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July 30, 2015
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:48 EDTAAPLGlobal tablet market fell 7% y/y in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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July 29, 2015
11:06 EDTVZSprint introduces Family Share Pack plan
With more data than T-Mobile (TMUS), and with significant savings over Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), Sprint (S) introduces the new Sprint Family Share Pack. Families switching to Sprint get four lines, unlimited talk, text and 10GB of high-speed data while on the Sprint network for $100/month starting July 31. Sprint says its new plan will save families $480/year over Verizon and $720/year over AT&T for virtually the same 10GB of data. Sprint says that 10GB is more than double the high-speed data in T-Mobile’s family plan.
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06:30 EDTVZAOL: There are more TV ads now than ever, WSJ reports
AOL (AOL), currently owned by Verizon (VZ), said that there are more advertisements on television than ever, making it increasingly difficult for marketers to break through in an already cluttered arena, the Wall Street Journal reports. AOL said that the reported rate of TV ad impression growth is misleading, though TV networks are managing to push in more ads into half hour and hour long shows, the report says. Reference Link
July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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15:25 EDTVZVerizon reaches deal with Time Warner to offer HBO NOW
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13:43 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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10:47 EDTVZUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
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09:01 EDTVZVerizon and Swisscom extend partnership
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08:17 EDTVZUnum Group names Verizon CFO Fran Shammo to board of directors
Unum Group (UNM) announced that Francis J. Shammo, executive vice president and CFO of Verizon Communications (VZ), has been elected to serve as a director of the company.
July 27, 2015
19:54 EDTAAPLApple Music reaches 10M subscribers in four weeks, HITS says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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14:34 EDTVZFrontier Communications, CWA reach agreement in California
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13:16 EDTAAPLADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
10:07 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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08:30 EDTAAPLNew Apple ipad mini rumored to be 'miniature iPad Air 2,' AppleInsider says
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple said to talk with BMW about electric car project, MacRumors reports
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06:36 EDTAAPLNike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLSky prepares to unveil set-top box, Telegraph reports
Sky is finishing up an advanced set-top box called SkyQ, a device it hopes can help its pay-TV business compete against BT (BT), the Telegraph reports. The new hardware is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks and will offer satellite households an "Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) style" experience, the report says, citing industry insiders. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLBest Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in August, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
19:00 EDTVZVerizon workers willing to authorize strike if needed, AP says
In a recent poll available to the 39,000 Verizon workers covered by the Communications Workers of America union, 86% of participants said they would be willing to back strike action in a dispute with Verizon over contract terms, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing statements by union officials at a rally. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTVZ, AAPLStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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15:06 EDTVOD, AAPLEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
11:51 EDTAAPLPandora soars after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of internet radio provider Pandora (P) are rising after the company’s second quarter results beat analysts' expectations. The company's third quarter and fiscal year 2015 revenue outlooks also exceeded the consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday after the bell, Pandora reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 5c and revenue of $285.56M, easily topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 2c and $283.06M, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.3M, a 29% year-over-year improvement. The company also said that total RPMs increased 24% to $53.91 in Q2, ad RPMs grew 25% to $49.94, ad revenue was $230.9M and said total mobile revenue was $229.7M. For the quarter, total listener hours increased 5% to 5.3B and active listeners were 79.4M at the end of Q2 compared to 76.4M from the same period last year. Looking ahead to Q3, the company forecast revenue of $310M-$315M, slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $309.2M, and sees Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $25M-$30M. For FY15, Pandora forecast revenue of $1.175B-$1.185B, slightly better than analysts' consensus of $1.17B. Pandora also sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA of $75M-$85M and a tax rate of 30%-35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Brian McAndrews, the company's Chief Executive Officer, commented on Apple Music, Apple's (AAPL) recently launched music streaming service. McAndrews said that since the app launched at the end of June, "there was no impact yet" to Pandora. Going forward, McAndrews said that the company "feels really good about our trajectory and competitive position," noting that "there could be some users that experiment with [Apple Music] and there could be some short-term impact." McAndrews does not see any long-term impact from the Apple app. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary has been mixed. Research firm Stifel said Pandora's outlook remains favorable. Stifel said that the company plans to intensify its marketing efforts during the seasonally stronger 2H15 and that the company's outlook for 2H15 has improved following the results. The firm kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JMP Securities, said Pandora’s mobile trends were encouraging, but said it will stay on sidelines until the company's user trends accelerate and its royalty case concludes. JMP Securities kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pandora rose $2.05, or about 14.8%, to $15.93 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the shares have fallen approximately 45% over the past year.
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07:43 EDTVZGoogle, others to create air traffic control for drones, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple removes Nest smart thermostat from online, retail stores, Mashable says
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05:32 EDTVODVodafone backs FY16 outlook
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05:31 EDTVODVodafone reports Q1 Group revenue GBP 10.11B
Reports Q3 service revenue GBP 9.17B, down 0.9% on a reported basis and up 3.3% on an organic basis. Reports continued recovery in Europe: Germany -1.2%*, UK 0.2%*, Italy -2.0%*, Spain -5.5%. CEO Vittorio Colao commented, ". Our emerging markets have maintained their strong momentum and more of our European businesses are returning to growth, as customer demand for 4G and data takes off. We continue to hit our Project Spring build milestones and customers are beginning to value the improvement in service that is resulting: contract churn in Europe is now falling and mobile ARPU trends are stabilising in a number of key markets."
July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTAAPLWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
13:53 EDTAAPL“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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10:54 EDTAAPLStreet Check: Summit said buy SanDisk before earnings rallied shares
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09:45 EDTAAPLJPMorgan sees risk of Synaptics losing Apple business
Apple (AAPL) is working on bringing its touch and display driver integration functionality in-house to better protect its operating system, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster tells investors today in a research note. The move increases the likelihood of the iPhone maker terminating its use of Synaptics' display diver solution in mid-2017, Coster writes. To reflect the risk of losing the business, the analyst cut his price target for Synaptics to $97 from $112. The supplier of human interface solutions is trading up 49c to $80.34 in early trading. Coster keeps an Overweight rating on Synaptics, however, saying the stock is already pricing in the risk of losing the Apple business after selling off 20% since mid June.
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple says no changes to product plans despite CapEx cut, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple cuts FY15 CapEx forecast by $1B to $12B
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple Mac shipments expected in 2H!5 to surpass 1H volume, DigiTimes reports
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July 22, 2015
16:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:16 EDTVZFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
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15:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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12:32 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:01 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple results disappointing, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Apple's lower than expected Q3 iPhone sales suggest that it may be keeping inventories low because of low demand. The firm thinks the company faces a number of challenges in its September quarter, including product transitions, tough comps, China volatility and less differentiation in the 6S iPhone. Wells keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
After Apple reported higher than expected Q3 EPS but in-line revenue and the stock fell, JMP Securities says that the stock declined due to worries that the company's momentum is diminishing ahead of tougher comps. However, the firm finds the stock's valuation attractive, given the fact that other tech bellwethers are missing expectations. The firm is upbeat on the company's performance in China and believes that iPhone penetration can increase significantly.
08:39 EDTVZVerizon partners with U-Michigan to open autonomous vehicle test bed
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08:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone miss de-risks 2H 2015, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said the 2.5M iPhone unit miss is a function of management's conservative approach to channel inventory given currency volatility and related price actions. Firm said demand remains strong despite price increases and sees a decent set-up for 2H channel inventory build that can lead to unit growth year-over-year. Morgan Stanley believes shares are attractive following reset expectations and reiterates its Overweight rating and lowered its price target to $155 from $166 on share.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
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07:44 EDTAAPLApple weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple post-earnings selloff overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall views the post-earnings pullback in shares of Apple as overdone. The company made no mention of demand weakness while China results and commentary were positive, Hall tells investors in a research note. He recommends adding to positions on today's selloff and keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $145 price target.
07:20 EDTAAPLApple should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:07 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales light but no reason to sell stock, says UBS
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares still attractive, says Cantor
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri downgraded Apple to Market Perform and lowered his price target for shares to $130 from $140 following the iPhone maker's June quarter results. In a research note titled "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Arcuri says "tepid" iPhone sales in the quarter coupled with his supply-side channel checks indicate that phone builds are down cycle-over-cycle for the first time. June quarter iPhone units were weaker than expected even after adjusting for channel inventory, the analyst tells investors. Apple is entering a transition period and the stock's risk/reward no longer supports a buy rating, Arcuri writes. Shares of Apple are down $7.09 to $123.66 in pre-market trading. On the flip side, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommends buying the iPhone maker on today's selloff.
05:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch component reserves to remain high until September, DigiTimes reports
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05:38 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster a buyer of Apple today on the selloff
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05:17 EDTAAPLApple shares drop after iPhone sales, guidance fail to impress
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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:37 EDTVZVerizon CFO says video service to feature targeted ads, Reuters reports
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18:14 EDTAAPLApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
17:58 EDTAAPLApple says remains 'extremely bullish' on China
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17:50 EDTAAPLApple says India iPhone sales up 93%, Korea up 100%
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17:25 EDTAAPLApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
17:14 EDTAAPLApple CEO Cook says iPhone continues to gain 'significant share'
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple calls Watch launch successful, does not give sales figures
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple shares drop 8% to $120.56 following Q3 report
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 iPhone units 47.53M vs. 61.17M last quarter
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 gross margin 39.7% vs. 39.4% last year
International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q4 revenue $49B-$51B, consensus $51.05B
Sees Q4 gross margin 38.5%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q3 EPS $1.85, consensus $1.81
Reports Q3 revenue $49.6B, consensus $49.31B.
16:28 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:56 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 5.2% movement into Q3
15:11 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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15:02 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:14 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple flat since last report with iPhone, Watch results in focus
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13:43 EDTAAPLApple services restored after nearly 4-hour outage, CNBC reports
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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
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08:59 EDTVZVerizon CFO says churn rate improvement shows company 'protecting its base'
Verizon CFO Shammo says the company needs to compete where the market takes it. Comments from Verizon's Q2 earnings conference call.
08:48 EDTVZVerizon sees percentage of activations on installments continuing to grow in Q3
Shammo said customer demand for device installment plans has increased, noting that the percentage of phone activations on installments grew to 49% in Q2, compared with 39% in Q1 and 18% a year ago. Phone activations on device installment plans totaled 4.7M in the quarter and Verizon now has more than 14M customers on these plans, representing about 16% of its postpaid phone base. The company believes that the percentage of phone activations on installments will continue to increase and will likely be around 60% in Q3. Comments made by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo speaking on the company's earnings conference call.
07:45 EDTAAPLSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:43 EDTVZVerizon says quality of the net additions 'remained strong' in Q2
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07:39 EDTVZVerizon sees FY15 consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%
For the full year, the company estimates consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%, excluding revenue from AOL. Consensus $131.3B.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAAPLPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZ, VODEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:41 EDTVODBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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11:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes for Apple, S&P 500
Next week sees the most heavily weighted name in the S&P 500 (SPX), Apple (AAPL), report its earnings. At 3.94% of the index, what happens to price with Apple will most definitely impact the index. We have seen several big names in the S&P 500 with the all-too-familiar sideways range that the index itself has been stuck in. Names such as Google (GOOGL) and Apple have had or do have the same range-bound shape and the index is merely a weighting of those patterns. A breakout or a breakdown in Apple will therefore shape the index quite literally. Watch for The Fly's previews on Monday. Given the big jump in Google, why haven't we been able to break out in the index? One factor of course is the very large number of names that have yet to report. Next week is extremely heavy on reporting companies and may therefore prove to be the most productive trading week in some time and potentially the most volatile. Once again the week is heavily loaded toward Wednesday and Thursday. One potentially troublesome note needs to be mentioned and that is the potential negative divergence that is shaping up in the S&P 500. While big name such as Netflix (NFLX) are at fresh new life highs, others and whole sectors are floundering. The SPDR Gold (GLD) is hitting new lows and weak metals pricing is impacting Miners and Materials. Energy (XLE) is weak as is the interest-rate-sensitive Utilities (XLU) sector. Banking (XLF), Technology (XLK) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are dominating. It is odd to find Consumer Staples at a breakout point given that it is typically seen as a "safety" sector for troubled times. That is part of the odd mix investors face in this bull market. It may be a reflection of still-attractive yields in those names, but valuations in that group are looking quite stretched, far more than some of the biggest tech names.
11:06 EDTAAPLOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
07:44 EDTAAPLApple should deliver beat and raise Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Apple July call option implied volatility is at 25, July weekly 34, August is at 28, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
06:58 EDTAAPLApple Store employee suit reaches class action status, Reuters reports
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July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTVZFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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18:26 EDTAAPLXiaomi VP says 'absolutely' coming to U.S., Bloomberg TV says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
11:53 EDTAAPLApple and Samsung in talks to launch e-sim card, Financial Times reports
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are in advanced talks to launch electronic sim cards, reports the Financial Times. The GSMA is close to announcing an agreement to produce an standardized embedded sim for consumer devices that would include the smartphone makers. Reference Link
11:18 EDTAAPLReport: Apple considers axing iPad mini product, Business Insider says
Apple may be ending its iPad mini to focus on other products and specifically its larger iPads, reports Business Insider, citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report. Apple may also push the launch of its next-generation iPad Air to next year to emphasize its larger iPad. Reference Link
11:17 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:04 EDTVZU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:34 EDTAAPLSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for spinal cord stimulation trial system
St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced it received FDA approval of the Invisible Trial System. The system, which received CE Mark in June 2015, is fully wireless and leverages Apple (AAPL) technology for both the patient and physician controllers. The system is designed to provide patients a more improved and discreet spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, trial experience. "Patients undergoing SCS trials consistently tell us about challenges they find in navigating the SCS trial system, from programming the device, to discomfort from the programming cables, to management of both issues. These hindrances may impede the integration of the technology into their daily activities, which shifts their focus away from evaluating the effectiveness of SCS therapy,” said pain specialist Dr. Jason E. Pope, president of Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa, California. “By providing a discreet trial system, St. Jude Medical will help patients focus more on their potential pain relief and functional improvements, and less about the burdens common to traditional trial systems.”
08:18 EDTAAPLSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
07:22 EDTAAPLiPhone average selling prices may be underestimated by Street, says UBS
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple Q3 iPhone estimates raised at Stifel
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple applies for patent for wireless devices with solar cells
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch to roll out in New Zealand July 31, AppleInsider reports
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