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February 22, 2013
12:18 EDTHPQ, AIG, WBMD, ARUN, FIRE, MMSI, FROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, bouncing back from two down days fueled by worries that the Fed may pull back on its easing actions sooner than expected. European markets were helped by a better than expected German business confidence survey, despite some other downbeat data and forecasts, and U.S. markets followed their lead. Also helping the Dow was better than expected earnings from two of its members... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no market moving economic data was reported. In Germany, Federal Statistics Office data confirmed an earlier flash estimate that the nation's GDP shrank 0.6% from the prior quarter in the last three months of 2012. However, the Ifo Institute business confidence reading rose to 107.4 from 104.2 in January, beating expectations for a 105.0 February figure. Also in Europe, the European Commission lowered it forecast for gross domestic product in the 17-nation region, estimating now that GDP will fall 0.3% this year. The EC predicted in November that the region's economy would grow 0.1% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) surged 9% higher and led the Dow Jones Industrial Average after its Q1 results topped estimates on both the top and bottom lines. HP's earnings guidance for the current quarter was also better than expected. Also reporting better than expected results, and seeing its shares rise, was fellow Dow component American International Group (AIG). The insurer's operating earnings were better than forecast and its stock advanced over 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers following their earnings reports were WebMD (WBMD), up 24%, Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 21% and Sourcefire (FIRE), up 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Merit Medical (MMSI), which fell 19% and was downgraded at Raymond James following its quarterly report. Also lower were shares of Frontline (FRO), which declined nearly 14% after the company provided preliminary Q4 earnings, said it expects the following quarter's operating results to be lower and announced it will will not pay a dividend for Q4... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 69.34, or 0.50%, to 13,949.96; the Nasdaq was up 17.80, or 0.57%, to 3,149.29; and the S&P 500 was up 7.59, or 0.51%, to 1,510.01.
News For HPQ;AIG;WBMD;ARUN;FIRE;MMSI;FRO From The Last 14 Days
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October 27, 2014
06:46 EDTWBMDWebMD initiated with an Outperform at Leerink
Target $60.
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
16:06 EDTMMSIMerit Medical reports Q3 adjusted EPS 25c, consensus 16c
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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.
14:09 EDTAIGThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
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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07:46 EDTFROFrontline appoints Robert Hvide Macleod as CEO
The board of Frontline announces that Robert Hvide Macleod has been engaged as the new CEO for Frontline Management AS. Macleod is currently the managing director and owner of Highlander Tankers AS and will join Frontline on November 3. The current CEO of Frontline, Jens Martin Jensen has accepted a position where he will be in charge of the Sale & Purchase, Newbuilding and other maritime related projects of the Group.
06:38 EDTAIGAIG upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded AIG to Buy citing valuation following the recent pullback in shares. Deutsche believes concerns that Starr International could succeed in its trial against the U.S. Government are overblown. It raised its price target for AIG shares to $60 from $59.
October 17, 2014
08:14 EDTAIGAIG unlikely to be forced to indemnify government, says Bernstein
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06:24 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:24 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:21 EDTHPQHP dismisses concerns about drop in global notebook market share, DigiTimes says
HP has dismissed concerns from Taiwan supply chain makers that say the company's global notebook market share may drop significantly following the split, reports DigiTimes. According to makers, HP said it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31M units. Reference Link
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