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February 24, 2014
06:32 EDTIBM, ERIC, ALU, ACN, NOKEricsson after more revenue from network equipment services, Bloomberg says
Ericsson (ERIC) CEO Hans Vestberg, wants his company to be more than a supplier of base stations and antennas, it also wants to partner with firms and run and maintain everything from phone networks to computer systems, while providing consulting and software, reports Bloomberg. The competition is stiff. The nearly $300B that phone carriers spend each year on services attracts rivals Nokia Oyj (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), as well as IIBM (IBM) and Accenture (ACN). Reference Link
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March 26, 2015
07:14 EDTACNAccenture reports Q2 new bookings $9.4B
"Based on our continued momentum and very strong performance in the first half, we are raising our business outlook for revenues for the full fiscal year," said the company.
07:12 EDTACNAccenture sees FY15 adjusted EPS to $4.66-$4.76, consensus $4.75
Accenture now expects GAAP EPS to be $4.61-$4.71, including the positive impact of its increased revenue outlook, offset by negative impact of revised foreign-exchange assumption, as well as negative impact of settlement charge. Company’s previously guided EPS was $4.66-$4.80. Company raises FY15 net revenue growth in local currency 8%-10% from 5%-8%. FY15 outlook now assumes forex impact (8%); previous assumption was (5%). In May, company will record non-cash settlement charge of approximately $60M, pre-tax, as a result of a current offer to former employees to receive a voluntary one-time, lump-sum cash payment from company’s U.S. pension plan. The payment will settle the company’s pension obligations. This settlement charge will reduce company’s fiscal 2015 GAAP EPS by approximately 5c and full-year GAAP operating margin by approximately 20 basis points. Accenture now expects GAAP operating margin for the full fiscal year to be 14.2%-14.4%, compared with previously guided 14.4%-14.6%. Excluding the settlement charge, operating margin for full fiscal year expected to be 14.4%-14.6%, an expansion of 10 to 30 basis points from fiscal 2014. Now expects operating cash flow for fiscal 2015 to be $3.85B to $4.15B, compared with $3.95B to $4.25B previously; continues to expect property and equipment additions to be $450M; and now expects free cash flow to be $3.4B to $3.7B, compared with $3.5B to $3.8B previously. The company continues to expect to return at least $3.8B to its shareholders in fiscal 2015 through dividends and share repurchases. The company continues to expect its annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 26% to 27%. Accenture is now targeting new bookings for fiscal 2015 in the range of $33B to $35B, compared with $34B to $36B previously, reflecting its revised foreign-exchange assumption.
07:06 EDTACNAccenture declares semi-annual cash dividend of $1.02
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07:05 EDTACNAccenture sees Q3 revenue $7.35B-$7.6B, consensus $7.63B
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07:04 EDTACNAccenture reports Q2 EPS $1.08, consensus $1.07
Reports Q2 revenue $7.49B, consensus $7.38B.
March 25, 2015
15:34 EDTACNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:09 EDTIBMU.S. government seen as likely to disprove of IBM deal, WantChinaTimes reports
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09:01 EDTACNAccenture March weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Accenture March weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, April is at 27, May is at 21, August is at 19; below its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 26.
March 23, 2015
16:35 EDTIBMRambus licenses patents and technology solutions to IBM, terms undisclosed
Rambus (RMBS) announced it has signed both patent and technology license agreements with IBM (IBM). The patent license agreement authorizes IBM to integrate Rambus memory controller and serial link interface technologies. The technology license agreement will have Rambus develop and deliver high-performance memory interface design IP to enhance IBM systems and semiconductor offerings. Specific terms of the agreements are confidential.
06:00 EDTIBMAMD's former CEO may join Dell, Re/code reports
According to sources, former AMD (AMD) CEO Rory Read is close to a deal to join Dell, Re/code reports. Read, who also previously worked at Lenovo (LNVGY) and IBM (IBM), could become COO and president for global commercial sales at Dell. An announcement may come as early as today, the sources say. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTERICOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actuant (ATU) downgraded at Stifel... American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Campus Crest (CCG) downgraded at RBC Capital... Care.com (CRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Electrolux AB (ELUXY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Extreme Networks (EXTR) downgraded at Raymond James... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tableau (DATA) downgraded at Mizuho... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Tesoro (TSO) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Ultra Clean (UCTT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vince Holding (VNCE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:05 EDTIBMJefferies Euro offshore IT services analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discusses the market growth in Ofshore IT Services in Continental Europe which is expected to outpace project growth in the U.S., with Cognizant Technology Solutions/EPAM Systems best positioned and IBM/Hewlett Packard disadvantaged on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.
08:47 EDTACNAccenture March weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Accenture March weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, April is at 22, May is at 19, August is at 17; below its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 26.
06:24 EDTERICEricsson downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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March 19, 2015
10:46 EDTIBMChinese firms using IBM technology in server chips, WSJ says
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09:04 EDTIBMIBM invests in Modernizing Medicine
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08:45 EDTIBMHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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08:14 EDTERICWorst case scenario unlikely for Ericsson in Apple lawsuit, says Bernstein
Noting that Apple (AAPL) and Ericsson (ERIC) are involved in patent litigation in which Apple has asked the court to limit Apple's royalty payments to Ericsson to the smallest saleable component containing Ericsson's technology, Bernstein says that Ericsson's IP revenue would be reduced to almost nothing if the court grants Apple's request. However, the firm does not believe that Apple's request has a good legal rationale, and it thinks that the court is "extremely unlikely" to grant it. As a result, the firm is "relaxed" about Ericsson's outlook. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
March 17, 2015
07:18 EDTERICSatellite & Access Intelligence to hold a exhibition
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07:12 EDTIBMDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
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