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April 23, 2014
18:25 EDTAAPLApple planning for annual divided increases 'going forward'
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18:24 EDTAAPLApple has sold more than 20M Apple TV set-top boxes
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18:08 EDTAAPLApple iPhone ASPs were down $41 in Q2 in part from stronger 4S sales
Regarding the decline in ASPs or 'average selling price' on the iPhone, Apple said on its Q2 earnings call: "When you look at the $41 of decline, I would say about half of that was driven by the fact that we have continued to do very well in emerging markets with the 4S. I mentioned that there's a lot of markets where we've grown very strongly, in Latin America, in Asia-Pacific, in Eastern Europe. So about half of that decline came from the stronger sales of the 4S. And then the rest was primarily the fact that, again, as we move away from the quarter where we launch the product, we tend to have lower capacity mix in our numbers."
17:59 EDTFBFacebook says planning to do more in private content
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17:59 EDTAAPLApple has done 24 acquisitions in 18 months
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17:51 EDTAAPLApple says 'current stock price doesn't reflect full value of the company'
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17:46 EDTAAPLApple China revenue for Q2 a record for company at almost $10B
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17:42 EDTAAPLApple iPad sales came in at the high end of the company’s expectations
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17:38 EDTAAPLApple now has nearly 800M iTunes accounts
Comment from Q2 earnings conference call.
17:25 EDTFBFacebook sees advertising revenue declining through the year
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17:24 EDTFBFacebook sees FY14 adjusted expenses growing 40%-45%
Comment from Q1 conference call.
17:22 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 revenue from advertising $2.27B, up 82% YoY
Revenue from advertising was $2.27B, an 82% increase from the same quarter last year. Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 59% of advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2014, up from approximately 30% of advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2013. Payments and other fees revenue was $237M for the first quarter of 2014.
17:17 EDTFBFacebook says simplifying and enhancing ad tools for advertisers
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17:05 EDTAAPLIcahn still sees Apple as 'meaningfully undervalued'
Icahn comments on Twitter. Reference Link
16:57 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says 'extremely pleased' with Apple results
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16:46 EDTAAPLApple resumes trading, shares up 8%, or $39.56, to $564.31
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16:39 EDTAAPLApple announces seven-for-one split, boosts dividend, buyback
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16:35 EDTAAPLApple sold 43.7M iPhones in Q2 vs. 51.03M last quarter
Apple sold 16.35M iPads in Q2 vs. 26.04M last year. Sold 4.14M Macs vs. 4.84M Macs last quarter. Sold 2.76M iPods vs. 6.05M last quarter.
16:33 EDTAAPLApple boosts quarterly dividend by 8% to $3.29
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple raises share repurchase authorization to $90B from $60B
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple announces seven-for-one stock split
16:31 EDTAAPLApple raises capital return program to over $130B
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q3 revenue $36B-$38B, consensus $37.87B
Sees Q3 gross margin 37%-38%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 EPS $11.62, consensus $10.18
Reports Q2 revenue $45.6B, consensus $43.53B.
16:29 EDTAAPLApple trading halted, pending news
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16:08 EDTMSFTZynga hires Microsoft's Garden, Pinkus to leave Chief Product Officer role
Zynga (ZNGA) announced that it has hired Alex Garden as President of Zynga Studios, reporting directly to CEO Don Mattrick. Garden joins Zynga from Microsoft (MSFT), where he held the positions of General Manager for Xbox LIVE and Xbox Music, Video and Reading. Additionally, Zynga has hired Academy Award nominated visual artist, Henry LaBounta as its first Chief Visual Officer and Jennifer Nuckles as its Chief Marketing Officer. Zynga also announced that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
16:06 EDTFBFacebook shares up 1% after Q1 results
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16:05 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 free cash flow $922M
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports monthly active users 1.28B as of March 31
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16:04 EDTFBFacebook reports mobile daily active users up 43% to 609M in March
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports March daily active users 802M
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook CFO Ebersman to step down
Facebook (FB) announced that David Ebersman has informed the company of his intention to step down as CFO after serving in the position for almost five years. On June 1, he will be succeeded as CFO by David Wehner, currently Facebook's Vice President, Corporate Finance and Business Planning. Ebersman will remain with the company through September to ensure a seamless transition of his responsibilities. Wehner joined Facebook in November 2012 from Zynga (ZNGA), where he served as CFO.
16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 EPS 34c, consensus 24c
Reports Q1 revenue $2.5B, consensus $2.36B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 12c to 41.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD GOOG TSLA ZNGA TWTR FB according to Track Data.
15:41 EDTFB, AAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April volatility elevated at 56 into Q3
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15:24 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have been stuck in a range of $59 at the low to a high of $65 since hitting peak price in early March. These bounds of range give us a guide for knowing when shares will have resolved, bullishly or bearishly. On better than expected news, a breakout above $65 would confirm that the shares are back on a bullish footing. Similarly, a breakdown below $59 would be an indication of deteriorating technicals and would be bearish for price. Resistance above $65 is at $67.09, and then at $69.63. Support below $59 is at $56.30, and then at $53.53.
15:20 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm mentioned positively by firms throughout April
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14:18 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: iPhone sales in focus ahead of Apple's Q2 report
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14:11 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 62 straddle priced for 10% move into Q1
14:04 EDTAAPLApple April weekly 525 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q2
13:46 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:52 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Facebook shares up more than 15% since last earnings report
Facebook (FB) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23 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 24c on revenue of $2.36B. The consensus range is 19c-30c for EPS, and $2.14B-$2.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported fourth quarter EPS of 31c against estimates of 27c, on revenue of $2.59B against estimates of $2.33B. The company reported daily active users of 757M on average for December, with Q4 revenue from advertising up 76% year-over-year to $2.34B. Mobile advertising revenue in Q4 represented 53% of the advertising revenue. NEWS: Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $16B, believing it is on a "clear path" to having 1B users and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying it is "probably" worth more than $19B. WhatsApp recently announced that there are half a billion regular users of the app. Facebook also acquired Oculus for $2B, and the Wall Street Journal reported it acquired Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount. In the past quarter, Instagram reported over 200M monthly active users by the end of March. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were mixed on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp. Piper Jaffray said the acquisition was neutral at best and is "beyond the typical overpaying." Facebook was downgraded at Argus due to possible risks in acquisition including a substantial write down should the texting platform not reach a billion users. Jeffries, on the other hand, said the acquisition could disrupt the global paid messaging industry. JMP Securities adds the acquisition is highly strategic and Stifel says it helps mute the risk that Google (GOOG) could enter the social media and communications market in a real way. The company's price target was raised at Sterne Agee, UBS, and Citigroup following the acquisition with Sterne Agee saying the application could reach 2B users and generate ARPU of $2.50 at 80% margins over the long-term. Analysts were more positive on the Oculus acquisition, with Piper Jaffray calling it a "major offensive move for the future" and JMP Securities saying it could create new opportunities over the next 5-10 years. Pacific Crest, however, says Facebook is unlikely to receive a significant return on the deal any time soon. Ahead of Q1 earnings, SunTrust says shares should be bought due to a rebounding revenue growth. Deutsche Bank and JMP Securities say that consensus estimates are catching up and the strong Q1 results may have already been factored into the consensus numbers. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over $8.00, or over 15%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q4 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report, Facebook shares are down 2.25%.
12:01 EDTFB Stocks with call strike movement; FB MU
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11:44 EDTFBFacebook gets FTC approval to acquire Oculus, Reuters says
The Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook antitrust approval to acquire virtual reality goggle maker Oculus VR, says Reuters. Reference Link
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD NFLX TSLA VZ MU WFM AMGN
08:15 EDTFBFacebook April weekly volatility elevated at 153 into Q1 and outlook
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08:10 EDTAAPLGoogle took on some Samsung liability in fight with Apple, Re/code says
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 64 into Q2
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April 22, 2014
18:42 EDTAAPLIcahn reiterates hasn't sold a share of Apple
Icahn speaks in online interview with CNBC's David Faber.
16:04 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; April 22, 2014
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14:22 EDTFBFacebook's WhatsApp says 'half a billion people' now regular users of app
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple's large screen phone may not emerge until 2015, Cnet reports
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13:18 EDTAAPLOpera says Android overtook iOS in mobile ad traffic
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12:18 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill's software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analysts, along with Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO at Constellation Research, provide their perspectives on pertinent topics in the software industry and how disruptive technologies impact cross channel commerce and technology optimization on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 25 at 11 am.
10:59 EDTMSFTValueAct's Ubben says fund owns more than $2.5B of Microsoft shares
ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben was speaking on CNBC.
10:06 EDTFBFacebook rises after Credit Suisse ups rating ahead of earnings
Shares of Facebook (FB) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock in a note to investors last night. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju now expects Facebook to obtain more revenue, on average, from each of its users than the firm had previously anticipated. New products that Facebook is developing should enable the company to obtain more revenue over the medium to long term without boosting its ad loads, the analyst contends. Other analysts are underestimating the amount of revenue that Facebook's new products will generate, added Ju. He upgraded Facebook to Outperform from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $87 from $65. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday research firm JMP Securities increased its first quarter estimates for Facebook, saying that the company's investments are causing advertisers to buy more ads on the website. The firm expects the social network's ad sales to continue to be strong as it launches new types of ads. It reiterated an $82 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. Facebook is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Facebook climbed $1.47, or 2.4%, to $62.71.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
07:26 EDTBACInformation Management Network to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTFB, BACSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:20 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:16 EDTAAPLiPhone sales could be hurt by fading phone subsidies, WSJ reports
Sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhones may be further pressured as carriers make faster progress in transitioning customers away from subsidies, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. wireless carriers like T-Mobile US (TMUS) and AT&T (T) have been having more success than expected in moving customers to non-subsidy plans, a transition that could harm sales of expensive handsets such as the iPhone. Reference Link
06:42 EDTAAPLSamsung thinks $2.19B too costly for Apple patents, Bloomberg says
Samsung (SSNLF) feels that Apple's (AAPL) patent-infringement lawsuit of $2.19B is 57 times greater than what the South Korean company should pay if a jury deems that it infringed smartphone technology, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:19 EDTBACInvestment banks battling over stock trading, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2014
16:32 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform, price target raised to $87 at Credit Suisse
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16:07 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 40.03. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD NFLX TSLA TWTR FB WLT according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLApple recruiting employees for mobile payments, Re/code says
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14:40 EDTAAPLWi-LAN files appeal in patent suit with Apple
Wi-LAN (WILN) announced that it has filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in its patent dispute with Apple (AAPL) involving WiLAN's U.S. Patent No. RE37,802. On April 3, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that the Jury had no basis for invalidating the 802 patent at the trial of the WiLAN vs. Apple lawsuit in October 2013. In addition to this case, WiLAN is in litigation with Apple in the Southern District of California concerning the infringement of two patents related to LTE technology. WiLAN expects the case in Southern California to go to trial later this year if not settled earlier.
13:44 EDTFBFacebook rises after report says mobile ad network coming soon
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12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Motorola sign licensing agreement
Microsoft (MSFT) announced a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solution (MSI). The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.
11:34 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 50 into Q2
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11:10 EDTFBFacebook to introduce plans for mobile ad network, Re/code says
Facebook is planning to disclose plans for a for a mobile ad network and will demonstrate the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the company's database of user information for more effective ad targeting, says Re/code. According to sources, Facebook will introduce its plans for its mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference at the end of the month, added Re/code. Reference Link
10:07 EDTMSFTNokia sees sale of Devices & Services business to Microsoft closing on April 25
Nokia (NOK) announced that it expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) to close on April 25. The transaction is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions. The transaction was originally announced on September 3, 2013.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTAAPLJabil Circuit downgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital downgraded Jabil Circuit (JBL) to Sector Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited concerns about Jabil circuit's largest customer, Apple (AAPL), as well as its belief that Jabil's FY15 guidance appears to reflect a best-case scenario. Target to $20 from $21.
08:59 EDTFBFacebook gives some 'Paper' data, but not users, WSJ says
Facebook disclosed at the end of last week that users of its mobile newsreader app “Paper” view an average of 80 stories a day, but the social network gave no data on how many people have downloaded the app, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTFBFacebook Q1 estimates raised ahead of earnings at JMP Securities
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple to add call credit payments in China, Marbridge Daily says
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07:16 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
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06:51 EDTBACNYSE, BofA among those sued regarding high-frequency trading, Bloomberg says
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06:48 EDTMSFT, AAPLMicrosoft faces internal & external conflicts in three segments, DigiTimes says
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06:45 EDTAAPLApple and Google compete to offer exclusive game apps, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLSquare discusses possible sale as losses widen, WSJ reports
Mobile-payments startup Square discussed a possible sale to several rivals as its losses widen, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Google (GOOG) discussed a possible acquisition of the company earlier this year, but it was not clear if the talks were continuing. Square also had discussions about a deal with Apple (AAPL) and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal. Reference Link
06:27 EDTAAPLApple revenue outlook likely to miss expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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06:26 EDTFB, AAPLCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
April 17, 2014
18:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 311,000 Xbox One units in March
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16:45 EDTBACMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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14:28 EDTFBFacebook announces new feature called 'Nearby Friends'
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10:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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09:59 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOGL GOOG NFLX TSLA AMZN GOLG NOV AA IBM
08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:32 EDTBACBank of America upgraded at Oppenheimer
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 38 into Q2
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple plans to launch song-ID feature for iOS software, Bloomberg says
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06:44 EDTBACBank of America to pay $950M to settle mortgage allegations, NY Times says
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06:31 EDTBACBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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April 16, 2014
17:57 EDTAAPLYahoo seeks default search status for Apple products, Re/code says
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17:28 EDTBACBank of America still a buy, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; April 16, 2014
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14:42 EDTBACBofA in mortgage settlement talks with DOJ, multiple AGs, WSJ says
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12:47 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the day’s housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fed’s Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed’s Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
11:40 EDTBACBank of America management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on April 22 hosted by Jefferies.
11:02 EDTAAPLApple slips lower, levels to watch
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10:11 EDTBACBank of America falls after results, levels to watch
Shares are trading near the session low at $15.82 following earnings. At that price next support is at $15.18. Resistance is at $16.20.
09:36 EDTAAPL, FB, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTBACBofA sees being in better position in Q2 compared to start of the year
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08:52 EDTBACBank of America still sees 'New BAC' quaterly savings of $2.0B by mid-2015
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08:46 EDTAAPLApple risk/reward looks positive into Q2 results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest thinks that Apple's low valuation should prevent it from falling sharply, and it expects the company's Q2 iPhone sales to exceed expectations. The firm believes that iPhone 6 can enable the company to return to growth, and recommends buying the stock. .
08:35 EDTAAPLLiveDeal completes development of iOS mobile app
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple denied motion to dismiss e-books suit, Reuters says
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07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:45 EDTAAPLApple earnings have more downside risk than upside risk, says Bernstein
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07:40 EDTAAPLGoogle Play Q1 downloads exceeded downloads from Apple store, App Annie says
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07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:11 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $20.75 at March 31
Tangible book value per share was $13.81 at March 31, compared to $13.79 at December 31, 2013 and $13.36 at March 31, 2013. Book value per share was $20.75 at March 31, compared to $20.71 at December 31, 2013 and $20.19 at March 31, 2013.
07:10 EDTBACBank of America estimates Basel 3 Standard common tier 1 capital ratio 9.3%
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07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America says Q1 earnings hurt by resolving more mortgage issues
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07:05 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 provision for credit losses $1.01B
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07:03 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 EPS ex-items 35c, consensus 27c
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06:52 EDTAAPLSamsung objects to Apple's patent claims in $2B court battle, Bloomberg says
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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15:25 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.3% move
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15:19 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:06 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Analysts lukewarm on Bank of America into Q1 results
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
12:01 EDTBACFirst Majestic announces $30M forward sale contract on lead production
First Majestic (AG) announced that it has entered into a $30M forward sale contract with Bank of America (BAC) Merrill Lynch on a portion of the company's future lead production. The company executed this forward sale contract for 15,911.3 metric tonnes of lead at a fixed price of $0.945 per pound for total proceeds of $30M. The contract term is valid from April to September 2017, with a six-month repayment holiday from April to September. The forward sale contract is financially settled from the sale of lead from any of First Majestic's operations and represents approximately 35% of the company's total estimated future lead production over this period. The purpose of this prepayment contract is to fund the Company's continuing expansion plans and for general working capital.
10:25 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 3.55% vs. 3.53% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 2.18% vs. 2.26% last month.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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07:46 EDTAAPLMonitor says Apple antitrust compliance off to 'promising start,' Reuters says
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill's to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:08 EDTAAPLSamsung: Gains in smartphone market the result of strategy shift, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple in talks for $100 iPhone 6 price increase, says Jefferies
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07:06 EDTAAPLU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:50 EDTAAPLChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
06:40 EDTAAPLNo lines for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but carriers say demand healthy, Re/code says
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06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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06:11 EDTAAPLIntel works with HzO to enhance water resistance in products, DigiTimes says
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05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
12:12 EDTAAPLApple April weekly volatility elevated at 34 into Q2
Apple 4/25/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 25, June is at 23, October at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 23.
10:19 EDTAAPLApple drops to session lows, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTBAC, AAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:38 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue growth outlook
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple Q1 should be in line but slight risk to Q2, says Cowen
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06:47 EDTAAPLSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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11:21 EDTBACBank of America falls to important support area, levels to watch
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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06:35 EDTBACMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
17:26 EDTAAPL, MSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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15:56 EDTAAPLApple interface head rumored to be exiting, AppleInsider says
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15:21 EDTAAPLApple weighing 'dramatic' overhaul of iTunes store, Billboard says
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:37 EDTBACBank of America ordered by CFPB to pay $727M for illegal credit card practices
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:24 EDTBACBank of America to pay $800M in credit card settlement, WSJ says
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12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTAAPLJudge says certain WiLAN patent claims are valid in litigation vs. Apple
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10:39 EDTAAPLLogitech has risk of increasing competition from Apple, says UBS
UBS notes that Apple (AAPL) filed a patent with the USPTO for an electronic device/tablet cover that seems to include a keyboard. UBS believes Apple could introduce its own branded keyboard cover, and other branded peripherals, in order to grab market share from its highly loyal consumer base. The analyst believes competition for Neutral rated Logitech (LOGI) will accelerate, significantly impacting growth prospects.
10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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08:48 EDTBACHuntington Bancshares to acquire 11 branches in central, east Michigan
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08:24 EDTAAPLGoogle, Apple have considered acquiring Square, Re/code reports
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07:54 EDTAAPLSamsung, Apple pushed to make high-end phones less costly, Reuters says
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07:41 EDTBACBofA unit, Allstate dismiss toxic mortgage debt suit, Reuters says
Allstate (ALL) and Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit have agreed to end a lawsuit stemming from $700M of toxic mortgage debt, according to Reuters, citing a court filing. Reference Link
07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAAPLAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
07:00 EDTBACBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:35 EDTBACRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTBACBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple seeks $2.2B in damages from Samsung in patent infringement, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTAAPLFlexible PCB samples delivered for Apple iWatch validation, DigiTimes says
Flexible PCB suppliers have reportedly delivered FPCB samples for use in Apple's iWatch devices for validation, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch wearable devices in September. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
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