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News For ACN;CTSH;IBM;HPQ;WIT;INFY From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
15:57 EDTACNLeidos-led group wins 'massive' health records contract, Nextgov reports
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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.
10:01 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).
09:07 EDTIBMIBM partners with Rochester Institute of Technology in cybersecurity lab
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09:02 EDTWITWipro selected by DSM to provide workplace services
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July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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15:15 EDTIBMIBM says may see $250M pre-tax charge due to U.K. pension case
In a regulatory filing, IBM disclosed that proceedings to determine remedies in IBM UK's legal proceedings in London against the IBM UK Pensions Trust were held in July 2014, and in February 2015 the High Court held that for IBM to make changes to accruals under the plan would require a new consultation of the participants, but other changes, including to early retirement policy, would not require such consultation. IBM UK has appealed both the breach and remedies judgments and a decision is not expected until at least 2016. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the Court’s rulings would require IBM to reverse the changes made to the UK defined benefit plans retroactive to their effective dates. This could result in an estimated non-operating one-time pre-tax charge of approximately $250M, plus ongoing defined benefit related accruals. In addition, IBM UK is a defendant in approximately 290 individual actions brought since early 2010 by participants of the defined benefits plans who left IBM UK. These actions, which allege constructive dismissal and age discrimination, are pending before the Employment Tribunal in Southampton UK, IBM stated.
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
07:18 EDTACNAccenture selected by Ohio National for ALIP platform
Accenture has been selected by Ohio National Financial Services, a provider of individual life insurance, annuities, retirement plans and disability income insurance to modernize their new individual life business, underwriting and policy administration capabilities. Ohio National will implement the Accenture Life Insurance & Annuity Platform to help get new products to market faster and more efficiently, allowing the company to respond quickly to marketplace needs.
07:10 EDTCTSHCognizant removed as a top pick at Deutsche Bank
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06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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July 27, 2015
12:30 EDTIBMIBM invests $60M over three years in African Skills Initiative
IBM announced an investment of $60M over three years to develop the next generation of technical talent in Africa. As part of the initiative, IBM is expanding the Africa Technical Academy and the company's Africa University Programme to over 20 African countries. IT professionals across the continent are set to benefit with advanced skills in analytics, cloud and big data technologies which are crucial to the next phase of Africa's economic and social development. The courses are available at no cost and are facilitated by both IBM online trainers and certified faculty in the participating universities.
11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
10:29 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTHPQ, IBMAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTIBMStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
09:36 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
12:01 EDTIBMIBM acquires Compose, terms not disclosed
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11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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09:48 EDTWITWipro sees Q2 IT Services revenue $1.82B-$186B
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09:48 EDTWITWipro reports Q1 revenue $1.9B, consensus $1.84B
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08:49 EDTACNAccenture acquisitions positive, says SunTrust
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07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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July 22, 2015
10:15 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 21, 2015
17:25 EDTIBMApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
16:28 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTIBMOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
14:24 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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12:21 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:24 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTIBMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
09:21 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:05 EDTACNAccenture to acquire EnergyQuote JHA, terms not disclosed
Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire EnergyQuote JHA, a Pan-European energy management and procurement services provider. The acquisition will bolster Accenture’s energy procurement capabilities in Europe and further enhance its ability to deliver energy management as-a-service to clients. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
08:48 EDTIBMMajesco extends cloud platform for insurance software on IBM's SoftLayerIBM
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07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:38 EDTIBMIBM risk/reward positive, says Stifel
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06:19 EDTHPQSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:29 EDTINFYInfosys sees FY15 IFRS revenue up 7.2%-9.2% in USD terms
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05:28 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q1 EPS 21c, consensus 21c
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July 20, 2015
19:55 EDTIBMIBM falling after Q2 earnings shows further decline in revenues
After the close, IBM (IBM) reported second quarter earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: IBM reported Q2 earnings per share of $3.84, above consensus estimates of $3.78, and Q2 revenue of $20.8B, below analyst expectations of $20.95B. IBM said Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, Software segment revenues were down 10%, and Systems Hardware segment revenues were down 32%, although IBM noted that revenues from the its strategic imperatives -- cloud, analytics, and engagement -- increased more than 20% year-to-date. The company also backed its FY15 EPS guidance of $15.75-$16.50, against a consensus of $15.88. During the earnings conference call, management said the company expected Q3 revenue to be similar to that of Q1, which was $19.6B, below the Q3 revenue consensus of $19.98B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its conference call, IBM stated that it expects the currency impact for FY15 to be worse than it anticipated 90 days ago. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Cantor put out a note following the earnings announcement stating that IBM delivered a "healthy Q2" and the firm maintained its Buy rating and $198 price target on the stock. The firm added that "IBM represents an attractive value" due to its 3% dividend yield and 35% P/E discount to the S&P 500. PRICE ACTION: Shares of IBM are down 5.2% to $164.25 in after-hours trading.
19:02 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:20 EDTIBMIBM sees currency impact for FY15 worse than saw 90 days ago
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17:01 EDTIBMIBM sees Q3 revenue similar to Q1 revenue
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16:41 EDTIBMIBM Q2 Cloud revenue up more than 50% as reported
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16:17 EDTIBMIBM revenues from strategic imperatives up more than 20% year-to-date
Revenues from the company’s strategic imperatives --- cloud, analytics, and engagement --- increased more than 20% year-to-date, more than 30% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business. Total cloud revenues increased more than 50%, more than 70% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business year-to-date, and is $8.7B over the last 12 months, adjusted for the divested System x business. The annual run rate for cloud delivered as a service -- a subset of the total cloud revenue -- increased to $4.5B from $2.8B in the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from business analytics increased more than 10%, more than 20% adjusting for currency, year-to-date. Revenues from mobile more than quadrupled, and social revenues increased more than 30%, more than 40% adjusting for currency, both year-to-date.
16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Systems Hardware down 32%
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16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenues from the Software segment were doen 10%
Revenues from the Software segment were down 10% to $5.8B, down 3% adjusting for currency compared with the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from IBM’s key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $4B, down 7%, flat adjusting for currency, year-to-year. Operating systems revenues of $0.4B were down 17% percent, down 9% percent adjusting for currency year-to-year.
16:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 Global Technology Services revenues down 10%
Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, up 1% percent adjusting for currency and the divested System x business, to $8.1B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 12%, down 3 percent adjusting for currency, to $4.3B. The estimated services backlog as of June 30 was $122B, up more than 1% year-to-year adjusting for currency.
16:06 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $15.88
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16:04 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 EPS $3.84, consensus $3.78
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16:01 EDTIBMOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:10 EDTIBMIBM July weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q2
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15:07 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
IBM July weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, August is at 23, September is at 19 compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 20.
15:01 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
14:44 EDTINFYInfosys volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Infosys August call option implied volatility is at 34, September is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on July 21.
13:16 EDTINFYInfosys technical comments ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a sideways range for the last several weeks bound by $15.25 at the low and $16.35 at the high. If the news is bullish, a breakout above the range at $16.35 would see next resistance at $17.05. Thereafter resistance would be at $17.70 and $18.18. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $15 would see next support at $14.61. The irregularly-shaped potential head and shoulders pattern would also become active. That pattern could reach the $12 to $11.50 area over time if nothing interrupts its progress.
12:40 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:45 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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08:16 EDTACNAccenture acquires full ownership stake in Solium from BBVA
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July 17, 2015
17:26 EDTIBMBAE Systems, others awarded $6B government contract
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia; BAE Systems (BAESY), McLean, Virginia; Blue Canopy, Reston, Virginia; The Boeing Co. (BA), Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; CACI (CACI), Chantilly, Virginia; CGI Federal, Fairfax, Virginia; Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia; D&S Consultants Inc., Eatontown, New Jersey; EIS, Vienna, Virginia; General Dynamics Information Technology (GD), Herndon, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia; IBM (IBM), Reston, Virginia; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn, Virginia; K Force Government Solutions, Fairfax, Virginia; L3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Virginia; Leidos (LDOS), Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Gaithersburg, Maryland; ManTech/WINS, Fairfax, Virginia; Northrop Grumman (NOC), Chantilly, Virginia; Pragmatics, Reston, Virginia; Raytheon IIS Group (RTN), Dulles, Virginia; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia; Sotera, Herndon, Virginia; SRA International, Fairfax, Virginia; 22nd Century Technologies, McLean, Virginia; AEEC LLC, Reston, Virginia; American Technology Solutions International, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Berico Technologies, Reston, Virginia; The Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; Convergent Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; Criterion Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; DAn Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia; DKW Communications, Washington, District of Columbia; E-Volve Technology Systems, National Harbor, Maryland; Federated IT, Washington, District of Columbia; Intrepid Solutions & Services Inc., Reston, Virginia; The Kenjya Group, Columbia, Maryland; New River Systems, Sterling, Virginia; OCCAM Solutions, McLean, Virginia; QVine Corp., Reston, Virginia; Red Arch Solutions, Columbia, Maryland; Riite, Chantilly, Virginia; Soft Tech Consulting, Chantilly, Virginia; Trusted Mission Solutions, McLean, Virginia; Varen Technologies, Columbia, Maryland; Vykin Corp., Tampa, Florida; Xcelerate Solutions, McLean, Virginia; and Zolon Tech Inc., Herndon, Virginia, were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a combined ceiling value of $6B. The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract supports information technology requirements across the Defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community. Work will be performed worldwide with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2020. The E-SITE contract vehicle was solicited on the basis of full and open competition, and 77 proposals were received. After conducting a thorough evaluation based on the request for proposal criteria, contracts are being awarded to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses. Each company will be awarded a $500 minimum guarantee and additional funding will be obligated on individual task orders with the initial follow-on task order competitions scheduled this summer. The Virginia Contracting Activity, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTACNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:43 EDTIBMMicron deal would likely get U.S. approval, Forbes contributor says
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07:18 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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