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News For BAC;CLF;C;DELL;AMZN;INTC;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural short side risks have increased, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said risks to the short trade in Cliffs Natural have increased. The analyst rates shares an Underperform with a $10 price target but is bullish into next weeks earnings report given the size of cost cutting efforts, that could be worth $300M in EBITDA, and likely to surprise investors. Longer-term, the Credit Suisse remains cautious on shares.
07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
07:52 EDTINTCIntel recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:36 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of New York to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTINTCIntel may face challenges over CPU product line in 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
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06:26 EDTINTCIntel Capital announces investments from China Smart Device Innovation Fund
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06:16 EDTCBNY Mellon's Hong Kong unit to launch wealth management strategy, FT says
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October 21, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
09:37 EDTC, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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08:18 EDTBAC, CBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:52 EDTCCiti purchasea Deutsche energy, metals book, Reuters says
Citigroup (C) acquired Deutsche Bank's (DB) energy and metals book, which is the U.S. company's latest expansion effort in commodities trading as some of its competitors look to exit that sector, according to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:15 EDTINTCIntel may stop providing subsidies for mobile solutions, DigiTimes reports
Intel may stop providing subsidies for mobile device solutions to eliminate loses from the business, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from PC players, however, Intel is likely to continue offering subsidies to some of its larger clients, like Asustek Computer, through different methods in order to maintain orders. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
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