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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTTWX, VIAB, DIS, CBS, LCI, IBM, AAPL, TXT, PNC, BAC, BABA, YHOO, INTC, THC, HCA, FOXA, DISCAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher on the heels of solid earnings reports from a few corporate bellwethers as well as some completed acquisition deals and a high-profile rejected one. The market began to lose some steam during the second hour of trading as Fed Chairwoman Yellen began her second day of testimony in Washington on the economy. 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. The Fed's Beige Book is expected to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO parent Time Warner (TWX) jumped more than 15% 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). According to the report, Fox indicated that it would sell its news channel CNN, which could be sought by CBS (CBS) or Disney's (DIS) ABC, as part of the proposal. Before the opening bell both Time Warner and Fox confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and 21st Century Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Other media stocks were trading higher after the news, with Discovery Communications (DISCA) rising 6.5% and Viacom class B shares (VIAB) gaining 4%... Shares of Intel (INTC) advanced 7.5% after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Among other S&P 500 companies reporting earnings, Textron (TXT) advanced, while Bank of America (BAC) and PNC Financial (PNC) declined... Apple (AAPL) gained 1% and IBM (IBM) advanced more than 2% after the companies announced a deal to partner on mobile products for corporations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied 7% after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose 9% after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Lannett (LCI), which fell 14% after announcing that it has received interrogatories and subpoena from the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General concerning its investigation into pricing of the drug digoxin. Also lower after its earnings report was Yahoo! (YHOO), which fell 4.5%. In addition to reporting results, the company announced last night that it has amended its share repurchase agreement with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (BABA), reducing the number of shares that Yahoo is required to sell at the IPO to 140M shares from 208M. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 64.71, or 0.38%, to 17,125.39, the Nasdaq was up 18.55, or 0.42%, to 4,434.94, and the S&P 500 was up 7.08, or 0.36%, to 1,980.36.
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September 2, 2014
19:59 EDTTWXTime Warner said to plan buyout offers to boost profit, Bloomberg reports
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16:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 2, 2014
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14:32 EDTAAPLApple says no breach in iCloud or Find my iPhone
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12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:47 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox risk/reward positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that 21st Century Fox's stock can climb 30% if the company meets its EBITDA target of $8.1B. If the company misses the target by $300M, the stock may only drop 3%, estimated the firm, which keeps a $46 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:36 EDTVIAB, DISDisney wins another weekend with 'Guardians,' LA Times reports
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07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:07 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 2 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:34 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD YHOO
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06:34 EDTDIS, TWXA+E Networks could buy 10% of Vice Media for $250M, WSJ reports
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
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