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The Market In 5 Minutes: All Eyes On Apple's New iPhone And Ackman's New Chipotle Stake

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Macro Focus

The U.S. stock market began the holiday-shortened trading week on Tuesday with moderate gains. All three major averages finished the session in positive territory after climbing for most of the day after an early selloff. The gains were led by the energy and utilities sector, which added 1.22 percent and 1.24 percent, respectively.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 11 points to 18,513.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures fell 2.25 points to 2,182.50. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index rose 3.50 points to 4,831.25.

Oil prices traded higher as Brent crude futures rose 1.14 percent to trade at $47.80 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures also rose 0.94 percent to trade at $45.25 a barrel.

BZ News Desk Focus

The September unveiling of the newest iPhone model has become an annual event for Apple AAPL shareholders. The iPhone unveilings have made an immediate positive impact on the stock’s price following four of the past five events. The lone exception was an 11.1 percent drop following the unveiling of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S back in 2013.

Sell-Side Themes

Spirit Realty SRC was upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley, while Janney initiated coverage at Buy.

Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls

Deal Talk

According to Reuters, a Bayer BAYRY investor says the price of $135-$140 for Monsanto MON is less likely to get shareholder approval.

Federal-Mogul FDML and Icahn Enterprises IEP announced an agreement under which Icahn Enterprises will offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Federal-Mogul common stock not owned by Icahn Enterprises or its affiliates, for $9.25 per share in cash. Icahn Enterprises' original offer was $7.00 per share. The deal is structured as a tender offer followed by a merger.

In The News

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square disclosed a 9.9 percent stake in Chipotle CMG. In a filing, Pershing said it intended to engage in discussions with the fast-casual restaurant company's board and management, calling the stock is undervalued and attractive.

The Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash it sent to Iran in January with two more shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion.


Ackman's eye might be bigger than his stomach.



All eyes are on the #AppleEvent, as the company is expected to announce the iPhone 7.

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