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January 4, 2013
09:55 EDTACN, ACN, ACN, CTSH, CTSH, CTSH, IBM, IBM, IBM, HPQ, HPQ, HPQ, WIT, WIT, WIT, INFY, INFY, INFYBofA/Merrill's IT services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
India Computer Services Analyst Ghosh, U.S. Business & Professional Services Analyst Gubins and European Software & IT Services Analyst Sriraman discuss their recently published IT services investment handbook which includes discussions on Accenture, Cognizant, IBM, HP Services, Wipro, and Infosys on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 7 at 10 am.
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September 23, 2014
07:19 EDTHPQEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:33 EDTHPQHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
12:50 EDTHPQEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTHPQEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
09:38 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTHPQHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
08:05 EDTIBMIngram Micro signs U.S. agreement with IBM's SoftLayer
Ingram Micro Cloud, a global division of Ingram Micro (IM), announced a new relationship with SoftLayer, an IBM company (IBM). Under the U.S. agreement, Ingram Micro is expanding its relationship with IBM and now offers SoftLayer cloud services to its mutual channel partners within the U.S. As part of the new relationship, Ingram Micro will be able to market, sell and support SoftLayer cloud services and drive solutions and cross-selling opportunities within its partner community and the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace. As a master Cloud Services Provider, Ingram Micro will also offer its cloud onboarding capabilities, marketing support, as well as end-to-end technical and operational support to its channel partners focused on building cloud solutions.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTIBMStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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06:00 EDTIBMStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD IBM
Stocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD (AMD) 55, IBM (IBM) 61 according to iVolatility.
September 18, 2014
09:34 EDTIBMAT&T extends NetBond security services to IBM SoftLayer platform
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07:25 EDTIBMActuate to hold a webinar
Database Trends & Applications Webinar will be held on September 18 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
07:19 EDTACNAccenture weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:14 EDTACNAccenture should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects Accenture to report in-line Q4 results but believes that its initial FY15 guidance could come in below expectations, partly due to reduced IT spending this year by some enterprises. However, the firm still thinks that the company has "the most admirable" IT services business" and recommends buying the stock on any near-term weakness caused by a guidance miss. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
05:34 EDTINFYInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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