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News For ACN;CTSH;IBM;HPQ;WIT;INFY From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
11:03 EDTIBMIBM calls active on renewed activist investor speculation
IBM January weekly 150 and 152 calls are active on total call volume of 15K contracts (7K puts) on renewed activist investor speculation. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, February weekly is at 29, February is at 20, March is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:57 EDTIBMRumor: IBM moves up on renewed activist investor speculation
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10:00 EDTWIT, INFYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:47 EDTIBMIBM union reports layoffs have begun, Business Insider says
IBM union Alliance@IBM is reporting layoffs around the country from various business units, reports Business Insider, citing the union's national coordinator Lee Conrad. IBM is not issuing official reports so all information is volunteered from current and former employees, one of whom believes that "This is strategic outsourcing." IBM stated it has 15,000 open positions while layoffs should hover in the 10,000 range, hinting at net employee growth. Reference Link
07:27 EDTIBMU.S. groups ask China to re-examine new cybersecurity rules, WSJ reports
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January 28, 2015
17:11 EDTWIT, INFYWipro downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies
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17:10 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies
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09:04 EDTIBMSoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby leaves the IBM-owned company, Re/code says
SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby has left the IBM-owned cloud services company, reports Re/code, citing an IBM statement and sources familiar with the move. Crosby, who stayed with the company for 19 months after being acquired by IBM for $2B, will exit Thursday or Friday and a replacement has not been named. The news follows the recent promotion of IBM veteran Robert LeBlanc to a cloud business unit. Reference Link
07:29 EDTIBMHouse Science, Space and Technology Committee to hold a hearing
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06:35 EDTIBMIBM could begin layoffs today, Business Insider reports
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January 27, 2015
10:18 EDTHPQHP falls as Microsoft results hit PC-related stocks, levels to watch
The stock is down over 4.4% to $37.13 at time of writing. The move has triggered a bearish head and shoulders pattern on the daily chart, which has its neckline at $37.50. Downside potential for the pattern is to the $33 area. Next support is at $36.22. Resistance is at $37.46, the opening price of the day.
09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
05:53 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; HP VALE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; HP (HPQ) 28, Vale (VALE) 57 according to iVolatility.
January 26, 2015
18:01 EDTIBMIBM to lay off 12,000 employees, TechCrunch reports
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15:03 EDTHPQHP announces management teams for both companies
HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success." It added, "We are excited about the progress we’ve made and today we’re happy to share the first level of leadership for both companies. As we continue through this transition year, we will operate as HP and are focused on minimizing disruption to customers, partners and employees." Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be lead by Meg Whitman as President and CEO, Cathie Lesjak as Chief Financial Officer, Henry Gomez as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, John Hinshaw as Chief Customer Officer and lead Technology & Operations and Martin Fink as Chief Technology Officer. HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO, Jon Flaxman as Chief Operating Officer and Shane Wall as Chief Technology Officer.
10:15 EDTIBMIBM not commenting on 'ridiculous,' 'baseless' rumors
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09:46 EDTIBMIBM not laying off 100K people, CNBC's Job Fortt reports
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09:44 EDTIBMIBM to cut 26% of worldwide staff, Forbes reports
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09:14 EDTWITRiT Technologies and Wipro sign cooperation agreement
RiT Technologies (RITT) announced that it has signed an MOU with Wipro (WIT). Under the agreement, the parties will cooperate in identifying relevant projects in India and customizing their integrated solutions for projects, to maximize their business in India. The cooperation between RiT and Wipro seeks to address challenges faced by IT departments in dynamic, complex and geographically distributed environments, along with the rising demand for bandwidth, storage and computing power with limited space and resources. RiT is forming this partnership as a result of the growing demand in India for innovative IT solutions. IT spending in India is projected to reach a total of $73.3 billion in 2015, a 9.4 percent increase from the $67.1 billion forecast for 2014, according to Gartner.
06:27 EDTHPQHP CEO names Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of H3C, WSJ reports
Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has named former H3C Technologies COO Henry Xiang-Ying Cao as CEO of HP's China-based subsidiary, replacing Jessie Jing-Chuan Wu, who will become vice chairman, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal email. Workers at the unit recently petitioned against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, and also pushed for financial incentives, which Whitman has reportedly recently offered. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
07:39 EDTCTSHCognizant reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:24 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
09:20 EDTIBMIBM CFO optimistic about 2015 due to rapid growth in cloud unit, CNBC says
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09:16 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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07:53 EDTIBMIBM cash flow guidance 'very weak,' says Jefferies
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06:18 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $170 from $180 at Citigroup
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05:53 EDTIBMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; IBM (IBM) 27, Qualcomm (QCOM) 33 according to iVolatility.
January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:07 EDTIBMIBM says Cloud investments continue to impact margins
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17:05 EDTIBMIBM says revenue as reported in 2015 will not grow
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16:56 EDTIBMIBM says $6.3B left on buyback authorization at year-end
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16:39 EDTIBMIBM ended year with $8.5B cash on hand
Comment from Q4 earnings conference call.
16:28 EDTIBMIBM reverses and is now down over 2% in after-hours trading
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16:21 EDTIBMIBM sees FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $16.53
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16:15 EDTIBMIBM reports $128B services backlog
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16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Hardware down 39%
Revenues from continuing operations for the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B for the quarter, down 39% (down 12 percent, adjusting for the impact of the divested System x business and currency) from the fourth-quarter of 2013. Systems and Technology pre-tax income increased 12% and pre-tax margin increased to 15.5%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from Power Systems were down 13% (down 11 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the 2013 period. Revenues from System z mainframe server products decreased 26% (down 23 percent, adjusting for currency). Revenues from System Storage decreased 8 percent (down 5 percent, adjusting for currency).
16:11 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Software Segment revenue down 7%
Revenues from the Software segment were $7.6B, down 7% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the fourth-quarter of 2013. Software pre-tax income decreased 11% and pre-tax margin decreased to 44.7%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from IBM’s key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $5.4B, down 6% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) versus the fourth-quarter of 2013. Operating systems revenues of $557M were down 19% (down 16 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the prior-year quarter.
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 Global Services segment revenue down 8%
Global Services segment revenues decreased 8% to $13.5B. Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 8 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and for currency) to $9.2B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 8% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.3B. Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 26% and pre-tax margin decreased to 15.6%. Global Business Services pre-tax income decreased 22% and pre-tax margin decreased to 16.4%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. The estimated services backlog at December 31, 2014 was $128B, flat year to year adjusting for the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and currency.
16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 EPS $5.81, consensus $5.41
Reports Q4 revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.77B.
15:24 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM estimates cut by Jefferies, BofA ahead of report
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15:21 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:28 EDTIBMIBM January weekly 155 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
09:37 EDTWITWipro announces retirement of CFO Suresh Senapaty
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09:33 EDTWITWipro sees Q4 revenue $1.81B-$1.85B, consensus $2.04B.
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09:32 EDTWITWipro reports Q3 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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06:10 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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