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July 7, 2015
17:41 EDTSHLDSears receives $2.7B in gross proceeds from Seritage transaction
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16:25 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales 'plunge' since launch, MarketWatch says
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 7, 2015
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11:34 EDTAAPLApple near lows of its recent range, levels to watch
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $435 from $370 at Cowen
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08:17 EDTAAPLLantronix launches first Apple, Google certified print server for offices
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07:01 EDTAAPLAllen & Company to hold a conference
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple earnings could beat consensus by 20c, says Brean Capital
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July 6, 2015
16:20 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 50c to 20.47 Option volume leaders: AAPL MU BAC FB CHK PBR ODP BABA INTC F TSLA DHR CVX AAL FCX ABX.
14:40 EDTAMZNCourt says search result lawsuit against Amazon will proceed, Reuters reports
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14:17 EDTAMZNAmazon hopes to create new shopping holiday with 'Prime Day'
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13:03 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility low as share price near ten-year low
Sears Holdings July call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 52, September is at 51; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 121, suggesting decreasing price movement.
11:54 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; BABA AMZN
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10:34 EDTAMZN, GRPNAnalysts differ on Yelp after company said to halt sale process
The shares of Yelp (YELP) have fallen in each of the last two sessions after Bloomberg reported that its CEO had decided not to sell the company at this time. Two research firms were upbeat on the stock after the pullback, but Piper Jaffray's well-known analyst, Gene Munster, was cautious on the stock's near-term outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Yelp's CEO and founder Jeremy Stoppelman had decided not to sell the company in the near-term. Stoppelman's decision came after Goldman Sachs, which had been hired by Yelp to find potential buyers of the company, identified several interested suitors, the news service stated. BULLISH TAKE: Yelp's stock is significantly undervalued and investors should buy the shares, wrote Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte in a note to investors today. Noting that Bloomberg reported multiple potential suitors for Yelp had been found, Forte contended that many Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO) are all potential acquirers. Moreover, Stoppelman and Yelp's other board members probably decided not to sell Yelp because they believe that it is worth more than the stock indicates, according to Forte, who added that this stance indicates that the company's business has held up well recently. He kept a $58 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. Similarly, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck believes that many companies could still look to buy Yelp. Moreover, the company's valuation is "paltry" versus its peers, while Stoppelman's willingness to consider selling the company should support the stock, the analyst stated. Although Yelp is facing some challenges, its valuation already implies that consensus 2016 estimates for the company will drop by 10%-20%, according to Peck, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: In the wake of Bloomberg's report, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes investors will conclude that Yelp was unable to sell itself. Additionally, comScore data for June indicates that Yelp's unique user metrics for the quarter will be disappointing, the analyst stated. However, he predicted that the company's user growth would reaccelerate in the fall, causing investor sentiment to rebound. Although Munster is upbeat on Yelp's long-term outlook, he cut his price target on the name to $40 from $46 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yelp fell 1.4% to $37.65. That follows the 10% decline the stock suffered on Thursday in its last day of trading prior to the long holiday weekend.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTAMZN, AMZNAmazon price target raised to $500 at CLSA on cross-border trade to China
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple smartphone market share peaking, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says that while the iPhone had another good quarter in June, she remains concerned that Apple's market share of the $400-plus smartphone segment has peaked. Scribner expects iPhone market share to moderate as the new phone enters its fourth full quarter. Nonetheless, she models June quarter iPhone shipments of 50M. Regarding the watch, the analyst finds it a "bit unusual" that Apple has not provided an update on sales. She expects Q3 Watch units of 3.9M and 2015 units of 18M and believes investors will be disappointed if Apple does not disclose numbers for the new product. Apple shares at current levels fairly reflect the "strong" iPhone refresh cycle and slower growth potential in FY16, Scribner tells investors this morning in a research note. She keeps a Hold rating on Apple with a $125 price target. The stock closed Thursday down 16c to $126.44.
07:08 EDTSHLDSeritage Growth Properties to start trading on NYSE
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06:58 EDTAAPLNext-generation iPhone enters production, DigiTimes reports
The makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to two iPhone OEMs for production of next-generation devices, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at the supply chain, initial shipments of new iPhone devices in Q4 are expected to total at least 50M units. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple Pay to launch in U.K. on July 14th, 9to5Mac reports
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06:03 EDTGRPN, AMZNBrean recommends buying shares of Yelp after selloff
Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte believes shares of Yelp are worth "a lot more than current levels" with or without a company sale. He recommends buying the name after Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company had called off its sale process. He points out the article noted that Yelp had multiple interested buyers. Forte's list of potential buyers for Yelp include Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO). Yelp operates the largest crowd-sourced local business directory globally, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Forte keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $58 price target. Shares closed Thursday down $4.23 to $38.20.
05:41 EDTAAPLiPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, 9to5Mac reports
Apple's iPhone 6S will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may remain at 16GB minimum capacity, reports 9to5Mac. According to new iPhone 6S images, a new NFC chips is from NXP and labelled 66VP2 that will likely add a secure element processor. Reference Link
05:13 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces 'Prime Day' shopping event
Over the years, Amazon has helped make Black Friday even more of a global online shopping phenomenon. Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.
July 5, 2015
14:16 EDTAAPLFacebook, Microsoft could see hefty 'goodwill' charges, Barron's says
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July 2, 2015
18:24 EDTAMZNAmazon leads $60M investment round for BankBazaar
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16:04 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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14:14 EDTAAPLFitbit shares tack on gains as analyst confidence grows
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09:35 EDTAAPL, GRPNActive equity options trading on open
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06:40 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may receive OLED displays from Samsung for watch, DigiTimes says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple removes Home Sharing support feature for music in iOS 8.4, 9to5Mac says
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06:05 EDTAAPLBarclays extends cheque imaging to Android users
Barclays announced the extension of its pioneering mobile cheque imaging service to nearly a million more customers, including 500,000 customers with android phones. In another UK first, the service is also now being made available to iPad users. Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need to take a photo of the cheque then complete a few quick steps before the funds are immediately available in their current account. Reference Link
July 1, 2015
16:42 EDTAMZNAmazon exec says not focused on entering luxury fashion market, BofF reports
In an interview with Business of Fashion, Amazon Fashion's Chief Marketing Officer Jennie Perry remarked, "There has been lot of speculation on us entering the luxury market and that is just not something that we’re focused on right now. What we are focused on is developing an experience for our large customer base." However, Perry also remarked that "we’re in [fashion] for the long haul. We’re really invested in this industry." Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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10:07 EDTAAPLGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:50 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor helps customers expand international reach with Amazon Mexico
ChannelAdvisor announced it is helping its customers expand their international reach through its support of Amazon Mexico that just launched its physical goods store and marketplace on June 30. With products in categories such as consumer electronics, home and garden, sports, health and personal care, home improvement and more, Amazon Mexico offers retailers and branded manufacturers a comprehensive site to sell into Mexico. Retailers can ship Amazon Mexico orders from their own distribution center or use Fulfillment by Amazon. Retailers and branded manufacturers using FBA for Amazon Mexico orders are required to import their products to an Amazon Fulfillment Center located in Mexico for storage and local fulfillment. When using FBA, Amazon will provide 24-hour, local language customer support on behalf of the retailer.
08:38 EDTAMZNKnowles outlook has improved, says JMP Securities
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08:24 EDTAAPLApple outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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06:23 EDTAMZNTwitch’s E3 coverage attracted more than 21M viewers
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s could feature 'numerous' internal changes, 9to5Mac reports
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac published photos that reportedly shows the outside of the rumored iPhone 6s. Gurman notes that the device "will look nearly identical" to the iPhone 6 on the outside, but will feature numerous internal changes, including Force Touch and a different internal mounting structure. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAAPLSecond Circuit affirms Apple's liability for e-book price-fixing conspiracy
Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division released the following statement yesterday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling in United States v. Apple Inc.: “We are gratified by the court’s decision. The decision confirms that it is unlawful for a company to knowingly participate in a price-fixing conspiracy, whatever its specific role in the conspiracy or reason for joining it. Because Apple and the defendant publishers sought to eliminate price competition in the sale of e-books, consumers were forced to pay higher prices for many e-book titles. I am proud of the outstanding work done by the trial team who initially established Apple’s liability and by the lawyers who defended the district court’s decision in this appeal. The Antitrust Division will continue to vigorously protect competition and enforce the antitrust laws in this important business, and in other industries that affect the everyday lives of consumers.”
05:54 EDTAMZN, AAPLStagnant tablet demand to continue in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 30, 2015
17:34 EDTAAPLEricsson asks for documents that may be relevant in Apple case, Re/code says
Ericsson (ERIC) has asked a a Taiwanese company, Simplo Technology, thought to be an Apple (AAPL) supplier to hand over documents that may be relevant to its patent dispute case with Apple, says Re/code. Earlier this year, Ericsson filed complaints with the International Trade Commission as well the U.S. District Court in Texas claiming that Apple’s iPhones and iPads violate patents used in setting the 2G and 4G LTE wireless communications standards, added Re/code. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
10:38 EDTAAPLWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
10:36 EDTAAPLAppeals court says Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, Reuters reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTAMZNAmazon launching Selling on Amazon, Fulfillment by Amazon for firms in Mexico
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon announces expansion in Mexico
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07:15 EDTGRPNExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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07:08 EDTAAPLGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLSprint to roll out $80 a month 'All-in' plan, Reuters reports
Sprint (S) will today launch an $80 a month "All-in" cellular phone plan, Reuters reports. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Crull says the plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones like the iPhone 6 (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAMZNAmazon expanding Prime Now to London, TechCrunch reports
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05:59 EDTAAPLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
05:33 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to open infrastructure region in India
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05:32 EDTAAPLNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLSamsung looking to supply NAND to Apple for iPhone, AppleInsider says
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18:05 EDTAAPLApple MacBook's single USB port will prolong life of battery, Mac Observer says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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11:03 EDTAAPLAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:55 EDTAMZNAmazon expands lending program to sellers in eight more countries, Reuters says
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09:38 EDTAMZNAmazon same day SKUs up about 70% from last year, says Piper Jaffray
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple Music to be accompanied by iOS 8.4, Beats 1 at launch
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised at RBC Capital
RBC Capital raised its June quarter estimates for Apple after the firm's survey and supply checks indicated better than expected iPhone demand. The firm thinks that the company's gross margins will probably stabilize in the low 40% range, which it says is well ahead of investor expectations. The firm keeps a $150 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:22 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone estimate raised above conensus at Citi
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple Music will come to Sonos speakers by end of the year, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 28, 2015
19:58 EDTAAPLApple starts production of next iPhone, Bloomberg says
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19:46 EDTAAPLApple acquires fingerprint-scan patents, could be eyeing startup, CNN says
Fingerprint-scan startup Privaris has transferred 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, CNN reported Friday. The report notes that one of the patents allows the use of a touchscreen and fingerprint reader simultaneously. The move could signal that Apple is looking to acquire the company, CNN speculates. Reference Link
14:24 EDTAAPLApple Music 'unlikely to move earnings needle,' Barron's says
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12:47 EDTAMZNTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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11:00 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:24 EDTAMZNEtsy price target lowered to $9 from $13 at Wedbush
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple Watch attracts few buyers at Zurich launch, Bloomberg reports
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06:17 EDTAMZNConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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05:51 EDTAAPLReport: Apple set to switch to OLED displays for iPhone, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTAAPLFoxconn expects to be largest handset, tablet ODM/OEM in 2015, DigiTimes says
Foxconn Chairman Terry Guo said the company is set to be the largest OEM/ODM for handsets, tablets and desktops in 2015, reports DigiTimes. Guo added that Foxconn will establish component supply chains to increase its advantage over competitors. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
18:32 EDTAMZNAmazon establishes $100M fund for voice technology
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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14:59 EDTAAPLFitbit tacks on gains after Leerink calls smartwatch competition overblown
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11:37 EDTAAPLTaylor Swift says to put '1989' on Apple Music
Recording artist Taylor Swift says in a tweet that "After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music...and happily so." Reference Link
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon opens Alexa Voice Service to third party hardware makers
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07:15 EDTGRPNGroupon shares oversold at current levels, says Brean Capital
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06:31 EDTAAPLMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore downgraded Amazon.com to Hold and maintained its $460 price target. The firm downgraded shares due to valuation and growing capital investment through leasing activity. Evercore ISI said increased capital leasing activity has grown to over 50% of capital investment in Q1 2015 from 33% in Q1 2013, making modeling free-cash-flow upside more difficult.
06:20 EDTAAPLIndependent music labels say they now support Apple Music, AP reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple to increase flexible PCB orders, DigiTimes reports
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June 24, 2015
16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
14:13 EDTAAPLApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says have not sold one share of Apple
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12:37 EDTAAPLApple where Netflix was a couple of years ago, Icahn says
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares still have 'hundreds of points' left
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12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:11 EDTSHLDAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:44 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn sells last of Netflix stake, positive on Apple
Carl Icahn said via Twitter, "Sold last of our $NFLX today. Believe $AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago."
10:22 EDTGRPNDigital River names Hoke Horne as CFO, effective June 24
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09:48 EDTAAPLApple reaches royalty deal with Beggars Group
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09:37 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may adopt flexible OLED displays in 2018, DigiTimes says
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPLGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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09:19 EDTAMZNAmazon price target raised to $500 from $460 at Axiom
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone demand strong, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise survey indicates 53M iPhone unit demand for the June quarter, unchanged from last month's reading. The firm adds that Apple Watch demand has sustained healthy levls after the initial spike and investor expectations for iPhone and Watch growth are low. Morgan Stanley rates Apple an Overweight with a $166 price target.
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says HDR now available on Instant Video for Prime members
Amazon announced that Prime members in the US can instantly watch the debut season of the Amazon Original Series, Mozart in the Jungle in high dynamic range, or HDR, at no additional cost to their membership, marking the first video service to offer HDR
07:45 EDTAAPLSharp asking suppliers to cut prices for LCD parts, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTSHLDCFA Society of Chicago to hold a meeting
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06:12 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 resale value suggests strong demand, says Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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05:49 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN LNG
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