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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTAAPLStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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12:21 EDTAAPLApple to focus on quality instead of new additions in OS upgrade, 9to5Mac says
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11:00 EDTAAPLIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry advances after second report says Microsoft weighing bid
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10:39 EDTAAPLData firm: Apple Watch orders haven't grown since initial surge, Quartz says
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10:38 EDTAAPLMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAAPLApple wants TV service to have local programming, Re/code reports
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08:57 EDTNOKNokia CEO says good bids received but no rush on selling HERE, Retuers reports
Nokia (NOK) CEO Rajeev Suri said the company has received high quality bids for its HERE maps unit, while declining to comment on bidders, but added that the company is in no hurry to sell, reported Reuters, citing comments made in an interview with trade magazine European Communications. Prior reports have indicated that Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi and BMW (BAMXY) are partnering with private equity firm General Atlantic in their pursuit of the unit, while Uber is said to be teaming up with Baidu (BIDU) and Apax Partners to also pursue a bid. Reference Link
07:57 EDTNOKNokia seeing rising competitive pressures, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer is becoming more worried about aggressive pricing behavior by Nokia's competitors in the wireless infrastructure market. Consequently, the firm thinks the operating margin of the company's Networks unit could miss expectations. It recommends that investors stay long the stock but avoid adding new positions around the time of the company's earnings, which Oppenheimer believes could disappoint.
07:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung increased purchases of IC parts, DigiTimes says
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07:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung content unit hit by layoffs and exec departure, Variety reports
Samsung's Media Solutions Center America has been hit by layoffs and a key executive departure over the last couple of weeks, reports Variety. According to multiple sources, the unit saw dozens of staffers laid off earlier this month. One source estimated that as much as 15% of staff may have been affected. Sources also said the layoffs came a few weeks after Samsung's VP of content and services Kevin Swint left the unit. Reference Link
06:56 EDTAAPLTrendforce expects iPhone shipments to reach 230M in 2015, DigiTimes says
Trendforce said Apple's iPhone shipments is expected to reach over 230M in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June and will be shipped in Q3. Quarterly shipments is projected to reach 24M units. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple developing dual-app mode, 12-inch iPads, multi-user support, 9to5Mac says
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06:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry an acquisition target after return to profitability, Digitimes says
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May 21, 2015
17:16 EDTAAPLApple plans 12-inch iPads, split-screen functionality, 9to5Mac says
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16:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry up 2% after announcing proposed share repurchase program
16:38 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to propose new employee share purchase plan
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16:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to buy for cancellation up to 12M common shares
BlackBerry announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program to purchase for cancellation up to 12M BlackBerry common shares, or approximately 2.6% of the outstanding public float. BlackBerry can purchase the common shares over the Nasdaq Stock Market or, subject to regulatory approval, on the Toronto Stock Exchange or other markets. In the past 12 months, BlackBerry has not repurchased any of its outstanding securities. At its annual meeting of shareholders on June 23, BlackBerry will present for approval a new employee share purchase plan and a proposed increase in the number of shares available under BlackBerry's equity incentive plan. If these proposals are approved by shareholders at the meeting, BlackBerry will file a notice of intention to commence a normal course issuer bid with the TSX. The share repurchase program would remain in place for up to 12 months from acceptance of the notice of intention by the TSX, or such earlier time as the purchases are completed or the program is terminated by BlackBerry. If the proposals are not approved by shareholders, BlackBerry does not expect that it will proceed with the share repurchase program. "The purpose of this repurchase program will be to offset dilution that may result from our proposed employee share purchase plan and from proposed amendments to our equity incentive plan," said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen. "We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to purchase our shares when the market price does not reflect what we view to be the underlying value and future prospects of our business, without adversely affecting our strategic initiatives," added Mr. Chen. The price that BlackBerry will pay for any shares under the share repurchase program will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase. The share repurchase program will be effected in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the TSX's normal course issuer bid rules, which contain restrictions on the number of shares that may be purchased on a single day, subject to certain exceptions for block purchases, based on the average daily trading volumes of BlackBerry's shares on the applicable exchange. In addition, BlackBerry may enter into forward purchase or swap contracts in connection with common shares which may be settled by physical settlement, cash settlement or a combination thereof. The forward price will be based on market price, dividend yield and market interest rates.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:25 EDTAAPLApple to add public transit support to Maps app, 9to5Mac says
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14:14 EDTAAPLMobileye says not currently at work with Apple
Mobileye (MBLY) announced that an article published in InformationWeek on May 20 quoted an industry expert and current director as stating that the company is commencing work with Apple (AAPL) on an autonomous driving project. Mobileye stated: "The company is not currently at work with Apple. Although it is not the company's policy to comment on press reports or other media, the article has caused confusion and concern among market participants. As a result, the company felt it was important to correct the inaccuracy. The company has asked the publication to correct the article on its website."
11:21 EDTAAPLApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTNOKGerman automakers partnering with PE firm on bid for Nokia unit, Reuters says
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09:07 EDTAAPLApple may unveil next iPhones in August, MacRumors reports
Apple may unveil its next iPhones in August and launch them in September, reports MacRumors. According to a research note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is expected to secure between 60%-70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Reference Link
07:58 EDTAAPLApple iPhone and Watch estimates raised at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's checks indicate June quarter iPhone demand is tracking ahead of Street expectations and Watch demand has jumped following the launch. The firm raised its June quarter iPhone unit estimate to 50M from 46M, FY15 unit estimate to 240M, and FY16 unit estimate to 249M. Morgan Stanley raised its base case Watch estimate to 36M units from 30M in the first 12 months. As a result, the firm's CY15 EPS estimate is increased 6% to $9.73, roughly in-line with consensus. The firm has an Overweight rating with a $166 price target on Apple shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLIPhone growth fears premature, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects investors to question whether Apple's growth can continue at recent rates, given the tough comps it is facing. The firm thinks these doubts could pressure the stock, but it expects the company's earnings growth to continue to come in above expectations, driven by iPhone share gains, momentum in China, Apple's ecosystem, new product categories, and shareholder-friendly actions. The firm keeps a $155 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiates $5B accelerated share repurchase
Qualcomm announced that it has entered into accelerated share repurchase agreements with two financial institutions to repurchase an aggregate of $5B of Qualcomm's common stock, with an initial delivery of approximately 57.7M shares. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average stock price of Qualcomm's common stock during the term of the transaction, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR Agreements. The company is funding the accelerated share repurchase with proceeds from its recently completed $10B debt offering.
07:13 EDTAAPLApple showing substantial issue with iCloud services, 9to5Mac reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLTSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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05:52 EDTAAPLTesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:41 EDTAAPLUber poaches new legal counsel Sabrina Ross from Apple, Re/code reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLApple Pay may launch in Europe sooner than expected, BGR reports
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May 20, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple streaming music service coming first to Russia, Billboard says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:25 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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May 19, 2015
19:44 EDTSSNLFSamsung's next chairman may pursue smartphone, wearables synergies, Reuters says
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16:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:52 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray says shelving television plans won't hurt Apple shares
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that Apple (AAPL) shelved its television set plans "more than a year ago," Piper Jaffray issued a research note updating its view on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open, The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that, according to people familiar with the matter, Apple has "quietly shelved" its plans to develop a high-definition television set. The company experimented with video calls and 4K resolution as it searched for a justification to enter the TV market, but ultimately decided to instead focus on an online television service and a redesigned Apple TV device. Following the release of that article, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note reconciling its long-held hope for an Apple television set with the Wall Street Journal's cancellation news. Later in the afternoon, Carl Icahn appeared on CNBC to respond to his recent open letter claiming that Apple was significantly undervalued, partly because of expectations for an Apple television set by 2016. In the CNBC interview, Icahn claimed the Wall Street Journal's article is contradictory, but maintained that the purpose of his letter was to spur additional stock repurchases by Apple. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Piper Jaffray said it believes there will be "no sustained impact" to Apple shares on the news because most analysts did not have definite expectations for a television. The firm believes that Apple will continue to develop its Apple TV set top box and possibly incorporate HomeKit, Siri, and an app store into the next model of the device. However, Piper did reiterate its belief that Apple will somehow move into the living room, citing statements by CEO Tim Cook calling the TV viewing experience "broken." The firm believes Apple is "actively" developing virtual and augmented reality products, though it cautions that a product launch could be five years away, if not more. Piper concluded with a reminder that its television expectations were not built into its model for Apple, and reiterated its Overweight rating and $162 price target. PRICE ACTION: Apple has advanced fractionally during the trading session, rising 0.35% to $130.65 at time of writing.
12:47 EDTAAPLIcahn says will 'definitely be wearing' Apple Watch, but does not have one yet
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12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple CEO, board doing 'great job'
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says letter had 'one purpose,' getting Apple to buy back more stock
Icahn says "one thing" he disagrees with Apple about is the company's stock repurchase levels. Icahn said if Apple decides not to build a television it does not change his view of the company "one iota." Icahn says he "talks from time to time" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but he will not discuss what is said in those talks publicly as one of the company's larger shareholders. Carl Icahn is speaking on CNBC.
12:32 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'a bit confused' by WSJ report on Apple television plans
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:25 EDTAAPLJim Cramer tells Apple CEO to acquire Harman
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09:20 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised on iPhone gains at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research's iPhone feedback remains favorable and raised unit forecasts on improving share gains. The firm is modeling 48M iPhone units for the June quarter, 232M for FY15, and 241M for FY16 vs estimates of 45M, 228M, and 232M respectively. Cleveland rates Apple a Neutral.
08:37 EDTBBRYBlackBerry software showing encouraging signs, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says it's seeing encouraging signs regarding the sales of BlackBerry's software to regulated sectors, including government ,financials, and healthcare. The firm says that the company's mobile device management system, BES 12, is adding customers, while its resellers are getting more comfortable selling its software and sales of its technology solutions products are beating its guidance. RBC slashed its hardware sales estimates for the company and expects its Q1 revenue to come in well below expectations as a result, but adds that software has become the company's focus. It keeps an $11 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares.
08:34 EDTAAPLApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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07:12 EDTAAPLAlibaba's Ma confirms talks with Apple over payment system talks, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma confirmed reports that the company is talks with Apple (AAPL) over cooperation for a payment system, Reuters reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook last week told the official news agency of China, Xinhua, that the iPhone maker is in talks with Chinese banks and Alibaba about launching Apple Pay in China. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple shelved plans to produce ultra-HD television, WSJ reports
Apple tried hard to find breakthrough features that would warrant building an ultra-high-definition television set, but after nearly a decade of research, executives did not see a compelling enough reason to enter the highly competitive TV market, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:29 EDTBBRY, AAPLBlackBerry CEO says smartphone business will be profitable again, BI reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLPiper thinks shelving TV won't hurt shares of Apple
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple's shelving of its plans to make a television is unlikely to have a sustained impact on the stock. After the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple has scrapped a program to make a television, Munster points out that investor expectations for a TV were low and that Street estimates do not reflect such a product. The analyst still believes Apple will continue to develop the Apple TV as a set top box. He keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $162 price target.
05:59 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
13:37 EDTNOKBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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12:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:49 EDTAAPLApple readying new features for Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reports
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11:26 EDTAAPLFBR, Icahn both say Apple being underappreciated
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11:08 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today,' urges 'much larger' buyback
In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook posted to his Shareholder's Square Table website, investor Carl Icahn stated that he believes Apple shares "are worth $240 today." With Apple’s shares trading for "just $128.77 per share" versus Icahn's valuation of $240 per share, the investor said it is the time for a "much larger buyback" to be launched by the company. Apple’s earnings multiple has stayed "irrationally discounted," according to Icahn, since investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and "generally fail to value Apple’s net cash separately from its business, fail to adjust earnings to reflect Apple’s real cash tax rate, fail to recognize the growth prospects of Apple entering new categories, and fail to recognize that Apple will maintain pricing and margins."
11:04 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says Apple shares 'worth $240 today'
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09:36 EDTSSNLF, AAPLAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTAAPL, SSNLFApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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05:50 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY MNKD
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May 17, 2015
18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTQCOMPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
14:54 EDTBBRYMicrosoft said to examine potential for BlackBerry bid, Betaville says
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11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:55 EDTQCOMJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:34 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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08:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung not engaged in DRAM price war with Micron, says Jefferies
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06:21 EDTSSNLFTwo Samsung foundations name Jay Y. Lee as chairman, WSJ reports
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May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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18:39 EDTAAPLApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung to discontinue wallet service ahead of Pay launch, SamMobile says
Samsung will discontinue its Samsung Wallet service on June 30, reports SamMobile, citing company emails distributed to users of the service. The report notes that Samsung is planning to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment technology later this year. Reference Link
14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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11:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm expands industry collaboration to grow Internet of Everything
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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May 13, 2015
18:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung paid $250M for LoopPay acquisition, Re/code says
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16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
13:15 EDTBBRY, AAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:34 EDTQCOMEdX and Qualcomm collaborate to build next-generation mobile learning experience
EdX and Qualcomm Education, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced a collaboration to further develop edX's MOOC mobile capabilities and enhance its open source platform to benefit connected learners around the world. As part of the collaboration, Qualcomm Education will contribute engineering resources and will license elements of its SDK code, which edX will distribute to the Open edX community.
07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung favors Ultra HD TVs over OLED in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
17:33 EDTSSNLFIndian PM to urge Samsung to build Indian factories, Economic Times says
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with LG and Samsung next week and plans to urge the companies to establish factories in India, reports The Economic Times, citing statements by minister for communication and IT Ravi Prasad, who added that "we expect something concrete now." Reference Link
16:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung announces Internet of Things platform
Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow "faster, simpler" development of applications for the Internet of Things. ARTIK is an open platform that includes a family of integrated production-ready modules, software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of IoT devices, solutions and services.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung releases next-gen smart watch details to developers, SamMobile says
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13:06 EDTAAPLVivendi says talking to Spotify about streaming, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) said on its earnings conference call that is having discussions with Spotify regarding a streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple's (AAPL) streaming service may affect music sales and margins, Vivendi noted. Shares of Spotify competitor Pandora (P) are up 36c to $18.53 in afternoon trading.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins assembly smartphones at Indonesia factory, WSJ reports
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTSSNLF, AAPLApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD BBRY
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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10:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Blackberry May calls are active 13K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 39, June is at 58, August is at 44; compared to its 90-day average of 48 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:11 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:59 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:56 EDTSSNLF, AAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTQCOM, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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07:26 EDTQCOMQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
06:01 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; MYL NOK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Mylan (MYL) 43, Nokia (NOK) 34 according to iVolatility.
05:31 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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05:31 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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May 8, 2015
16:05 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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13:32 EDTQCOMParkerVision weakness attributed to patent appeal proceedings
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10:01 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Alibaba (BABA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CME Group (CME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Choice Hotels (CHH) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Consolidated Communications (CNSL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Cutera (CUTR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... EarthLink (ELNK) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Enable Midstream (ENBL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Forest City (FCE.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... General Growth (GGP) upgraded on operational, growth outlook at RBC Capital... Globe Specialty Metals (GSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... HNI Corporation (HNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Invesco Mortgage (IVR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Mercer (MERC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Nuance (NUAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... PennantPark (PNNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at KLR Group... Telekom Indonesia (TLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI.
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07:00 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:05 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 38 at lower end of index mean range
05:25 EDTAAPLEricsson files suits against Apple in Germany, UK, Netherlands
Ericsson (ERIC) has filed suits against Apple (AAPL) in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Ericsson had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer has now expired. The proceedings in the three countries were recently initiated and refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.
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