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April 13, 2012
16:16 EDTTLB, LNG, JPM, PWAV, AAPL, WFC, CSTR, GOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as a report that indicated slowing growth in China weighed on sentiment. Stock futures were lower in pre-market trading, leading to a lower open for the market. The selling gained momentum following the slightly disappointing University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. The averages pared their losses by midday but weakness in shares of Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) kept the Nasdaq lagging the other averages. As the news flow began to slow the market drifted in a narrow range, until a late sell-off pushed the averages to new lows into the closing bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline consumer price index rose 0.3% in March, while the core reading which removes food and energy was up 0.2%, with both readings matching expectations. The consumer sentiment index fell to 75.7, versus expectations of 76.2. In China, the nation's gross domestic product grew at its slowest pace in three years, rising only 8.1%, when published forecasts were near 8.4% and "whisper numbers" for the growth rate were even higher. In Europe, the cost of insuring against a Spanish default jumped to an all-time record as investors fear the nation may become the fourth, and by far the largest, euro-region member to need a bailout... COMPANY NEWS: Wells Fargo (WFC) and JP Morgan (JPM), the nation's two largest home lenders, kicked off bank earnings season by reporting better than expected profits, with strong mortgage results helping revenue at both. However, both banks slid amid a broad decline in financial stocks, with Wells Fargo falling $1.18, or 3.47%, to $32.84 and JP Morgan losing $1.63, or 3.64%, to $43.21... Google's earnings beat consensus estimates but more attention was paid to the company's announcement of a novel new share structure. Google's creation of a new class of nonvoting shares, to be distributed to existing stockholders effectively producing a 2-for-1 stock split, will let the company issue new shares without diluting the foundersí voting power, which raised concern among corporate-governance watchdogs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cheniere Energy (LNG), up $1.12, or 7.13%, to $16.82, ahead of the government's decision on the company's request to build a Louisiana plant to export liquefied natural gas, and Coinstar (CSTR), up $4.47, or 7.29%, to $65.78, after the company pre-announced higher than expected quarterly results. Noteworthy losers included Powerwave Technologies (PWAV), down 84c, or 39.07%, to $1.31, following its forecast of Q1 revenue well below the consensus estimate, and Talbots (TLB), down 46c, or 14.70%, to $2.67, after its Q4 results and Q1 guidance both disappointed... INDICES: The Dow lost 136.99, or 1.05%, to 12,849.59; the Nasdaq fell 44.22, or 1.45%, to 3,011.33; and the S&P 500 dropped 17.31, or 1.25%, to 1,370.26.
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January 21, 2015
10:29 EDTAAPLAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
08:37 EDTAAPLSkyworks shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:11 EDTAAPLApple acquires music analytics company Semetric, Guardian says
Apple (AAPL) acquired British startup Semetric as it prepares to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service, reports The Guardian. Semetric owns the Musicmetric analytics tool, giving music industry clients the ability to track legitimate sales and streaming downloads, illegal pirate downloads, and social media activity. The Guardian notes that Apple may be looking to undercut Spotify's subscription rates and rebrand Beats Music under its iTunes label. Reference Link
08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
07:41 EDTAAPLApple volatility at upper end of five-year range into Q1
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple Q4, Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPhone 6S could feature 'radical' changes, Forbes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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