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November 27, 2012
16:29 EDTACAD, RAH, THO, MNST, CAG, MMR, HPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower on the day, after a mixed session turned negative for all three major averages following comments from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid said that he was disappointed with the most recent round of negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff and that little progress had been made... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft rose 1.7% in October, versus expectations for a 0.5% decline. Total durable goods orders were unchanged for the month, versus expectations for them to decline 0.7%. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index gained 0.4% in September compared to the prior month. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November, beating expectations and hitting its highest level in almost five years. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for November registered +9, compared to expectations for it to slide to -9. In Europe, the region's finance ministers, the ECB and the IMF reached an aid deal on Greece, which is expected to help the nation reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio to 124% by 2020... COMPANY NEWS: ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to acquire Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) for $90.00 per share, or about $6.8B including the assumption of debt. Shares of Ralcorp shot up $18.57, or 26.44%, to $88.80 following the deal announcement and ConAgra also climbed $1.34, or 4.74%, $29.63 after the news... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), in response to an open letter issued by Autonomy founder Mike Lynch, said it has evidence that Autonomy inflated its financial metrics and would take legal action on the matter when appropriate. Shares of HP traded lower on the session, down 38c, or 2.98%, to $12.36... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) up $6.08, or 13.26%, to $51.96 after Goldman said the FDA's response to Senator Durbin's letter on energy drinks was generally benign and encouraging. Also higher was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up $3.13, or 136.09%, to $5.43 following its report of positive results from a trial of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis, or PDP. Among the noteworthy losers was McMoRan Exploration (MMR), which slid another $1.47, or 15.23%, to $8.18 a day after the company provided an update on its Gulf of Mexico exploration results and indicated ongoing well difficulties. Also lower were shares of Thor Industries (THO), down $5.00, or 11.47%, to $38.60 after a disappointing Q1 report... INDICES: The Dow was down 89.24, or 0.69%, to 12,878.13; the Nasdaq was down 8.99, or 0.30%, to 2,967.79; and the S&P 500 was down 7.35, or 0.52%, to 1,398.94.
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July 30, 2015
08:15 EDTCAGConAgra says removes all BPA from cans across portfolio
ConAgra Foods announced that all of the company’s facilities in the U.S. and Canada have completed the transition to cans without Bisphenol A liners. While ConAgra Foods began canning some food in non-BPA lined cans in 2010, other foods required a different approach, due to their acidity or other characteristics. Extensive research and trials to find safe, long-lasting and economical packaging led the company to Ardagh Group, a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions. Ardagh invested in capacity and capability to meet ConAgra Foods’ needs, and began providing the company non-BPA cans earlier this year. The cans are made in new, state-of-the-art production facilities using advanced technologies that allow for use of different coating systems using polyester or acrylic materials that do not contain BPA. As of July 30, all ConAgra Foods canned foods made in its U.S. and Canadian facilities will be packaged in cans with non-BPA liners. The company does import into the U.S. and Canada a small quantity of canned products with BPA liners and is working with the suppliers of these products to convert to non-BPA liners by early 2016.
05:51 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company’s more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
06:35 EDTCAGTreeHouse, Post join bidding war for ConAgra's Ralcorp, Reuters reports
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July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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12:02 EDTHPQMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
10:40 EDTACADIsis 'most obvious' Biogen takeover target, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
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July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTHPQAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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July 21, 2015
14:24 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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06:19 EDTHPQSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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July 20, 2015
16:11 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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