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May 21, 2014
07:08 EDTORCL, MSFT, HPQ, CSCO, IBMCisco CEO predicts 'brutal' consolidation coming at top of IT ranks, BI reports
Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers predicted the environment of rapid change will bring about a "brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry," adding that "only two or three" of the top five companies in the space will "be meaningful" in as soon as five years from now, reported Business Insider. The industry peers Chambers pointed to were IBM (IBM), HP (HPQ), Microsoft (MSFT), and Oracle (ORCL), though he didn't make any forecast about which of those will slip from prominence, according to the report. Reference Link
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April 15, 2015
15:14 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
IBM April weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, May is at 22, June is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 21.
08:43 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at Credit Suisse ahead of the Q1 report
Credit Suisse lowered IBM estimates ahead of the Q1 report on April 20 and reiterated its Underperform rating and $125 price target on the stock. The firm's Q1 estimates for EPS and revenue go to $2.84/$19.8B versus consensus of $2.86/$19.9B and FY15 to $15.59/$85B versus consensus of $15.98/$85.4B. Credit Suisse concerns remain a weak order book and a reduction in industry-wide deal sizes, margin dilution from the cloud despite any revenue growth, less effective restructuring, and internal turmoil and underinvestment.
07:58 EDTHPQTsinghua confirms talks for controlling stake in HP unit in China, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTCSCOEricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
05:10 EDTHPQHP selects Antonio Lucio as Chief Marketing Officer of HP Inc.
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April 14, 2015
11:55 EDTCSCOCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:50 EDTCSCOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:47 EDTHPQHP announces new $190M Medicaid contract in Arkansas
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05:56 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO MAC
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
19:43 EDTHPQHP reaffirms commitment to the public cloud
In a blog post on HP's website, senior VP Bill Hilf said, "In the past week, a quote of mine in the media was interpreted as HP is exiting the public cloud, which is not the case." Reference Link
17:13 EDTIBMIBM Medtronic to partner to improve diabetes care
IBM (IBM) and Medtronic (MDT) announced that they will work together to combine powerful analytics and cognitive computing with diabetes medical devices and health data to develop a new generation of personalized diabetes management solutions. People using Medtronic diabetes solutions could benefit from new solutions developed in collaboration with IBM's newly-formed Watson Health unit.
17:12 EDTIBMIBM acquires Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel
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17:10 EDTIBMIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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12:42 EDTORCLFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
07:31 EDTCSCOHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
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