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September 15, 2014
17:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 73c to 29.34 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP NFLX YHOO FB VLO according to Track Data.
12:59 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Android One smartphones in India
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12:23 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 pre-orders imply slight upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
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11:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
11:09 EDTAAPLRadioShack rises after CFO resigns, analyst suggests Amazon should buy stores
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10:04 EDTAAPLAT&T to particularly benefit from strong Apple iPhone 6 demand, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA RSH YHOO GILD TWTR AVNR NFLX BAC C
08:32 EDTAAPLMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
08:32 EDTAAPLApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:09 EDTAAPLUSA Technologies can benefit as Apple Pay drives interest, says H.C. Wainwright
H.C. Wainwright expects Apple's (AAPL) payment entry to validate the mobile wallet concept, which can shift the balance in the industry and benefit USA Technologies (USAT). The firm noted that USA Tech provides the backbone of the operation behind Softcard, the mobile wallet joint venture owned by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-Mobile (TMUS), and the firm believes that this system may "somehow" be absorbed into Apple Pay (AAPL) in the future. H.C. Wainwright reiterates its Buy rating on USA Technologies.
07:51 EDTAAPLApple Watch could provide one-third of 2015 growth, says UBS
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07:36 EDTAAPLPayment networks to hand over 0.15% of Apple Pay purchases to Apple, FT reports
According to two sources familiar with the matter, banks and payment networks will give 0.15% of each Apple Pay purchase to Apple, or 15c out of a $100 purchase, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
07:29 EDTSNESony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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07:26 EDTAAPLTwo U.S. hospitals initiate trials using Apple HealthKit, Reuters says
Two major hospitals in the U.S. are poised to initiate trials using Apple's Healthkit with diabetics and chronic disease patients, reported Reuters. The trials will showcase how the tech giant's healthcare goals will actually work when implemented. Reference Link
07:24 EDTGOOGTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTGOOGSNIA to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple in midst of another super cycle, says Cantor
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06:44 EDTAAPLeBay risks from Apple likely overstated, says Citigroup
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