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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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08:20 EDTHPQHP says additional 5,000 job cuts 'not linked to separation agreement'
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08:14 EDTHPQHP says Q4 tracking in line with previously provided non-GAAP outlook
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07:33 EDTHPQHP to host conference call
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07:09 EDTHPQBusiness rationale for HP split not very clear, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTHPQHP up 7.8% after announcing separation transaction
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06:58 EDTHPQHP now sees FY15 revenue growth approx. flat y/y in constant currency
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06:53 EDTHPQHP split is smart move, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 free cash flow $6.5B-$7B
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06:46 EDTHPQHP reports 36K employees left as of Q3 as part of restructuring program
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06:42 EDTHPQHP's former Chairman Ralph Whitwork comments on separation
Ralph Whitworth, founder of Relational Investors and former Chairman of HPs board issued the following statement: HP's board and management have made a brilliant value-enhancing move at the perfect time in the turnaround. Today's announcement sets out bold, logical and highly compelling steps that will align the company's assets within more strategically and operationally focused corporate structures. Shareholders will now be able to invest in the respective asset groups without the fear of cross-subsidies and inefficiencies that invariably plague large business conglomerates. At the same time, management can better design strategic plans, incentives and market initiatives to suit the varying growth rates, capital intensity, and market objectives of these more focused and nimble companies. The new companies will be better positioned to address today's light-speed market dynamics and customer needs, and with distinct and compelling financial profiles and strong leadership teams, accelerate growth and shareholder value creation.
06:39 EDTHPQHP intends separation to be tax-free to holders
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06:38 EDTHPQSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:35 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 EPS $3.83-$4.03, consensus $3.95
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06:34 EDTHPQHP backs FY14 EPS view of $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.73
06:33 EDTHPQHP confirms separation into two companies
HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one comprising HP's market-leading enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's market-leading personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. and retain the current logo. Immediately following the transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, HP shareholders will own shares of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. The transaction is intended to be tax-free to HP's shareholders for federal income tax purposes. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will build upon HP's leading position in servers, storage, networking, converged systems, services and software as well as its OpenStack Helion cloud platform. Meg Whitman to be president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise; Pat Russo to be chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise board. Dion Weisler to be president and CEO of HP Inc.; Meg Whitman to be chairman of the HP Inc. board.
06:31 EDTHPQHP confirms separation into two companies
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06:26 EDTHPQHP October volatility elevated, plans to separate into two companies, reports
HP October option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, December is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into reports of plans to separate into two companies.
06:19 EDTHPQHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTHPQHP breakup could drive 40%-90% upside, says Citigroup
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05:29 EDTHPQHP split to be viewed positively by shareholders, says Deutsche Bank
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