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December 7, 2012
06:09 EDTBIG, AXAHY, HPQ, AAMRQ, LCCOn 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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July 16, 2014
08:55 EDTHPQBarclays tech hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:05 EDTHPQHP has positive read through from Intel results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest has an upward bias on its estimates for HP (HPQ) following Intel's (INTC) positive comments on the PC market. The firm thinks that HP's stock could jump another 20% if enterprise PC fundamentals continue to improve. It keeps an Outperform rating on HP.
July 15, 2014
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
July 14, 2014
11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
08:49 EDTHPQJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTHPQHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovoís PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovoís shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
18:10 EDTHPQHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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July 8, 2014
06:34 EDTHPQHP shares attractively valued at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of HP are not adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche notes HP's new product introductions are up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm views the stock as attractively valued and reiterates a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
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