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November 21, 2012
09:59 EDTAMX, EXXI, HRL, EV, STJ, HPQ, CBSH, FANG, NRGM, HTWROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: America Movil (AMX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... HeartWare (HTWR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho... Hormel Foods (HRL) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Inergy Midstream (NRGM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... St. Jude Medical (STJ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.... Energy XXI (EXXI) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Diamondback Energy (FANG) intiated with an Add at Capital One.
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June 30, 2015
13:42 EDTEXXICorEnergy completes GIGS acquisition, board confirms dividend raise
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10:59 EDTEXXICorEnergy could be worth $13 per share, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views CorEnergy's (CORR) recently announced plans to buy the Grand Isle Gathering System from Energy XXI (EXXI) as a net positive, but also a deal that carries risks due to the financial health of the seller. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on CorEnergy and raised its price target range on the stock to $9-$11, but added that it believes the stock could be worth $13 per share if Energy XXI's financial position improves and the visibility of future payments increases.
08:33 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical announces launch of ILUMIEN III clinical trial
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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 EDTHPQGartner: 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
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 EDTHPQNotebook 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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June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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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
June 22, 2015
19:00 EDTEXXIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:25 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI monetization of GIGS takes current liquidity to nearly $1B
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16:19 EDTEXXICorEnergy to acquire GIGS from Energy XX for $245M in cash
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07:05 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI reaches agreement with BOEM on supplemental bonding
Energy XXI announced that after several constructive meetings and exchanges of information, Energy XXI has reached an agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, with regard to supplemental bonding requirements for the company and its subsidiaries. Energy XXI has provided $150M of supplemental bonding, bringing the company's total supplemental bonding to $319M at an annual premium expense of $4.8M, with approximately $10M collateral posted. In addition, the company maintains $226M in Letters of Credit to third parties on additional assets in the Gulf of Mexico. The BOEM has agreed to withdraw its orders with regard to supplemental bonding upon dismissal of the appeals filed by Energy XXI with the Interior Board of Land Appeals, and postponed until November 15 the issuance of any further requirements for financial assurance with respect to activities on existing properties of Energy XXI and its subsidiaries. In addition to the consideration provided under the agreement, during the interim period, Energy XXI and its subsidiaries continue to cooperate with and engage in constructive discussions with the BOEM and its sister agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, with regard to decommissioning and financial assurance matters.
June 19, 2015
16:57 EDTHTWRFDA updates recall for HeartWare VAS
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13:40 EDTHRLHormel Foods management to meet with Stephens
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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.
June 18, 2015
15:05 EDTHPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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