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June 11, 2014
12:27 EDTTBBK, SNDK, ULTA, AAPL, OREX, MU, SYNAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though the Nasdaq had almost made its way back to unchanged near noon. Equity futures were weak during the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The averages found a level a short time after the open, from where they have been mostly drifting, with the Dow weakening a bit and the Nasdaq firming. The oil inventory numbers released mid-morning were generally in-line with forecasts and had little effect on the market. Of note on the political front, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the first sitting majority leader to ever lose in a primary after Tea Party activist David Brat surprisingly, and handily, beat Cantor in Virginia. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the federal budget is due to be reported at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus forecast calling for a deficit of $131B. Also, the World Bank lowered its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year to 2.1%, which is down from its previous 2.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of chipmaker Synaptics (SYNA) surged 25% after the company confirmed last night that it had agreed to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which supplies display driver chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. Research firm Pacific Crest called the acquisition, which had been speculated about previously in media reports, "a game changer" for Synaptics, as the firm believes that Synaptics can position itself for additional sales to Apple and other companies by integrating display drivers into its touch controller. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty supply store operator Ulta Salon (ULTA), which jumped 14% after reporting better than expected Q1 results and reaffirming its FY14 guidance. Also higher were Micron (MU), which rose more than 5%, and SanDisk (SNDK), which advanced 3%, after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded both of their stocks by two notches to Buy from Underperform in notes to investors this morning. Among the noteworthy losers was The Bancorp (TBBK), which was downgraded to Neutral at BTIG and dropped 28% after the company's disclosure of an FDIC order requiring restrictions on certain activities at its bank subsidiary. Also lower was Orexigen (OREX), which fell more than 16%, after announcing that the FDA extended the review period for NB32, the company's investigational medication being evaluated for weight loss, by three months. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was down 82.42, or 0.49%, to 16,863.50, the Nasdaq was down 1.71, or 0.04%, to 4,336.28, and the S&P 500 was down 5.17, or 0.27%, to 1,945.62.
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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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 EDTAAPLApple 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
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16:37 EDTSYNASynaptics appoints Wajid Ali as CFO
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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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09:56 EDTAAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDCís 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 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTSYNASynaptics likely won LG and Samsung design wins, says OTR Global
OTR Global said Synaptics likely gained the TDDI chip for the new LG G4, the fingerprint sensor in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and a design win for a Lenovo smartphone expected to ship in late Q2.
08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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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
05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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