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News For AAPL;X;SINA;CLF;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTX, CLFOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:58 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources sees trade cases as 'game changer' for steel makers
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10:23 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources says it has 'ample liquidity'
Says customers updated forecast for prices was "substantially lower" than prior quarter. Says has opportunity to optimize working capital. Says able to maintain cost guidance despite volume cuts. Says it expects to receive anticipated $160M federal tax refund. Sees FY15 SG&A guidance of $120M. Says continues to resolve all issues left from previous regime. Says has moved forward with divestiture of several assets. Says "we control our destiny and our use of cash." Says working diligently with interested buyers for Pinnacle toward a deal, expects to announce in very near future. Says will continue to pursue further cost reduction opportunities in order to stay cash flow positive. Says will be temporarily be idling production at United Taconite facility. Comments taken from Q2 earnings call. In morning trading, shares in Cliffs Natural Resources were down 7.74% to $2.74.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company’s more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 11.4%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 5.9%... Sonus Networks (SONS), up 7.2%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up 3.6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 3.3%... Synchronoss (SNCR), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Cytec Industries (CYT), up 26.7% after being acquired by Solvay (SVYZY)... MagneGas (MNGA), up 7.8% after receiving multiple orders... AK Steel (AKS), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yelp (YELP), down 23.6%... VASCO Data Security (VDSI), down 13.3%... Tableau Software (DATA), down 16%... Twitter (TWTR), down 11.4%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), down 7.9%.
08:21 EDTCLFCliffs Natural backs FY15 capital expenditure budget of $100M-$125M
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08:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 U.S. iron ore pellet sales volume down 2% to 4.2M tons
Cliffs Natural reports U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in Q2 was 4.2M tons, a 2% decrease when compared to the second quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven by reduced year-over-year export sales and lower demand by U.S. mills, partially offset by improved shipping conditions on the Great Lakes. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $56.06, down 9% from $61.37 in the prior year's second quarter. The decrease was driven by a reduction in salaried workforce headcount and overall reductions in employment costs along with a year-over-year reduction in energy rates. This was partially offset by decreases in production volume due to scheduled maintenance and repairs. Realized revenue rates of $78.32 per ton were lower than previously guided as a result of a significant adjustment to the hot-band steel price estimate for one major contract.
08:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus (11c)
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05:59 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMGN CLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amgen (AMGN) 30, Cliffs Natural (CLF) 125 according to iVolatility.
05:12 EDTXU.S. Steel down 4.1% after reporting Q2 results
05:12 EDTXU.S. Steel sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $700M-$900M
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05:10 EDTXU.S. Steel reports Q2 EPS with-items ($1.79), may not compare to consensus (10c)
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July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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13:43 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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12:02 EDTHPQMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
10:33 EDTXAK Steel, other producers file trade cases related to cold-rolled steel
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09:42 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BIDU FB NFLX F T FCX TWTR
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