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November 29, 2012
10:00 EDTWDC, ARUN, ULTI, OAS, WX, VAL, VMW, TXN, NTAP, RPM, MXIM, LNCO, JAZZ, EMC, CHTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at UBS... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at CLSA... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with a Buy at UBS... LinnCo (LNCO) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with an Underperform at CLSA... RPM (RPM) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Reduce at SunTrust... VMware (VMW) initiated with a Buy at CLSA... Valspar (VAL) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... WuXi PharmaTech (WX) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Ultimate Software (ULTI) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Hold at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
News For CHTR;EMC;JAZZ;LNCO;MXIM;RPM;NTAP;TXN;VMW;VAL;WX;OAS;ULTI;ARUN;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2014
09:53 EDTVMW, EMCHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTEMCHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTEMCHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:20 EDTRPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:55 EDTVMW, EMCEMC rises after VMware separation urged by Elliott Management
Shares of EMC Corp. (EMC) are higher in pre-market trading after investor Elliott Management, affiliates of which collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC, sent a letter to the company's board detailing the firm's recommendations, including a separation of VMware (VMW) from Core EMC. Shares of EMC are up about 1% to $28.39 following Elliott's public disclosure of its letter to the company's board.
08:54 EDTEMC, VMWElliott Management urges separation of VMware from EMC
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08:31 EDTEMCElliott Management sends letter to EMC board
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08:08 EDTVMWVMware should be bought ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
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07:59 EDTRPMRPM comments on SPHC plan of reorganization
On September 26, 2014, SPHC filed its plan of reorganization in Delaware Bankruptcy Court. The plan memorializes the settlement in principle reached with representatives of current and future asbestos claimants. As previously reported, a trust will be established to resolve all current and future Bondex asbestos claims, an injunction will be issued by the court that will permanently protect SPHC, RPM International Inc., their affiliates, and other parties from current and future asbestos claims, and SPHC will emerge from bankruptcy and will be reconsolidated with RPM. RPM currently anticipates that the plan's effective date and the reconsolidation of SPHC's financial results will occur in RPM's fiscal 2015 third quarter, but the actual timeline could change based on a variety of factors beyond the control of SPHC and RPM. The impact of the completion of this transaction on RPM's 2015 fiscal year will be dependent on specific timing and related transaction costs. On an annualized basis, SPHC has revenues of approximately $400M. CEO Frank Sullivan said, "We look forward to plan confirmation for SPHC and its emergence from bankruptcy. While the amounts required to fund a 524g trust are substantial from a financial perspective, this transaction will be good for RPM shareholders, both in terms of our ongoing operations and as a process which will bring finality to the Bondex asbestos liability."
07:57 EDTRPMRPM sees FY16 EPS $2.70-$2.90, consensus $2.74
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07:34 EDTRPMRPM backs FY15 EPS $2.38-$2.42, consensus $2.42
Backs FY14 consolidated sales up 6%-8%, consensus $4.65B; Backs FY15 industrial sales up 6%-8%; Backs FY15 consumer sales up 5%-7%.
07:33 EDTRPMRPM expects FY15 quarterly results to follow different pattern from FY14
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07:31 EDTRPMRPM reports Q1 EPS 73c, consensus 79c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.20B, consensus $1.23B
October 7, 2014
15:16 EDTRPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:09 EDTEMCHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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07:03 EDTEMCEMC valuation of $39 per share achievable, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital valued each of EMC's business lines separately following recent spin-offs in the tech space and concluded that fair valuation of $39 per share is achievable. RBC believes shares are positioned to break out of a long held trading range and that now is an appropriate time for the company to look at strategic alternatives with CEO Joe Tucci retiring in February 2015. The firm has an Outperform rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
06:52 EDTARUNAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTEMCHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:39 EDTEMCHP price target raised to $39 from $34.50 at Cantor
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06:38 EDTEMCSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
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