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June 11, 2014
12:27 EDTOREX, MU, SYNA, TBBK, SNDK, ULTA, AAPLOn 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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November 17, 2015
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:02 EDTAAPLAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:29 EDTULTAULTA Beauty December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
ULTA Beauty November call option implied volatility is at 41, December is at 52, March is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 3.
07:56 EDTMUUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTMU, AAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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12:05 EDTSYNASynaptics to host analyst and investor meeting
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10:43 EDTULTAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:25 EDTSNDK, AAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:37 EDTMU, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
07:39 EDTSNDKNetlist says appeals court upholds validity of LRDIMM patent against Inphi
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
05:57 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: Q3 Mobile DRAM sales rise 18%, DigiTimes says
Mobile DRAM revenue in Q3 was up 18% sequentially to $4.55B, reports DigiTimes. According to DRAMeXchange, SK Hynix made the largest contribution to the growth with revenues surging 30.5% to $1.2B while Samsung remained the largest DRAM supplier with revenue increasing 16.5% to $2.58B. Samsung continued to hold a more than 50% share of the global mobile DRAM market in the quarter. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook expects 'huge' Watch sales this year, IE says
In an interview with Irish Independent published Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects "huge" Apple Watch sales this year. Cook added that he sees iPad sales rebounding, and said the company does not plan a combined iPad-Mac device. Reference Link
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