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April 16, 2014
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 EDTBAC, AAPLOptions 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 EDTAAPL, FBActive 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 EDTFB, BAC, AAPLActive 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 EDTFB, AAPLOptions 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 EDTAAPL, FBActive 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
April 8, 2014
16:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPLApple Netflix Citigroup Tesla Banco Santander Alcoa
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13:27 EDTMSFTGoogle, Citrix to collaborate on Chromebooks
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12:55 EDTAAPLComcast, TWC filing reference development of Apple TV box, 9to5Mac says
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12:12 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTMSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
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11:25 EDTAAPL3D Systems announces availability of Sense 3D scanner for Mac
3D Systems (DDD) announced earlier the immediate availability of the Sense 3D scanner for Apple's (AAPL) Mac and feature upgrades available with Sense software V1.1. The Sense is the first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing. It is priced at $399.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:04 EDTAAPLAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
09:00 EDTFBCLSA social media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:08 EDTAAPLCost to Apple, Google, Intel, of 'no-poaching' deal may be high, DealBook says
Some of the of the biggest names in tech, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC)and Adobe (ADBE), are at the center of a class-action suit that seeks $9B as compensation for employees who contend the tech giants colluded to prevent their employees from being hired at rivals, reported The New York Times' DealBook. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLiAnywhere could boost Apple earnings by over 10%, says JPMorgan
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07:28 EDTFBFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTFBSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAAPLApple may develop baseband chpis for iPhones inhouse, DigiTimes says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple may release iWatch in Q3, DigiTimes reports
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06:07 EDTAAPL, MSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTBACFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple slips to lows of the day, levels to watch
Shares were last at $522.56, just off the session low. At current price, next support is at $517.35. Resistance is at $527.67.
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
08:45 EDTAAPLInvenSense price target raised to $27 from $20 at Pacific Crest
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple sent iTV panel samples from Korean display maker, Korea Herald says
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07:37 EDTAAPLApple considered dumping long-time ad agency, WSJ reports
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07:16 EDTAAPLRetailers muscle into competitive mobile payment market, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTAAPLApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAAPLGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTFBMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:30 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; April 4, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 89c to 41.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL C P NFLX LNG BAC INTC TSLA TWTR according to Track Data.
11:21 EDTMSFTCourt reverses parts of lower court ruling in DataTern suit with Microsoft, SAP
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09:36 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA MU GNK AMZN FB GILD MA NFLX
08:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter results likely to miss expectations, says BMO Capital
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08:02 EDTFBFacebook met with anonymous app maker Secret but didn't make offer, Re/code says
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07:43 EDTMSFTBaidu market leading search share in China rose in March, Marbridge Daily says
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07:28 EDTMSFTNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
06:14 EDTAAPLApple acquires Novauris, terms not disclosed, Re/code reports
Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Novauris Technologies, a speech technology company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:12 EDTFBFacebook paid researchers $1.5M to fix software bugs
Facebook paid out more than $1.5M to security researchers who helped it find and fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities in its software code, the company said. The company says it has been working to grow its bug bounty program since 2011, and "We received 14,763 submissions in 2013, a 246% increase from 2012. Of these, 687 were valid and eligible to receive rewards. 6% of eligible bugs were categorized as high severity. We've paid over $2M since we got started in 2011, and in 2013 we paid out $1.5M to 330 researchers across the globe. 2014 is looking good so far. The volume of high-severity issues is down, and we're hearing from researchers that it's tougher to find good bugs." Reference Link
April 3, 2014
18:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft options look like moneymakers, Barron's reports
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16:51 EDTBACBofA in talks for $800M settlement over credit card practices, WSJ says
Bank of America is in talks to pay at least $800M to settle allegations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB that the bank promoted extra credit-card products, says the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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13:38 EDTFBFacebook retests the $60 area, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTMSFT, AAPLApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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07:40 EDTAAPLApple bulls bet new products to prompt stock revival, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to stop charging fee for Windows for some smartphones, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTFBGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFBInstagram fixing bug that hides users' photos, AP reports
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April 2, 2014
17:18 EDTBACBank of America stock has room to run, Barron's says
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16:58 EDTAAPLPiper Jaffray still expects 'full TV' offering from Apple this year
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 2, 2014
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14:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 update at conference
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12:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 8.1 update to be available April 8
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12:48 EDTAAPLGT Advanced rallies after Goldman raises price target
Shares of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) - which makes sapphire products and solar energy equipment - are climbing after Goldman Sachs raised its price target on the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee raised his 2015 and 2016 earnings per share estimates for GT Advanced, as he is more upbeat about the outlook for the company's equipment business. GT Advanced's deal to supply sapphire for upcoming Apple (AAPL) devices is worth $15 per share for GT if the deal goes as expected, and up to $25 if the deal exceeds expectations, contended Lee. The analyst raised his price target on the stock to $24 from $20 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rubicon Technology (RBCN) also makes sapphire. That stock was upgraded to Overweight from Neutral in a note to investors from JPMorgan yesterday. JPMorgan expected Rubicon to benefit from a pick-up in demand for LEDs and sapphire covers. The stock surged yesterday in the wake of the upgrade. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GT Advanced climbed $1.13, or 6.5%, to $18.51, while Rubicon fell 2.8% to $12.62.
12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant Cortana
Windows Phone 8.1 personal voice assistant Cortana is powered by Bing, and can be opened by a Live Tile on the home screen or via a phone's search button. Cortana can add items to calendars, set alarms, and find nearby restaurants.
12:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Phone 8.1 update to roll out to consumers in next few months
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11:15 EDTAAPLAmazon says Fire TV 'three times as powerful' as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast
09:45 EDTFBSecond major outage hits WhatsApp since Facebook acquisition, TechCrunch says
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09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:34 EDTFB, FBFacebook ahead of peers in mobile, says CLSA
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple (AAPL) to act like Google (GOOG) in ad push, Business Insider says
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to lay out vision for Windows at Build, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTFBYouTube dominates mobile apps, Facebook on top in mobile social, Re/code says
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06:45 EDTAAPLAmazon expected to announce media streaming device today, Business Insider says
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06:22 EDTBACBank overdraft fees hitting highs, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTAAPLSamsung lawyer calls Apple claims 'gross exaggeration,' Re/code reports
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05:57 EDTAAPLPiper positive on Apple shares ahead of product cycle
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