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December 7, 2012
06:09 EDTHPQ, LCC, AXAHY, AAMRQ, BIGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. officials launched a criminal investigation of a $10M sale of stock by Big Lots (BIG) CEO Steven Fishman before the company announced news that sank its stock, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports...Investors have been buying bonds issued by top-rated companies at a record rate this year, but some of the biggest fund managers warn that dangers are lurking in what were once seen as the safest investments. These managers point to unusual wrinkles suggesting that now could be one of the most dangerous times in decades to lend to investment-grade companies, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Germany's Bundesbank cut its 2013 growth outlook today to 0.4% from 1.6% in June, and now expects the country's economy to barely grow next year, while it pointed to risks of a recession as the euro zone debt crisis takes its toll, Reuters reports...AXA (AXAHY) is considering investing in Sareb, Spain's so-called 'bad bank', CEO Henri de Castries said, a show of private sector support for the entity, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Hewlett-Packardís (HPQ) value has fallen to less than the $31B it spent during a five-year takeover binge, the strongest evidence yet that investors would be better served by disassembling the company, Bloomberg reports...The lawyer for AMR Corp.ís (AAMRQ) unsecured creditors committee warned American Airlines pilots of the risks of rejecting a tentative contract that would allow the carrierís post-bankruptcy plan to be weighed against a merger with US AIrways Group (LCC), sources say, Bloomberg reports.
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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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