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News For AAPL;NFLX;IBM;GOOG;CSX;HAL From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
07:38 EDTIBMIBM risk/reward positive, says Stifel
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07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:20 EDTHALHalliburton has 90% upside potential over 3 years, says Citi
Citi analyst Scott Gruber believes regulatory approval for Halliburton's (HAL) proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes (BHI) is a "high probability event." Halliburton's buyback potential post-acquisition looks significant, Gruber tells investors in a research note. He estimates $5.00 of pro forma earnings per share for Halliburton in 2018, suggesting 90% upside potential for shares over the next three years. The analyst notes that applying a 16 times earnings multiple yields a $78 share price. He keeps a Buy rating on Halliburton with a $54 price target. The oil services company closed yesterday up 75c to $40.74 after reporting Q2 results.
07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPL, GOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAAPL, GOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:55 EDTIBMIBM falling after Q2 earnings shows further decline in revenues
After the close, IBM (IBM) reported second quarter earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: IBM reported Q2 earnings per share of $3.84, above consensus estimates of $3.78, and Q2 revenue of $20.8B, below analyst expectations of $20.95B. IBM said Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, Software segment revenues were down 10%, and Systems Hardware segment revenues were down 32%, although IBM noted that revenues from the its strategic imperatives -- cloud, analytics, and engagement -- increased more than 20% year-to-date. The company also backed its FY15 EPS guidance of $15.75-$16.50, against a consensus of $15.88. During the earnings conference call, management said the company expected Q3 revenue to be similar to that of Q1, which was $19.6B, below the Q3 revenue consensus of $19.98B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its conference call, IBM stated that it expects the currency impact for FY15 to be worse than it anticipated 90 days ago. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Cantor put out a note following the earnings announcement stating that IBM delivered a "healthy Q2" and the firm maintained its Buy rating and $198 price target on the stock. The firm added that "IBM represents an attractive value" due to its 3% dividend yield and 35% P/E discount to the S&P 500. PRICE ACTION: Shares of IBM are down 5.2% to $164.25 in after-hours trading.
19:02 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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19:00 EDTAAPLApple hires auto industry executive, WSJ says
Apple has hired Doug Betts, former global head of quality at Chrysler Group, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Betts' LinkedIn profile. The report notes that the move could mean Apple's rumored electric car development "may be gaining ground." Reference Link
17:20 EDTIBMIBM sees currency impact for FY15 worse than saw 90 days ago
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17:01 EDTIBMIBM sees Q3 revenue similar to Q1 revenue
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16:41 EDTIBMIBM Q2 Cloud revenue up more than 50% as reported
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16:17 EDTIBMIBM revenues from strategic imperatives up more than 20% year-to-date
Revenues from the company’s strategic imperatives --- cloud, analytics, and engagement --- increased more than 20% year-to-date, more than 30% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business. Total cloud revenues increased more than 50%, more than 70% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business year-to-date, and is $8.7B over the last 12 months, adjusted for the divested System x business. The annual run rate for cloud delivered as a service -- a subset of the total cloud revenue -- increased to $4.5B from $2.8B in the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from business analytics increased more than 10%, more than 20% adjusting for currency, year-to-date. Revenues from mobile more than quadrupled, and social revenues increased more than 30%, more than 40% adjusting for currency, both year-to-date.
16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Systems Hardware down 32%
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16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenues from the Software segment were doen 10%
Revenues from the Software segment were down 10% to $5.8B, down 3% adjusting for currency compared with the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from IBM’s key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $4B, down 7%, flat adjusting for currency, year-to-year. Operating systems revenues of $0.4B were down 17% percent, down 9% percent adjusting for currency year-to-year.
16:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 Global Technology Services revenues down 10%
Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, up 1% percent adjusting for currency and the divested System x business, to $8.1B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 12%, down 3 percent adjusting for currency, to $4.3B. The estimated services backlog as of June 30 was $122B, up more than 1% year-to-year adjusting for currency.
16:06 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $15.88
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16:04 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 EPS $3.84, consensus $3.78
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