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April 24, 2012
16:54 EDTBIG, IBM, AAPL, AFFY, MMM, T, NFLX, ALGN, UTXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with AT&T (T) supporting the Dow and Apple (AAPL) dragging on the Nasdaq. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading but the Nasdaq futures moved lower as shares of Apple turned down. The futures action led to a mixed open for the broader market, which is the way it remained for most of the session. Early in the day the new home sales report showed that home sales declined but an upward revision to previous months' figures pushed the annual sales rate above expectations. All three major indices moved higher briefly after that report, but they soon turned mixed again, where they would drift for the rest of the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new single-family home sales dropped in March but the sales rate beat analysts' expectations as the government upwardly revised its sales figures for prior months, resulting in a seasonally adjusted 328,000-unit annual sales rate. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-city composite home price index fell to its lowest level since the housing market downturn began, but on a seasonally adjusted basis the index gained 0.2% in February. U.S. consumer confidence slipped a bit in April to 69.2, versus expectations of a 69.6 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to 14 from 7 a month ago... COMPANY NEWS: AT&T, United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) all rose after reporting earnings that beat consensus. Also powering the Dow higher were shares of IBM (IBM), rising 0.69% after the company increased its dividend and share repurchase authorization... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Align Technology (ALGN), up $4.32, or 15.74%, to $31.76, after its earnings and guidance beat the Street's view, and Affymax (AFFY), up $1.36, or 11.73%, to $12.95, after announcing that its OMONTYS Injection is now available only for use in treating anemia due to chronic kidney disease in adult patients on dialysis. Noteworthy losers included Big Lots (BIG), down $11.00, or 24.06%, to $34.71, after the company lowered its same store sales view, and Netflix (NFLX), down $14.16, or 13.90%, to $87.68, following its earnings report... INDICES: The Dow rose 74.39, or 0.58%, to 13,001.56; the Nasdaq dropped 8.85, or 0.30%, to 2,961.60; and the S&P 500 added 5.03, or 0.37%, to 1,371.97.
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15:01 EDTTFCC stops 180-day clock in Comcast, AT&T deal proceedings
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple hits session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1.2% to $122.85 at time of writing. At that price initial support is at the low of the day at $122.58 and then at $120.17.
12:51 EDTMMM3M completes acquisition of Ivera Medical
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10:34 EDTAAPLApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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10:04 EDTAAPLApple 'well beyond concept stage' for electric car, Apple Insider says
Apple is "well beyond the concept stage" on its electric car codenamed Titan, reports Apple Insider, citing two people with knowledge of the project. The sources said Apple received shipments of components to a site "minutes" away from the Cupertino campus, and "serious work" is underway. Reference Link
09:50 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
Management discusses IBM Mainframe z13 in a meeting being held in Armonk, New York on March 13 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
09:20 EDTTBofA/Merrill media/telecom analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Media & Telecom Analyst Reif-Cohen and Barden, along with Matthew Brill, Pratner at Latham & Watkins LLP, discuss the FCC Open Internet Order on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 13 at 11 am.
09:05 EDTMMMIdentiv announces partnership with 3M
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07:05 EDTUTXUnited Technologies to buyback $2.65B under accelerated share repurchase plans
United Technologies (UTX) disclosed in a regulatory filing that it entered into accelerated share repurchase, or ASR, agreements with each of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to repurchase an aggregate of $2.65B of the company's common stock. Under the terms of the ASR agreements, the company will make a $1.325B payment to each of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley on March 13 and will receive from each of them on the same day an initial delivery of 9,289,426 shares of the company's common stock. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the average of the daily volume-weighted average prices of the company's common stock during the term of the ASR transaction, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR agreements. The final settlement of the transactions under the ASR agreements is expected to occur no later than the fourth quarter of 2015 and may be accelerated at the option of Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley, as the case may be.
07:03 EDTUTXUnited Technologies to buyback $2.65B under accelerated share repurchase plans
07:00 EDTAAPLNew MacBook to support third-party battery packs, chargers, 9to5Mac says
Apple's forthcoming MacBook will reportedly support "most" USB-C accessories, including external battery packs, third party chargers, external video adapters, and even allowing other Macs to charge the MacBook, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the situation. Sources say Apple will not be blocking or limiting any accessories, opening up the market for third party accessories. Reference Link
06:55 EDTIBMIBM considering using bitcoin tech for major currencies, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 11,000 people have signed up to study using ResearchKit
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06:21 EDTUTXUnited Technologies considered selling Sikorsky several times, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTAAPLMillenials not completely sold on the Apple Watch, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTUTXUnited Technologies CEO says Pratt CapEx needs to go down, Financial Times says
United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes said Pratt & Whitney CapEx will "have to come down" to a more sustainable level so that the company can afford the next "innovative investment" when it sees the opportunity, reports the Financial Times. Pratt is in the middle of investing $10B to introduce the new Geared Turbofan engine for narrow-body jets and wil lmake $2.6B capital investments this year. Reference Link
05:54 EDTAAPLReport: MacBook unlikely to exceed 450K in 1H15 sales, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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