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April 18, 2013
12:33 EDTBTU, UNH, PEP, VZ, ANR, THRX, UNP, MS, ACI, PM, PPG, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite the number of unemployment claims being little changed from last week. Stocks began the session slightly above yesterday’s close but turned mixed within a few minutes of trading. The latest set of corporate earnings released this morning was generally in-line with expectations, as was the weekly jobless claims data. The selling picked up as rumors spread of a possible failure of a French bank, which then was disputed. The averages have moved violently up and down in alternating fashion in the first three sessions of this week, but if the levels near noon hold, the pattern may break and a second down day may be in store for stocks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims rose 4K from the prior week to 352K, which was close to the forecast for 350K. The Philadelphia Fed's General Business Conditions Index for April came in at 1.3, versus expectations for a 3.3 figure. The leading economic indicators fell 0.1% in March to 94.7, versus expectations for a 0.2% rise. COMPANY NEWS: Among the number of large cap companies reporting earnings today before the market opened, PPG (PPG), PepsiCo (PEP), Union Pacific (UNP) and Verizon (VZ) were among the advancers, while Morgan Stanley (MS), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Philip Morris (PM) all declined... Apple (AAPL) fell nearly 2% near noon and crossed below $400 per share for the second straight trading day, after BMO Capital lowered its price target on shares and Piper Jaffray said information from Verizon's report indicates Apple may report March quarter revenue at the low end of guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Theravance (THRX), which rose 16% after an FDA committee recommended approval of Breo Ellipta for COPD. Also higher were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), up 8% following its quarterly report, and peers Arch Coal (ACI) and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), which gained as well after Peabody's results and commentary on the coal market. Among the noteworthy losers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which fell 21% after the company announced that its colorectal cancer screening test was able to detect the presence of pre-cancerous polyps 42% of the time during a clinical trial. Also lower was Ultratech (UTEK), which fell 13% after reporting revenue that missed expectations and saying its revenue in the current quarter could fall another 25%. INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was down 50.72, or 0.35%, to 14,567.87; the Nasdaq was down 26.23, or 0.82%, to 3,178.44; and the S&P 500 was down 6.86, or 0.44%, to 1,545.15.
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April 7, 2015
06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
06:14 EDTUNPOil train shipments stalled due to safety concerns and crude prices, WSJ reports
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05:48 EDTUNHCatamaran downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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April 6, 2015
19:42 EDTAAPLSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
16:00 EDTVZ, AAPLOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:42 EDTUNPCrude-by-rail shipments slow, WSJ says
Shipments of crude by rail have slowed amid lower prices for the commodity in recent months with oil-train traffic declining 1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, says the Wall Street Journal. A rash of derailments of trains carrying crude recently also impacted rail traffic this year, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
13:12 EDTUNHCatamaran purchase expected to clear antitrust hurdles, CT Financial News says
Optum, a unit of UnitedHealth (UNH), is expected to face close scrutiny by regulators over its proposed acquisition of Catamaran (CTRX) and its pharmacy benefits management unit, but the deal is likely to be approved by regulators, CT Financial News reports, adding that the prospective deal could start a wave of consolidation among PBMs. Norm Smith, president and founder of health care research firm Viewpoint Consulting, believes the ultimate beneficiaries of the OptumRx/Catamaran deal will be consumers and health insurers. Reference Link
10:23 EDTAAPLApple Maps searches no longer showing just Yelp, AppleInsider reports
Searches on Apple (AAPL) Maps, which previously relied solely on Yelp (YELP) to provide reviews for local search, are now pulling results from TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Priceline's (PCLN) Booking.com, AppleInsider reported yesterday. Neither TripAdvisor or Booking.com are listed as sources on Apple's official Maps attribution webpage, but reviews with links to their respective webpages and apps are now appearing in Maps queries, the blog added. Shares of Yelp are down 1% to $46.67 in early trading. Reference Link
10:01 EDTVZWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:26 EDTUNPUnion Pacific volume trends deterioration leads UBS to lower estimates
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07:57 EDTUNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
07:29 EDTAAPLApple Watch cannot launch in Switzerland due to patent issue, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTVZQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
06:20 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Jeremy David downgraded Garmin two notches to Sell from Buy saying competitive pressures are likely to stall the growth of the company's GPS fitness watch business. He also thinks revenue trends in Garmin's Outdoor segment could disappoint as the year progresses. David expects Garmin to miss consensus earnings and revenue expectations in Q1 and views the Apple (AAPL) Watch launch as another potential negative catalyst for shares. He cut his price target for the stock to $42 from $68. Shares of the navigation and information device maker closed Thursday down 58c to $46.49 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock Neutral from Buy.
06:11 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to win A9 chip orders for next iPhone, Bloomberg reports
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April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTAAPLEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple Watch to be sold by appointment only, Barron's says
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09:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth looks expensive, Barron's says
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08:43 EDTPM, VZAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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