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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 18, 2014
08:13 EDTMUMicron announces CFO Foster to retire in 2015
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $130 from $115 at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTAAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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05:58 EDTMUMicron implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
09:59 EDTSYNASynaptics to host analyst meeting
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09:36 EDTMU, AAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
06:08 EDTMUMicron implied volatility of 33 at lower end of index mean range
November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:52 EDTMUGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
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