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March 2, 2015
17:57 EDTHPQHP says Aruba Networks deal has $90M termination fee
The Merger Agreement contains specified termination rights for HP (HPQ) and Aruba (ARUN), including in the event that the Merger is not consummated by February 28, 2016. Aruba will be required to pay HP a $90M termination fee in the event that the Merger Agreement is terminated by HP following a change of recommendation by Arubaís board of directors or if Aruba terminates the Merger Agreement to enter into an agreement with respect to a proposal from a third party that is superior to HPís, in each case, as is more particularly described in the Merger Agreement. Under certain additional circumstances described in the Merger Agreement, Aruba will also be required to pay HP a termination fee of $90M if the Merger Agreement is terminated and, within twelve months following such termination, Aruba enters into an agreement for a business combination transaction of the type described in the relevant provisions of the Merger Agreement, or such a transaction is consummated.
17:08 EDTBACOverstock.com market-riggin case to proceed
Overstock.com (OSTK) announces that due to the California Supreme Court's decision last week not to review a lower appellate court ruling, relevant discovery materials gained in its long-fought battle with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) will be released to the public, and it will be proceeding to trial against Merrill Lynch. In a suit filed in 2007, Overstock.com alleged certain brokerages engaged in illegal market manipulation in a deliberate effort to manipulate Overstock.com's share prices. Over many years and millions of dollars of discovery generating millions of documents, it fashioned its case against some of the premier brokerages on Wall Street. As was previously disclosed in a filing with the SEC in December 2010, Overstock.com entered into a settlement with certain other defendants in the aggregate amount of $4.44M, the terms of which are confidential. In January 2012, a California trial court decided that relevant portions of the voluminous discovery records regarding Goldman and Merrill should be made public, but dismissed the case on narrow, technical grounds. Last week's decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the appellate court ruling means that the process for public release of information gathered through the discovery process may now proceed, and also the trial against Merrill Lynch. Overstock SVP and General Counsel Mark Griffin added, "It is unfortunate the Court has decided that, despite the substantial evidence against Goldman Sachs, due to jurisdictional grounds they cannot be made to account for it in a California courtroom. Overstock looks forward to making that evidence available to the public for review, and we can't wait to get Merrill Lynch in front of a jury, and let them decide what to do about these manipulative stock market abuses."
16:02 EDTC, BAC, AMZNOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
11:24 EDTCCiti CFO sees Q1 fixed-income, equity markets revenue declining, Reuters says
Citi CFO John Gerspach sees revenue from fixed-income and equity markets declining by mid-to-high single-digits in Q1 y/y due to the Swiss currency reevaluation and a "slow start" in spread products, reports Reuters, citing an investor conference. Reference Link
10:02 EDTCSantander names Scott Powell CEO of Santander Holdings USA
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09:54 EDTHPQHP has areas of need more pressing than networking, says Cantor
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09:23 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill U.S. metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:14 EDTINTCApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:06 EDTINTCIntel announces Deutsche Telekom to use True Key mobile security system
Intel (INTC) Security announced that it has joined forces with Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) in a new carrier deal which will bring its True Key password and identity management solution to the European market. The True Key application works on phones, tablets and computers to log consumers into their apps and online accounts, without having to type or remember multiple passwords, instead using multiple factors such as facial features, fingerprints or a trusted device. True Key is currently available through a limited release and will be generally available later in the year.
08:37 EDTHPQAruba Networks volatility elevated into HP acquiring for $3B
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08:36 EDTHPQHP confirms deal to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share
HP (HPQ) confirmed it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Aruba Networks (ARUN), a provider of network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3B, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7B. HP and Aruba believe that by combining complementary product portfolios and go-to-market approaches they will be able to accelerate revenue growth and strengthen the financial performance of the combined HP Networking business, and create a leading competitor in the $18 billion and growing campus networking sector. Overall, HP expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the first full year following close. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of HP's fiscal year 2015. Bloomberg first reported on February 25 that Aruba Networks was in talks to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Craig-Hallum said after Bloomberg's report that Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) would remain a likely takeout target if HP acquired its competitor Aruba. Aruba Network shares are down 2% in pre-market trading after the deal was confirmed, while Ruckus shares are fractionally higher.
08:34 EDTHPQHP sees Aruba Networks acquisition accretive to earnings in first full year
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08:32 EDTHPQHP to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash
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08:31 EDTHPQHP to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash
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08:11 EDTCCapital One slips after Costco enters co-brand card pact with Visa, Citi
Shares of Capital One (COF) are slipping in pre-market trading after Costco Wholesale (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi (C) and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). The Fly notes that on February 12 American Express (AXP) announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco are set to end on March 31, 2016. On October 1 of last year, MasterCard Canada (MA) entered into an agreement with Costco Canada to open credit card acceptance to MasterCard cardholders. In addition, Capital One rolled out a new cobranded MasterCard credit card with Costco Canada at that time, which may have led some to speculate that Capital One and MasterCard could have the inside track for a U.S. deal with Costco. In pre-market trading, Capital One shares slid 0.56% to $78.27 and MasterCard shares slipped fractionally lower to $90.
08:06 EDTCCostco enters long-term co-brand credit card agreement with Citi, Visa
Costco Wholesale (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi (C) and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). The implementation of these agreements is subject to the purchase of the existing co-brand credit card portfolio by Citi. Under the terms of the agreements, Citi, the world's largest issuer of consumer credit cards, would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. Once issued, Costco's co-brand Visa credit card would provide generous rewards to Costco members, serve as the Costco membership card, and would be accepted at Costco locations in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as all merchants worldwide that accept Visa credit cards. Costco will provide its members with additional information in the coming months regarding the anticipated transition from its existing co-brand credit card program.
08:06 EDTCCostco enters long-term co-brand credit card agreement with Citi, Visa
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07:50 EDTCCitigroup volatility elevated into stress test results
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07:08 EDTINTCCiti says channel checks negative for Altera, Intel, Xilinx
Citigroup says its channel checks indicate Altera's (ALTR) 14nm tapeout at Intel (INTC) has been pushed out again from Q2 to the second half of the year. Its checks also show that Altera has been "very aggressive" in pricing to gain back market share in Asia. Citi sees the two issues as negative for Altera, Intel and Xilinx (XLNX), and positive for TSMC (TSM) and Samsung.
06:16 EDTCCiti CEO, CFO may be pressured to leave if bank fails stress test, FT says
Citi is preparing for the results of the Federal Reserve's capital distribution stress test and if the bank were to fail, CEO Mike Corbat, CFO John Gerspach, and head of risk Brian Leach will be pressured by investors to step down, reports the Financial Times, citing two anonymous Citi executives. Reference Link
05:56 EDTINTCWind River announces collaboration with China Mobile
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05:51 EDTINTCIntel Security selected by Samsung for Galaxy S6 smartphones
Intel Security announced that Samsung will be providing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone users with a security solution to help keep them safe from a growing number of mobile threats. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be pre-installed with VirusScan Mobile technology. With this agreement, customersí Galaxy S6 devices will be protected by anti-malware technology that provides users with a more secure online mobile experience.
February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTHPQStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
16:19 EDTBACBank of America files mixed securities shelf
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16:06 EDTBAC, COptions Update; February 27, 2015
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10:45 EDTC, BACBank of America falls after analyst warns of potential Fed test failure
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09:58 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 500.com (WBAI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Akorn (AKRX) downgraded to Hold after share rally at Needham... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KLR Group... CA Technologies (CA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... CONE Midstream (CNNX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crane (CR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EnerNOC (ENOC) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Mavenir Systems (MVNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... NTELOS (NTLS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Ocwen (OCN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... Pegasystems (PEGA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merriman... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Potbelly (PBPB) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Safe Bulkers (SB) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Sarepta (SRPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Spirit Realty (SRC) downgraded at RBC Capital... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... WCI Communities (WCIC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
09:42 EDTBACBank of America falls as Chief Accounting Officer, two directors, step down
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09:35 EDTAMZN, BACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MCD GOOG MNST BAC TSLA NFLX SINA AMZN WYNN
08:37 EDTCCiti likely to return 44% of 2015 earnings to shareholders, says Bernstein
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07:17 EDTBACUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business to hold a forum
U.S. Monetary Policy Forum is being held in New York on February 27.
06:32 EDTBACBank of America Chief Accounting Officer, two directors to step down
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06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch begins broadcasting online poker, WSJ says
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05:50 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brennan Hawken downgraded Bank of America to Neutral from Buy saying disclosures in the bank's recent annual filing raise the risk of a qualitative failure this year. Hawken believes that even with yesterday's 2.7% pullback, shares of Bank of America are not fully pricing in the risk of a qualified failure in the Federal Reserve's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. The analyst writes that even if BofA passes the CCAR, the Fed's annual exercise to assess whether the largest banks have sufficient capital, its regulatory capital ratios are well below peers, which could drive lower capital returns. Hawken cut his price target on the banking giant to $16 from $20. Shares of Bank of America closed yesterday down 45c to $16.04.
February 26, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; February 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 27.78. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR C ZNGA MCD RIG NFLX according to Track Data.
15:02 EDTC, BACFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:01 EDTC, BACBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
11:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hires Jay Carney for corporate affairs position, Politico says
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has accepted the position of SVP for Worldwide Corporate Affairs at Amazon, says Politico. Reference Link
11:03 EDTINTCSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
10:50 EDTC, BACNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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10:20 EDTHPQRuckus Wireless will be in play if HP acquires Aruba, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum said Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) remains a likely takeout target following reports Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) may acquire competitor Aruba Networks (ARUN). Analyst Tony Stoss said if Hewlett is looking at Aruba, it should absolutely look at Buy rated Ruckus, which would also pressure Cisco (CSCO) to take a hard look at the company. Stoss says Ruckus has superior technology and exposure to the high growth service provider market with numerous catalysts ahead to drive shares higher.
09:18 EDTHPQAruba Networks could be acquired for $28 per share, says SunTrust
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07:17 EDTHPQAruba would seek takeover price of $23-$27 per share, says JMP Securities
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06:30 EDTINTCARM Holdings looking to expand to Internet of Things, servers, WSJ reports
ARM Holdings (ARMH) is trying to break into the nascent Internet of Things market and the server segment, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the server market, ARM is looking to take share from Intel (INTC), the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:26 EDTINTCCiti sees downside risk to consensus estimates for Intel
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February 25, 2015
17:36 EDTCCiti discloses money laundering inquiries, says fully cooperating
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16:38 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages had a relatively quiet open and remained in a tight range for most of the session. The market moved to the high end of its range by mid-afternoon, which pushed the Dow and S&P to new highs and the Nasdaq ever closer to its 5,000 level. There was little momentum behind the move and the averages eventually faded, closing nearly unchanged for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales slipped 0.2% to a 481K annual pace in January, which was better than the expected 2.3% decline to a 471K rate. The DOE petroleum inventory report showed crude stockpiles grew by 8.4M barrels in the week of February 20, versus expectations for a 4M barrel increase. In China, HSBC and Markit's flash purchasing managers' index for February came in at 50.1, which was above the consensus outlook of 49.7 and represented a four month high. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) dropped $3.82, or 9.92%, to $34.67 after the PC, printer and server maker reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cut its FY15 EPS view and free cash flow outlook, citing separation costs and foreign exchange headwinds. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. Later in the day, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that HP is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), sending shares of the WiFi equipment maker up $3.86, or 21.0%, to $22.24. Shares of Aruba competitor Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) also gained 66c, or 5.89%, to $11.86 after Bloomberg's report on potential M&A in their space... Chesapeake Energy (CHK) slid $1.90, or 9.56%, to $17.98 after reporting worse than expected earnings amid the recent plunge in energy prices and announcing lower capital spending plans for 2015. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Benefitfocus (BNFT), which jumped $10.85, or 47.24%, to $33.82 after reporting Q4 earnings and disclosing that Marsh & McLennan (MMC) subsidiary Mercer took a 9.9% stake in the company. Also higher was SFX Entertainment (SFXE), which gained $1.09, or 29.46%, to $4.79 after the companyís Chairman and CEO, Robert Sillerman, offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. SFX Entertainment confirmed that it received the proposal and established a special committee to review and negotiate the nonbinding offer. Among the noteworthy losers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which plunged $18.15, or 26.39%, to $50.63 after reporting Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations, warning on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light, and disclosing in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Republic Airways (RJET), which fell $2.17, or 14.49%, to $12.81, and LendingClub (LC), which dropped $3.14, or 13.28%, to $20.51. INDEXES: The Dow added 15.38, or 0.08%, to 18,224.57, the Nasdaq slipped 0.98, or 0.02%, to 4,967.14, and the S&P 500 dropped 1.62, or 0.08%, to 2,113.86.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:40 EDTHPQAruba Networks a strong takeout candidate, says Northland
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15:07 EDTHPQAruba Networks in talks to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
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15:04 EDTHPQAruba Networks jumps 10.5%, halted after report on HP takeover talks
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15:03 EDTHPQAruba Networks in talks to be bought by Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg says
12:31 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:34 EDTHPQ, INTCHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTINTCCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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09:08 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTHPQIntralinks enters stategic technology partnership with Hewlett-Packard
Intralinks (IL)has entered into a strategic technology and go-to-market partnership agreement with HP (HPQ). Intralinks has joined the HP PartnerOne for Service Provider program and will leverage HP solutions and services to support Intralinks' global data centers. The company is building its application architecture for secure content collaboration on HP Helion OpenStack technology.
08:38 EDTHPQHP should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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07:43 EDTHPQHP pullback would be a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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07:27 EDTINTC, HPQThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
06:37 EDTHPQHP hints at additional layoffs following completion of 2012 restruturing plan
On its Q1 earnings conference call, Hewlett Packard said it is nearing the completion of its 2012 restructuring plan. Says about 2,800 people exited the company in Q1, making the total reduction to date approximately 44,000. The company said it is on track to complete the existing program, with a total of 55,000 people expected to exit by end of FY15. However, the company said it "anticipates incremental opportunities for operational improvements identified through the separation process."
06:27 EDTHPQHP pullback brings attractive entry point, says Citigroup
Citigroup says HP's entire 8% earnings guidance reduction was due to currency moves and that most of the $3B free cash flow reduction was a result of one-time separation-related costs. Citi believes most of HP's operating segments "continue to perform well or at least make progress." The firm views the near-term pull back in shares as an attractive entry point for those looking to own the stock for the break-up. It dropped its price target for HP shares to $45 from $46 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of the computer maker traded down 7%, or $2.70, to $35.79 in after-hours trading last night after the company reported Q1 results.
06:01 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTAMZNReport: Amazon reduces tablet orders to Compal, Quanta by 30%, DigiTimes says
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February 24, 2015
18:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:45 EDTHPQHP lowers FY15 free cash flow view to $3.5B-$4B from prior view $6.5B-$7B
17:35 EDTHPQHP trades lower in after hours, now down almost 8%
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17:34 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 free cash flow $3.5B-$4B
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16:11 EDTHPQHP lower by over 4% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:10 EDTHPQHP personal systems revenue for Q1 was flat
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16:08 EDTHPQHP sees Q2 EPS 84c-88cc, consensus 96c
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16:08 EDTHPQHP lowers FY15 EPS view to $3.53-$3.73 from $3.83.-$4.03, consensus $3.95
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16:06 EDTCOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q1 EPS 92c, consensus 91c
Reports Q1 revenue $26.8B, consensus $27.34B.
15:21 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:43 EDTBACBofA head of Americas equitites leaving company, Bloomberg reports
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13:46 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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13:35 EDTHPQHP February weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q1
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12:47 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: HP reports with break-up inching closer
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions. In October of last year, HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies: one comprising HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $27.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 88c-95c on revenue of $27.01B-$27.92B. With its last earnings report, the company said it expects Q1 EPS of 89c-93c. HP has an FY15 EPS forecast of $3.83-$4.03, compared to a consensus estimate of $3.96. LAST QUARTER: On November 25, HP reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate, on revenue of $28.4B, against a consensus estimate of $28.76B. HP said its Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% from the prior year period, with total units up 5%, including Desktops units being down 2% and Notebooks units being up 8%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 4% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue down 2%, Storage revenue down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 29%, Networking revenue up 2% and Technology Services revenue down 3%. NEWS: On the day after HP's Q4 report, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview on CNBC that the company will have a moratorium on acquisitions during 2015 as it readies for its split. Whitman also noted that the newly formed companies will have a supply chain agreement to ensure they do not lose leverage after their split. In mid January, research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. Late last month, HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success" and announced Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be headed by Meg Whitman as President and CEO and that HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO. STREET RESEARCH: On December 17, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva contended that sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017. The firm identified HP as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. Suva raised his price target on HP shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Also at that time, Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. On January 13, Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing increased competition and the fact that a number of companies are buying integrated IT stacks and buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products. More recently, Wells Fargo said it believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand. The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that investors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of HP are up almost 2%. Near midday ahead of Tuesday's report, the stock was down fractionally near $38 per share.
12:12 EDTBACBank of America head of equities for America leaving bank, Bloomberg says
07:21 EDTBAC, CSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTHPQTwo reshuffles in HP's cloud computing unit, Gigaom says
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06:36 EDTHPQHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTC, AMZNOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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11:35 EDTAMZNAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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10:31 EDTAMZNEPIX announces extension to Prime Instant Video agreement
EPIX announced that it has extended its agreement with Amazon to license thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs for Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and delivers new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, Rocky and more.
09:59 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
HP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
08:46 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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07:40 EDTHPQHP Q1 results could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that ivnestors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:40 EDTCLFBMO Capital to hold a conference
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February 20, 2015
16:20 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory with time running out for Greece to reach an extension of its bailout agreement. The morning was filled with headlines from both Greek and eurozone finance leaders, many of which indicated that prospects for a deal looked grim. When reports surfaced that an agreement on an extension had been reached the Dow took off and hit its first new high of 2015. The S&P 500 followed to its own new high and the Nasdaq continued to close in on the 5,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February, versus the consensus forecast for a preliminary reading of 53.6 for the month. In Europe, the Eurogroup and Greece reached a tentative deal for an extension of the current EFSF Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for up to four months. The deal is predicated on Greek authorities presenting a first list of reform measures, based on the current arrangement, by the end of Monday. Also, the Eurozone flash composite PMI came in at 53.5, versus expectations for a reading of 53. The services PMI was better than expected, while the manufacturing PMI was lower than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Deere reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.12 and revenue of $6.38B, which beat consensus forecasts of 84c and $5.59B, respectively. However, Deere said company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 17% for fiscal 2015 and now sees net income to be about $1.8B, which is down from the company's prior net income outlook of $1.9B. Analysts at Wells Fargo calculate that the implied EPS guidance from Deere dropped to $5.25 from $5.50. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to Deere's report was $5.51. Shares of the farm, construction and forestry equipment maker rose 72c, or 0.79%, to $92.43 following this morning's report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was National Bank of Greece (NBG), whose shares trading in New York jumped 35c, or 21.74%, to $1.96 after the Greek aid extension deal was negotiated. Also higher was Springleaf (LEAF), which gained $4.40, or 12.88%, to $38.57 after Reuters reported that the company has beaten out rival bidders and is in advanced talks to buy consumer finance unit OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for more than $4B. Two stock that dropped after their earnings reports prompted multiple analyst downgrades were Noodles & Company (NDLS), which plunged $8.84, or 31.87%, to $18.90, and Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which fell $3.95, or 26.74%, to $10.82. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.67, or 0.86%, to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27, or 0.63%, to 4,955.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 12.85, or 0.61%, to 2,110.30.
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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15:05 EDTCSpringleaf in lead to buy OneMain for over $4B, Reuters says
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14:18 EDTCSpringleaf in advanced talks to buy OneMain from Citi for over $4B, Reuter says
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10:47 EDTCNY AG says Santander Bank to adopt new policies regarding use of ChexSystems
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Santander Bank, N.A. (SAN) has agreed to adopt new policies governing its use of ChexSystems, a consumer-reporting agency that screens people seeking to open checking or savings accounts. Santanderís new policies are expected to allow thousands of additional New Yorkers and consumers nationwide to open bank accounts by September 30. The change comes amid concerns that screenings by ChexSystems and other consumer-reporting agencies, which are used by most of the nationís banks, adversely affect lower-income applicants and force them to turn to high-cost alternative financial services like check-cashing outlets. With this agreement, Santander now joins Capital One (COF) and Citibank (C) as the third bank to commit to overhaul its use of ChexSystems. The three banks operate a combined 613 branches across New York State and 2,822 branches nationwide.
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTCCiti confirms retirement of global consumer banking head Manuel Medina-Mora
In a filing, Citigroup said that on February 18, Manuel Medina-Mora, Citiís Co-President and CEO, Global Consumer Banking, submitted a notice of retirement to Citi. The effective date of the retirement is June 1.
08:43 EDTCCiti's head of consumer banking set to retire in June, WSJ reports
Citigroup co-president and head of consumer banking, Manuel Medina-Mora, is planning to retire in June, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing memos sent by Medina-Mora and Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat. Medina-Mora is expected to stay with the bank as the non-executive chairman of Banamex. Citigroup plans to name a new head of the consumer bank "in the near future." Reference Link
07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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07:10 EDTAMZNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon expands two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Re/code says
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February 19, 2015
10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon advances after Munster says margin could jump
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08:45 EDTHPQHP launches open network switches for web scale cloud data centers
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07:17 EDTAMZNMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
06:47 EDTC, BACReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $475 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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February 18, 2015
10:02 EDTHPQe.Digital Corporation files patent infringement lawsuits against HP, others
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09:37 EDTCOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series
Amazon announced it has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, which is based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel; an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; along with kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
08:43 EDTAMZNIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
08:11 EDTCCiti announces $100b, 10-year commitment to finance sustainable growth
Citi announced a landmark commitment to lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100B within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. Citiís previous $50B goal was announced in 2007 and was met three years early in 2013. With this $100B initiative, Citi will build on its leadership in renewable energy and energy efficiency financing to engage with clients to identify opportunities to finance greenhouse gas reductions and resource efficiency in other sectors, such as sustainable transportation.
07:21 EDTBAC, CJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural finalizes energy agreement with We Energies in U.P. of Michigan
Cliffs Natural (CLF) has finalized an interim power agreement with Wisconsin Energy's (WEC) utility energy segment We Energies for its Michigan operations. The company stated that this is "one key step in a series of contemplated short and long-term agreements that are essential to the viability of its iron ore mines in the Upper Peninsula".
06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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February 17, 2015
17:02 EDTINTCSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:00 EDTC, AMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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14:01 EDTCCiti reports January credit loss 2.30% vs. 2.79% last month
Reports January delinquencies 1.61% vs. 1.56% last month.
10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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09:40 EDTC, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTINTCDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
08:04 EDTCWuXi PharmaTech enters into loan agreement with consortium led by Citi
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07:22 EDTINTCMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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06:39 EDTCBanks settle claims related to mortgage securities, Reuters says
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel to delay launch of 14nm Skylake desktop CPUs, DigiTimes reports
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