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May 9, 2014
16:22 EDTMRK, GRPN, AOL, TGT, BAYRY, FEYE, WFM, AAPL, ATHN, ODP, NUS, TWTR, TSLAMarket finishes week mixed following earnings, Fed commentary
The major averages ended the week mixed after Fed Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress and a number of major companies reported weak earnings. MACRO NEWS: The labor market is "far from satisfactory" and inflation remains below the Fed's target, Yellen told Congress. Responding to questions on the Fed's exit strategy, Yellen said the FOMC plans to continue reducing QE purchases as long as Fed objectives are being met, but that a high degree of monetary accommodation is still warranted... U.S. economic data was mostly upbeat, with weekly jobless claims coming in better than expected and a services sector index beating the consensus outlook. However, first quarter productivity was estimated to have declined 1.7%, which was worse than the 1.1% drop predicted by economists... Away from the U.S., Chinese trade data for April was better than expected, but an index that measures the country's services sector fell slightly in April versus March. In Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi said the governing council was "comfortable" with easing at its next policy meeting. COMPANY NEWS: Tesla (TSLA), AOL (AOL), Whole Foods (WFM), Nu Skin (NUS), FireEye (FEYE), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks fell after they reported earnings. Conversely, Office Depot (ODP), Humana (HUM) and Electronics Arts (EA) rose following their results... Twitter (TWTR) tumbled this week after over 450M of its shares, which represent around 80% of the total shares outstanding, were permitted to be sold without the restrictions that were put in place by the companyís initial public offering. Other previously high flying Internet stocks also continued their recent descent... Shares of Apple (AAPL) were in-focus after Financial Times said that the iPhone and iPad maker is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics, the headphone maker co-founded by rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, for over $3B... Bayer (BAYRY) and Merck (MRK) announced the latest in a series of major deals in the pharmaceutical industry, with Bayer agreeing to acquire Merck's consumer care business for $14.2B... Target (TGT) announced that CEO Gregg Steinhafel would leave the company effective immediately. The credit card data breach that hit the company late last year occurred on Steinhafel's watch... Well-known investor David Einhorn said he is short shares of athenahealth (ATHN). Athenahealth is not a software company, but an outsourcing company, and expectations for its operating margins are too high, said Einhorn. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.4% to 16,583.34, the S&P 500 was down 0.1% to 1,878.48, and the Nasdaq was down 1.2% to 4,071.87.
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June 19, 2015
10:22 EDTTWTRRumor: Twitter active on rewewed takeover chatter by Google
Shares or Twitter (TWTR) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Google (GOOG) may make a bid for the company.
09:37 EDTAAPL, TWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTODPOffice Depot shareholders approve acquisition by Staples
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07:50 EDTTSLATesla wins $15M tax break from California, L.A. Times reports
Tesla Motors has won a $15M tax break from the state of California, the L.A. Times reports. The California Governorís Office of Business and Economic Development voted to include the auto maker among more than 60 companies that will share in an almost $50M tax break package, the report says. Tesla said it will use the money to add over 4,000 new jobs to its Bay Area factories and plants, enough jobs to make it the largest manufacturing employer in the state of California, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAOLArianna Huffington renews contract through 2019, NY Times reports
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has renewed her contract for four years, The New York Times reports. Huffington, whose contract had expired this year and had not signed a new one amid uncertainty surrounding the pending acquisition of Huffington Post parent AOL (AOL) by Verizon (VZ), will remain chairwoman, president and editor-in-chief of the publication. In a memo to staff members, Huffington commented that "After all my meetings and conversations with and the Verizon leadership, I am convinced that we will have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that will allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video." Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple Music unable to secure rights to '1989' album, BuzzFeed News reports
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June 18, 2015
15:36 EDTTWTRLowercase Capital's Sacca 'bullish' on Twitter, hopes it stays independent
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15:28 EDTTWTRLowercase Capital's Chris Sacca says he doesn't want to be Twitter CEO
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14:31 EDTAAPLApple said to plan video camera for next Watch, 9to5Mac reports
Apple plans to add a "FaceTime" video camera, more iPhone independence and additional premium-priced variants with the next iteration of the Apple Watch, but may only keep, or slightly improved, the existing battery life with the next device, reported 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
14:03 EDTTWTRTwitter to focus on live events with new 'Project Lightning,' BuzzFeed reports
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13:02 EDTAAPLWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
12:10 EDTAAPLContract electronic manufacturers underperform after Jabil results
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12:04 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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12:02 EDTTWTRTwitter to increase marketing efforts, run television ads, CNBC reports
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10:33 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices secured design win in next iPhone, says Citi
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he believes Analog Devices (ADI) has secured a design win in the next generation Apple (AAPL) iPhone. The win could contribute $160M in revenue and 10c in earnings per share in 2016, Danely tells investors today in a research note. He upped his price target for Analog shares to $66 from $55 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The analyst believes the Apple design win is already priced in with shares trading at 22 times his 2016 earnings estimate. Danely cites valuation for his Neutral rating on the stock.
07:30 EDTTWTRSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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07:09 EDTAAPLAlmost 20% of Apple Watch buyers have purchased spare band, Reuters says
Nearly 20% of Apple Watch buyers have also purchased a spare band for the watch, Reuters reports, citing data from Slice Intelligence. Slice estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M watches as of mid-June, the report says. The data shows that approximately 17% of Apple Watch shoppers have purchased more than one band, with the entry level sports brand as the highest seller at $49, Reuters says. Other popular bands are the quilted leather loop at $149 and the stainless steel link bracelet for $449. Reference Link
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