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News For ACN;CTSH;IBM;HPQ;WIT;INFY From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
06:26 EDTHPQHP information chief to clone computer programs to smooth transition, WSJ says
Later this week, Hewlett-Packard is expected to disclose the financial outlines of its successor companies for the first time: HP Inc., which will sell PCs and printers, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a supplier of corporate technology, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scott Spradley, chief information officer at the current HP, soon will start the process of cloning 2,600 internal computer programs, separating their data and restarting them in an effort to keep operations running amid an arduous restructuring effort, the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTIBM, HPQGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
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10:02 EDTHPQHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
08:08 EDTHPQJefferies sees recent weakness as attractive entry point in PC names
Jefferies analyst James Kisner cut his PC unit expectations for 2015 and 2016, citing recent negative data points including Micron's (MU) commentary and guidance, but added that he believes PC names may be finding a bottom and that the pullback in Western Digital (WDC), Seagate (STX), and HP (HPQ) creates an attractive entry point in all three stocks. Kisner sees the most potential upside in Western Digital, but lowered his price target on its shares to $116, and said HP may have the least potential downside, cutting his price target on the computer maker to $40.50. The firm keeps Buy rating on both HDD makers and on HP.
06:05 EDTHPQ, IBMNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTHPQMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
13:31 EDTHPQWi-LAN unit enters into license agreement with Acuity Brands
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07:17 EDTIBMRed Hat to hold a summit
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07:07 EDTACNAccenture raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.73-$4.78 from $4.66-$4.76
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07:06 EDTACNAccenture sees Q4 net revenue $7.45B-$7.7B, consensus $7.58B
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07:05 EDTACNAccenture reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.30, consensus $1.23
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June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTIBMWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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16:21 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:24 EDTACNAccenture June weekly 98.5 straddle priced for 3.8% movement into Q3
15:01 EDTACNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:30 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:10 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:03 EDTACNStarwood, Accenture extent IT outsourcing contract
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05:35 EDTCTSHCognizant announces strategic relationship with Escorts Limited
Cognizant announced a strategic relationship with Escorts Limited, one of India's engineering conglomerates, to modernize Escorts' technology landscape and help achieve the company's vision of digitally transforming its businesses to deliver innovative products, provide superior customer experience, and drive growth. This multi-year, multi-million dollar engagement spans all of Escort's businesses, including agri-machinery, material handling and construction equipment, railway equipment and auto components. Cognizant will enable Escorts to improve control and collaboration across its value chain by mobile-enabling its workforce and integrating multiple systems used by vendors, sales partners, and customers. This will help Escorts continuously improve product quality and offer a broad range of customized, configurable, and value-added products and services, strengthening existing customer relationships and building new ones.
05:26 EDTACNAccenture signs global IT outsourcing contract with Eisai
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05:10 EDTIBMIBM, Box announce global partnership
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June 23, 2015
13:08 EDTACNAccenture June weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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10:45 EDTIBMIBM calls active after report says Ackman to take on big target
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10:01 EDTIBMIBM up after Post says Ackman to take on big target
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07:41 EDTIBMRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTIBMOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
09:01 EDTCTSHCognizant management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Berwyn/Princeton/Trenton on June 25 hosted by JPMorgan.
05:39 EDTIBMNidec, IBM Japan to jointly develop IoT Technology
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June 19, 2015
13:37 EDTACNAccenture June weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
06:22 EDTIBMLayoffs commenced at IBM this week, Business Insider reports
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June 18, 2015
15:05 EDTHPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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11:43 EDTIBMIBM, Sogeti partnering on hybrid cloud development
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08:23 EDTCTSHDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
07:26 EDTIBMImperva price target raised to $75 from $59 at Stephens
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June 16, 2015
05:32 EDTCTSHCognizant partners NTUC Fairprice
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