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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.
News For S;TMUS;VZ;T;AAPL;BYD;FCEL;URBN;AEO;MYGN;JIVE;ORCL;SAP;WDAY;MW;JOSB From The Last 14 Days
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January 25, 2016
14:18 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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14:17 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL +3% to 39.17 into Q1 & outlook
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings, potential bearish pattern
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders top, which is most easily seen on a 3-year chart. The neckline for the pattern is at the $100 area on a closing basis, and in recent sessions the pattern has been both active and inactive as price crossed that line. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $100 would see the pattern become active. Downside potential for the pattern would be to the $70 to $66 area. If the news is a bullish surprise, and sentiment has turned negative on the name which could add to short-cover demand, the counter-reaction up may be as large as pattern suggests is possible on the downside. It could mean in time a retaking of the $130 area or higher. The life high for the shares is at $134.54.
12:59 EDTAAPLApple executives unsatisfied with progress of 'Project Titan,' AppleInsider says
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10:03 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 5se to likely come with faster A9/M9 chips, 9to5Mac reports
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:32 EDTAAPLApple Active equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTTAutoZone to deploy AT&T services at its locations in the U.S.
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09:04 EDTVZ, T, TMUS, SSprint doubles number of LTE Plus markets
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08:55 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
BB&T downgraded American Eagle based on valuation.
07:32 EDTSTMC to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 57, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 26.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPhone, iPad Air 3 in 1H16, AppleInsider says
Apple is planning to launch a 4-inch iPhone as well as the iPad Air 3 in the first half of the year, AppleInsider reports, citing KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:19 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; SWN SCTY
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January 24, 2016
19:10 EDTAAPLDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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18:56 EDTVZVerizon pursuing sponsored content for go90, Reuters says
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18:28 EDTTAT&T potentially circling Time Warner, New York Post says
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15:27 EDTAAPLHead of Apple's car project stepping down, Bloomberg says
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11:02 EDTVZStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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