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July 17, 2014
16:13 EDTHPQ, AAHP appoints Whitman Chairman, Alcoa's Kleinfeld joins board
HP (HPQ)announced that Meg Whitman, HP president and CEO, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors, and current director Pat Russo has been appointed lead independent director. Additionally, Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive and chairman of Alcoa (AA), has been appointed to the board, bringing the total number of board members to 12. Whitman has been president and chief executive officer of HP since September 2011 and a member of the board since January 2011. Russo has been a director since 2011. She leads the HR and Compensation Committee and is a member of the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. "I'm extremely pleased that the board has elected Meg its chairman and Pat lead independent director," said Ralph Whitworth, departing chairman of HP's board. "Meg and Pat are unwavering in their commitment to the corporate governance, capital allocation and management incentive principles that drove our decisions these past three years. They will stick to and strengthen the critical practices and disciplines we've put in place. HP is in great hands." "Meg has been an outstanding leader since coming to HP, and we believe that as chairman she can most effectively drive the turnaround and continue to build value for our shareholders," said Gary Reiner, chairman of the Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. Reiner added, "Throughout Pat's three years on the board, her deep operational and technology experience and her commitment to governance best practice have proved invaluable. She was the obvious choice to step in as lead independent director."
News For HPQ;AA From The Last 14 Days
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October 28, 2014
09:20 EDTAAAlcoa to host investor day
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded $116M contract extension by CDCR
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07:20 EDTHPQTechAmerica Foundation to hold a conference
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06:25 EDTHPQLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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05:57 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; SLB HPQ
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Alcoa to Buy citing the turnaround in the company's upstream Primary smelting business following the company's Q3 results. Deutsche raised its price target for shares to $20 from $16. The stock closed Friday up 31c to $16.55.
October 24, 2014
16:25 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, WSJ reports
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16:08 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, DJ reports
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10:09 EDTHPQHP calls amid speculation Icahn has taken a stake
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09:48 EDTHPQRumor: HP moves up amid spculation Icahn has taken a stake
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October 23, 2014
16:16 EDTAAAlcoa to sell ownership stake in Mt. Holly Smelter to Century Aluminum
Alcoa (AA) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company (CENX) for $67.5M in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3% by Alcoa and 49.7% by Century. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. Based on current estimates, the transaction will not result in a significant gain or loss to Alcoa.
16:09 EDTAACentury Aluminum to acquire full ownership of Mt. Holly Smelter for $67.5M
Century Aluminum Company (CENX) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alcoa's (AA) 50.3% stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter. Mt. Holly, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, employs approximately 600 people and has an annual production capacity of 229,000 metric tons of primary aluminum. Following the closing of the transaction, Century will own 100% of Mt. Holly. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Century will acquire Alumax of South Carolina, a subsidiary of Alcoa and owner of Alcoa's 50.3% interest in Mt. Holly, for $67.5M in cash less certain amounts owed by Alumax to Mt. Holly and subject to working capital and other similar adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
October 22, 2014
13:11 EDTHPQFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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09:15 EDTHPQEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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October 21, 2014
14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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