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September 30, 2015
15:39 EDTHPQHP announces transactions to retire up to $8.85B of debt securities
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13:17 EDTIBMIBM, Box announce four solutions under strategic partnership.
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11:29 EDTIBMAnalyst says key tech trend positive for EMC, negative for IBM
The adoption of platform-as-a-service will accelerate, creating more positive opportunities for EMC (EMC) and posing challenges for IBM (IBM), research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The growth of PaaS will accelerate because the technology enables faster and cheaper development of apps, while the proliferation of mobile apps and the increased digitization of businesses will lead to greater adoption, Jefferies analyst James Kisner stated. PaaS usage will "explode" as companies leverage apps, becoming software makers in some ways, predicted Kisner, who noted that tech research firm IDC expects the number of apps to jump 1000% in three years. EMC's Pivotal business, which enables enterprises to analyze data produced by cloud infrastructure, could be significant as app usage surges, according to Kisner. Conversely, 50% of IBM's profits are generated by middleware that "is likely to be somewhat cannibalized by PaaS," the analyst believes. The Street's revenue estimates for IBM, which call for a decline of 2% in 2016 and little change in 2017, are overly optimistic, according to Kisner, who kept a Buy rating on EMC and an Underperform rating on IBM. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, EMC rose 2.6% to $23.74 and IBM advanced 2% to $145.34.
10:49 EDTHPQWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:25 EDTHPQ, IBMJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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08:27 EDTINFYInfosys partners with General Electric for Internet of Things solutions
Infosys (INFY) will create new Internet of Things solutions in collaboration with General Electric (GE) and others to develop these solutions. The Industrial Internet Consortium, an international body of industries, governments and academics focused on developing best practices for the Industrial Internet, recently approved two Infosys-led testbeds: an Asset Efficiency Testbed tht enables holistic monitoring, analysis and optimization of critical infrastructure assets; and the Industrial Digital Thread Testbed, which creates more intelligent linkages between the three phases of manufacturing - design, production and field testing/service. IDT has been co-developed by Infosys and GE, and will be implemented first as a pilot project at GE Aviation.
08:03 EDTIBMWest Pharmaceutical appoints Annette Favorite to Chief Human Resources Officer
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05:31 EDTACNAccenture expands operations and establishing center in Dublin
Accenture is expanding its Irish operations and establishing a Centre for Innovation in Dublin where the company will research, incubate, and pilot innovative industry-specific and cross-industry technologies and solutions for its clients. The company will invest more than EUR 25M and recruit more than 200 professionals with R&D and design expertise in cognitive computing, Internet of Things, advanced analytics, security and digital marketing.
September 29, 2015
13:32 EDTIBMIBM to create 120 positions across Ireland, Independent says
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09:03 EDTHPQHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
08:04 EDTACNAccenture named Top Pick at SunTrust
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September 28, 2015
16:10 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:05 EDTIBMIBM annnounces plans to buy Workday services partner Meteorix
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10:00 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:13 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
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05:30 EDTIBMIBM expands portfolio of cloud business solutions
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTIBMCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
18:19 EDTHPQFormer HP Chairman Ray Lane tried to stop Autonomy acquisition, WSJ says
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10:53 EDTACNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:04 EDTHPQHP management to meet with JPMorgan
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