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June 11, 2014
11:24 EDTSYNA, AAPLSynaptics jumps after acquiring provider of chips to Apple
Shares of Synaptics (SYNA) are jumping after the company confirmed last night that it had agreed to buy Renesas SP Drivers. Synaptics develops gesture and touch sensing technologies for smartphones. Renesas SP Drivers supplies display driver chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. WHAT'S NEW: Synaptics announced that it would buy the outstanding shares of Renesas SP Drivers for $475M. Synaptics said the deal would increase its potential market by 1.5x and advance its touch and display driver integration initiative. Renesas SP Drivers generated about $650M in revenue in the year ending in March, Synaptics reported. Synaptics last night also raised its fourth quarter revenue guidance to $300M-$310M from $275M-$295M. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss wrote that the deal is positive for Synaptics, as the transaction will help the company rapidly scale and accelerate the deployment of its fully integrated touch display driver solutions. The deal will also help Synaptics expand its potential market, according to Stoss, who raised his price target on the shares to $90 from $80 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, John Vinh, an analyst at research firm Pacific Crest, called the acquisition "a game changer" for Synaptics in a note to investors earlier today. By integrating display drivers into its touch controller, Synaptics can position itself for additional sales to Apple and other companies, Vinh believes. The analyst raised his price target on Synaptics to $110 from $80 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported on May 27, citing sources, that Japan's Renesas planned to sell its 55% stake in the unit, which the news service said is the sole supplier of display driver chips for the iPhone, to Synaptics. Apple had also been in talks about a possible purchase of the unit, but the sources said those talks failed to progress, according to Reuters. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Synaptics jumped $14.64, or 22%, to $81.14.
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August 14, 2014
07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says itís likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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August 8, 2014
16:16 EDTAAPLU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTAAPLChina refutes report of Apple product procurement ban, Re/code reports
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