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July 22, 2014
05:53 EDTHLF, MSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF MSFT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 80, Microsoft (MSFT) 26 according to iVolatility.
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February 26, 2015
16:18 EDTHLFHerbalife sees FY15 currency adjusted adjusted EPS $5.30-$5.70, consensus $5.08
Sees FY15 currency adjusted net sales growth (1%)-2%, consensus $4.8B.
16:17 EDTHLFHerbalife sees Q1 currency adjusted EPS $1.30-$1.40, consensus $1.30
Sees Q1 currency adjusted net sales growth (7.5%)-(4.5%), consensus $1.17B.
16:15 EDTHLFHerbalife sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.10-$4.50, consensus $5.08
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16:14 EDTHLFHerbalife reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.41, consensus $1.22
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $1.16B.
15:30 EDTHLFNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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13:30 EDTHLFEarnings Preview: Herbalife reporting after Soros, Post Holdings increase stakes
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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06:11 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) 64, Herbalife (HLF) 94 according to iVolatility.
February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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05:53 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 24, 2015
13:45 EDTHLFHerbalife February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Herbalife February weekly option implied volatility is at 166, March is at 99, April is at 88, May is at 84; compared to its 26-week average of 65 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 26.
10:48 EDTHLFHerbalife critics seek meetings with Icahn, Soros, NY Post reports
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05:44 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
06:09 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 20, 2015
14:04 EDTHLFHerbalife February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:13 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ARCP
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