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April 10, 2013
10:00 EDTAIZ, AGU, SI, GEO, AEO, PSDV, BIDU, PSUN, ABC, GBX, FITB, STWD, IBM, CYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CYS Investments (CYS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Geo Group (GEO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... IBM (IBM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Siemens (SI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Starwood Property (STWD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agrium (AGU) upgraded to Buy from Speculative Buy at TD Securities... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at 86 Research... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Assurant (AIZ) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... pSivida (PSDV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Greenbrier (GBX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc.
News For AEO;CYS;ABC;GEO;IBM;PSUN;SI;STWD;BIDU;AGU;FITB;PSDV;AIZ;GBX From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
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 EDTFITBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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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.
08:26 EDTAGUAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
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
16:28 EDTAGUMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).
January 16, 2015
11:02 EDTBIDUBofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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