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April 15, 2015
13:31 EDTNOKFrench president wants to protect French jobs in Nokia, Alcatel merger, AFP says
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12:30 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:06 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:56 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple elevated at 35.58
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) at 35.58 compared to its 50-day moving average of 28.57.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple services profit contribution rising, says UBS
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07:51 EDTNOKFlextronics in advanced talks for part of Chinese jv of Alcatel, Reuters says
Flextronics (FLEX) is in advanced talks to acquire the manufacturing unit of Alcatel-Lucent's (ALU) Shanghai Bell joint venture, reported Reuters, citing two people with knowledge of the deal. Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent have announced their intention to combine in all-share transaction. Reference Link
07:46 EDTNOKEricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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07:11 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Nokia (NOK) to Market Perform with a $9.20 price target following the company's buyout of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
07:10 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:35 EDTAAPL, QCOMSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:27 EDTNOKNokia initiates review of strategic options for HERE business
Nokia (NOK) announces that it has initiated a review of strategic options, including a potential divestment, for its HERE business. HERE is a leader in navigation, mapping and location intelligence. Nokia also announced a proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent (ALU). The Board of Directors of Nokia believes this is the right moment to assess the position of HERE within the proposed new Nokia business.The strategic review of HERE is on-going and it may or may not result in any transaction. Any further announcements about HERE will be made as appropriate.
06:18 EDTAAPLApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
06:11 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 43 at lower end of index mean range
05:55 EDTAAPLSmart wearaable device vendors avoid Apple Watch competition, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung Taiwan mobile business general manager to resign, DigiTimes reports
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05:48 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent down 16% following Nokia transaction.
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