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July 30, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOG, FBFacebook plans drone test later this year, AP says
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18:13 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The market began the session in negative territory following the release of second quarter GDP data below economists' estimates. Continuing this morning's slow start, the indexes churned in negative territory for the first half of the day before turning mixed near noon. The Dow and S&P generally lagged behind the Nasdaq, with the S&P narrowly edging into positive territory by session close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product was estimated to have grown at a 2.3% annualized rate in the second quarter, though expectations were for GDP growth of 2.7%. The government also upwardly revised its estimate of first quarter GDP growth to 0.6% from a prior estimate of 0.2% contraction in the period. Initial jobless claims rose 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended July 25, which was a bit below the expected 270,000 first-time claims. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) reported earnings and revenues last night that topped expectations, but its shares slid $1.78, or 1.84%, to $95.21 as the social network's growth in daily averages users fell a bit short of the consensus forecast and may have missed the high, "whisper" expectations for its report... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) sunk 11.61% to $36.08 and hit a 52-week low of $35.57 during the session after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected profit guidance. Several analysts downgraded shares of the organic foods grocer in the wake of its quarterly report and outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was T-Mobile (TMUS), which advanced $1.82, or 4.91%, to $38.86 after handily beating analyst estimates and raising its outlook for yearly net customer additions forecast. Also higher following their earnings reports were Mondelez (MDLZ) and WWE (WWE), gaining a respective 5.03% and 17.48%. Among the noteworthy losers was Stratasys (SSYS), which fell $3.82, or 10.47%, to $32.67 after the company rescinded its fiscal year guidance, citing a lack of visibility on growth in the market. The news built on continued fears of overcapacity in the sector, leading to session losses for numerous 3D printer stocks, including an 8.94% drop for peer 3D Systems (DDD). Also lower was Qorvo (QRVO), which declined $9.99, or 14.17%, to $60.49 after its second quarter guidance significantly trailed analyst estimates, after which the stock saw price target reductions from BMO and Brean. Additionally, LinnCo (LNCO) declined $1.83, or 29.33%, to $4.41 after parent company Linn Energy (LINE) announced plans to suspend dividends and reserve roughly $450M from annualized distributions, which saw Linn also slipping 26.32% to $4.76. INDEXES: The Dow fell 5.41, or 0.03%, to 17,745.98, the Nasdaq gained 17.05, or 0.33%, to 5,128.79, and the S&P 500 advanced 0.06, or 0.00%%, to 2,108.63.
17:28 EDTAAPLApple to announce next-generation Apple TV in September, BuzzFeed says
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16:14 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPL, BACOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
15:19 EDTGOOGGoogle pitching new version of 'Glass' to businesses, WSJ reports
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14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle rejects global delisting request from French regulator
In a company blog post published Thursday, Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said the tech giant respectfully disagrees with French regulator CNIL's recent delisting request. According to the blog, CNIL requested that Google apply French "right to be forgotten" requests -- whereby a citizen requests removal of search results containing his or her name -- to all versions of Google across the globe, rather than just French or European versions of the search engine. "We believe that no one country should have the authority to to control what content someone in a second country can access," said Fleischer. Reference Link
12:55 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:23 EDTGOOGGoogle loses patent royalty battle with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports
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12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle denies French request to apply 'right to be forgotten,' Reuters says
Google is denying a request from the French privacy watchdog to clean search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, Reuters reports. Reference Link
12:09 EDTFFiat Chrysler CEO: 'No immediate plans' to divest Magneti Marelli, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the company has "no immediate plans" to divest Magneti Marelli, though there may be plans to do so in the future, Reuters reports, citing comments from the company's analyst call. Marchionne said that he sees the company breaking even in Brazil by the end of 2015 and that he wants to narrow the gap in labor costs with Ford (F) and GM (GM) in ongoing labor talks, the report says. The CEO added that he sees FY15 Maserati sales being flat or close to the previous year's levels, the report says. Reference Link
11:37 EDTFB, GOOGFacebook price targets hiked while shares slide after earnings
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11:26 EDTGOOGAppeals court affirms lower court judgment in Microsoft, Motorola patent suit
The 9th Circuit Appeals court affirmed the judgment of a district court in a patent lawsuit between Microsoft (MSFT) and Motorola, which is now owned by Google (GOOG). In its ruling, the appeals court wrote: "With the parties’ consent, the district court conducted a lengthy, thorough bench trial on the RAND rate and range. The court analyzed that evidence in its exhaustive findings of fact and conclusions of law, in a manner consistent with the Federal Circuit’s recent approach to establishing damages in the RAND context. The court’s factual findings were properly admitted at the jury trial. The jury’s verdict was supported by substantial evidence, and its damages award was proper." In a tweet after the ruling was released, Markman Advisors, which specializes in patent law, stated that Microsoft, Qualcomm (QCOM), InterDigital (IDCC) and others will be affected by this ruling, which it characterized as "tough for licensors of standard-essential patents."
10:09 EDTFBOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:45 EDTBACMerill Lynch brokers threaten to leave 'in mass,' Fox Business reports
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results over-delivered, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Facebook reported Q2 results that were ahead of expectations despite headwinds from foreign exchange. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $111 from $108 on Facebook shares, citing its strong execution, careful monetization and its leading long-term position in the digital advertising industry.
08:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $100 at Oppenheimer
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07:54 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 from $105 at BofA/Merrill
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07:46 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $108 from $95 at Stifel
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook results impressive despite high expectations, says Baird
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07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 following strong Q2 at Raymond James
Raymond James raised Facebook's price target to $115 from $110 following the strong Q2 report. The firm said engagement trends remain solid and is encouraged by the continued strength in the core platform and monetization of new platforms. Raymond James rates shares an Outperform .
07:33 EDTFBFacebook fundamentals still 'very strong,' says RBC Capital
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07:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $115 from $100 at Deutsche Bank
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06:55 EDTBACBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLGlobal tablet market fell 7% y/y in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:17 EDTF2 Ford F-150s see different crash test results, Detroit News reports
Two Ford F-150 models with different configurations tested differently in safety tests that tested whether aluminum can be a safe material for pickup bodies, the Detroit News reports. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab its Top Safety Pick, while its sister version, the two-door extended cab, received only a marginal rating in the test, the report says. Reference Link
06:04 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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05:35 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $96 at Baird
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05:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $146 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2015
19:32 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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19:06 EDTFBFacebook says over 450M people using events each month, over 850M using groups
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16:08 EDTFBFacebook drops 4.6% to $92.60 following Q2 earnings report
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook says mobile ad revenue made up 76% of total Q2 ad revenue
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 50c, consensus 47c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.04B, consensus $3.99B.
16:00 EDTFB, BACOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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15:59 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:08 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:49 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 96 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q2
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12:37 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts upbeat on Facebook revenue drivers ahead of Q2 report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 47c on revenue of $3.99B. The consensus range is 39c-54c for EPS, and $3.66B-$4.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported first quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 40c, on revenue of $3.54B against estimates of $3.56B. Facebook reported Q1 daily active users were up 17% to 936M and mobile daily active users were up 31% to 798M. Monthly active users were 1.44B as of March 31, 2015. The company said Instagram has more than 200M daily users. During its Q1 earnings conference call, Facebook said it expects Foreign Exchange headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1. It said it expects total payments and other fees revenue to decline year-over-year for the remainder of the year. NEWS: In the past quarter, Facebook introduced video calling and Moneypenny features to its Messenger service. It also announced the Internet.org platform and its Instant Articles for publishers. Re/code said Facebook may be mulling a Twitter (TWTR) acquisition, but Facebook declined to comment. A New York Times article said Facebook is in talks to insert music videos in feeds. Facebook also said there was no truth to a rumor that said it may launch a music streaming service. STREET RESEARCH: Most analyst firms in the past quarter gave positive recommendations on Facebook, citing strong revenue drivers from multiple sources, SunTrust said Facebook could get a significant revenue boost from its Instagram move and expects the Buy button could lift revenue 5%-10%. Piper Jaffray said Facebook’s multiple is expected to increase as investors become more aware of VR, adding that the company is the best play on the “next computer paradigm of virtual reality.” JMP Securities say Facebook is expected to continue its growth in ad share as Instagram engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, ITG Research said Q2 revenue is tracking slight above consensus and BTIG expects Facebook to exceed consensus estimates due to higher confidence in video advertising opportunity. Brean Capital said Facebook will face ForEx headwinds in Q2, but quarterly results are less relevant as investors will be focused on the long-term goals. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained about 13% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, Facebook shares are up 0.5%
11:48 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
Facebook (FB) December 110 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 32, Gilead (GILD) November 130 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 29 according to IVolatility.
11:15 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 95 straddle priced for 8.7% movement into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
On the daily chart there is a potential bullish flag that has developed in the last two weeks. If the news is strongly bullish, the flag pattern would become active on a move above $96.50. Upside potential for the pattern, if it triggers and completes, is to the $110 to $112 area. If the news is instead a negative surprise, first established support would be at the $90 area. On a breakdown below $90, next support would be at the 50-day moving average at $86.16. If the 50-day is broken, next support is at $84.74. The $83 to $80 zone has been strong support over the prior year in the event of a larger negative surprise.
09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTFFord price target raised to $23 from $19 at UBS
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06:40 EDTFBFacebook testing profile tags feature, Verge reports
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06:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:23 EDTGOOGTwitter's VP of product management Christian Oestlien departs for YouTube
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06:14 EDTFGM, Ford sales rise to level of German luxury auto makers, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTFBFacebook expected to present mobile revenue increase, Re/code says
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July 28, 2015
19:19 EDTFFord stock should keep rising, Barron's says
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16:53 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTBAC, F, AAPL, FBOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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13:43 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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12:31 EDTFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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11:27 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss July sales results will be held on August 3 at 10 am. Webcast Link
10:47 EDTGOOG, FBUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
09:42 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTFFord says on track toward profitability in Europe
Says seeing "modest but good growth" in Europe. Says on track toward profitability in Europe. Sees 2H results in Europe worse than 1H. Says "cautiously optimistic" on continued industry growth in Europe in 2H. Sees some "green shoots" in Europe. Sees strong results in Asia Pacific in 2015, sees results exceeding 2014. Says "bullish" on China, but "it's going to go through fluctuations." Says slowing China sales puts pressure on pricing. Says "a little concerned" about South America, Russia, says "watching China closely." Says plans, priorities "unchanged."
09:20 EDTGOOGGoogle well positioned to benefit from online video shift, says UBS
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09:18 EDTFFord says 'no signs of bottom' in South America
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09:18 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:17 EDTFFord still sees 2H15 results stronger than 1H
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook July weekly call option implied volatility is at 109, August is at 52, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
07:55 EDTFFord still sees 2015 U.S. industry volume 17M-17.5M vehicles
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07:14 EDTFFord backs FY15 pre-tax profit view of $8.5B-$9.5B
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07:02 EDTFFord reports Q2 EPS 47c, consensus 37c
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06:41 EDTFU.S. regulators pledge to continue auto safety crackdown, WSJ reports
Federal regulators have vowed to continue a crackdown on auto makers when discovering "significant" safety lapses, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that he was "encouraged" by conversations with car companies about safety problems, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:21 EDTFBTwitter, Facebook profitability gap 'vast,' Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) recent stock stumble has created the appearance of a potential bargain compared with Facebook (FB), though in reality the difference in growth and profitability between the two companies is enormous, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts forecast Twitter posting negative $200M in EBITDA this year, with Facebook expected to post positive $8B, the report says. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGOOGVessel recruits former YouTube exec Kirkbride, Re/code reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle recently attempted to buy Impossible Foods, The Information reports
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06:06 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIIB GOOG
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle Express workers file for representation by Teamsters union
Teamsters Local Union 853 announced yesterday that workers at Palo Alto-based Google Express Services filed for a representation election. The more than 140 warehouse and shipping workers sought out the Teamsters for help with improving working conditions, treatment on the job and compensation. Google Express Services, operated by Adecco, provides products shipped from local businesses to consumers on a same-day or overnight basis. Workers are required to sign short-term employment agreements with Adecco that limit them to two years before the company lets them go. Workers have also alleged subjection to constant harassment to work faster in poor conditions that includes damaged equipment, cracked floors and failing electrical systems that have resulted in fires.
July 27, 2015
20:01 EDTGOOGGoogle to decouple Google+ from YouTube, other services
Google will begin decoupling Google+ from other services such as YouTube within the coming months after previously requiring users to log in through the social network. "While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink," said Bradley Horowitz, Google VP of streams, photos, and sharing. Reference Link
19:54 EDTAAPLApple Music reaches 10M subscribers in four weeks, HITS says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:19 EDTFFord technical comments before earnings
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15:03 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:16 EDTGOOG, AAPLADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
12:50 EDTFEarnings Watch: Ford shares down approximately 9% since Q1 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 37c on revenue of $35.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 26c-43c on revenue of $33.41B-$37.32B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 23c against estimates for 26c, on automotive revenue of $31.8B against estimates for $33.9B. Ford reported Q1 wholesales of 1.568M. It raised its FY15 North American pre-tax operating margin view to 8.5%-9.5% from 8%-9%, and reconfirmed its 2015 pre-tax profit guidance of $8.5B-$9.5B. Ford said it expects North America to have a very strong year in 2015, with substantial top-line growth, higher pre-tax profit, and an improved operating margin. Ford sees 2015 U.S. industry volume of 17M-17.5M vehicles, Europe 20 industry volume of 15.2M-15.7M vehicles, and China industry volume of 24M-26M, compared to the previous view for Europe 20 of 14.8M-15.3M and China of 24.5M-26.5M. On its Q1 conference call, Ford said it sees 2015 as a "breakthrough year" for the company. It sees results growing "progressively stronger" as new products continue to build momentum. It said it saw strong top-line growth in 2015, and expected to improve global market share. Results in the second half of 2015 were expected to be stronger than the first half due to product timing, and capacity launches. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: April U.S. sales up 5% to 222,498 vehicles; May U.S. sales down 1% to 250,813 units; and June U.S. sales up 1.6% to 225,647 units. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q2 earnings report. On June 23, Goldman upgraded Ford to Buy from Neutral. Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault shifted his preference in automakers, upgrading Ford to Buy from Neutral and downgrading General Motors (GM) to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors. The analyst cited a superior growth outlook at Ford, Ford's improving positioning in China, and rising truck incentives from GM. Archambault viewed Ford as less vulnerable to the slowing growth in the Chinese market. The analyst raised his price target on Ford to $19 from $18, and lowered his price target on GM to $40 from $47, but noted that the new target still has 11% upside. On June 10, UBS said the underperformance in Ford shares has made it an attractive time to buy the stock, as the firm believed the company should have a strong second half of the year. The firm cited the successful F-150 launch, with demand exceeding supply, as well as China sales and the company's restructuring efforts. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $19 price target on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 9% since its Q1 report and have lost about 18% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Ford is up fractionally.
12:43 EDTGOOGGoogle AdSense publishers to obtain EU end users' consent before accessing data
Google has announced a change to its user consent policy which will affect website publishers using Google AdSense. Under the new policy, publishers will have to obtain EU end users’ consent before storing or accessing their data, Google says in a blog post. Jason Woloz, Security & Privacy Program Manager, Display and Video Ads, comments, "European Union data protection authorities requested some changes to current practices for obtaining end user consents. It has always been Google’s policy to comply with privacy laws, so we’ve agreed to make certain changes affecting our own products and partners using Google products. If your websites are getting visitors from any of the countries in the European Union, you must comply with the EU user consent policy. We recommend you start working on a policy-compliant user consent mechanism today." Reference Link
11:57 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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11:52 EDTFFord July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:44 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down Autocomplete API on August 10
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09:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
09:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $125 from $100 at SunTrust
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08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
08:30 EDTAAPLNew Apple ipad mini rumored to be 'miniature iPad Air 2,' AppleInsider says
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook August weekly call option implied volatility is at 87, August is at 50, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
08:20 EDTFBFacebook expectations high into results, says BofA/Merrill
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple said to talk with BMW about electric car project, MacRumors reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLNike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLSky prepares to unveil set-top box, Telegraph reports
Sky is finishing up an advanced set-top box called SkyQ, a device it hopes can help its pay-TV business compete against BT (BT), the Telegraph reports. The new hardware is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks and will offer satellite households an "Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) style" experience, the report says, citing industry insiders. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFB, GOOGInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures joins Secret Escapes' $60M funding round, TechCrunch reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLBest Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in August, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTFBBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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15:06 EDTFB, AAPLEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTGOOG, FBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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13:52 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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11:51 EDTAAPLPandora soars after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of internet radio provider Pandora (P) are rising after the company’s second quarter results beat analysts' expectations. The company's third quarter and fiscal year 2015 revenue outlooks also exceeded the consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday after the bell, Pandora reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 5c and revenue of $285.56M, easily topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 2c and $283.06M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.3M, a 29% year-over-year improvement. The company also said that total RPMs increased 24% to $53.91 in Q2, ad RPMs grew 25% to $49.94, ad revenue was $230.9M and said total mobile revenue was $229.7M. For the quarter, total listener hours increased 5% to 5.3B and active listeners were 79.4M at the end of Q2 compared to 76.4M from the same period last year. Looking ahead to Q3, the company forecast revenue of $310M-$315M, slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $309.2M, and sees Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $25M-$30M. For FY15, Pandora forecast revenue of $1.175B-$1.185B, slightly better than analysts' consensus of $1.17B. Pandora also sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA of $75M-$85M and a tax rate of 30%-35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Brian McAndrews, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented on Apple Music, Apple's (AAPL) recently launched music streaming service. McAndrews said that since the app launched at the end of June, "there was no impact yet" to Pandora. Going forward, McAndrews said that the company "feels really good about our trajectory and competitive position," noting that "there could be some users that experiment with [Apple Music] and there could be some short-term impact." McAndrews does not see any long-term impact from the Apple app. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary has been mixed. Research firm Stifel said Pandora's outlook remains favorable. Stifel said that the company plans to intensify its marketing efforts during the seasonally stronger 2H15 and that the company's outlook for 2H15 has improved following the results. The firm kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JMP Securities, said Pandora’s mobile trends were encouraging, but said it will stay on sidelines until the company's user trends accelerate and its royalty case concludes. JMP Securities kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pandora rose $2.05, or about 14.8%, to $15.93 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the shares have fallen approximately 45% over the past year.
10:15 EDTFBFacebook wins litigation against investors over IPO, Reuters reports
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07:43 EDTGOOGGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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07:32 EDTFCiti sees 'plenty of reasons' to buy General Motors
Citi analyst Itay Michaeli sees "plenty of reasons" to buy shares of General Motors (GM) ahead the Q2 results and reiterates a Buy rating on the name. Strong results e could serve as a turning point for investor sentiment, Michaeli tells investors in a research note. He continues to expect GM shares will trade at a premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $50 price target.
06:57 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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06:18 EDTGOOGYouTube updates app, to offer VR, Engadget says
Google's YouTube has updated its mobile app, adding Home, Subscriptions, and Account tabs, Engadget reports. Users can watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the first time. In addition, the redesigned app comes with a set of video creation tools, including the option to trim footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload creations within the app. In addition, YouTube said that virtual reality will come to the streaming service with 360-degree video, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTAAPL, GOOGWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
14:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
13:53 EDTFB, GOOG, AAPL“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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13:13 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Amazon to report Q2 results after ‘record breaking’ Prime Day
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11:23 EDTGOOGGoogle announces program to help give patents to startups
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10:54 EDTAAPLStreet Check: Summit said buy SanDisk before earnings rallied shares
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10:20 EDTGOOGGM CEO says just completed car sharing program at Google HQ
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra made the comment on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:45 EDTAAPLJPMorgan sees risk of Synaptics losing Apple business
Apple (AAPL) is working on bringing its touch and display driver integration functionality in-house to better protect its operating system, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster tells investors today in a research note. The move increases the likelihood of the iPhone maker terminating its use of Synaptics' display diver solution in mid-2017, Coster writes. To reflect the risk of losing the business, the analyst cut his price target for Synaptics to $97 from $112. The supplier of human interface solutions is trading up 49c to $80.34 in early trading. Coster keeps an Overweight rating on Synaptics, however, saying the stock is already pricing in the risk of losing the Apple business after selling off 20% since mid June.
09:38 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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06:38 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 40, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
06:32 EDTGOOGOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLApple says no changes to product plans despite CapEx cut, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple cuts FY15 CapEx forecast by $1B to $12B
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple Mac shipments expected in 2H!5 to surpass 1H volume, DigiTimes reports
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06:19 EDTGOOGSony plans 'stripped back' version of Android
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06:19 EDTFUAW concerned over auto production moving to Mexico, NYT says
The greatest concern for the United Automobile Workers, or UAW, union as it enters discussions on new contracts with Detroit auto makers Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM) is losing vehicle production to lower-wage countries such as Mexico, the New York Times reports. Union president Dennis Williams was upset over comments last week that suggested that Ford was considering sending work to Mexico in an effort to cut costs, the report says. "I will save my comments on Ford for when we open up negotiations,” Mr. Williams said. “But it is always concerning to me when any company invests outside the United States.” Reference Link
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July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTFB, GOOGFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:02 EDTF, AAPL, FBOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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13:06 EDTGOOGCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple results disappointing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Apple's lower than expected Q3 iPhone sales suggest that it may be keeping inventories low because of low demand. The firm thinks the company faces a number of challenges in its September quarter, including product transitions, tough comps, China volatility and less differentiation in the 6S iPhone. Wells keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
After Apple reported higher than expected Q3 EPS but in-line revenue and the stock fell, JMP Securities says that the stock declined due to worries that the company's momentum is diminishing ahead of tougher comps. However, the firm finds the stock's valuation attractive, given the fact that other tech bellwethers are missing expectations. The firm is upbeat on the company's performance in China and believes that iPhone penetration can increase significantly.
08:54 EDTFFord recalling 8,000 vehicles in North America for issue with parking brake
Ford said it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 8,000 vehicles in North America, including certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer, and certain 2015 Taurus and Flex, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles for an issue with the parking brake. In these vehicles, the parking brake might not engage fully, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 135 regarding brake systems. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Taurus vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Ford Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; certain 2015 Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 23, 2015; and certain Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 4, 2015 through May 21, 2015. There are 7,165 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 799 in Canada and one in Mexico.
08:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone miss de-risks 2H 2015, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said the 2.5M iPhone unit miss is a function of management's conservative approach to channel inventory given currency volatility and related price actions. Firm said demand remains strong despite price increases and sees a decent set-up for 2H channel inventory build that can lead to unit growth year-over-year. Morgan Stanley believes shares are attractive following reset expectations and reiterates its Overweight rating and lowered its price target to $155 from $166 on share.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple post-earnings selloff overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Apple as overdone. The company made no mention of demand weakness while China results and commentary were positive, Hall tells investors in a research note. He recommends adding to positions on today's selloff and keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $145 price target.
07:20 EDTAAPLApple should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:18 EDTFAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales light but no reason to sell stock, says UBS
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares still attractive, says Cantor
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06:41 EDTGOOGLG denies rumors that Google will take 35% stake, Korea Herald reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri downgraded Apple to Market Perform and lowered his price target for shares to $130 from $140 following the iPhone maker's June quarter results. In a research note titled "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Arcuri says "tepid" iPhone sales in the quarter coupled with his supply-side channel checks indicate that phone builds are down cycle-over-cycle for the first time. June quarter iPhone units were weaker than expected even after adjusting for channel inventory, the analyst tells investors. Apple is entering a transition period and the stock's risk/reward no longer supports a buy rating, Arcuri writes. Shares of Apple are down $7.09 to $123.66 in pre-market trading. On the flip side, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying the iPhone maker on today's selloff.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:08 EDTGOOGSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch component reserves to remain high until September, DigiTimes reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster a buyer of Apple today on the selloff
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05:17 EDTAAPLApple shares drop after iPhone sales, guidance fail to impress
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July 21, 2015
19:09 EDTGOOGYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
19:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTAAPLApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
17:58 EDTAAPLApple says remains 'extremely bullish' on China
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17:50 EDTAAPLApple says India iPhone sales up 93%, Korea up 100%
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17:25 EDTAAPLApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says iPhone continues to gain 'significant share'
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple calls Watch launch successful, does not give sales figures
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares drop 8% to $120.56 following Q3 report
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 iPhone units 47.53M vs. 61.17M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.7% vs. 39.4% last year
International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $49B-$51B, consensus $51.05B
Sees Q4 gross margin 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.81
Reports Q3 revenue $49.6B, consensus $49.31B.
16:01 EDTBAC, FB, AAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:56 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 5.2% movement into Q3
15:02 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:14 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple flat since last report with iPhone, Watch results in focus
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14:02 EDTGOOGYouTube pulls Streamus app, Variety reports
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13:43 EDTAAPLApple services restored after nearly 4-hour outage, CNBC reports
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13:33 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Pixate, terms not disclosed
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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
12:59 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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11:05 EDTFAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
09:40 EDTFJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
09:35 EDTBAC, AAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTGOOG, AAPL, FBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOG, AAPL, FBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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05:34 EDTAAPL, FB, GOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
16:01 EDTFB, BAC, AAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
13:03 EDTBACFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:40 EDTAAPL, FBEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
12:16 EDTFHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTBAC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTBACFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
17:42 EDTGOOGGoogle has more upside ahead, Barron's reports
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16:41 EDTGOOG, BACStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:24 EDTBACBank of America provides mid-cycle stress test results
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16:01 EDTGOOG, AAPL, FBOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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14:00 EDTBACEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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12:25 EDTGOOGEtsy calls active after mentioned positively by Google
Etsy (ETSY) July 20 and August 17.5 calls are active on total call volume of 21K contracts (7K puts) after the company was mentioned last night by Google (GOOG) as beneficiary of changes the search giant has made. July call option implied volatility is at 283, August is at 99, September is at 87; compared to its 52-week range of 51 to 87. Active call volume suggest trades taking positions for large price movement.
12:05 EDTGOOGEtsy surges after Google says 'deep links' driving traffic boost
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11:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes for Apple, S&P 500
Next week sees the most heavily weighted name in the S&P 500 (SPX), Apple (AAPL), report its earnings. At 3.94% of the index, what happens to price with Apple will most definitely impact the index. We have seen several big names in the S&P 500 with the all-too-familiar sideways range that the index itself has been stuck in. Names such as Google (GOOGL) and Apple have had or do have the same range-bound shape and the index is merely a weighting of those patterns. A breakout or a breakdown in Apple will therefore shape the index quite literally. Watch for The Fly's previews on Monday. Given the big jump in Google, why haven't we been able to break out in the index? One factor of course is the very large number of names that have yet to report. Next week is extremely heavy on reporting companies and may therefore prove to be the most productive trading week in some time and potentially the most volatile. Once again the week is heavily loaded toward Wednesday and Thursday. One potentially troublesome note needs to be mentioned and that is the potential negative divergence that is shaping up in the S&P 500. While big name such as Netflix (NFLX) are at fresh new life highs, others and whole sectors are floundering. The SPDR Gold (GLD) is hitting new lows and weak metals pricing is impacting Miners and Materials. Energy (XLE) is weak as is the interest-rate-sensitive Utilities (XLU) sector. Banking (XLF), Technology (XLK) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are dominating. It is odd to find Consumer Staples at a breakout point given that it is typically seen as a "safety" sector for troubled times. That is part of the odd mix investors face in this bull market. It may be a reflection of still-attractive yields in those names, but valuations in that group are looking quite stretched, far more than some of the biggest tech names.
11:34 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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11:06 EDTAAPL, GOOGOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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10:59 EDTGOOGSynchrony Financial sees 'stable' credit trends for balance of year
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10:09 EDTFBInstagram picks Eva Chen as head of fashion partnerships, Mashable reports
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10:05 EDTGOOG, BACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTFBFacebook July volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, August is at 31, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
09:35 EDTAAPL, GOOG, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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09:24 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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09:07 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTGOOG, GOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $670 at CLSA
CLSA raised Buy rated Google's price target to $800 and said it continues to see growth drivers from app advertising, closing the mobile pricing gap, and shifting of TV ad dollars to online.
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $750 from $650 at Canaccord
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07:46 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on July 22 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:44 EDTAAPLApple should deliver beat and raise Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Apple July call option implied volatility is at 25, July weekly 34, August is at 28, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
07:33 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $775 from $693 at Cowen
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at JMP Securities
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $700 at Jefferies
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07:04 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at Cantor
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple Store employee suit reaches class action status, Reuters reports
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06:46 EDTGOOG, FBJPMorgan puts $800 target on Google after 'thesis-changing' Q2
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06:36 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $850 price target at Axiom
Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded Google (GOOGL) to Buy from Hold with an $850 year-end 2016 price target saying "now is the right time" to buy the stock following the search giant's Q2 results. Anthony's pervious price target was $615. The quarterly results show Google's revenue growth accelerated, expense growth decelerated, mobile and Desktop cost-per-clicks are growing, and YouTube is experiencing solid growth, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster took Google's price target to $723 this morning while Deutsche Bank's Ross Sandler took his target to $780. Shares of Google's Class A shares, which trade under ticker GOOGL, are up $70.76 to $672.54 in pre-market trading.
06:32 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
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06:25 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle price target raised to $780 from $670 at Deutsche Bank
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle self-driving car involved in injury accident, Urmson says in blog
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05:51 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG RCPT
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05:49 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle price target raised to $723 from $631 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Google shares to $723 saying the search giant's Q2 earnings report and corresponding commentary leave him more confident in the stock over the next two quarters. In addition to talking about a focus on costs, Google noted that mobile cost-per-clicks were up and continued to close the gap on desktop and also highlighted accelerating YouTube usage despite recent media coverage on Facebook (FB) Video, Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on Google. The stock is $62.95 to $642.80 in pre-market trading following last night's earnings report.
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