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April 24, 2012
12:17 EDTNFLX, ALGN, WAT, BIG, SANM, HSY, CXW, SQNM, LXK, BHI, IBM, AAPL, CSL, MMM, T, PH, F, UTXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, following better than expected earnings from three more Dow components. The Nasdaq is being weighed on by a slide in Apple's (AAPL) shares, which are down about 2% ahead of tonight's earnings report. AT&T's (T) report of its quarterly iPhone activations added to recent weakness in that much watched stock. The futures action led to a mixed opening for the market and the averages have moved in a fairly narrow range since the opening bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the S&P/Case Shiller 20-city composite home price index gained 0.2% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, matching forecasts and marking the first time the reading has risen since April of last year. Without adjusting for seasonal differences, the survey fell to its lowest level since the housing market downturn began. New single-family home sales dropped in March but beat analysts' expectations as the government upwardly revised its sales figures for February, January and December. The new data and adjustments resulted in a seasonally adjusted 328,000 unit annual sales rate. U.S. consumer confidence edged slightly lower in April to 69.2, versus expectations of a 69.6 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to 14, up from 7 the month prior and above the forecast for a 6 reading. In Europe, a Dutch bond sale went off without problems the day after its government collapsed over budget cuts... COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) led all Dow advancers, rising 3.5%, following its better than expected earnings. Shares of United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) also rose after both reported earnings that beat consensus. IBM (IBM) was another source of Dow strength after the company increased its dividend and share repurchase authorization... Fitch restored its credit ratings on Ford Motor (F) to investment grade for the first time since 2005... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Carlisle (CSL), Baker Hughes (BHI), Parker Hannifin (PH) and Hershey (HSY); decliners included Waters (WAT), Lexmark (LXK) and Sanmina-SCI (SANM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Align Technology (ALGN), up about 15%, after its earnings and guidance beat the Street's view, and Sequenom (SQNM), up more than 10%, after William Blair said in a note to investors that the company's MaterniT21 test volumes could top consensus estimates. Noteworthy losers included Big Lots (BIG), down over 20%, following at least four downgrades after the company lowered its same store sales view, and Netflix (NFLX), down 13%, after the company posted a quarterly loss and gave lower than anticipated domestic subscriber guidance for Q2. Also lower were shares of Corrections Corporation of America (CXW), down almost 8%, after California announced plans to overhaul its prisons and cut billions in prison spending... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 105.88, or 0.82%, to 13,033.05; the Nasdaq was down 0.84, or 0.03%, to 2,969.61; and the S&P 500 was up 7.15, or 0.52%, to 1,374.09.
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June 23, 2015
08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
07:41 EDTIBMRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTIBMOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPLOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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14:31 EDTMMM3M files patent infringement suit in Korea against LMS Co. Ltd.
3M Innovative Properties Co. and 3M Korea Ltd. filed a patent infringement lawsuit on June 19 in the Seoul Central District Court against LMS Co. Ltd. The suit alleges that certain LMS Co. Ltd. light management film package products, including a light management film package product sold under the product name of XLAS, infringe 3Ms Korean Patent No. 1,074,570 titled "Method for Stacking Surface Structured Optical Films." 3Ms microreplicated stacked prism films, including 3M Advanced Structured Optical Composites (ASOC), are integrated into LCD displays. The prism films direct light to enable a thinner and more energy-efficient electronic display.
13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPL, F, TActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTBIGBig Lots launches Big Lots Latino
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $950 on business momentum at BTIG
BTIG raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $950 from $600 citing business model momentum. The firm's analyst believes Netflix can grow substantially beyond 50M domestic subs. In addition, as the MVPD bundle unravels, BTIG expects consumers will have money to spend on Netflix and other SVOD services. As the price/value of Netflix grows, the firm believes there is substantial upside potential to its ARPU estimates. BTIG expects Worldwide streaming subs to expand to over 108M by 2017, up from 101M, compared to 57M at year-end 2014. Furthermore, BTIG believes Netflix could reach 140M global subscribers by 2020.
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
05:39 EDTIBMNidec, IBM Japan to jointly develop IoT Technology
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