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March 11, 2014
12:16 EDTJOSB, SAP, MYGN, FCEL, T, S, MW, ORCL, AEO, BYD, VZ, WDAY, JIVE, URBN, AAPL, TMUSOn 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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April 8, 2015
10:22 EDTAAPLSociete Generale cuts Apple after seeing lower iPhone selling prices
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10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Annaly Capital (NLY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Trina Solar (TSL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... WebMD (WBMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Yingli Green Energy (YGE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Zep Inc. (ZEP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:41 EDTAAPLApple slips in early trading, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTWDAYWorkday expands New York headquarters within Empire State Realty portfolio
Workday (WDAY) has expanded its New York headquarters within the Empire State Realty (ESRT) portfolio, relocating from approximately 7,000 square feet at One Grand Central Place to 21,401 square feet on the 49th floor of the Empire State Building.
08:45 EDTMYGNLife Sciences group well positioned heading into Q1 earnings, says Cowen
Cowen said the Life Sciences sector looks well positioned heading into Q1 earnings despite the group outperforming the broader market recently. The firm believes headwinds have intensified and multiples have stretched, but they see the downside risk as limited with upside risk dependent on improving end-market commentary, new products and milestones, and new details on capital deployment. Stocks in the space include Affymetrix (AFFX), Fluidigm (FLDM), GenMark (GNMK), Myriad Genetics (MYGN) and Quidel (QDEL).
06:47 EDTAAPLGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analysts Andy Perkins and Peter Knox downgraded shares of Apple to Hold from Buy after their work indicated iPhone average selling prices dropped in the March quarter. Due to lower share of 128GB models, the analysts estimate the March quarter average selling price dropped to $651 from $687 in the December quarter. Further, Perkins and Knox believe currency headwinds are likely to adversely impact sales and that Apple will struggle to replicate the huge success of the iPhone 6 launch. They keep a $130 price target on the Apple. The stock closed yesterday down $1.34 to $126.01.
06:06 EDTS, TMUSSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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16:00 EDTVZ, AAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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12:50 EDTAAPLHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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11:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch reservations limited to one per customer, MacRumors reports
Apple Watch reservations will be limited to one per customer through the company's Reserve and Pickup service, reports MacRumors. Apple's one-per-customer reservation limit has been confirmed to be in place in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely other launch countries. Reference Link
09:52 EDTAAPLApple retail chief instructs staff to push Apple Store shoppers online, BI says
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants staff at Apple Stores to push customers to order the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online instead of buying in physical stores, Business Insider reports, citing a memo. The memo notes that "This is a significant change in mindset" and will help ensure guaranteed delivery of the Apple products. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPL, VZActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle price target raised to $22 from $20 at BMO Capital
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07:34 EDTTMobileIron announces availability of AT&T Work Platform
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTAAPLMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
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