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July 16, 2014
16:24 EDTTWX, FOXA, AAPL, IBM, INTC, YHOO, THC, HCA, ROSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
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October 14, 2014
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTAAPLDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
07:24 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Apple's price target to $110 and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside.
07:24 EDTINTCIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
06:29 EDTINTCTSMC and rivals racing to pack computer power in each chip, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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