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October 20, 2014
07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:23 EDTAAPLJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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15:26 EDTAAPLApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
15:26 EDTAAPLStubHub announces integration with Apple Pay
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15:25 EDTAAPLRadioShack launches Apple Pay in stores next week
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15:03 EDTAAPLApple iPad, Mac updates not as exciting as iPhone but needed, says Piper Jaffray
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14:21 EDTAAPLApple trading down 1% after end of iPad event
14:20 EDTAAPLApple announces updated Mac mini, starting at $499
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14:20 EDTAAPLApple introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple (AAPL) unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, with 14.7M pixels. iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. iMac with Retina 5K comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel (INTC) Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz. iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping today with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD (AMD) Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a suggested retail price of $2,499.
14:16 EDTAAPLApple says updated Mac Mini starts at $499
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14:15 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac with Retina 5K to cost $2,499
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14:14 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac uses AMD Radeon R9 295 graphics processor
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14:14 EDTAAPLApple says new iMac uses Intel 3.5GHz quadcore i5 processor
14:12 EDTAAPLApple Introduces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
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14:09 EDTAAPLApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
14:07 EDTAAPLApple announces iMac with Retina 5K display
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14:03 EDTAAPLApple says iPad Mini 3 is $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, $599 for 128GB
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14:02 EDTAAPLApple announces iPad Mini 3
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14:02 EDTAAPLApple says iPad Air 2 is $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, $829 for 128GB
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13:53 EDTAAPLApple says new iPad Air 2 has TouchID
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13:42 EDTAAPLApple announces iPad Air 2
13:40 EDTAAPLApple reports OS X Yosemite available today as free upgrade
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13:39 EDTAAPLApple says over 225M iPads sold
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13:36 EDTAAPLApple says iOS 8.1 available for download Monday
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13:36 EDTAAPLApple says Yosemite OS X available today for free
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13:15 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Watch to ship early next year
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13:10 EDTAAPLApple says 500 new banks adding support for Apple Pay
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone preorders in China have set a new record
13:09 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6/6 Plus launch was biggest ever
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09:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into iPad event and Q4
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTAAPLAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:48 EDTAAPLSony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:34 EDTTMChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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13:43 EDTAAPLFirm says more apps downloaded from Google than Apple, 9to5Google says
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13:23 EDTAAPLScreenshots confirm Apple iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, 9to5Mac reports
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13:09 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
12:30 EDTAAPLApple to stop selling Fitbit devices in stores, Re/code reports
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10:45 EDTAAPLApple to host event to introduce new iPads
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
08:31 EDTAAPLApple added to Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
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06:54 EDTTMWatchdog says Toyota JV issued recall for over 93K vehicles, Reuters says
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06:44 EDTTMToyota issues recall for 1.67M cars due to brake defect, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:37 EDTAAPLGT Advanced executive sold shares before bankruptcy, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTAAPLIHS: Apple, Samsung set to drive fingerprint sensor market, DigiTimes says
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06:32 EDTMSFT, AAPLTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:28 EDTAAPLTSMC lands CPU orders for Apple's next-generation iPad, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple asks permission to lodge objections to GT bankrupcy in secret, Re/code says
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October 14, 2014
18:12 EDTTMToyota to manufacture SUVs in Turkey starting in 2016, Nikkei reports
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16:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages were mixed after three of the U.S.'s largest banks reported on their quarterly results and Germany slashed its economic forecasts for this year and next. Following the mostly solid earnings reports from the banks and Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investors appeared to breathe a sigh of relief and sent the averages higher in early trading. With oil prices falling almost 5% and settling at a recent low, the averages pared their gains and struggled in positive ground. Another late day slide ended with the averages mixed, as the Nasdaq led and the Dow lagged. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the International Energy Agency said in its monthly oil market report that world oil demand growth would be weaker than previously expected. Afterward, WTI crude oil futures fell 4.6% at $81.84, marking their biggest percentage drop since late 2012 and the lowest settlement for the benchmark in over two years. The National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's government cut its forecasts for gross domestic product growth to 1.2% in 2014 and 1.3% next year from its prior view of 1.8% growth this year and 2% in 2015. COMPANY NEWS: The first of America's big banks issued their quarterly reports, with JPMorgan's (JPM) headline earnings per share coming in below analysts’ consensus estimate, Wells Fargo (WFC) reporting in-line earnings and improved credit quality and Citigroup (C) posting better than expected adjusted third quarter profit. Citi, which also announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct, saw its stock fare the best among the three, rising $1.57, or 3.15%, to $51.47... Another Dow member, Johnson & Johnson, reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but its stock slid $2.11, or 2.13%, to $97.01. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Domino's Pizza (DPZ), which rose $8.58, or 11.33%, to $84.30 after the pizza chain owner and franchisor reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and revenue. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which advanced $3.59, or 7.92%, to $48.91 after the supplier of chips to Apple (AAPL) raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook and revenue guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Exactech (EXAC), which dropped $4.09, or 16.63%, to $20.50 after the company warned its Q3 income and revenue will likely miss its prior guidance. Also lower were shares of Gilead (GILD), which fell $4.26, or 4.2%, to $97.18 amid a number of developments. Competitor Johnson & Johnson said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and "competitive," which some may have read as an indication of a potential price cut, and Ireland said it plans to close its "Irish Double" tax loophole, which currently benefits Gilead. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.88, or 0.04%, to 16,315.19, the Nasdaq rose 13.52, or 0.32%, to 4,227.17, and the S&P 500 added 2.96, or 0.16%, to 1,877.70.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
14:02 EDTAAPLApple moves back to lows of the day, levels to watch
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13:18 EDTAAPLSkyworks guidance should be well above consensus, says Craig-Hallum
After Skyworks pre-announced September quarter upside, Craig-Hallum says it expects the company's revenue outlook for the December quarter to be well above consensus. The firm believes Skyworks is benefiting from record Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales. It estimates Skyworks has around $5.50 worth of content in the iPhone 6/6+, up from $4.80 in the iPhone 5S/5C. Craig-Hallum reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $62 price target.
10:49 EDTAAPLWells Fargo says spending more on compliance, risk management
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10:43 EDTAAPLSkyworks benefiting from gains at Apple, China 4G/LTE ramp, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its estimates on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company pre-announced better than expected Q4 results. The firm expects sustained tailwinds into and beyond next quarter for Skyworks based on continued shares gains at Apple (AAPL) and from rising 4G/LTE phone sales in China. Oppenheimer maintains its Outperform rating and $65 price target on Skyworks and says the stock remains one of its top picks.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Apple's price target to $110 and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside.
06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:37 EDTAAPLUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:34 EDTTMToyota reports September global hybrid sales surpassed 7M unit mark
Toyota announced global hybrid sales surpassed the 7M unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. Including hybrid vehicles launched this year, Toyota will introduce at total of 15 new hybrids globally through 2015. Hybrids launched this year comprise the Lexus Voxy Hybrid and Noah Hybrid in Japan only, and the Lexus NX 300h. This month Toyota will introduce the Lexus RC 300h. Toyota plans to continue expanding its hybrid lineup and increase the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles.
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTTMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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October 10, 2014
17:57 EDTAAPLGT Advanced calls Apple demands 'burdensome, oppressive,' Bloomberg reports
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17:14 EDTAAPLMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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16:02 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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15:30 EDTAAPLApple, Bose settle patent infringement litigation, CNBC reports
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10:12 EDTAAPLApple to remove Bose products from retail stores, MacRumors reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple underappreciated but Icahn estimates aggressive, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLApple given at least 3 days to block info in GT bankruptcy case, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAAPLAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
17:09 EDTAAPLApple upside potential is 'significant', Barron's says
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16:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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14:32 EDTAAPLIcahn says never discussed Netflix with Tim Cook
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14:23 EDTAAPLIcahn says expects a short squeeze on Apple
Carl Icahn is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
14:16 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple is an 'ecosystem', represents secular change in market
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13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
12:39 EDTAAPLIcahn says will never have proxy fight with Apple
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12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:11 EDTAAPLBrett Icahn says firm owns 53M shares of Apple, has not sold any
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10:22 EDTAAPLApple rises after Icahn urges more buybacks, Oppenheimer upgrades
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTTM, AAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:38 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple says accounts for 'all input' in evaluating capital returns, CNBC reports
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple says will continue to evaluate capital return program, CNBC reports
After Carl Icahn urged Apple to make a tender offer that would meaningfully accelerate and increase the magnitude of its share repurchases, the company said in a statement to CNBC that is always appreciates the input of its shareholders and will continue to evaluate its capital return program.
09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTAAPL, MSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should trade at $203 per share today
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08:42 EDTAAPLIcahn sees Apple launching UltraHD TV set in FY16
Carl Icahn stated in an open letter posted to his "Shareholder's Square Table" addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While Apple has not announced plans for a TV set and may never do so, we believe we have good enough reason to expect the introduction of an UltraHD TV set in FY 2016. We think television represents a large opportunity for Apple, one that reaches far beyond “the hobby” that Apple TV currently represents...As the home represents one compelling category for Apple, payments represents another...We estimate that, based upon Apple Pay’s rumored fee of 15 bps of all spend on credit and debit cards...and merchant deployment of NFC reaching 80%+ in 2017, Apple in the U.S. could generate revenues...of $2.5 billion in FY 2017 if it reaches 30% market share of all spend on U.S. credit and debit cards. The potential in the U.S. and internationally over a longer term is much larger."
08:41 EDTAAPLCooperman says Apple about 20% undervalued, still owns shares
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors is speaking on CNBC.
08:40 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:37 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:36 EDTAAPLIcahn requests Apple make tender offer for shares
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06:52 EDTAAPLTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:27 EDTTMToyota upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLNuance October calls active amid speculation Icahn speculation
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15:00 EDTAAPLApple shares climb following Icahn tweet of open letter to Tim Cook
Activist investor Carl Icahn tweeted that he is sending an open letter to Tim Cook tomorrow. This news along with the better tone in markets has helped lift the shares back above the psychologically important $100 level. Next resistance is at $101.79. Support is at $99.90.
14:54 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat, Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 20, November is at 26, December is at 24, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on Carl Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow.
14:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says to send open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple sends out invites for October 16 event, 9to5Mac reports
Apple has sent out invitations for its October 16 event that is expected to introduce new iPads and Macs, 9to5Mac reports. The event will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California and begin at 1pm ET. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAAPLApple 'surprised' by GT Advanced's Chapter 11 filing, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) says it was "surprised" by GT Advanced's (GTAT) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple says it is focused on preserving jobs in Arizona and will continue to work with state and local officials "as we consider our next steps." GT Advanced is a partner for Apple's sapphire initiative. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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09:57 EDTAAPLBlog reveals next-generation Apple iPad Air, 9to5Mac says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTMSFT, AAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
17:05 EDTAAPLApple iPhone gains market share among teens, says Piper
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster concluded from Piper's 2014 Teen Survey that interest in Apple's technology remained strong among teens. According to the survey, teen iPhone ownership rose to 67% from 61% in the Spring, and iPad ownership among teens that owned a tablet remained at 66%, the same as in the Spring. However, teen interest in the Apple Watch remained "tepid," as only 16% of teens would be interested in an Apple Watch at $350. Shares are Overweight rated with a $120 price target.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:01 EDTAAPLDunkin Donuts testing mobile ordering system, considering Apple Pay, NRN reports
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14:46 EDTAAPLApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire not used for iPhones because 'proved brittle,' WSJ says
Apple's (AAPL) decision to choose glass screens over GT Advanced's (GTAT) sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was because of "tests in which the synthetic sapphire proved brittle, cracking when phones were dropped from various heights and angles," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's decision to withhold GT Advanced's expected $139M payment was the tipping point for GT Advanced to declare bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter added. Reference Link
12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:52 EDTMSFTNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTAAPLSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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October 6, 2014
16:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and appeared ready to ride the wave of optimism from Friday’s jobs report into the new week. However, with little on the economic calendar to sustain the momentum, each of the major equity indexes had given up their gains by noon. The Dow and S&P 500 made it back to flat late in the session, but weakened into the close to end the day slightly lower. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the laggard throughout and ended the day with the most significant decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) climbed $1.67, or 4.74%, to $36.87 after it confirmed plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." After the announcement, HP shares were upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, while analysts at Cantor called the split "a bold and smart move" that will give HP the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses if an attractive offer emerges for either or both. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), which surged $10.36, or 74.64%, to $24.24 after the company agreed to be acquired by larger drugmaker Actavis (ACT) for $23.00 per share in cash, or approximately $675M, and contingent value rights for additional cash payments of up to $5.00 per share if certain regulatory or commercial milestones related to Durata's lead product are achieved. Also higher was CareFusion (CFN), which jumped $10.58, or 22.92%, to $56.75 after agreeing to be acquired by Becton Dickinson (BDX) for $49 in cash and 0.0777 of a share of BD for each share of CareFusion, or about $12.2B. Becton Dickinson rose $9.14, or 7.89%, to $124.98 after its deal, while Actavis slipped $2.12, or 0.86%, to $243.95, after its own, much smaller purchase. GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) plunged $10.22, or 92.46%, to 83c after the company announced that it and some of its units had commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code, which Raymond James believes implies a "fundamental, severe breakdown" of the company's relationship with Apple (AAPL). Also lower were shares of Sunesis (SNSS), which dropped $5.18, or 78.01%, to $1.46 and was downgraded at RBC Capital and Wells Fargo after a trial of a combination therapy for patients with first relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow slid 17.78, or 0.1%, to 16,991.91, the Nasdaq fell 20.82, or 0.47%, to 4,454.80, and the S&P 500 slipped 3.08, or 0.16%, to 1,964.82.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
14:01 EDTAAPLGT Advanced bankruptcy implies breakdown with Apple, says Raymond James
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11:41 EDTAAPLSolar companies sink after GT Advanced declares bankruptcy
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10:38 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus to launch in India on October 17, Times of India says
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in India beginning Friday, October 17 through authorized resellers, the Times of India reports. Pre-orders for the devices start on October 7. The 16GB version o the iPhone 6 will be available at Rs 53,500, the 64GB version is priced at Rs 62,500 and the 128GB version of the phone will sell for Rs 71,500; the 16GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for Rs 62,500, while the 64GB version will cost Rs 71,500 and the 128GB version will sell for Rs 80,500. Reference Link
09:48 EDTTMToyota recalls 2014 FJ Cruisers
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTAAPLSkyworks well positioned to benefit from iPhone upgrade cycle, says Canaccord
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07:41 EDTTMToyota hydrogen plans knocked by heads of Nissan, Daimler, WSJ says
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple updates software to protect against iWorm bug, MacRumors reports
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07:16 EDTAAPLiOS 8 adoption appear slower than its predecessors, 9to5Mac reports
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06:25 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 chip orders to remain high in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
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06:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft 2015 solution may not help suppress Chromebook growth, DigiTimes says
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