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October 31, 2014
16:24 EDTFBStocks finish week higher after Japan stimulus, strong U.S. GDP growth
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16:01 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; October 31, 2014
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11:58 EDTFBLinkedIn rallies after better than expected Q3 results
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10:21 EDTFBCourt says UBS can't force Nasdaq to arbitrate on Facebook IPO, Reuters reports
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09:55 EDTAAPLStarbucks CEO tells CNBC Apple Pay 'great' for Starbucks
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09:51 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Tigress Financial
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple denied request to keep GT Advanced bankruptcy papers sealed, WSJ reports
A bankruptcy judge ordered the unsealing of bankruptcy papers from the filing of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) that Apple (AAPL) sought to keep under wraps out of concern they will harm its relationships with other suppliers, reported The Wall Street Journal. At a court hearing, the judge said bankruptcy-code protections against defamatory information don’t apply to the characterizations of Apple’s behavior made in an affidavit signed by GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller, the report noted. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFNHTSA asks Takata for defected airbag documentation, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTGOOGMPAA, NATO announce updated theatrical anti-theft policy, ban wearable devices
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's robotics head Andy Rubin leaving company, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
October 30, 2014
17:10 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street advanced, with a strong move higher from Visa (V) after its earnings report accounting for more than 100 points of the Dow's increase. The Nasdaq, which lagged all day, eventually moved off its lows and closed in positive territory as well. The New York Stock Exchange notified customers of a problem at 1:40 p.m., saying there was a “critical issue” and it was “experiencing issues publishing and receiving trades and quotes.” Ten minutes later, it sent a new alert saying the system was “processing trades and quotes normally.” ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., GDP grew 3.5% in the third quarter, topping the consensus forecast for 3.1% growth. Initial jobless claims rose 3K to 287K in the week ended October 25, which was narrowly above the 285K consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of credit card networks Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) are rising after both companies reported stronger than expected results. Visa, which also authorized a new $5B share repurchase program and was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital, advanced $21.99, or 10.24%, to $236.65, while MasterCard gained $7.14, or 9.4%, to $83.13... Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledged in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek that he is gay. Cook noted that he feels "if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bristol-Myers (BMY), which advanced $4.82, or 8.9%, to $58.98 after the company announced data for a trial of its Opdivo drug in certain lung cancer patients that a doctor involved in the study called "encouraging." Also higher was Omeros (OMER), which rose $4.99, or 43.09%, to $16.57 after the company announced it has received transitional pass-through status for its lead product, Omidria, from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Among the noteworthy losers was Glu Mobile (GLUU), which fell 92c, or 20.31%, to $3.61 after the game maker reported Q3 EPS that beat consensus but non-GAAP revenue that missed expectations. Also lower were shares of beauty products provider Avon (AVP), which fell 99c, or 9.03%, to $9.97 after its third quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 221.11, or 1.3%, to 17,195.42, the Nasdaq gained 16.91, or 0.37%, to 4,566.14, and the S&P 500 added 12.35, or 0.62%, to 1,994.65.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 30, 2014
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12:59 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:53 EDTAAPL, GOOGFirm says Apple's tablet market share fell in Q3
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10:29 EDTFBFacebook post-earnings weakness continues, levels to watch
Shares are down 2.8% to $73.70, continuing the downtrend in place since earnings. At current price next support is at $72.63 and then at $71.33. Resistance is at $74.18.
09:34 EDTAAPLMasterCard CEO says first few weeks of Apple Pay 'very encouraging'
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09:21 EDTFBInstagram website, mobile app experienced outages this morning, BI says
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09:19 EDTAAPLMasterCard CEO says mobile strategy is to work with 'all players'
MasterCard (MA) CEO Ajaypal Banga says that while the company has worked closely with Apple (AAPL) on Apple Pay, which has garnered significant attention, that the company's strategy for mobile payments will be to work with "all players" to make it as easy as possible for all MasterCard customers.
07:12 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says 'proud to be gay' in Bloomberg essay
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek: "Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy...I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important...For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me...While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me...I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."
06:53 EDTGOOGLenovo completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google
Lenovo (LNVGY) and Google (GOOG) announced that Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google is complete. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Motorola will retain over 2,000 patent assets and a large number of patent cross-license agreements, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio. The total purchase price at close was approximately $2.91B, including approximately $660M in cash and 519,107,215 newly issued ordinary shares of Lenovo stock, with an aggregate value of $750M, representing about 4.7% of Lenovo’s shares outstanding, which were transferred to Google at close. The remaining $1.5B will be paid to Google by Lenovo in the form of a three-year promissory note. A separate cash compensation of approximately $228M was paid by Lenovo to Google primarily for the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time of close. The transaction has satisfied all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions, including clearance by competition authorities in the U.S., China, EU, Brazil and Mexico, and by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
06:47 EDTAAPLVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTFDefected Takata airbags could take months to replace, Reuters says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not think Takata is capable of completely supplying replacement parts for millions of faulty airbags until this upcoming January or later, according to Reuters, citing comments from the agency's deputy director. David Friedman. Car companies who utilized Takata airbags include Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC), Mazda (MZDAF), BMW (BAMXY), Nissan (NSANY), Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM). Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFBFacebook files to sell 162.7M shares for WhatsApp stockholders
06:28 EDTAAPLMajor merchant group could accept NFC technology, NY Times says
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06:04 EDTAAPLMCX says unauthorized parties obtained email addresses of CurrentC participants
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October 29, 2014
17:05 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:11 EDTFBFacebook files automatic mixed securities shelf
16:02 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; October 29, 2014
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14:54 EDTGOOG, AAPLEarnings Preview: Akamai reports following recent downgrade at Wells Fargo
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13:44 EDTAAPLApple in preliminary talks to sell iPhone in Iran, WSJ reports
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12:58 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:20 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB EA
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11:48 EDTAAPLCurrentC mobile payment system endures breach, Business Insider says
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11:09 EDTFBFacebook sinks after unveiling 2015 spending plans
Shares of Facebook (FB) are retreating after the company announced stronger than expected results but said its expenses would jump 50%-70% in 2015 compared to this year. A number of analysts remained upbeat on the company's outlook following its results and guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Facebook's third quarter earnings per share came in at 43c, above the consensus estimate of 40c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. The social networking giant said that its monthly active users had risen 14% in Q3 versus the same period a year earlier to 1.35B. But the company added that its expenses would surge 50%-70% in fiscal 2015, compared with fiscal 2014. Facebook reported that it plans to invest in various new technologies, including artificial intelligence and virtual reality. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali wrote that the stock and the company's margins would likely be pressured in the near-term by its spending plans. But Facebook's outlook is still strong and its valuation is compelling, the analyst stated. Moreover, Facebook's margins should remain healthy, and its results were "excellent," he wrote. Squali cut his price target on the name to $80 from $82, but kept a Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini wrote that Facebook's spending next year is likely to come in below its guidance, as in the past, while the company's ad platform continues to have strong momentum. Facebook's ability to attract users across multiple devices and platforms is unparalleled and should enable the company to attract more ad dollars, the analyst wrote. She believes that the weakness in the stock today has created a buying opportunity. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Facebook fell 6% to $76.
09:42 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading
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09:39 EDTGOOGRuckus to provide routers for Google small business Wi-Fi program, GigaOM says
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09:23 EDTFBFacebook should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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09:19 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
09:12 EDTFFord recalls 2007-2008 Edge and Lincoln MKX cars due to fuel tank defect
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09:05 EDTAAPLAerohive clarifies Wi-Fi infrastructure donated in support of Apple program
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07:56 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
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07:55 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $88 from $84 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTAAPLMCX member stores block Apple Pay amid threat of fines, NY Times says
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook weakness an excellent buying opportunity, says Goldman
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07:36 EDTFBFacebook reports WhatsApp net loss ($232M) in 1H
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07:29 EDTFBFacebook price target lowered to $85 from $90 at JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
The SIFMA Complex Products Forum is being held in New York on October 29.
06:49 EDTFBFacebook to be well-positioned over long-term, says Cantor
After Facebook unexpectedly said that it would make aggressive investments next year, Cantor thinks the investments position the company to improve ihe engagement and monetization of its major websites over the long-term. The firm says the decision will pressure the stock and margins over the short-term, but it expects the company's margins to remain healthy and finds the stock's valuation compelling. It keeps a Buy rating.
06:31 EDTFBFacebook 10% sell-off 'seems appropriate,' says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says the 10% pullback in shares of Facebook following the company's Q3 results "seems appropriate" given reduced earnings expectations for all high multiple internet companies in the quarter and the upcoming 180M shares available for sale from the WhatsApp deal. Deutsche recommends adding to positions on weakness over the next several days as it continues to view Facebook as one of the best names in the space. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $90 price target.
06:26 EDTGOOGMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook thesis intact despite expense guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the post-earnings sell-off in shares of Facebook to the company's unexpected guidance for Q4 revenue and 2015 expenses. Piper still sees multiple catalysts for Facebook including video, Audience Network, WhatsApp, Atlas, and Instagram. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with an $82 price target saying its thesis remains intact.
October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTFBSocial media stocks lower after Facebook reports Q3 results
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18:01 EDTFBFacebook says 'pretty far from being fully deployed' on ad strategy
Says video, news, and celebrity content are priorities. Sees more apps for sharing going forward. Says using FB to cross-promote Instagram. Says relationship with China is "very long-term."
17:39 EDTFBTwitter down over 1% to $43.20 in after hours after Facebook's Q3 results
17:34 EDTFBFacebook down nearly 8% following Q4, FY14, FY15 guidance
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17:31 EDTFBFacebook sees Q4 tax rate 45%-50%
Says Q4 will be more difficult to compare.
17:29 EDTFBFacebook sees FY14 non-GAAP expenses up 30%-35% YoY
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17:26 EDTFBFacebook sees Q4 revenue growth 40%-47% YoY, consensus $3.74B
Guidance from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
16:43 EDTGOOGRogers Communications appoints Deepak Khandelwal to Chief Customer Officer
Rogers (RCI) announced the appointment of Deepak Khandelwal to the position of Chief Customer Officer, effective November 10. Khandelwal joins Rogers from Google (GOOG) where he is currently VP, Global Customer Experience.
16:08 EDTAAPLAerohive today's $50M market cap addition is too much, says at Northland
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16:05 EDTFBFacebook shares down 42c to $80.35 following Q3 results
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16:05 EDTFBFacebook says Q3 Mobile advertising revenue 66% of ad revenue
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports Q3 monthly active users up 14% to 1.35B
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q3 EPS 43c, consensus 40c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.2B, consensus $3.12B.
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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14:34 EDTGOOGcomScore reported strong Q3 results, says Cantor
After comScore (SCOR) reported higher than expected Q3 revenue and EBITDA, Cantor thinks the company has a number of positive catalysts, including high renewal rates, new product sales, and vCE's ongoing integration into Google (GOOg) and Yahoo (YHOO). The firm expects comScore to grow at a mid-teen percentage clip in 2015 and beyond, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
13:51 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts positive on Facebook ahead of Q3 earnings
Facebook (FB) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 28 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 40c on revenue of $3.12B. The consensus range is 34c-47c for EPS, and $2.94B-$3.23B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported second quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 34c, on revenue of $2.9B against estimates of $2.81B. The company reported daily active users of 829M on average for June, with mobile daily active users up 31% to 654M in March. Facebook said mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue and the company now has 1.5M active advertisers. Facebook said its Q2 price per ad was up 123% and it will focus on quality in roll-out of video ads. At the Q2 earnings conference call, Facebook said its push into commerce and payments is supplemental to advertising. NEWS: Facebook closed on its previously announced acquisition of WhatsApp for $22B, up $3B from its $19B price point due to the increased value in Facebook's stock over the past few months. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects WhatsApp to reach 3B users, although the company does not have any imminent targets to gross any monetary funds from the platform. In the past quarter, Facebook also acquired security start-up PrivateCore and was in talks with major studios for content for Oculus Rift. The company shut down its Gifts business, but launched Atlas ad measuring platform and cross-device reporting for ads. It also announced a new research framework with stricter guidelines with a review panel, a six-week training program, and a research website. STREET RESEARCH: Ahead of Q3 earnings, Deutsche Bank recommended adding to Facebook positions, saying its proprietary checks on the company have been "solid all quarter." Oppenheimer said Facebook will likely beat Q3 expectations based on strong monetization trends. Cowen said Facebook is the premier social advertising platform, believing its numbers will continue to grow, especially on mobile devices. Citigroup said Q3 estimates have potential upside, thinking Facebook is seeing continued positive business momentum. Baird believes Facebook is well positioned to take market share in the display market, which is core to the firm's long-term positive view of the company. Evercore raised Facebook's price target based on the relaunch of the Atlas ad server platform that allows advertisers to better measure ad effectiveness across mobile and desktop in addition to providing new Display buying tools. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over 13%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report, Facebook shares are up fractionally.
13:49 EDTFBFacebook October weekly 80 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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13:48 EDTAAPLAerohive Networks selected by Apple to provide Wi-Fi for ConnectED initiative
Aerohive Networks (HIVE) announced it will provide the Wi-Fi infrastructure to support Apple’s (AAPL) $100M contribution to ConnectED. Aerohive’s next-generation networking solutions will enable connectivity for Apple devices and supporting content, providing teachers a new set of tools to engage and inspire their students. Aerohive is the only Wi-Fi infrastructure company working with Apple on this initiative.
13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle designing particles to search for diseases, WSJ reports
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13:07 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors seen as beneficiary if Apple, Alibaba strike deal
Chip maker NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) would benefit significantly if Apple (AAPL) teams up with China's Alibaba (BABA) on a mobile payment system, research firm Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors today. Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested last night that such a tie-up could occur. WHAT'S NEW: Alibaba founder Jack Ma said he's willing to collaborate with Apple regarding their mobile payment services, according to Reuters. Noting that Cook had suggested that there could be "a marriage" between Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, and Alibaba's mobile payment system, Alipay, Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote that such a deal would boost NXP Semiconductors, whose chips power NFC in Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Alipay has a 70% share of the mobile payments market in China with about 550M users, Rakesh estimated. A deal between Apple and Alibaba would open up the China market to NXP Semiconductors and stimulate additional "domino effect" growth for NXP, the analyst stated. Raskesh reiterated his previous contention that the proliferation of mobile payment systems could increase NXP's EPS by 35c-70c per year by 2017, assuming that 50% of smartphones have mobile payment systems by that year. The analyst kept an $82 price target and Buy rating on NXP Semiconductors; shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A number of U.S. retailers, including CVS (CVS), Rite Aid (RAD), Wal-Mart (WMT), and Best Buy (BBY) have reportedly decided not to accept Apple Pay at this time. Cook countered yesterday that many other companies plan to utilize the system and indicated that the tech giant would look to expand the system to overseas markets. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, NXP Semiconductors rose 1.3% to $66.64. Meanwhile, Apple added 1.3% and hit a 52-week high of $106.50 and Alibaba gained 2% to $99.83.
12:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced says litigation against Apple would be 'expensive,' WSJ reports
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12:55 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been strong outperformers in the last three months, trading up over 7%. Shares are close to the life high at $81.16 with an expectation that the company will deliver a strong report. Without overhead resistance, a report that exceeds already high expectations could push the stock into the $85 to $90 area depending on the degree of surprise. If there is a disappointment the first key level on a test would be at $70.32, a recent low of the trading range for the last three months. Additional support below would be at $67.56. News that fails to push the shares above the old high or below $70 would leave it range-bound in a neutral trend.
12:18 EDTFB, GOOGTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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11:56 EDTAAPLT-Mobile sees iPhone supply issues lasting through Q4
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09:37 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:37 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors would benefit from Apple, Alibaba deal, says Sterne Agee
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle levy weighed by new EU digital commissioner, Reuters says
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09:04 EDTGOOGGoogle, PwC announce joint business relationship
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07:22 EDTFBIRI Worldwide to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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06:56 EDTAAPLWal-Mart rejecting Apple Pay for consumer 'best interests', Business Insider say
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06:44 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple warns of 'event' that would cause people to think about privacy, BI says
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06:42 EDTAAPLMore than 1M credit cards registered on Apple Pay, Re/code says
More than 1M credit cards were registered on Apple's Apple Pay mobile payment system in the first 72 hours after the system was launched, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, according to Re/code. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and VeriFone (PAY) have been identified as other companies that could benefit from Apple Pay. Reference Link
06:39 EDTBACSEC undecided on Bank of America business curbs, WSJ reports
An international disagreement within the SEC is threatening potentially lucrative revenue streams at Bank of America, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people close to the situation, the SEC is deadlocked on whether to allow the bank to continue selling share sin hedge funds and startups to wealthy investors. The deadlock is also over the company's ability to quickly issue stocks and bonds without the speed bump of an SEC review. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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06:37 EDTGOOGYouTube may charge for new services, Re/code reports
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06:35 EDTAAPLAlibaba founder says willing to collaborate with Apple on payments, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) founder Jack Ma said he's willing to collaborate with Apple (AAPL) regarding their mobile payment services, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ma at a conference. Alibaba's Alipay is China's biggest payment service while Apple Pay was launched earlier this month. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLT-Mobile CEO: iPhone 6 Plus selling at better clip than expected, Re/code says
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple head responds as retailers bar Pay service, Reuters says
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October 27, 2014
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:03 EDTAAPL, GOOGCVS says 'cannot accept' Apple Pay at this time, CNBC says
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11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; NBR FB
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11:07 EDTBACFINRA fines Merrill $6M for Reg SHO violations, supervisory violations
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has censured and fined Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. $3.5M for violating Regulation SHO, an SEC rule that established a regulatory framework to govern short sales and prevent abusive naked short selling. FINRA also censured and fined its affiliated broker-dealer, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, $2.5M for failing to establish, maintain and enforce supervisory systems and procedures related to Regulation SHO and other areas. Reference Link
10:32 EDTAAPLVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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10:14 EDTAAPLApple, Cubic in talks for new uses for NFC, The Information reports
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10:00 EDTGOOG, FBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $95.
09:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $605.
07:50 EDTFBFacebook the premier social advertising platform, says Cowen
Cowen previewed Q3 earnings for Facebook and said they see it as the premier social advertising platform. The firm said Facebook's numbers continue to grow, especially on mobile devices, and they expect further monetization levers there and in other ad formats. Cowen said Facebook is one of their top picks in their universe and reiterates its Outperform rating and $90 price target on the shares.
07:44 EDTFFord price target lowered to $13.50 from $15.50 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse lowered Ford's price target to $13.50 based on reduced margin forecasts for out years. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:39 EDTFFord 2015 guidance appears conservative, says UBS
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07:38 EDTGOOGCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:21 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Facebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook Facebook October weekly 31 call option implied volatility is at 75, November is at 44, December is at 37, March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 28. :theflyonthewall.com
07:19 EDTFProperty/Casualty Insurers Association of America to hold a meeting
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07:15 EDTAAPLWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple plans to relaunch Beats Music next year under iTunes brand, WSJ reports
Apple is in the process of rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year under the iTunes brand, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source. Reference Link
06:33 EDTBACRoku preparing IPO, NY Times says
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06:33 EDTAAPLiPhone pre-orders in South Korea topping pre-orders for Galaxy Note 4, WSJ says
Pre-orders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are reportedly far higher than orders for the new Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy Note 4, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts believe total pre-sale figures for the new iPhones are around 100,000 units, more than the 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4. The iPhone launches in South Korea on October 31. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLAT&T to lock Apple's SIM cards to its network on new iPads, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTGOOG, AAPLCVS may be disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay, Google Wallet, MacRumors says
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest acquires Revolv, terms not disclosed
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle names Sundar Pichai to lead core Google products, Re/code reports
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05:58 EDTGOOGRyan Wyatt becomes Google's Head of Gaming at YouTube
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October 26, 2014
15:41 EDTAAPLApple iTunes music sales see decline as alternatives attract demand, WSJ says
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13:28 EDTAAPLApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 24, 2014
18:17 EDTFFord could spend more than $5B to revive Lincoln brand, Reuters says
The Lincoln brand has been in a swoon for the past two decades, but new CEO Mark Fields intends to invest significant funds to revive it, as much as $5B or more, sources say, according to Reuters. Reference Link
16:54 EDTAAPLMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
16:20 EDTFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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15:57 EDTAAPLRoku planning to file an IPO, CNBC reports
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13:58 EDTFDealerTrack has positive read-through from GM, Ford reports, says JPMorgan
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12:30 EDTFFord rejects proposal to invest in Windsor engine plants, Reuters reports
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple iTunes music sales said to be down over 13%, WSJ reports
Apple's digital music sales via iTunes are down 13%-14% this year-to-date compared to last, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. For context, the report notes that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimates global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013. Reference Link
11:19 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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10:10 EDTFFord seeing 'competitive' market pricing, particularly from Japanese companies
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09:36 EDTAAPL, FActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTFFord says 'absolutely on plan' with launch of new F-150
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08:46 EDTFFord sees U.S. industry volume 16.8M in 2014, 16.8M-17.5M in 2015
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08:37 EDTFFord reports Q3 global market share 7.4%
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07:16 EDTFFord reports Q3 production about 1.5M units, 57,000 units lower than a year ago
In the third quarter, total company production was about 1.5 million units, 57,000 units lower than a year ago. This was 45,000 units lower than Ford’s previous guidance. The company expects fourth quarter production to be about 1.5 million units, down 35,000 units from a year ago because of planned shutdowns, including three weeks of downtime at the Dearborn Truck Plant for the new F-150. Compared with the third quarter, fourth quarter production is up 47,000 units. The increase is largely driven by the launch of new and freshened products, including Transit and Mustang. For the full year, Ford continues to expect net interest expense to be about $700M.
07:05 EDTFFord Motor Credit reports Q3 pre-tax profit of $498M vs. $427M a year ago
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07:04 EDTFFord continues to see FY14 pre-tax profit about $6B
This year is a critical building block in the One Ford plan. Ford continues to expect its 2014 pre-tax profits to be about $6 billion, excluding special items. The company is on track with its record 23 global new product launches in preparation for a more profitable 2015. Ford continues to expect its North America operating margin to be at the lower end of its 8%-9% guidance range, and better results in Europe, Asia Pacific and Ford Credit compared with 2013. Ford remains focused on delivering the key aspects of the One Ford plan, which are unchanged: Aggressively restructuring to operate profitably at the current demand and changing model mix; Accelerating the development of new products that customers want and value; Financing the plan and improving the balance sheet; Working together effectively as one team, leveraging Ford’s global assets; In 2015, Ford expects to realize the benefits of its global product investment and growth strategies, and will continue it strong product push with 16 global vehicle launches. The company expects its pre-tax profit, excluding special items, to be significantly higher — in the $8.5B-$9.5B range — with all five Automotive regions improving on 2014 results.
07:03 EDTFFord reports automotive operating-related cash flow negative $700M
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07:01 EDTFFord reports Q3 adjusted EPS 24c, consensus 19c
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06:19 EDTAAPLFoxconn could build new display plant in China, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple responds to GT Advanced's sapphire business exit, Re/code reports
Following GT Advanced's (GTAT) announcement to shut down factories in Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts, an Apple (AAPL) spokeswoman said the company will continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, reports Re/code. She said, "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production. We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.” Reference Link
October 23, 2014
16:00 EDTF, AAPL, FBOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:39 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:27 EDTFBFacebook launches Rooms app
Facebook earlier today announced that it would launch an app that will enable users to create chat rooms based on different topics. Reference Link
13:26 EDTFEarnings Preview: Ford sees Q3 total production approximately 1.5M units
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11:38 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB VALE
Facebook (FB) March 90 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35, Vale (VALE) March 12 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 33 according to IVolatility.
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLNike CEO 'bullish' on partnership with Apple
Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker made comments in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Reference Link
09:19 EDTAAPLGT Advanced to wind down operations at Mesa facility
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09:06 EDTFTrueCar reports adjusted annual rate for October of 16.43M new vehicle sales
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07:58 EDTFAutomakers under increased scrutiny after wide ranging air bag recall, WSJ says
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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06:56 EDTAAPLSupply chain set to deliver 50M units of iPhone 6 in 2014, Digitimes says
Due to strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6, Pegatron and Foxconn will likely deliver close to 25M units each before the end of 2014, reports DigiTimes. The estimates do not includ eshipments of the iPhone 6 Plus. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the supply ratio of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Asia Pacific countries is about 55:45 currently. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAAPLApple may raise payments to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus production, DigiTimes says
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06:32 EDTBACGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple to increase Apple-brand retail stores in China to 40, WSJ reports
Apple CEO Tim Cook told Sina.com that the company plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cook also says Apple will increase investment in the country by an unspecified amount. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:19 EDTAAPL, BACBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
13:42 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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13:28 EDTFEarnings Preview: General Motors sees better second half, excluding recalls
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13:28 EDTAAPLApple to bring Apple Pay to iAd, DigiDay reports
Apple plans to bring Apple Pay ti iAd, its mobile ad network, reports DigiDay. According to those familiar with the developments, a new feature would integrate Apple Pay and iAd mobile ad network in the form of a tap-to-buy button embedded in mobile ads. Reference Link
13:19 EDTAAPLApple CEO, China discuss protection of users' information, Xinhua says
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13:14 EDTGOOG, AAPLMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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12:53 EDTAAPL, BACSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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11:27 EDTFFord October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:08 EDTFBass says General Motors taking back share from Ford
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09:38 EDTFB, BAC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
06:41 EDTAAPLReport says Apple head, Chinese official discussed data security, Reuters says
A report from Chinese news agency Xinhua explained that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top government official in the country to talk about user data security, according to Reuters, citing the report. The meeting occurred right after a Chinese web monitoring agency published a report which claimed that Apple clients in the country have been the target of a cyber attack from hackers. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
06:24 EDTFNHTSA says over 6M cars involved in Takata airbag recalls
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
October 21, 2014
19:34 EDTAAPLGT Advanced, Apple reach deal to 'wind down' sapphire plant, Philip DeWitt says
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18:33 EDTAAPLIcahn reiterates view that high-yield market is a bubble
Says the Fed has given the economy, or the patient, "too much medicine." Says market should not be shorted. Again, says Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim is a "great CEO." Says Apple pay has a great future. Says Ebay (EBAY) is like his past campaign at Motorola. Reiterates view that Ebay should explore Paypal sale right now. Says Dell is on his radar screen. Says Warren Buffet sometimes too easy on companies, should do more on corporate governance. Again, says has never sold a share of Herbalife (HLF). Says Western Europe has "major problems," and continues to be short the Euro. Says energy stocks "getting cheap." Carl Icahn is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
17:23 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says investment in Apple 'no brainer'
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16:36 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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14:04 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
13:43 EDTAAPLApple says iCloud attack involves website, servers not comprised
Apple told CNBC that its aware of network attacks on iCloud users and that its servers were not compromised. The attacks involved the iCloud.com website.
13:32 EDTFFord lowers price of Focus Electric to $29,995 to spur interest, HybridCars says
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13:09 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: AT&T to benefit from strong iPhone 6 demand, Wells Fargo says
AT&T (T) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $33.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 59c-66c on revenue of $31.77B-$34.34B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported second quarter EPS of 62c against estimates for 63c on revenue of $32.6B against estimates for $33.22B. On its Q2 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 EPS growth at the low end of a mid-single digit range, compared to consensus of $2.62. It sees: FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, versus consensus $133.93B; FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range; FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range. In Q2, AT&T reported the following: total branded smartphone net adds, both postpaid and prepaid, of 576,000; total branded tablet net adds of 250,000; 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds; postpaid churn of 0.86%. On September 25, DirecTV (DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q3 earnings report. On September 15, Wells Fargo said AT&T should particularly benefit from strong Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 demand. After Apple reported that over 4M iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of eligibility, Wells Fargo said that it believed strong demand for the phones will be positive for all of the wireless carriers, but particularly for AT&T because of its strategic decision to focus on its early upgrade "Next!" program. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on AT&T. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have fallen approximately 4% since the company's Q2 report, but they did manage to make a 52-week high of $37.48 in late July. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, AT&T’s shares are up 0.5%.
12:57 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:36 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors loses Samsung Galaxy phone NFC business, NFC Times says
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12:09 EDTAAPLEinhorn says Apple 'pretty much working on all cyliinders'
David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital is speaking on CNBC.
11:26 EDTAAPLMcDonald's sees U.S. dollar hurting Q4 EPS by 5c-6c, FY14 EPS by 9c-10c
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11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced expects settlement with Apple 'within hour,' Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apple (AAPL), up 3%... Texas Instruments (TXN), up 2.3%... Harley Davidson (HOG), up 7%... Celanese (CE), up 4%... United Technologies (UTX), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Neonode (NEON), up 20% after signing technology development agreement with global tier-one printer OEM... Illumina (ILMN), up 10%, upgraded at Janney Capital following the company's better than expected Q3 earnings. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Coca-Cola (KO), down 5%... Chipotle (CMG), down 4.6%... Verizon (VZ), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: CEL-SCI (CVM), down 15.3% after announcing proposed offering of common stock, warrants... Omeros (OMER), down 12% after suspending Huntington's clinical trial with OMS824... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), down 2.4% after 20M share secondary priced at $57.47... Rhino Resources (RNO), down 53%, downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James following the reduction in its quarterly cash dividend.
08:35 EDTAAPLOn Track Innovations, USA Technologies ready for Apple Pay
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08:18 EDTBACBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
08:09 EDTAAPLEnvivio puts Halo over full Apple product line
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08:03 EDTFFord announces actions with respect to senior convertible notes due 2016
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07:59 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 form $115 at Canaccord
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $128 from $112 at BTIG
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07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:17 EDTAAPLApple price target raised $120, iPhone 6 cycle to continue, say Barclays
Barclays raised Apple's price target to $120 from $116 and raised estimates following the Q4 beat. The firm expects the iPhone 6 cycle to drive earnings acceleration over the next several quarters before new products become growth drivers. The firm sees margin upside given mix shift towards the iPhone 6 and expects new services to be a meaningful contributor in 2015. Shares are Overweight rated.
07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
06:49 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $143 from $123 at Cantor
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06:25 EDTFFord initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple shares expected to be range bound at Deutsche Bank
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple not planning to report sales of smartwatch, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTAAPLApple to supply more iPhone 6 Plus to satisfy China demand, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTFBTwitter initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple guidance shows product theme intact, says Piper Jaffray
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook sues laywers who represented Ceglia, Re/code reports
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October 20, 2014
19:59 EDTAAPLApple iCloud may have been attacked by Chinese hackers, Reuters reports
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18:51 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:36 EDTAAPLChipotle considering Apple Pay support in 2015
Comment was made in Q3 earnings call.
18:22 EDTAAPLSkyworks Solutions, Cirrus Logic, others higher after Apple reports Q4 results
The following stocks are moving higher in the after hours following Apple's Q4 results: ARM Holdings (ARMH) is up 1.1%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) is higher by 2.2% ,NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.28%,Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is up 2%, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) gains 1.53% and Avago Technologies (AVGO) is up 1.17%.
18:07 EDTAAPLApple CEO says only 20% of its phones sold in China are with subsidy
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17:39 EDTAAPLApple CEO says 'We’re selling everything we make'
17:31 EDTAAPLApple CFO says strengthening U.S. dollar becoming 'significant' headwind
17:27 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Apple Pay will help company sell more devices
17:17 EDTAAPLApple spent $17B in Q4 on returning money to shareholders
The company spent $45B in the last year on returning money to shareholders.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CFO says iPhone sales grew in emerging markets
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17:06 EDTAAPLApple says Q4 revenue growth rate strongest in seven quarters
17:04 EDTAAPLApple CEO says demand for new iPhone 'staggering'
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16:36 EDTAAPLApple CEO says product lineup 'strongest' ever into holiday
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in today's earnings release, "Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015."
16:34 EDTAAPLApple shares up 1% to $101 following Q4 results
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16:34 EDTAAPLApple declares Q4 dividend of 47c
Apple’s board has declared a cash dividend of 47c per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 13, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10.
16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 gross margin 38% vs. 37% last year
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 iPhone units 39.27M vs. 35.2M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q1 revenue $63.5B-$66.5B, consensus $63.52B
Sees Q1 gross margin 37.5%-38.5%, operating expenses between $5.4B-$5.5B and tax rate of 26.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q4 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.31
Reports Q4 revenue $42.1B, consensus $39.85B.
16:14 EDTAAPLGroupon updates IPhone app to include Apple Pay
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:30 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:53 EDTAAPLAmerican Express announces availability in Apple Pay
American Express (AXP) announces availability in Apple (AAPL) Pay, "the easy, safe and private way to pay with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3." Apple Pay will be available for eligible U.S. Consumer and OPEN American Express Card Members. Reference Link
14:50 EDTAAPLApple October weekly 99 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q4
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14:00 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple to report after iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 announcements
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13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple may look to cut prices for Beats Music service by half, Re/code reports
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12:32 EDTAAPLCooperman says still owns Apple, analyst says buy more
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12:03 EDTFBKing Digital launches Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide on Facebook
Earlier today, King Digital Entertainment (KING) announced that Candy Crush Soda Saga, the sister title to hit game Candy Crush Saga, has launched worldwide on Facebook (FB). Candy Crush Soda Saga is the next iteration in the Candy Crush franchise, set in the world of the Candy Kingdom. Fans of the original hit can now switch and match their way through new dimensions of gameplay with exciting new graphics and features including game modes, candy combinations, gameplay mechanics and more. Candy Crush Soda Saga is set to launch on mobile in the coming weeks.
11:49 EDTAAPLSprint to offer iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
Sprint (S) announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (AAPL) and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later this week. iPad Air 2 is the first tablet from Apple to connect to Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE service with the added capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. iPad mini 3 will connect to Sprint’s 4G LTE network. Customers can add iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 to their Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Through December 2015, Sprint will waive the $10 monthly access charge on iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 added as new lines of service to any Sprint Family Share Pack 20GB or higher.
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB DAL
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11:08 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
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11:06 EDTAAPLWalgreen begins accepting Apple Pay in stores
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10:55 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:36 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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09:27 EDTAAPLDexCom announces Dexcom SHARE FDA approval
Dexcom (DXCM) announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device, Dexcom SHARE. With Dexcom SHARE, parents and personal caregivers can monitor a person's glucose data from a remote location via an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, or iPod touch.
09:01 EDTAAPLOffice Depot stores now accept Apple Pay
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08:44 EDTAAPLIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:09 EDTFFord expected to add over 300 new jobs at Dagenham plant, Guardian reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPL, BAC, GOOGStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
14:39 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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09:38 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
07:53 EDTAAPL, GOOGFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTGOOG, AAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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