Hedgefund News Wrap: Week Ending 01/08/2016

THE GUACAMOLE IS EXTRA, IS THE E COLI TOO?

(FOX News) – Your favorite place to grab a burrito the size of newborn is now undergoing a criminal investigation. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is now under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administrations’s Office of Criminal Investigations.

With a nationwide spotlight on the burrito-giant’s E. coli outbreak, a separate norovirus outbreak in Boston and a falling stock, the company is feeling the heat. Co-CEO and leading scientists have stated that the company will likely never know which ingredient is the culprit, but plan to fully cooperate with the investigation.

As for now, Chipotle is running full page newspaper ads in major cities apologizing and should be playing “Sorry” by Justin Bieber on repeat in all of it’s stores.

Read the entire article at Fox News
More coverage: The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report

DO YOU THINK YOUR FITBIT IS LYING TO YOU? 

(Fortune) – If yes, then you aren’t alone. Recently, a Colorado woman has filed a class action lawsuit against FitBit Inc. The woman alleges that her Charge HR device is “wildly inaccurate,” including that false advertising is in play and that its heart rate monitoring technology, PurePulse, is inaccurate.

Apparently others are claiming that they have experienced inaccuracies as well, but FitBit is calling BS. “We do not believe this case has merit,” Heather Pierce, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mail. “Fitbit stands behind our heart rate technology and strongly disagrees with the statements made in the complaint and plans to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”

We are only 7 days into the new year and FitBit has struck out twice. Earlier this week, FitBit scoffed at the Apple Watch with the release of it’s smartwatch entitle “blaze,” the name fits as the company tumbled 18% that day and the idea went up in flames.

As a relatively young company, FitBit’s reaction to these allegations, lawsuit and not-so-good product launch will be a tell-tale sign as to the company’s future.

Read the entire article at Fortune
More coverage: BloombergBusiness and Nasdaq

SOUR APPLES

(CNBC) – It turns our iPhones may just be a fad, as the Japanese financial news service Nikkei reported that the company is expected to reduce the output on its iPhone 6s and 6s plus devices by about 30 percent between January and March. After the news was released on Tuesday, Apple’s stock tumble and closed down over 2 percent at $100.73 on Wednesday.

Initially, Apple told part makers in Japan and South Korea to maintain production at the same level as last year, but slower sales have made them adjust production. But according to a report, sales are expected to return to normal during Apple’s third quarter, between April and June

“This is an eye-opening production cut which speaks to the softer demand that Apple has seen with 6S out of the gate,” says Daniel Ives, senior analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said in an interview. “The Street was bracing for a cut, but the magnitude is a bit more worrisome and speaks to a soft March quarter on the horizon.”

Read the entire article at CNBC
More coverage: Bloomberg Business and USA Today