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Canaccord Genuity on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Vivus (NASDAQ:VVUS)


Apple supplies enthusiasts, Microsoft files complaint, and Vivus treads water.

The following are excerpts from Canaccord Genuity analysts' commentaries.

Apple (NASDAQ AAPL): Why Wait?

Apple enthusiasts around the world lined up to get their hands on the iPhone 5 Friday morning, reinforcing estimates that the iPhone 5 could be the largest consumer electronics debut in history. One New York resident spent three days waiting for the debut, while Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also waited in line in Australia. Analysts speculate as many as 10 million iPhones could be sold over the weekend, although Barclays speculates that Apple may have trouble keeping up with initial demand due to a supply shortage of certain components.

The new iPhone has a bigger screen, is lighter, and has a faster processor to help power upgraded software features. Roughly two-thirds of Apple's profit is generated from the iPhone, so a successful launch for the iPhone 5 is key, especially in the face of rising competition from devices powered by Android and Windows operating systems.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): Ruh Roh.

According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft has filed a complaint against China National Petroleum (CNPC) and three other state-owned companies asking them to stop using pirated versions of its Office software. CNPC, China Post Group, China Railway Construction Corp, and Tavelsky Technology are the targets of the complaint. Microsoft is alleging that more than 40% of Office and Windows server client software used by CNPC and 84% of China Railway Construction's Office software is unlicensed.
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