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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.
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06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
July 14, 2014
11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
10:00 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:05 EDTARUNAruba Networks upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
July 11, 2014
14:15 EDTARUNRuckus, Aruba advance after FCC approves new school WiFi program
Shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) and Aruba Networks (ARUN) are rising after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Ruckus and Aruba provide products used for WiFi networks. WHAT'S NEW: The FCC said it would allocate $2B over the next two years to subsidize the launch of WiFi connections at schools and libraries. For the following three years, the agency said it would look to spend $1B annually on the project. The FCC said the funds would be "distributed fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nationís rural and poorest school districts." PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ruckus surged 5.5% to $11.62 and Aruba advanced 4.6% to $17.04.
08:49 EDTHPQJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTHPQHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovoís PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovoís shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
18:10 EDTHPQHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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09:31 EDTMMSIMerit Medical gets Chinese approval for tracheobronchial stent systems
Merit Medical Systems announced that it has received approval from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration to market Merit's Aero Tracheobronchial Stent System. The approval is for a period of five years and includes the "over-the-wire" system as well as the "direct visualization" system. The approval covers 33 catalog items. The product licenses are owned and maintained by Merit and will be distributed by a select group of dealers with support from Merit's marketing and clinical group, the company said.
06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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July 8, 2014
08:46 EDTARUNAruba Networks price target lowered to $23 from $28 at RBC Capital
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08:07 EDTWBMDWebMD management to meet with SunTrust
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06:34 EDTHPQHP shares attractively valued at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of HP are not adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche notes HP's new product introductions are up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm views the stock as attractively valued and reiterates a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
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