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SPLS

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$8.24

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Apple

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Staples now accepts Apple Pay on mobile web

Staples (SPLS) announced the availability of Apple (AAPL) Pay on its mobile website.

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SPLS Staples
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OPCO
05/11/16
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Office products retail outlook 'more precarious,' says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel views the outlook for office products retail and its leading chains as "more and more precarious," following the decision of a federal judge to side with the Federal Trade Commission and halt the proposed merger of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP). Both companies have already announced intentions to focus on internal opportunities and plans to restructure their operating models, which should lead to better bottom-line trends, nearer term, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He adds, however, that top-line growth will remain a challenge, given significant competition and product cycle dislocations. Nagel also notes that he believes that the blocking of this merger could set a precedent for the retail group on whole, viewing a combination of either AutoZone (AZO) or O'Reilly Auto (ORLY) with Advance Auto Parts (AAP) as less than likely.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Office Depot (ODP) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies and to Sell at UBS while Staples (SPLS) was downgraded to Hold at Jefferies and Neutral at UBS after the merger was blocked and terminated. Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder said both companies are now vulnerable to secular decline and increased competition. UBS analyst Michael Lasser said Staples' earnings will likely stagnate while Office Depot's sales will likely continue trending downward. 2. Sapiens (SPNS) downgraded to Sell at Roth Capital by analyst Richard Baldry, who said software sales eroded steadily in 2015, leaving the company unwilling to break out software contribution any longer. 3. SeaWorld (SEAS) double downgraded to Underperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Benjamin Chaiken saying expectations for the company are ahead of themselves heading into the 2016 season. 4. Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Underweight at Piper Jaffray by analyst Neely Tamminga, who cited the weak consumer environment and said the shares could come under pressure should the first fiscal quarter underwhelm investors. 5. EPIRUS (EPRS) downgraded to Neutral at BTIG and Wedbush after yesterday's announcement of management changes and a strategic change in direction. Wedbush analyst Heather Behanna said 2016 will bring little news flow or clarity on pipeline progress outside of potential partnering activities. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
05/23/16
BOFA
05/23/16
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Buy
Staples upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Denise Chai upgraded Staples (SPLS) two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised her price target to $10 from $8.50. The analyst said the sell-off following the termination of the Office Depot (ODP) merger has created an attractive entry point ahead of a potential earnings upside as Staples focuses on core strengths in Beyond Office Supplies and mid-market while downsizing its retail footprint and potentially divesting loss-making European operations.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Allegheny Technologies (ATI) double upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill by analyst Timna Tanners, who has increased confidence in the company's engine positioning giving a solid outlook for aerospace and a more neutral view on nickel prices. 2. Universal Display (OLED) upgraded to Buy at Goldman with analyst Brian Lee saying the company should be a key beneficiary of Apple's (AAPL) first-time adoption of OLED displays for iPhone starting in 2017. 3. Schlumberger (SLB) upgraded to Conviction Buy at Goldman by analyst Waqar Syed, who said the company is best positioned for the "New Oil Order" due to its exposure to incremental sources of oil supply. 4. Square (SQ) upgraded to Buy at CLSA following the lockup expiration and overblown credit concerns. The firm said the lockup expiration is behind the company. 5. Staples (SPLS) double upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill by analyst Denise Chai, who said the sell-off following the termination of the Office Depot (ODP) merger has created an attractive entry point ahead of a potential earnings upside. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
AAPL Apple
$113.05

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10/03/16
PIPR
10/03/16
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Target $151
PIPR
Overweight
Apple checks show iPhone 7 inventory still constrained, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said his checks of 134 Apple Stores in the U.S. showed that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus inventory levels are improved, but still constrained, and that supply appears even tighter in China. The limited supply of the iPhone 7 Plus should bode well for the December quarter outlook, adds Munster, who keeps an Overweight rating and $151 price target on Apple shares.
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Bernstein sees no 'compelling rationale' for Apple buying Netflix
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says he does not see a "compelling rationale" for Apple (AAPL) acquiring Netflix (NFLX). The steaming service has recently been the subject of takeover speculation, with Disney (DIS) mentioned as a possible suitor. Buying Netflix to run exclusively on Apple's operating service and AppleTV is "not a value-creating thesis and could not possibly justify a $50B price tag," Sacconaghi tells investors in a research note. Apple could buy Netflix and continue to run it as it does today, but that "would be highly out of character" for the iPhone maker, the analyst contends. Sacconaghi believes Apple could get much of the benefit of a services offering with much less upfront risk by partnering with Netflix, rather than acquiring it. He sees a partnership as more likely than a takeover. Further, Sacconaghi thinks a potential a partnership or acquisition by Apple does not justify owning Netflix since a deal is very hard to predict. The analyst has an Outperform rating on Apple and an Underpeform rating on Netflix. He has a $62 price target for Netflix shares. The streaming service closed yesterday down 29c to $102.34.
10/05/16
UBSW
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $127
UBSW
Buy
Apple preparing for next era of personal technology, says UBS
UBS analyst Steve Milunovich notes his residual income model for Apple shows only small growth beyond three years. He believes the current share price reflects the slight annual declines but he thinks the cautious view would be incorrect because Apple is preparing for the next era of personal technology. Milunovich calls the next phase the Ambient Paradigm, which will require hardware, software, and orchestration to provide a seamless experience across all consumer devices. The Apple Watch, AirPods, and possibly other wearables will eventually impact industries such as healthcare and education and could be the next scarcity, said Milunovich, who reiterated his Buy rating and $127 price target on Apple shares.
10/06/16
SBSH
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $89
SBSH
Buy
Citi says Salesforce buying Twitter 'nearly impossible' above $28/share
Citi analyst Walter Pritchard believes a Salesforce (CRM) acquisition of Twitter (TWTR) is possible financially but that such a deal would put "significant constraints" on the company for the next three-plus years. The analyst sees "very little reason" for Salesforce to own Twitter and feels the acquisition "would pose a difficult decision" for CEO Marc Benioff and the board. Salesforce closed yesterday down 6%, or $4.21, to $68.42. Recode reported last night that the company is likely the only bidder left for Twitter after Disney (DIS) and Alphabet (GOOG) opted not to pursue a deal while Apple (AAPL) is unlikely. Twitter in pre-market trading is down 14% to $21.50. In order for Salesforce to avoid a shareholder vote, it would have to borrow $7.5B to fund the transaction if Twitter were valued at $20B, or $27.50-$28 per share, Pritchard tells investors in a research note. This is a level that likely constrains the company with little additional borrowing capacity for other deals, the analyst contends. He thinks the deal is "nearly impossible to do" for Salesforce should the bidding for Twitter go above $20B or $28 per share. Pritchard has a Buy rating on Salesforce with an $89 price target.

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