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May 9, 2014
16:22 EDTGRPN, AOL, TGT, BAYRY, FEYE, WFM, AAPL, ATHN, ODP, NUS, TWTR, TSLA, MRKMarket 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 company’s 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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January 14, 2015
11:42 EDTTSLATesla sinks after Musk warns of slowdown in China
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11:23 EDTAAPLIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:14 EDTAAPLGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:01 EDTAAPLAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:39 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:36 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTTSLA, AAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:34 EDTMRKMerck and Practice Fusion's health vaccine initiative shows positive results
Merck and Practice Fusion announced the results of a recent collaboration designed to improve public health outcomes through a Population Health Management program for adult vaccines. Launched in April, the program contributed to a statistically significant relative increase in recorded vaccinations among eligible patients on Practice Fusion's EHR platform. During the four-month test period, Practice Fusion observed a 73% relative increase in recorded vaccinations in test versus control patients.
08:27 EDTAAPLGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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08:04 EDTATHNathenahealth to acquire RazorInsights
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07:37 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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07:35 EDTTSLATesla demand slowdown in China temporary, says RW Baird
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07:34 EDTTSLADeutsche Bank to hold a conference
2015 Global Auto Industry Conference is being held in Detroit on January 13-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 14 at 7:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:51 EDTTSLAMusk: Tesla will not turn profitable until 2020, WSJ reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLCirrus Logic upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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06:29 EDTAAPLCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTAAPLEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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