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May 5, 2015
08:49 EDTAAPLHome Depot may phase out support for Apple Pay at stores, MacRumors says
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08:39 EDTAAPLQorvo risk/reward positive after decline, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Qorvo's (QRVO) stock is likely to rise by only a limited amount in the near-term, given share loss in the GS6 and weak China smartphone sales. However, over the longer term the firm thinks the company remains well-positioned for content gains at Apple (AAPL) and poised to benefit from the proliferation of China LTE. Pacific Crest keeps an $80 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTAAPLApple TV to get redesigned remote with touch pad, NYT reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLEU won't meet June deadline on tax probes into Apple, Amazon, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTAAPLIHS: Apple and Samsung driving evolution in handset displays, DigiTimes reports
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are driving the evolution in embedded touch handset displays, reports DigiTimes, citing a new report from IHS. The two companies accounted for more than 40% of the global smartphone market . IHS commented, "Since Apple adopted in-cell touch technology in 2012, and Samsung chose on-cell AMOLED for their premium product line, embedded touch for mobile phone displays has grown rapidly and has become a threat to add-on types."
06:01 EDTAAPLiPad shipments to be down 20% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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May 4, 2015
19:55 EDTAAPLApple orders components for 4-inch iPhone 6c, GSM Dome says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 4, 2015
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15:54 EDTAAPLFacebook tests Nokia 'HERE' map service, TechCrunch says
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12:34 EDTAAPLGE intelligent LED lighting connects with Apple HomeKit ecosystem
Beth Comstock, President & CEO, GE (GE) Business Innovations, shared GE’s plans to engineer intelligent, color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple’s (AAPL) HomeKit during GE’s Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes. “As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is important that consumers experience connected things in easy-to-use, everyday ways. Lighting is how many first experiment with the idea of a smart home, and our insights show that consumers want the ability to control lighting from anywhere, automate lighting and pair lighting with other devices—like sensors, thermostats and door locks,” says Comstock. “We’re excited to announce our support for HomeKit as it will bring a seamless, intuitive user experience using Siri and superior quality of light from America’s most trusted lighting brand for more than a century.” Embedded with GE Align technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm. Lighting impacts our sleep patterns, and GE Align tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output. In the morning, GE Align produces a bright, bluer tone that suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, and in the evening it produces an amber light, reminiscent of candlelight and campfires. GE’s HomeKit-enabled intelligent LED offering will be available later this year.
10:14 EDTAAPLApple pushes music labels to end free streaming, The Verge reports
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10:02 EDTAAPLApple working on larger iPad that features Bluetooth stylus, Apple Insider says
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple captures 12% smartphone market share in China in Q1, DigiTimes reports
Apple iPhone has captured approximately 12% smartphone market share in China in Q1 with 109.8M units, reports DigiTimes. According to Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi maintains its first position in the China market with 12.8% share, but Apple is closing the gap. Reference Link
May 1, 2015
16:31 EDTAAPLMarket ends week lower as Apple, Twitter pull back after earnings
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16:02 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Morning Wrap-Up for May 1
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11:46 EDTAAPLMorningstar launches market-monitoring app for Apple Watch
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple confirms tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch
Apple has confirmed on a support page on its website that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor. The company comments, "Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one... Motion is another factor that can affect the heart rate sensor. Rhythmic movements, such as running or cycling, give better results compared to irregular movements, like tennis or boxing.Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings." Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLUBS cuts Apple Watch estimates on 'lackluster interest'
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April 30, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and remained in negative territory throughout the day. The market received little help from better than expected data on jobless claims and personal income and spending reports. The market moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the day, albeit at sharply lower levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims slid 34K to 262K in the week ended April 25, versus expectations for 290K first time claims. Personal income was unchanged in March, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase, while consumer spending rose 0.4%, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Chicago PMI rose 6.0 points to 52.3 in April, which was better than the expected 50.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) slid $3.49, or 2.71%, to $125.15 after The Wall Street Journal reported after the market close yesterday that the company was forced to limit production of its Apple Watch after a part involved in the watch's taptic engine supplied by AAC Technologies was shown to break down over time, forcing the company to shift to the use of a part produced by a second supplier. Apple has moved almost all of its production of the part to Nidec, but the Japanese supplier may take time to ramp up production, the report noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Glu Mobile (GLUU), which jumped $1.36, or 25.19%, to $6.76 after the social game maker reported better than expected first quarter results, announced a game development deal with Britney Spears and said Tencent Holdings (TCEHY) had agreed to buy a stake in the company. Also higher was ClickSoftware (CKSW), which gained $2.60, or 26.48%, to $12.42 after agreeing to be acquired by private funds managed by Francisco Partners Management in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $438M. Under the terms of the agreement, Francisco Partners will acquire all of ClickSoftware's outstanding ordinary shares for $12.65 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Yelp (YELP), which dropped $11.89, or 23.19%, to $39.39 after reporting lower than expected Q1 revenue and giving worse than expected revenue guidance, resulting in downgrades by at least four firms this morning. Also lower were shares of CTC Media (CTCM), which fell $77c, or 18.08%, to $3.49 after the company reported its first quarter results and said it will not to declare a dividend in Q2 to "preserve the financial and strategic flexibility" of the company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 195.01, or 1.08%, to 17,840.52, the Nasdaq lost 82.22, or 1.64%, to 4,941.42, and the S&P 500 declined 21.34, or 1.01%, to 2,085.51.
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 60c to 21.84. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN CELG VZ KMI according to Track Data.
13:15 EDTAAPLApple Watch breakdown shows Broadcom, STM, ADI chips, MacRumors says
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12:55 EDTAAPLApple slides further, levels to watch
The shares are touching session lows, last at $125.30. Below that level next support is at $124.19 and then at $123.10. Resistance is at $126.30.
12:27 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:15 EDTAAPLIHS teardown: Apple Watch has lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price
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11:53 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; TWTR AAPL
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11:28 EDTAAPLSalesforce seen fetching $100 per share, but several analysts say deal unlikely
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09:59 EDTAAPLApple breaks its 50-day moving average, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:07 EDTAAPLSalesforce appears to be open to evaluating takeover offers, says Stifel
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06:22 EDTAAPLOmniVision nears deal to be bought by Hua Capital for $29/share, Bloomberg says
OmniVision Technologies (OVTI), which makes chips for smartphone and tablet cameras like Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, is close to a deal to be acquired by Beijing-based private equity firm Hua Capital Management for about $29 per share, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. At $29 per share, the company would be valued at $1.68B, the publication notes. A deal could be announced as early as today. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLFlight delays at American Airlines continue as iPad glitch fixed, WSJ reports
American Airlines (AAL) pilots are being told to delete and reload an app that provides navigational charts on their iPads (AAPL) following delays caused by a software glitch, The Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesperson for the carrier says the glitch did not affect in-flight safety, and said the carrier is starting to see delays decrease as pilots "become aware they can reinstate the app." Though no flights have been canceled, 24 were delayed up to 30 minutes on Tuesday and 30 were delayed on Wednesday. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAAPLApple Watch won't reach Israel until 2016, Globes reports
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April 29, 2015
16:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch roll out slowed by defect in taptic engine component, WSJ says
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16:31 EDTAAPLApple found defects in 'taptic engine' of Apple Watch, DJ reports
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 29, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 47c to 21.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN C MCD BAC CRM BIDU WYNN according to Track Data.
15:14 EDTAAPLApple says EU tax investigation could result in 'material' financial charge
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14:52 EDTAAPLMicrosoft announces new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services
Microsoft (MSFT) announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS to Windows 10. At the company's annual Build developer conference, the company declared its ambition to have 1B active Windows 10 devices by FY18. New features for Microsoft Edge, the new browser for Windows 10, were also unveiled, offering developers better discoverability of their apps and future extensibility with JavaScript and HTML. Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.
14:36 EDTAAPLApple slips lower, may test 50-day moving average
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14:22 EDTAAPLMicrosoft: Android, iOS apps can easily transfer to Windows 10, TechCrunch says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced that Google (GOOG) Android and Apple (AAPL) iOS app developers will be able to easily translate applications to Windows 10 devices, reports TechCrunch, citing comments made at Microsoft's Build developer conference. Microsoft noted that developers can "reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code" in Android apps, while iOS developers will be able to reuse Objective-C code. Reference Link
11:46 EDTAAPLApple iPhone shipment volumes grew 40% in Q1, IDC says
IDC said the following in a press release: "The worldwide smartphone market kicked off the year with an expected post-holiday dispersion in shipment volumes compared to the previous quarter's unprecedented results. According to the International Data Corporation, IDC),Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 336.5M smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2015, up 16.7% from the 288.5M units in 1Q14 but down by -10.9% from the 377.5M units shipped in 4Q14. In the overall mobile phone market (smartphones plus feature phones), vendors shipped 458.9M units worldwide, down a mere -0.1% from the 459.3M units shipped in 1Q14...Samsung (SSNLF) remained the overall market leader thanks to stable demand for its Galaxy S series flagship smartphones overall, as well as increased shipments of lower-end models, particularly to regions like Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa....Apple (AAPL) continued to find success with larger screened iPhones, which produced its strongest second quarter ever with 61.2M units shipped. Much of the success this quarter came out of Greater China as rapid 4G adoption, Apple retail expansion, and an increased appetite for premium devices elevated the brand to new levels. Overall, the iPhone grew 40% year over year and a remarkable 63% in emerging markets." Reference Link
11:05 EDTAAPLTime Warner says Apple 'very forward thinking' on television
Says sees deals with traditional distributors for HBO Now.
10:54 EDTAAPLGarmin not expecting impact in Fitness products from Apple Watch launch
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple taking market share in China, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLSome American Airlines planes grounded due to iPad glitch, Quartz reports
Several dozen American Airlines (AAL) planes were grounded last night due to a glitch in pilots' iPads (AAPL), a spokesperson tells Quartz. Passengers in Dallas, New York and Chicago were affected by the outage. Pilots at the airline were switched to an iPad-based "electronic flight bag" in 2013, which replaced paper-based reference materials pilots used previously. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple expanding development center in Israel, Globes reports
Apple is expanding its development center in Israel and is planning to hire "hundreds" more employees at the Herzliya Pituach site, Globes reports. Reference Link
April 28, 2015
17:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 28, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 68c to 20.77. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR YPF AMZN X PBR MRK JBLU ABX according to Track Data.
12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after crossing back and forth across the flat line during morning trading, much like Apple (AAPL) shares, which were searching for direction despite the company's report last night having topped expectations on several measures, including revenue, profits, iPhone unit sales and capital return plans. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rebounded 0.93% on a seasonally adjusted basis in February, versus expectations for it to be up 0.7% on a month-over-month basis. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index dropped 6.2 points to 95.2 in April, versus expectations for it to have risen to 102.2. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to -3 in April, versus expectations for a reading of -2. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were little changed near noon after the company last night reported March quarter earnings and sales well above expectations and boosted its shares buyback program to $140B from $90B and quarterly dividend by 11% to 52c. FBR Capital called the quarter “Picasso-like,” while Brian White at Cantor Fitzgerald upped his price target on shares to $195. Less sanguine are analysts at Pacific Crest, Maxim and Deutsche Bank. Noted investor Carl Icahn said afterward that Apple is "still undervalued and misunderstood" and promised to put out another in-depth report on the company within two weeks... IBM (IBM) approved an 18% increase in its quarterly dividend to $1.30 per common share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dow member Merck (MRK), which advanced 5% after its Q1 sales and EPS beat expectations. Two other big name, big revenue drugmakers slid after their earnings reports, as Bristol-Myers (BMY) declined 1% and Pfizer (PFE) fell 0.5%. Also lower following its earnings report was The Container Store (TCS), which declined about 16% after its results and outlook missed expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 49.61, or 0.28%, to 18,087.58, the Nasdaq was up 9.87, or 0.2%, to 5,070.12, and the S&P 500 was up 3.98, or 0.19%, to 2,112.90.
11:31 EDTAAPLApple 'still undervalued and misunderstood,' says Icahn
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTAAPLNot all analysts fawning over Apple after blowout quarter
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08:58 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $163 from $145 at Goldman
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08:46 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTAAPLApple comments suggest iPhone units to drop 27% in June, says Maxim
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08:06 EDTAAPLApple looks fairly valued, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple's Q2 results were "fantastic," but the firm says that consensus estimates for sales of the company's main products appear to be aggressive. Consequently, Pacific Crest sees more risk to consensus fiscal 2016 estimates than upside opportunity. It keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $155 from $134 at Baird
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple strong results consistent with surveys, says Canaccord
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07:33 EDTAAPL, AAPLApple price target raised to $163 from $151 at CLSA
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple strength continues led by China, says UBS
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07:22 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought aggressively, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities believes that Apple's Q2 results were "clean" and "confidence inspiring." The firm continues to recommend aggressively buying the stock. The firm says that the company is proving itself in Greater China, and it keeps a $150 price target on the name.
07:17 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees balanced risk/reward for Apple, keeps Hold rating
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07:00 EDTAAPLApple reported 'blowout' results, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Apple's fundamentals to improve going forward, and it views the company's June quarter guidance as conservative. The firm raised its price target on the name to $150 from $142 while keeping an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:40 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $195 from $180 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Ben White raised his price target for Apple shares to $195 from $180 following the "big beat" in the March quarter. White views the iPhone cycle as "powerful" and believes the Watch is showing early signs of momentum. The analyst thinks Apple Watch will prove to be the best selling new product in the company’s history. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple following last night's Q2 results. Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah raised his price target for Apple shares this morning to $170 from $160.
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 shipments may exceed 60M in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments are expected to exceed 60M units in Q2, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the sales performance for the iPhone 6 has been better than originally estimated. Due to the updated expectations, Apple may defer the launch of new iPhone models. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLCiti removes Apple from Focus List, sees stock trading higher
Citigroup analyst Jim Suva removed Apple from the firm's US Focus List citing the 8% share gain in less than a month and the passing of the earnings report catalyst. Suva, however, lists five reasons the stock can trade higher, including wireless carriers allowing users to upgrade phones before expiration, upside potential to consensus estimates and margins going higher. He reiterates a Buy rating on Apple with a $145 price target following the iPhone maker's Q2 results.
05:48 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $170 from $160 at Brean Capital
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05:41 EDTAAPLApple capital return program topped expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTAAPLBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
18:56 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone revenue was up 70% in Greater China in Q2
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple CFO says Watch margins will be lower than company average
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17:31 EDTAAPLApple anticipates expanding nunmber of countries for Watch in late June
17:28 EDTAAPLApple says Q2 emerging market revenue up 58%
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17:27 EDTAAPLApple says FX had negative impact of 100 basis points in Q2
Sees 40 basis point negative impact from FX in Q3.
17:22 EDTAAPLApple plans for annual dividend increases going forward
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17:20 EDTAAPLApple CFO says app store revenue up 29% in Q2
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17:12 EDTAAPLApple CEO says new MacBook began shipping
Comments from Q2 earnings conference call.
16:43 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 iPhone units 61.17M vs. 74.47M last quarter
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16:41 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 gross margin 40.8% vs. 39.3% last year
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16:40 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 iPhone sales 61.17M
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16:40 EDTAAPLApple rallies $2.11 to $134.50 after earnings beat, buyback raise
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16:38 EDTAAPLApple says higher rate of people switching to iPhone
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16:33 EDTAAPLApple boosts buyback to $140B from $90B, ups dividend 11%
Apple announced that its board has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company's program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200B of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140B from the $90B level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11% to the company's quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of 52c per share, payable on May 14, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. To assist in funding the program, Apple plans to continue to access the domestic and international debt markets.
16:31 EDTAAPLApple expands capital return program to $200B
16:31 EDTAAPLApple sees Q3 revenue $46B-$48B, consensus $47.06B
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16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q2 EPS $2.33, consensus $2.16
Reports Q2 revenue $58.01B, consensus $56.06B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 27, 2015
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15:09 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple reports with iPhone sales, capital return in focus
Apple (AAPL) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, April 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.16 on revenue of $56.06B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.89-$2.43 on revenue of $51.37B-$59.46B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q2 revenue of $52B-$55B and a gross margin between 38.5%-39.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple will report revenue, excluding foreign exchange impacts, in line with Street estimates of $56B, implying 57M iPhones. Munster added that he believes the Street is currently looking for 42.7M iPhones in the company's June report, 45.1M in September, and 73.4M in December. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported first quarter EPS of $3.06, which topped the consensus estimate for $2.60. First quarter revenue of $74.6B also beat the $67.69B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 74.5M iPhones, 21.42M iPads and 5.52M Macs in Q1. Apple reported a Q1 gross margin of 39.9%, versus 37.9% in the same quarter of last year. NEWS: On February 11, Carl Icahn stated that he has gained further confidence in his thesis on the company, increasing the forecasted EPS for FY 2015 in his model from $9.60 to $9.70. Ichan noted then that he believed the market "should value Apple at $216 per share." A few days later, Financial Times reported Apple had been recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts who are at work in a confidential Silicon Valley location near the company’s Cupertino campus and The Wall Street Journal said the company was working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle. On March 6, S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Apple had been selected to replace AT&T (T) in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18. On March 9, Apple announced that Apple Watch would be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. In addition to unveiling the Watch that day, Apple also announced a lower price tag of $69 for Apple TV, debuted the thinner new edition of its MacBook and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO announced HBO NOW was coming to Apple TV, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, a number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock, with Cantor increasing its price target to what was then a "Street high" $160 from $143. In a note to investors on March 23, Cantor analyst Brian White then raised his price target on Apple to $180 from $160. At $180 per share, the company's total valuation would be about $1 trillion, the analyst stated. The streaming TV offering it will reportedly launch could be a stepping stone into making actual TVs, according to White, who noted that the LCD TV market is worth $100B a year. Additionally, given the 4G expansion in China, as well as the larger iPhones and Apple's relationship with China Mobile (CHL), Apple is better positioned than ever in China, according to the analyst. The reviews of the Apple Watch suggest that the product will be far short of "insanely great," Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt wrote in a note to investors on April 10. The lukewarm reviews could raise doubts in investors' minds about the company's ability to launch successful new products and iPhone unit sales are likely to drop in fiscal 2016 versus fiscal 2015, McCourt contended. Against this backdrop, Apple's stock is likely to remain range-bound, wrote McCourt, who downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Last April, Apple increased its share repurchase to $90B from $60B and increased its dividend by 8% to $11B annually, Piper's Munster has pointed out. This year, the firm believes "the bogey" for investors is a 15% increase to Apple's total reported capital return number, share repurchase plus past dividends, which would imply a $150B headline number, up from the $130B announced last year. Piper, however, estimates the most likely range for Apple's new capital return policy will fall between $170B and $180B. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $160 price target. This morning, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah initiated shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $160 price target ahead of the company's March quarter report. Baruah told investors that consensus estimates for the iPhone maker are "materially low" though 2017. The analyst sees upside through 2017 from iPhone shipments and favorable gross margin due to greater than expected sales of the more profitable 6 Plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced 5.65% on the first day of trade following its Q1 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up more than 20%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, Apple is up 1% to $131.58 per share.
15:04 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTAAPLApple May 130 weekly straddle priced for 4.9% movement into Q2
12:39 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
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12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:00 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:54 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; BABA AAPL
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTTIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Akorn (AKRX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded on valuation at Argus... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) downgraded to Sell from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Celladon (CLDN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... DST Systems (DST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... DeVry (DV) downgraded on weaker than expected outlook at Stifel... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Emerge Energy (EMES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... FMC Technologies (FTI) downgraded to Accumulate from Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Forum Energy (FET) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Gulf Island Fabrication (GIFI) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Johnson Rice... Hancock Holding (HBHC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup (Friday)... Infosys (INFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Merge Healthcare (MRGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Perrigo (PRGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded on lack of upside at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Six Flags (SIX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Telecom Italia (TI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... United Continental (UAL) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Sell from Buy at CRT Capital.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTAAPLZAGG introduces InvisibleShield HD for Apple Watch
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08:37 EDTAAPLDiscover announces Apple Pay agreement with Apple
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08:06 EDTAAPLApple Q2 revenue likely to surpass guidance, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says that Apple's Q2 revenue should come in above the high end of its $52B-$55B guidance. The firm thinks the company's gross margins could beat expectations, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:00 EDTAAPLFutures higher as investors prepare for more earnings reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple may be intentionally slowing release of Tidal app updates, NY Post says
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06:29 EDTTITelecom Italia downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
05:31 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy, $160 target at Brean Capital
Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah initiated shares of Apple with a Buy rating and $160 price target ahead of the company's March quarter results tonight. Baruah tells investors that consensus estimates for the iPhone maker are "materially low" though 2017. The analyst sees upside through 2017 from iPhone shipments and favorable gross margin due to greater than expected sales of the more profitable 6 Plus. Shares of Apple closed Friday up 61c to $130.28.
April 26, 2015
12:50 EDTAAPLApple, Celgene, others are 'top picks' for spring, Barron's says
In a survey of U.S. money managers, shares of Apple (AAPL), Dow Chemical (DOW), American Airlines (AAL), Celgene (CELG), General Motors (GM), and McDermott (MDR) were identified as top picks for this spring, Barron's contends in its cover story. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLTD Bank Group announces Apple Watch app
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes ahead of Apple earnings
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13:45 EDTAAPLGrubHub launches Seamless App for Apple Watch
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12:33 EDTAAPLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: MEMP GPRO TWTR AAPL
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Apple to report stronger than expected Q2 results, and says that the company could raise its dividend by 20%+ and buy back an additional $80B+ of its shares through 2017. The firm thinks Apple Watch could increase its gross margins by one percentage point. It raised its price target on the name to $142 from $135 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Apple sales growth slowing from here
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple Watch teardown casts doubt on rumored upgradability, iFixit reports
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple job postings point to improvements in Siri, speech technology, AI reports
Apple is said to be working on improvements to its Siri speech recognition technology, Apple Insider reports. The company on Thursday opened posted several job listing relating to Siri, speech technology and language recognition, and is seeking a platform development manager and developer tools engineer for Siri, the publication says. Additionally, the company is seeking two pattern recognition engineers and software engineers in its Natural Languages Group. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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05:27 EDTAAPLExpedia app now available on Apple watch
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05:24 EDTAAPLAmazon announces shopping app for Apple Watch
The Amazon (AMZN) shopping app will be available on Apple Watch (APPL) in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, U.S. and U.K. Designed for the on-the-go customer, the shopping app offers a tailored Amazon experience, offering voice search and quick tap features including 1-Click purchase and save to Wish List.
April 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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12:35 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; CSX AAPL
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11:52 EDTAAPLApple lists several job openings for speech & language teams, Apple Insider says
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11:27 EDTAAPLApple could announce new iPod touch this year, Apple Insider reports
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple not targeting May 8 for Apple Watch second wave launch, 9to5Mac says
Sources told 9to5Mac that Apple is not currently targeting May 8 for its launch of pre-ordering for the Apple Watch in a second wave on countries, refuting a report yesterday from Italy's iSpazio that said that was the date being considered for the next wave of launches. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
06:19 EDTAAPLSome Apple Watch orders prepared for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac says
Though many Apple Watch customers were hit with months-long shipping delays, Apple has started preparing some orders for shipment ahead of schedule, 9to5Mac reports. A spokesperson says "We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received." Reference Link
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTAAPLNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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April 21, 2015
18:35 EDTAAPLChinese court rules in favor of Apple in Siri patent case, Economic Times says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
13:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: AT&T sees Q1 charge of approximately $130M
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11:00 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AMZN AAPL
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10:34 EDTAAPLCorning sapphire glass rumored to be in new Apple iPhone, PatentlyApple says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLOrbitz app now customized for Apple Watch
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06:18 EDTAAPLCitigroup unenthused with IBM mix, still prefers Apple
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05:58 EDTAAPLReport: AU Optronics to supply Apple with iPhone panels, DigiTimes says
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