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June 11, 2014
12:27 EDTULTA, AAPL, OREX, MU, SYNA, TBBK, SNDKOn 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.
News For SYNA;AAPL;SNDK;MU;ULTA;TBBK;OREX From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
09:44 EDTAAPLApple drops sharply, cuts losses
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
09:27 EDTAAPLApple CEO says business in China strong through July, August
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09:18 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple drops in pre-market
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08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated
Apple August weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, September is at 45, October is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36; suggesting large near term price movement.
06:27 EDTAAPLRoku tops Google in streaming media device sales, Parks Associates says
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06:22 EDTAAPLTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple announces repair program for blurry iPhone 6 Plus cameras
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05:45 EDTAAPLStocks with implied volatility movement; AAPL EFA
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August 23, 2015
19:03 EDTAAPLApple hires Tesla engineer for 'special projects' division
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14:23 EDTMU, AAPLApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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12:49 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may be working on smart bands for Watch, Apple Insider says
Apple may be working on "smart bands" for the Apple Watch product in order to add more health tracking functions, reports Apple Insider, citing Czech website Letem Svetem Applem. Citing unnamed sources, the Czech website said Apple is planning to announce new bands that will connect the hidden port of the Apple Watch and add functionality to the device. The smart bands could launch as early as 2016. Reference Link
12:43 EDTAAPLJim Chanos says still long Apple, short HP
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10:23 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:11 EDTAAPLDaimler AG could collaborate with Google, Apple, Reuters says
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06:01 EDTAAPLABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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