FORTUNE -- The attached screen grab comes from a website owned by a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited (CHL) in Suzhou, a city of 5 million just west of Shanghai.
The site went live late Monday local time, when it began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
It was the first concrete evidence that a distribution deal -- six years in the making -- between Apple (AAPL) and the world's largest mobile carrier has been consummated.
With its 740 million subscribers, China Mobile is both Apple's biggest holdout and its biggest prize.
If the carrier is orchestrating a soft launch to work out the kinks, Suzhou is not a bad place to stage it. It's one of the richest cities in China, with a sizable population of smartphone users who would not only know about the iPhone, but could probably afford it.
In Downtown Santa Monica, the Verizon store and the Sprint Store are sold out of the iPhone 5S. The Apple store on the 3d Street Promenade has iPhones for all carriers, and is packed with customers.
Why? The pop was yesterday. Today will be a slow slide to the mid 60's.
Did you not watch FAst MOney last night? Karen Finerman shorted more GMCR.
TTS will rock tomorrow morning. If I were short, I would not wait to cover, could be explosive. Gotham's allegations are just poppycock.
No, actually it will open around $15, then close near $21. IT's just an accusation from a short seller. That's why 4,000,000 shares were purchased after hours
Priceline reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday.
The company also announced that it will split the role of CEO and chairman and promote Darren Huston to President and CEO. Jeffery H. Boyd, who had been president and CEO, will remain as chairman.
The company's shares briefly fell after the announcement but later wavered. (Click here to track the company's shares.)
The online travel company posted third-quarter earnings excluding items of $17.30 per share, up from earnings of $12.40 a share in the year-earlier period.
Revenue increased to $2.27 billion from $1.71 billion a year ago.
Analysts had expected Priceline to report a profit of $16.15 per share on $2.22 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
Today belongs to the HFT (high frequency traders). Tomorrow they'll lose interest, and a hedge fund will decide to cash out. Trades below $29 by the end of the week. IMHO
$32.50 will not hold by the end of the day. Some hedge fund or pension plan will decide to get out here and buy it back below $30 in a week. It's obvious to me, folks. Isn't it obvious to you?
No, actually next week is the Fibonacci 50% retracement, back towards $30. Please check your memo again.
Seriously, this is getting boring. We've been pulling within $1 of 1080 all morning. Yawn.
Upon reporting results, shares of CREE were slaughtered, and I bought some at $63.50 or 14% below where they closed. CREE makes energy efficient LED lights, which has been a tremendous growth segment within the $120 billion light industry. LED lighting is gaining popularity, but it still dwarfed by traditional lighting. CREE has made an LED light bulb that looks exactly like a regular one while maintaining its energy advantage. I believe this product will help CREE gain a foothold in the consumer lighting market, which is the majority of the total market. I expect that by 2020, LED lighting will dominate the market because they provide significant energy savings for consumers. Moreover as Asia continues to industrialize, lighting will grow relatively fast. I expect total LED sales to grow to 75% of what will be a $160 billion market, and CREE is perfectly positioned to profit from this growth.
That is why I was actually happy to see these quarterly numbers. I have been wanting to initiate a position in CREE for the past month after I did a deep dive on LED technology and growth prospects. This quarterly report, which did nothing to shake my long term conviction, provides investors who are focused on the long-run an excellent entry point. Frankly in my opinion, the quarter was not that bad at all. The company reported EPS of $0.39 (up 45% YoY) and revenue of $391 million (up 24% YoY), both of which were in line with estimates. At the same time, gross margins of 38.6% showed sequential and annual improvement, though they were a bit less than expected. Importantly, light bulb sales grew exceptionally fast, 37%, which suggests strong adoption of its product.
Now, some investors were disappointed with CREE's guidance. Its revenue midpoint of $410 million was marginally below the $414 million estimated while its EPS guidance was weak due to lower margins at $0.36-$0.41 vs. analyst expectation of $0.44. The biggest risk to CREE is depressed margins as competitors like Ph