi Son confirmed his interest in buying T-Mobile (TMUS) in a number of television interviews, though clearly noted that he has no formal agreement with T-Mobile and that "steps and details" would have to be worked out if a deal were to move forward. Analysts at Wells Fargo think Son is undertaking a "targeted and very purposeful" public relations effort to help make Sprint's case to purchase T-Mobile and believe his comments regarding a "massive price war" if Sprint was given clearance to pursue a merger could pressure shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). Shares of both of the incumbent U.S. wireless leaders were down about 1% at midday as Son's public relations tour continues with an event planned in Washington, D.C... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed over 1% after research firm Pacific Crest upgraded the tech giant in a note to investors earlier today, citing the opportunity for a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 to increase Apple's gross profit. A number of media outlets have reported that Apple will release a larger screen iPhone this year, but the company has not confirmed the reports... Another name that spiked near midday was Jive Software (JIVE), which jumped after Re/code said the company has explored a sale in recent months, though the report added that Oracle (ORCL), SAP (SAP) and Workday (WDAY) each passed on making a bid. Shares were off their earlier highs but remained up about 5% near noon... Suit retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Boyd Gaming (BYD), which jumped more than 16% after activist hedge fund Elliott Associates disclosed a stake in the casino operator. Also higher was alternative energy company FuelCell (FCEL), which rose nearly 15% following its quarterly earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell about 10% after a judge denied the company's motion for preliminary injunctive relief against rival Ambry Genetics. Also lower following their earnings reports and cautious commentary about the current environment were mall-based clothing retailers Urban Outfitters (URBN), which slid over 4%, and American Eagle (AEO), which dropped more than 5%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 37.08, or 0.23%, to 16,381.60, the Nasdaq was down 3.20, or 0.07%, to 4,331.25, and the S&P 500 was down 4.88, or 0.26%, to 1,872.29.
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September 9, 2014
07:30 EDTAAPLApple new launches biggest test yet for CEO Cook, WSJ says
Three years into his tenure, and with his company trying to prove that it can still be a groundbreaking innovator, Apple CEO Tim Cook will look to make his mark on the company with the expected launch of larger iPhones and its first wearable device, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:29 EDTS, TMUS, TUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTAAPLFutures drift in early trading
U.S. equity futures are suggesting another quiet open as they trade near fair value. There is little to look forward to as far as a catalyst, but investors will be watching the highly anticipated launch of Apple's (AAPL) new products .Meanwhile, little market moving economic data is expected to be announced today.
07:28 EDTAAPLThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple partner Mayo Clinic to demonstrate HealthKit at event, Star Tribune says
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple expanding Siri team in Boston, BetaBoston reports
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07:17 EDTT, ORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTTMUS, T, SUBM Tech to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics presented results from myPath Melanoma test clinical study
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06:56 EDTAAPLApple September weekly 98 straddle priced for 4.2% move into press event
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into press event
Apple September weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, September is at 35, October is at 28, November is at 26, December is at 26, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into today’s press event.
06:49 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse September volatility elevated into Q2
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple looking to refocus on 9.7-inch iPad in 2H14, DigiTimes Research says
Apple looks to refocus its aggressiveness on the new 9.7-inch iPad and overall iPad shipments in Q3 are expected to return to growth, reports DigiTimes Research. For the full year, however, the weakening demand in Europe and the US, the upcoming larger iPhones and the delay of the next-generation iPad mini are expected to impact iPad sihpments, with the volume estimated to be lower than 70M units. Reference Link
06:33 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone 'iPhone 6 Plus,' Business Insider reports
Apple may call the 5.5-inch iPhone the "iPhone 6 Plus," Business Insider reports, citing Japanese Apple blog Macotakara. The 4.7-inch version of the device is expected to be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLForrester: Apple could sell 10M iWatches this year, FT reports
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06:18 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors volatility low into Apple event
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06:15 EDTAAPLSynaptics volatility low into Apple event
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06:09 EDTVZVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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06:03 EDTTTelefonica to trial AT&T's connected home technology in Europe
AT&T (T) and Telefonica (TEF) last night announced plans for a limited trial of AT&T's home security and automation service in Europe. By licensing the AT&T Digital Life platform, Telefonica can offer trial users a wireless home automation platform all managed through an easy-to-use, web-based user interface. AT&T independently owns its platform, allowing for others to license a turnkey solution. AT&T Digital Life is an IP-based, all wireless, home security, smart automation and energy management solution, all contained in an easy-to-use mobile app. Telefonica is the first company to license AT&T's Digital Life platform.
05:16 EDTS, TMUS, T, VZSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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