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News For VZ;VOD;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTAAPLApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
14:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoftís restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
09:49 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:45 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipments forecast at 73M for Q4, 61.7M for Q1, Apple Insider says
Apple iPhone 6 shipments have been forecast at 73M units for 4Q14 and 61.7M for 1Q15, reports Apple Insider, citing a research note by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects a Q1 launch for the latest MacBook Air and a March launch for the Apple Watch, with 4M-5M shipments and 2.8M sales of the smartwatch expected for the quarter. The analyst note also revises down iPad forecasts to 21.4M for 4Q14 and 10.1M for 1Q15, a 17.8% and 38% respective drop from last year. Reference Link
08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple has multiple catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital predicts that Apple's December quarter revenue and iPhone sales will beat expectations, but warns that foreign exchange could hurt the company's margin growth. However, the firm expects the stock to perform well following the results and thinks the company has multiple positive catalysts. It recommends that investors own the stock through 1H15.
06:46 EDTAAPLSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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06:31 EDTVZCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevisionís Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLApple guidance could imply 5% upside to consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter and it raised its iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M. Piper thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles. The firm believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
Apple January weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, February is at 33, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 27.
10:44 EDTAAPLPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:28 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank raised its Q1 estimates for Apple to reflect strong iPhones sales and now believes 67M phones shipped in the quarter. It notes that expectations are likely closer to 70M. Deutsche sees limited near-term catalysts for the stock, however, with iPhone sales peaking in Q1 and Apple Watch not expected to ship until the end of Q2. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares with a $102 price target.
06:22 EDTAAPLApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAAPLFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the companyís innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Fordís global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Fordís physical footprint Ė with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Fordís research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple ranks top smartphone vendor in Taiwan for December, DigiTimes reports
Apple has ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December in both sales and volume, reports DigiTimes. According to data compiled by local retail channels, Apple took a 25.9% share in sales volume and 53.2% in sales value due to its success in iPhone 6 sales. Reference Link
05:52 EDTAAPLGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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