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March 6, 2015
07:20 EDTBACBank of America capital plan likely to be approved, says RBC Capital
After Bank of America passed the Fed's stress test, RBC Capital believes that the bank's performance on the test will probably result in the Fed approving the bank's shareholder cash return request next week. The firm keeps a $19 price target and Outperform rating on Bank of America.
07:16 EDTAAPLApple may charge $7.99 per month for music streaming service, 9to5Mac says
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07:13 EDTAAPLApple monitor shows iPhone demand better than expected, say UBS
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07:11 EDTAAPLApple March volatility elevated into Spring Forward event
Apple March weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, March is at 27, April is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into Spring Forward event on March 9.
06:18 EDTAAPLApple Pay hit by credit card fraud, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
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06:15 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $682 from $629 at Citigroup
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06:00 EDTAAPLStrategy Analytics: Apple to be number one smartwatch vendor, DigiTimes says
Strategy Analytics said Apple Watch will ship 15M units in 2015, reports DigiTimes. The firm said Apple will quickly become the world's number one smartwatch vendor and capture 55% global market share in 2015. Reference Link
March 5, 2015
18:21 EDTBACOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: YY Inc. (YY), up 5.2%... Finisar (FNSR), up 5%... Martha Stewart Living (MSO), up 5.1%... Thor (THO), up 3.5%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 2.5%... Cooper (COO), up 2.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Calithera Biosciences (CALA), up 39% after gaining license to TransTech hexokinase inhibitors... Bank of America (BAC), up 2% following results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Checkpoint Systems (CKP), down 20.4%... Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), down 8.5%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.1% after reporting February sales... AEterna Zentaris (AEZS), down 13.7% after filing to sell common units, no amount given... Citigroup (C), down marginally following results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test.
17:24 EDTBACBank of America releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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16:47 EDTBACFed stress test reveal all 31 banks meet capital requirements
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16:00 EDTBAC, FB, AAPLOptions Update; March 5, 2015
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15:04 EDTBACBank of America volatility elevated into stress test results
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14:56 EDTAAPLApple music streaming service may debut June 8, TechCrunch says
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13:00 EDTAAPLSamsung's new Galaxy to provide double the memory of Apple's iPhones, BI reports
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12:41 EDTAAPLApple slips after Deutsche sees watch having limited impact on results
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11:46 EDTAAPLAscent Solar rallies after release of Battery & Solar case for iPhone 6
Earlier today, Ascent Solar Technologies (ASTI) announced the immediate availability of the company’s Battery & Solar case for the iPhone 6 (AAPL), the EnerPlex Surfr. The company added, "The Surfr is available now at goenerplex.com as well as select retail partners. The Surfr Battery and Solar case for the iPhone 6 is the first Apple MFi certified case to integrate both battery storage as well as solar charging capability into a sleek, thin and compact design. Enabling more than 10 hours of extra talk time as well as doubled video and audio capacity, the Surfr keeps iPhone users powered up throughout their day without needing to be constantly on watch for an outlet." Shares of Ascent Solar are up almost 11% in late morning trading.
09:43 EDTFBOculus to launch smartphone virtual reality device by end of 2015, CNet says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLApple files patent for moisture resistance technolgy for mobile devices
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07:12 EDTBACUBS strengthens U.S. M&A unit with Evercore, Lazard, BofA hires, WSJ says
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple may release iPhone 6s with more RAM, unlocked SIM card, AppleInsider says
Apple's (AAPL) upcoming iPhone 6s will reportedly include 2 gigabytes of RAM memory, reports AppleInsider, citing a person familiar with the company's plans. The source also stated Apple is considering shipping the 6s with an Apple SIM card to allow users to switch carriers at any time, a move likely to promp pushback from large carriers such as T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ), and AT&T (T). Reference Link
06:45 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Watch as limited growth driver for Apple
Deutsche Bank says that while it remains positive on the Apple Watch, it sees the device as a limited growth driver for Apple over the next few years. Deutsche currently expects Apple will ship 17.6M Watches in 2015 with an average selling price of $350. While adding some upside, the watch has "limited ability to move the needle," the firm told investors today. It feels Apple shares are fairly valued at current levels and keeps a Hold rating on the name with a $110 price target. The stock closed yesterday down 82c to $128.54.
06:32 EDTAAPLBMW says not in talks with Apple about building car, Reuters reports
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06:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer says company has 'lost its way' in PC games, BI reports
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06:08 EDTAAPLDevelopers: Apple limiting Apple Watch features to help battery life, BI reports
Developers say Apple is limiting what apps for the Apple Watch is capable of in order to ensure a smooth launch and decent battery life, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAAPLWal-Mart CFO believes mobile payment is the future, WSJ says
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05:56 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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05:52 EDTFBInstagram announces new advertising format called carousel ads
Instagram is offering a new advertising format called carousel ads that allows marketers to include links on their products and websites. In a blogpost, the company said, "One way to look at it is carousel ads bring the potential of multi-page print campaigns to mobile phones – with the added benefit of taking people to a website to learn more. For instance, a fashion company could use the carousel to deconstruct the individual products in a ‘look.’ A car company might share an array of different features of a vehicle and provide a link to learn more about the new model. Or, an advertiser could showcase how multiple ingredients come together to make a delicious meal." The format will be introduced on a limited basis. Reference Link
05:45 EDTAAPLApple to use Oxide display for 12.9-inch iPad, DigiTimes report9
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March 4, 2015
17:41 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles likes Apple as long idea
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17:35 EDTAAPLApple delays larger iPad on panel challenges, Bloomberg says
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17:26 EDTAAPLApple said to delay making larger iPad due to panel challenges, Bloomberg says
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16:02 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; March 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 6c to 27.22. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AA PBR NFLX MNKD FB BMY C according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLHBO in talks to have Apple TV on board for HBO Now launch, IBT says
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15:14 EDTAAPLTime Warner in talks for Apple to be HBO Now launch partner, CNBC says
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13:48 EDTAAPLJudge issues prelim approval for $415M anti-poaching settlement, Reuters says
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10:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales script revealed, 9to5Mac says
The Apple Watch sales script distributed to retail stores states, "Many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch," reports 9to5Mac. Suggested sales tactics include asking whether the consumer is purchasing the watch "for a special occasion," revealing Apple may believe the Watch has appeal as an expensive gift, a perspective previously absent from iPhone sales pitches. The script also coaches employees to ask consumers whether their current iPhone is compatible with the Watch, and if not, attempt to sell a compatible iPhone 5 or 6 model. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA AMZN CELG MCD SINA TSLA V TWTR PBR
09:22 EDTAAPLU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears Apple vs Samsung
The Court hears arguments over damages where Apple asks that Samsung remove certain features (slide unlock, auto-correct) from its phones for patent infringement but Samsung argues doing so is too onerous andn how much in damages Samsung owes Apple for failure to remove the specified features in a hearing being held at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on March 4 at 10 am.
09:20 EDTMSFTTime Warner Cable announces agreement with Microsoft to bring TV app to Xbox
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple plans to reveal Retina MacBook Air March 9, The Michael Report says
Apple plans to reveal its Retina MacBook Air at its March 9 "Spring Forward" event, says The Michael Report, citing Apple sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:32 EDTMSFTGlobal Payments announces agreement with New West Technologies
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook developing rival to Twitter ad platform, Bloomberg says
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07:22 EDTBAC, AAPLBanks, not Apple, on hook for 'post-Apple Pay fraud,' says Trustev
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Spring Forward event
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06:50 EDTAAPLPiper sees two catalysts for Google shares in 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says near-term investor concerns with regards to Google (GOOG) shares are overblown. Munster thinks investors are concerned that Google will lose its search deal with Apple’s (AAPL) Safari and that the search giant’s investments have pressured margins. He believes, however, that if Google were to lose Safari, the company will likely gain back that lost share within a year. Further, Munster believes Google's investments in robotics, self-driving cars, fiber, wireless and augmented reality will yield longer term revenue growth. The analyst views the resolution of the Safari deal and the possibility for cost-per-clicks turning positive for the first time since September 2011 as catalysts for the stock in 2015. Munster reiterates an Overweight rating on Google with a $630 price target. The stock closed Tuesday up $3.77 to $578.79.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple in talks to settle A123's lawsuit, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTAAPL, MSFTGartner: Apple sold more smartphones than Samsung in Q4
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple, Google develop fix for 'Freak' cybersecurity flaw, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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06:12 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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06:10 EDTAAPLApple Pay seeing high fraud rates, WSJ says
Banks are experiencing a relatively high amount of fraud on the Apple Pay service, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing people familiar with the matter. Criminals are reportedly exploiting vulnerabilities in the credit card verification process, though banks say they are tightening loopholes. Mobile payment expert Cherian Abraham stated it is not uncommon to see Apple Pay fraud rates as high as 6%, versus a roughly 0.1% fraud rate with plastic cards. Reference Link
March 3, 2015
16:01 EDTBAC, AAPLOptions Update; March 3, 2015
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12:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud metrics may be inaccurate, Business Insider says
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11:55 EDTAAPLUBS, BofA get more positive on Google outlook
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTAAPLVisa should benefit from proliferation of token services, says Pacific Crest
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08:13 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $155 from $115 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Apple as the firm expects the company's Apple Watch to be superior to the competition in several ways, and believes that it is "an efficient extension of the smartphone" and "a facilitator of intimate personal communications." The firm predicts that the device will significantly boost Apple's revenue and margins. Oppenheimer keeps an Outperform rating on Apple.
07:21 EDTFBOculus hires away Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, Re/code says
Facebook's (FB) Oculus has hired away Google (GOOG) executive Mary Lou Jepsen, reports Re/code, citing sources familiar with the move and a Facebook spokesperson. Jepsen was the head of Google X's display division. Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLPiper says Apple Watch price could approach $600
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the average selling price for the upcoming Apple Watch could be closer to $575-$600, above his current estimate of $500, when adding in additional bands. Munster sees the potential for higher segment gross margins than previously thought. He points out his 2015 Watch estimate remains at 8M units, well below the Street's 14M. Munster keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:24 EDTAAPLApple-Google proposed $415M settlement headed towards approval, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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March 2, 2015
17:08 EDTBACOverstock.com market-riggin case to proceed
Overstock.com (OSTK) announces that due to the California Supreme Court's decision last week not to review a lower appellate court ruling, relevant discovery materials gained in its long-fought battle with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) will be released to the public, and it will be proceeding to trial against Merrill Lynch. In a suit filed in 2007, Overstock.com alleged certain brokerages engaged in illegal market manipulation in a deliberate effort to manipulate Overstock.com's share prices. Over many years and millions of dollars of discovery generating millions of documents, it fashioned its case against some of the premier brokerages on Wall Street. As was previously disclosed in a filing with the SEC in December 2010, Overstock.com entered into a settlement with certain other defendants in the aggregate amount of $4.44M, the terms of which are confidential. In January 2012, a California trial court decided that relevant portions of the voluminous discovery records regarding Goldman and Merrill should be made public, but dismissed the case on narrow, technical grounds. Last week's decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the appellate court ruling means that the process for public release of information gathered through the discovery process may now proceed, and also the trial against Merrill Lynch. Overstock SVP and General Counsel Mark Griffin added, "It is unfortunate the Court has decided that, despite the substantial evidence against Goldman Sachs, due to jurisdictional grounds they cannot be made to account for it in a California courtroom. Overstock looks forward to making that evidence available to the public for review, and we can't wait to get Merrill Lynch in front of a jury, and let them decide what to do about these manipulative stock market abuses."
16:02 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
13:53 EDTFBFacebook COO: Working on simplifying buying process for ads
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13:42 EDTFBFacebook COO: Small business opportunity is huge
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13:29 EDTFBFacebook COO: Facebook is moving towards more public usage
Says mobile paying off in "a big way." Says ads integrate very well into mobile. Says video is "exploding on Facebook" and provides huge ad opportunities. Says not all video ads are "incremental." Sheryl Sandberg is speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.
13:22 EDTFBFacebook CFO: Messaging is core to company's strategy
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook CFO: We are investing from a 'position of strength'
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13:07 EDTAAPLPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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11:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says China cloud offerings 'special,' present 'huge' opportunity
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11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says seeing 'very positive trends' for Office 365
Microsoft EVP, Applications and Services, Qi Lu is speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
10:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch expected to be available outside U.S. in April, 9to5Mac reports
The Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the United States when it launches next month, reports 9to5Mac. According to employees in attendance when CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Berlin Apple Store last week, Cook said the watch will launch in Germany during the same month as the U.S. Reference Link
10:08 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; HLF FB
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MNTA CELG TSLA MCD ARUN GILD KO TWTR NFLX
09:16 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay could 'dwarf' Apple Pay, says Jefferies
Jefferies says Samsung Pay has the potential to "dwarf" Apple (AAPL) Pay since it targets the vast majority of currently installed payment terminals which utilize conventional magstripe technology, versus Apple's payment system which is limited in its acceptance by the availability of NFC-capable terminals. Jefferies believes Samsung's Galaxy S6/S6 Edge integrates Magnetic Secure Transmission technology acquired from LoopPay within its batteries. It views Samsung Pay as the biggest positive surprise of Samsung's new phone.
09:14 EDTAAPLApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:11 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Axiom
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08:29 EDTFB, AAPL, MSFTMicrosoft reportedly to buy news app for $30M, TechCrunch says
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07:41 EDTMSFT, FBMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTFBIAC's Tinder working on first ads, Re/code reports
IAC's Tinder is developing its first ad product, Re/code reported Friday night. The dating app is also talking with Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) about using their ad networks to fill out ad space, Re/code stated. Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLiPhone 6s will have Force Touch, won't have multi-cameras, AppleInsider says
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $133 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Apple's price target to $160 and increased its bull cast to $190 based on the accelerated pace of category expansion. The firm believes the strong platform creates a "halo effect" as users buy multiple devices and added services and software, which attracts more developers and partners and improves the entire ecosystem. Shares are Overweight rated.
06:18 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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06:01 EDTAAPLNorthern Trust debit cards now support Apple Pay
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05:59 EDTAAPLSamsung announces Samsung Pay mobile payment system
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05:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft introduces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
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March 1, 2015
18:28 EDTMSFT, AAPLBlackBerry expands cross platform strategy
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February 27, 2015
16:19 EDTBACBank of America files mixed securities shelf
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16:06 EDTBAC, AAPLOptions Update; February 27, 2015
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12:50 EDTAAPLApple CEO says consumers will find many reasons to admire watch, Telegraph says
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that people will buy Apple's Apple Watch for one reason, and then discover that they like it for many reasons, according to The Telegraph. The watch will give users rewards if they hit exercise goals and could be used to replace car keys and security fobs used by many vehicles, the newspaper quoted Cook as saying. Reference Link
10:45 EDTBACBank of America falls after analyst warns of potential Fed test failure
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09:59 EDTAAPLApple slips below $130, levels to watch
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09:58 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 500.com (WBAI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Akorn (AKRX) downgraded to Hold after share rally at Needham... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KLR Group... CA Technologies (CA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... CONE Midstream (CNNX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crane (CR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EnerNOC (ENOC) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Mavenir Systems (MVNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... NTELOS (NTLS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Ocwen (OCN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... Pegasystems (PEGA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merriman... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Potbelly (PBPB) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Safe Bulkers (SB) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Sarepta (SRPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Spirit Realty (SRC) downgraded at RBC Capital... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... WCI Communities (WCIC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
09:42 EDTBACBank of America falls as Chief Accounting Officer, two directors, step down
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09:35 EDTAAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MCD GOOG MNST BAC TSLA NFLX SINA AMZN WYNN
07:17 EDTBACUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business to hold a forum
U.S. Monetary Policy Forum is being held in New York on February 27.
06:48 EDTAAPLApple hiring engineers to work on virtual reality products, 9to5Mac reports
Apple is hiring hardware engineers to work on virtual reality products, according to 9to5Mac, which cites job listings that have appeared this week. According to the ads, Apple is seeking to hire a Senior Display Systems Engineer for "display systems design and development related to VR environments" and a Senior Display Software Engineer to support graphics software engineering efforts for VR environments. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAAPLTexas company sues Apple over additional alleged patent violations, Reuters says
The Texas company that on Tuesday won a $533M patent infringement verdict against Apple (AAPL) is launching another patent lawsuit against the iPhone maker, according to Reuters. Filed Wednesday night, the new lawsuit addresses technology used by Apple devices that were launched after the previous case began, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:32 EDTBACBank of America Chief Accounting Officer, two directors to step down
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06:32 EDTAAPLCiti sees April 16 launch date for Apple Watch
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:50 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brennan Hawken downgraded Bank of America to Neutral from Buy saying disclosures in the bank's recent annual filing raise the risk of a qualitative failure this year. Hawken believes that even with yesterday's 2.7% pullback, shares of Bank of America are not fully pricing in the risk of a qualified failure in the Federal Reserve's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. The analyst writes that even if BofA passes the CCAR, the Fed's annual exercise to assess whether the largest banks have sufficient capital, its regulatory capital ratios are well below peers, which could drive lower capital returns. Hawken cut his price target on the banking giant to $16 from $20. Shares of Bank of America closed yesterday down 45c to $16.04.
05:26 EDTAAPLEricsson files lawsuits against Apple
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February 26, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 27.78. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR C ZNGA MCD RIG NFLX according to Track Data.
15:02 EDTBACFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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14:01 EDTBACBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
13:25 EDTFBGerman watchdog issues cease-and-desist letter to Facebook, WSJ says
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12:12 EDTFBFacebook climbs after analyst says Oculus could be used for NBA, NHL games
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12:05 EDTAAPLApple to host event on March 9, Business Insider reports
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11:15 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL CRM
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10:50 EDTBACNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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10:41 EDTFBFacebook retakes the $80 level, runs higher, levels to watch
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10:24 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTAAPLTesla jumps 2% as Chinese language report fuels speculation
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09:35 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $145 from $120 at Brean Capital
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPLApple pivots lower, levels to watch
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13:14 EDTAAPLFirm says iPad's market share fell sharply, Business Insider reports
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10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
10:01 EDTAAPLIDC reports Samsung retains 22% smartphone marketshare in India
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09:48 EDTMSFT, AAPLIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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09:01 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley says Apple Pay available for Wealth Management clients
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple reportedly creating streaming music service, may relaunch iTunes, BI says
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07:13 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Apple as the firm thinks the company "has more than enough capacity" to increase its dividend to $2.30-$2.40 per share. The firm indicates that it believes that Apple can reduce its tax rate. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:22 EDTAAPLJury orders Apple to pay $533M for patent violations, Reuters reports
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06:01 EDTAAPLGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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14:43 EDTBACBofA head of Americas equitites leaving company, Bloomberg reports
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14:35 EDTAAPLMicron retreats amid pricing, Apple worries but analysts defend shares
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12:15 EDTAAPLMicron sell-off 'totally unwarranted,' says Summit Research
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12:12 EDTBACBank of America head of equities for America leaving bank, Bloomberg says
11:29 EDTAAPLApple could thrive in auto sector, Morgan Stanley says
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10:43 EDTAAPLMicron drop on Apple speculation presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
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10:14 EDTAAPLSamsung reportedly reaches deal with LG, Apple to supply DRAM, Korea Times says
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook says over 2M advertisers now active, launches Ads Manager app
There are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook, the company announced. Facebook also announced the launch of Ads Manager, a new mobile app that gives marketers more power to manage ads from anywhere. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:39 EDTAAPLApple near-term capital return could be less than expected, says UBS
UBS said they believe Apple could take a near-term breather on capital returns due to potential U.S. tax reform, increased dependence on debt issuance for stock buyback funding, and the potential for its board to wait for more clarity on repatriation. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $150 price target on Apple shares.
07:21 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTAAPLVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple hiring chip, battery experts from Samsung, Korea Times reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLApple said to buy music plug-in and effect makker Camel Audio, MacRumors says
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple's market cap hits nearly $775B, CNBC reports
Apple's (AAPL) market cap has reached nearly $775B after the stock closed at a record on Monday, up over 2.7% to $133, CNBC reports. Exxon Mobil (XOM) has a market cap of about $377B. Reference Link
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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15:17 EDTAAPLAOL iTunes login pact with Apple ending soon, AppleInsider says
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12:28 EDTAAPLGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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12:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may be targeting next-gen experts from Samsung, Apple Insider says
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10:11 EDTAAPLApple breakout continues, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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09:04 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat as shares near record
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07:29 EDTAAPLJapan Display asking Apple to finance new smartphone screen plant, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTAAPL, FBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to publicly beta test iOS update, Re/code says
Apple plans to allow consumers to test the next update for its iOS mobile operating system, reports Re/code. The beta test will be available mid-March through the company's Apple Seed program. Reference Link
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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05:27 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
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