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News For TM;AAPL;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
18:36 EDTAAPLApple $450M e-book settlement approved by court, Reuters says
A U.S. judge issued final approval to Apple's agreement to pay $450M to settle claims it hurt consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, Reuters reports. Reference Link
17:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft remains a Buy, Barron's says
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
15:08 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 21, 2014
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14:08 EDTMSFTHacker group releases login info for three gaming networks, CNet says
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13:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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13:17 EDTAAPLSquare to accept Apple Pay in 2015, CNN reports
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10:38 EDTMSFTJefferies says Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Symantec facing significant problems
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10:32 EDTTMToyota to recall 422K Lexus models for possible fuel leak, Reuters reports
Toyota is recalling 422.5K Lexus models due to possible fuel leaks that increase the risk of fire, Reuters reports. The models include 2007-2010 Lexus LS, 2006-2011 GS and 2006-2011 IS. Reference Link
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN TSLA BIDU CLF DOW LVS BABA TWTR GILD
08:14 EDTTMHonda warned Takata on airbags years before recalls, WSJ reports
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November 20, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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15:44 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $125 at Evercore ISI
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08:16 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $126 from $115 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley survey indicates investors are underestimating Apple iWatch demand. The firm is modeling 30M watches in CY15 vs. buy-side forecasts of 10M-12M. Ultimately, the analyst believes the wearable market will hit 530M in 2020 and potentially a 1B units in its bull case. Morgan Stanley raised CY15 EPS forecast to $8.40 from $8.20 on higher watch and ASP forecasts. Shares of Apple are Overweight rated.
07:57 EDTTMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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07:11 EDTTMBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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