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June 11, 2014
11:24 EDTAAPL, SYNASynaptics 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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November 17, 2014
09:59 EDTSYNASynaptics to host analyst meeting
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
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).
16:01 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
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTAAPLBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
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