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October 5, 2015
06:11 EDTAAPLApple iOS users in China, Taiwan targeted by ad-focused malware
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06:00 EDTAAPLReports: iPhone 6s & 6s Plus were weaker than iPhone 6 in Japan, DigiTimes says
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October 4, 2015
19:47 EDTTMAutomakers ask for easier European emissions tests, NY Times says
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October 2, 2015
16:46 EDTAAPLStocks end week higher after Friday reversal following disappointing jobs data
U.S. markets fell sharply following a weaker than expected nonfarm payrolls report on Friday morning, but rallied back to finish the day, and the week, slightly higher. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., 142,000 nonfarm jobs were added last month, missing expectations for 201,000 job additions. Average hourly earnings were flat month-over-month, compared to expectations for them to rise 0.2% in September. The unemployment rate held at 5.1%, as expected. Factory orders fell 1.7% in August, versus expectations for them to drop 1.2%. Personal income grew 0.3% in August, versus expectations for it to rise 0.4%. Personal spending rose 0.4% last month, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in September, as a confidence reading strengthened to 103.0. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index inched up to 53.1 in the final September reading, compared to the preliminary September figure of 53.0. ISM's manufacturing index fell to 50.2 in September, versus expectations for a reading of 50.6... Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7, but monthly manufacturing data was still released. The government's official manufacturing PMI ticked up to 49.8, beating expectations for a 49.6 reading, while the final Caixin/Markit PMI fell to 47.2 in September, though that was slightly improved from an earlier flash estimate of 47. In Japan, the central bank's quarterly tankan survey of large manufacturers for the September quarter came in at positive 12, compared with expectations for a positive 13 reading. Elsewhere in Asia, the Reserve Bank of India made a larger than expected cut to its interest rates, lowering its benchmark policy rate to 6.75% from 7.25%... In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for September came in at 52.0, down from August's final 52.3 reading but still in expansion territory. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) reported that it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. However, shares of the tech giant slid following the announcement... Biotech stocks continued recent declines, with Valeant (VRX) dropping after a group of Democratic congressmen urged additional scrutiny of the company's "price hike" business model... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey was set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday, but no announcement had been made by the company by the end of the week. Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell after Stefan Larsson stepped down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, while the latter company's shares were upgraded and traded higher in the wake of the executive shake-up... On the M&A front, Reynolds American (RAI) announced that the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks will be sold to the Japan Tobacco Group in an all-cash transaction with a value of about $5B. Nexstar (NXST) proposed to acquire Media General (MEG) for a combination of cash and shares that was valued at $14.50 per Media General share before the proposal was made public on September 28. Media General, which previously announced an agreement to buy Meredith Corporation (MDP), said it would "carefully review and consider the proposal" with the help of its advisors. Shares of Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR) both advanced after the companies announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales grew 12% in September compared to the same month of last year. Additionally, the auto giant hosted a global business update event, where it announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects and confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. Meanwhile, Ford (F) said its U.S. sales rose 23% in September and Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) U.S. sales increased 14% last month... FXCM (FXCM) disclosed that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving "a small number of unauthorized wire transfers from customer accounts" and Experian (EXPGY) announced that one of its units experienced an attack by hackers that exposed data from its client T-Mobile (TMUS)... Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM) and Melco Crown (MPEL) all advanced at the end of the week following reports that the Chinese government may provide economic support to the gaming center Macau, where the companies operate casinos. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 0.96% to close at 16,472.37, the S&P 500 rose about 1.02% to close at 1,951.36, and the Nasdaq advanced about 0.43% to close at 4,707.77.
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 2, 2015
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14:09 EDTAAPLApple November weekly volatility elevated
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14:08 EDTAAPLApple acquires speech technology start-up VocalIQ, FT reports
Apple confirmed that it has acquired speech technology start-up VocalIQ, whose software helps computers and people communicate in a more natural dialogue, reported Financial Times. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," Apple stated. Reference Link
12:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Havok from Intel, terms not disclosed
In a company blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said, "Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel (INTC). As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok's development tools to partners." Reference Link
10:03 EDTAAPLTarget to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Anthem (ANTM) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... BioMarin (BMRN) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Brookfield Property (BPY) initiated with a Buy at Evercore IS... Carbylan (CBYL) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Cigna (CI) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Community Health (CYH) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Domino's Pizza (DPZ) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Envision Healthcare (EVHC) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... First Merchants (FRME) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... FirstService (FSV) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... HCA Holdings (HCA) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Horizon Bancorp (HBNC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... LifePoint (LPNT) initiated with a Buy at Citi... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Madison Square Garden (MSG) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... MainSource Financial (MSFG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... McDonald's (MCD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... MutualFirst Financial (MFSF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Old Dominion (ODFL) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Papa John's (PZZA) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Parsley Energy (PE) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Radian Group (RDN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Rogers Corporation (ROG) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley... Smart & Final Stores (SFS) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Sprint (S) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... State National (SNC) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... T-Mobile (TMUS) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Tenet (THC) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... UnitedHealth (UNH) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Universal Health (UHS) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Wendy's (WEN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Yum! Brands (YUM) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTTMToyota recalling 423,456 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 423,456 model year 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 27, 2008, to December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint the connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor. Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would not function, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
07:26 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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06:12 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says reality of an Apple car is increasing
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says the reality of an Apple car is increasing after a Wall Street Journal article suggested a target ship date in 2019. Every 40,000 units at a $75,000 average selling price would add 1% to 2021 revenue, Munster tells investors in a research note titled "Car Would Yield Small Initial Revenue, But Big Enough To Move Needle Long Term." By comparison, Tesla (TSLA) produced 35,000 cars in 2014, he points out. If Apple in 20 years could become as successful as BMW, which produced 1.8M cars in 2014, it could yield $135B in revenue, Munster writes. He continues to view the car as positive for Apple's valuation multiple and keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $172 price target. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 72c to $109.58.
October 1, 2015
19:06 EDTAAPLApple Car production 'increasingly likely,' says Piper Jaffray
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, ASUSTeK Computer broaden patent licensing engagement
Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 1, 2015
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13:26 EDTAAPLAmazon to end sale of Apple, Google streaming devices, Bloomberg says
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12:44 EDTAAPLApple chip suppliers fall after report iPhone maker may lower chip orders
Shares of chip makers for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone are sliding after a DigiTimes article said the iPhone maker may curtail its chip orders for the fourth quarter. WHAT'S NEW: According to the DigiTimes report, Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in the third quarter and 65M-70M units in Q4. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 28, Apple announced it has sold more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models just three days after launch, a new record for the company. According to an iFixit report from September 25, a teardown of the new iPhone 6S Plus revealed components supplied by Qualcomm (QCOM), Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO), Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Cirrus Logic (CRUS) and Texas Instruments (TXN), among others. Other chip makers that have been mentioned as possible Apple suppliers in the past include Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated Products. (MXIM) and ON Semiconductor (ON). PRICE ACTION: In midday trading shares of the aforementioned chip makers are all lower with Qorvo, Avago, NXP and Analog Devices down approximately 4% to 5%. Apple is down about 1.4%.
11:14 EDTTMToyota reports September U.S. sales up 16.2% to 194,370 units
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