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January 10, 2014
09:35 EDTBAC, AAPL, SHLD, TWTR, GOOG, AAActive equity options trading on open
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August 19, 2015
11:14 EDTAAPLApple to open first Middle East store this year, Bloomberg reports
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10:42 EDTGOOGAnalyst increases Google price target by $265, upgrades to buy
Research firm Atlantic Equities upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight from Market Weight, saying that it is more upbeat on the company's search business, while YouTube is becoming a major growth driver. Additionally, the search giant's margins look poised to improve, the firm stated. Overweight is Atlantic's equivalent of a buy rating. WHAT'S NEW: Google's second quarter results showed that its search business is weathering the transition to mobile better than expected, Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell stated in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, YouTube's revenue, despite growing very quickly, can rise even further since it still accounts for just roughly 5% of global TV viewing outside of China, according to Cordwell. Additionally, the movement of ad dollars from conventional TV to online TV looks set to accelerate, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Google is undertaking initiatives that should cause the amount of money it obtains from each mobile click to rise, the analyst believes. Commenting on the outlook for Google's margins, Cordwell believes that they should be boosted by the cost cuts being undertaken by the company's new CFO. The analyst raised his price target on the company's Class A shares to $825 from $560. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Google's common stock rose $2.60 to $658.73 and its Class A shares rose $2.70 to $691.43.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:33 EDTTWTR, AAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices growth being driven by Apple, says Jefferies
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06:53 EDTGOOGDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple Stores to shift iPod stock to shelves, drop iPad smart signs, 9to5Mac says
Apple plans to make changes at its stores by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, 9to5Mac reports, citing several Apple Retail managers briefed on the plans. Apple will start to roll out these changes overnight on Tuesday of next week in the U.S., the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 18, 2015
18:43 EDTAAPLApple denies report of 48% Apple Music retention rate, The Verge says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTAAPL48% of Apple Music listeners give up streaming, Cult of Mac says
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15:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces OnHub router
In a post to its official blog, Google said "While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we're streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK, we're launching OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi. Instead of headaches and spotty connections, OnHub gives you Wi-Fi that's fast, secure, and easy to use." Reference Link
12:54 EDTSHLDEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
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09:29 EDTAAMorgan Stanley lowers Metals & Mining sector price targets by 33%
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06:30 EDTAAPLU.S. PTO views Apple D'677 iPhone design patent as invalid, Foss Patents says
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06:15 EDTAAPLNew Apple TV's OS to be TV-optimized version of iOS 9, 9to5Mac reports
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06:02 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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05:55 EDTAAPLQualcomm to supply all modem chips for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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