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February 20, 2013
05:33 EDTHPQ, ACNAccenture, HP, Morpho consortium selected by EC to maintain EU VIS for $93M
The European Commission Directorate General for Home Affairs has awarded a consortium of Accenture (ACN), Morpho, a company in the Safran group, and HP (HPQ), a contract to maintain the European Visa Information System, or VIS. The contract is for three years with a possible one-year extension to a maximum value of approximately $93M. The project will support the exchange of visa data across border management authorities by ensuring the processing capacity of the system and the availability of high levels of search and matching capabilities required for visa applications. The VIS system went live, on schedule, in October 2011 and has since experienced increased usage by consulates in non-EU countries and external border crossing points of Schengen states.
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February 10, 2016
05:38 EDTACNRSA and Accenture extend BPO agreement for insurance services
RSA has extended its relationship with Accenture, selecting the company as its preferred supplier for insurance business process outsourcing services for an additional six years to 2021. Under the new contract, Accenture will provide RSA UK with back-office administration and customer support services across its sales, service, claims and finance operations, supporting both direct customer and intermediated businesses. Accenture will also identify additional opportunities for standardization, automation and cross-training to help RSA deliver a superior customer-focused operation.
February 8, 2016
07:26 EDTACNThe FDIC and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to hold a conference
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February 3, 2016
11:33 EDTHPQCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
09:18 EDTHPQCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:41 EDTHPQCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
06:48 EDTHPQHP Inc. esimates and price target lowered at Citi
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January 28, 2016
15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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07:14 EDTACNBoston Scientific and Accenture develop digital health solution
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