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April 24, 2012
16:54 EDTIBM, AAPL, AFFY, MMM, T, NFLX, ALGN, UTX, BIGOn 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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February 20, 2015
11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:27 EDTUTXUnited Tech's Sikorsky may look to make military helicopters in India, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTIBMIBM to host investor day
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14:06 EDTTDirecTV says on track to close deal with AT&T before end of 1H
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12:58 EDTAAPLRecent Apple hires have backgrounds in automotive hardware, 9to5Mac says
Many of the automotive experts poached by Apple (AAPL) come from automotive hardware backgrounds, strongly hinting at development beyond automotive software, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the company. The new hires have backgrounds in motor and gearbox design, safety components, transmissions, power trains, drive trains, electric vehicle batteries, hybrid vehicles, interior vehicle components, and other areas. Reference Link
11:51 EDTAAPLCiti, RBC lay out reasons to be bullish on Apple
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10:01 EDTMMM3M acquires health care products manufacturer Ivera Medical
3M announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ivera Medical, a manufacturer of health care products that disinfect and protect devices used for access into a patient’s bloodstream. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Ivera employs approximately 60 people and has annual sales of approximately $30M. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015. On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be neutral to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction.
09:35 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
08:54 EDTTAT&T fiber-optic internet charges users $29 to avoid tracking, WSJ says
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08:50 EDTAAPLApple could return $150B-$200B to shareholders, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Apple could return $150B-$200B to its shareholders over the next three years. The firm expects the company to return 100% of its annual free cash flow to shareholders. It raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple Pay faces resistance from China, MarketWatch says
Apple (AAPL) is attempting to launch Apple Pay in China, but a People's Bank of China official stated the company has not acknowledged regulators and "it's unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements,” while talks with state-owned card payment operator UnionPay "have stalled" according to sources close to the companies, reports MarketWatch. Alibaba (BABA) currently operates the similar Alipay service and an Alibaba employee stated the two companies "have stayed in contact and are preparing for several projects," but because all payments go through UnionPay, Apple's entry into the market is ultimately controlled by the state-owned firm. The Chinese government has raised numerous concerns regarding Apple Pay, and is demanding the company open a mainland China data center to house customer information. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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07:12 EDTIBMWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTAAPLA123 Systems sues Apple for poaching employees, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons for why Apple shares are going higher
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