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November 26, 2014
16:14 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The market opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the day. There was little reaction to the host of economic reports that were released during the day as many investors prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday and tried to stay clear of the first winter storm of the season. The volume remained light as it has been all week as investors look toward Black Friday and its effect on the retail industry. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 313K last week from the prior week's 291K first-time claims. Expectations were for claims to fall to 288K. Consumer spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% from the prior month in October, versus the forecast for a 0.3% rise. Personal income increased 0.2%, which also undershot the 0.4% increase that was expected. Durable goods orders rose 0.4% in October from a month earlier, beating expectations for overall orders to fall 0.5%. However, the rise largely reflected a surge in demand for defense aircraft and excluding transportation, orders fell 0.9%, which was the biggest drop since December 2013. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index fell 1.1% to 104.1 in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.5%. New home sales rose 0.7% to a 458K rate in October, which was bit below the 0.8% increase that was forecast. The University of Michigan consumer confidence final reading for November came in at 88.8, which was not quite as good as the preliminary reading of 89.4 but was up compared to October's 86.9 final figure. In Europe, European Central Bank VP Vitor Constancio said the central bank "will have to consider" buying other assets, including sovereign bonds in the secondary market, early next year if it decides that more aggressive stimulus measures are needed. COMPANY NEWS: Deere (DE) shares fell 72c, or 0.81%, to $87.07 after the company forecast a 20% decline in farm equipment sales for the recently started fiscal year. The company's just completed quarter was more profitable than expected, but its implied EPS forecast for the new fiscal year significantly trailed the consensus forecast. HP (HPQ) advanced $1.56, or 4.16%, to $39.19 after its fourth quarter earnings matched estimates and its revenue came in nearly in-line with the consensus forecast. Following the report, Citigroup said HP's Q4 results show the company's fundamentals are improving, while Wells Fargo believes the company is well-positioned in a number of areas and has "largely turned the corner." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was defense contractor Cubic (CUB), which rose 8.3% after the company’s fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its semi-annual dividend. GoPro (GPRO) was up 5.7% after announcing it was developing its own line of consumer drones. Among the noteworthy losers were two drilling contractors, Seadrill (SDRL) and North Atlantic Drilling (NADL), which fell 23% and 16% respectively after each of the companies announced that they have suspended their dividends. INDEXES: The Dow rose 12.81, or 0.07%, to 17,827.75, the Nasdaq added 29.07, or 0.61%, to 4,787.32, and the S&P 500 gained 5.80, or 0.28%, to 2,072.83.
16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; November 26, 2014
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12:56 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:12 EDTARUNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTHPQActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL HPQ SDRL TASR FB TXN NFLX AMZN TWTR PBR
09:17 EDTHPQHP CEO says company has 'some time now' to pursue M&A
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09:16 EDTHPQHP CEO says company focused on 'profitable growth'
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09:13 EDTHPQHP CEO says margin improvement coming 'across the board'
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07:39 EDTHPQHP turnaround continues successfully for third year, says UBS
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07:29 EDTHPQHP 'has largely turned the corner,' says Wells Fargo
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06:13 EDTHPQHP Q4 results show improving fundamentals, says Citigroup
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November 25, 2014
18:18 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:58 EDTHPQHP CEO says revenue would grow in 2015 without FX headwinds
17:50 EDTHPQHP confident that company will execute in FY15 amid separation
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17:44 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 revenue in constant currency flat
17:41 EDTHPQHP reaffirms FY15 free cash flow view at $6.5B-$7B
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17:36 EDTHPQHP sees making gains in PC sector as industry consolidates
17:30 EDTHPQHP sees commercial PC growth to moderate in Q1
Comments from Q4 earnings call.
16:26 EDTHPQHP down 1% to $37.25 after reporting Q4 results, guidance
16:10 EDTHPQHP says Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% year over year
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16:08 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 EPS $3.83-$4.03, consensus $3.95
16:07 EDTHPQHP sees Q1 EPS 89c-93c, consensus 93c
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q4 EPS $1.06, consensus $1.06
Reports Q4 revenue $28.4B, consensus $28.76B.
15:31 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus $1.06; Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 68c; Cubic (CUB), consensus 94c; Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (16c); Veeva Systems (VEEV), consensus 8c; Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 3c; TiVo (TIVO), consensus 7c; Perfect World (PWRD), consensus 40c.
15:10 EDTHPQHP November weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.1% move into Q4
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14:47 EDTFROFrontline upgraded to Hold from Strong Sell at Nordea
14:18 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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12:35 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts take positive view of HP after split plan
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10:43 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 50, December is at 25, January and February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
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05:28 EDTFROFrontline board considering several debt restructuring alternatives
In October, Frontline reduced the outstanding under the convertible bond loan with maturity in April 2015 from $190M to $149.2M through buy back and debt/equity swap. Following this, and the termination of the three charter parties for Front Commerce, Front Comanche and Front Opalia in November 2014 total debt and capital lease obligations are approximately $956M. The tanker market has showed some strength in Q4. A strong market creates some flexibility for the company going forward. The board is continuing to consider several alternatives in restructuring the company's debt and capital lease obligations. The target is to rebuild Frontline into being a leading tanker company.
05:26 EDTFROFrontline reports Q3 EPS ex-items (15c), consensus (20c)
Frontline has recorded a vessel impairment loss of $41.5M in the three months ended September 30. This loss relates to the VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Commerce, Front Comanche and Ulriken. Impairment losses are taken when events or changes in circumstances occur that cause the company to believe that future cash flows for an individual vessel will be less than its carrying value and not fully recoverable. In such instances an impairment charge is recognized if the estimate of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use of the vessel and its eventual disposition is less than the vessel's carrying amount. The average daily time charter equivalents earned in the spot and period market in Q3 by the Company's VLCCs and Suezmax tankers were $24,600 and $18,600 compared with $13,900 and $12,400 in the preceding quarter. The spot earnings for the company's VLCCs and Suezmax vessels were $23,900 and $19,500 compared with $12,500 and $12,400 in the preceding quarter.
November 24, 2014
11:49 EDTHPQCitigroup mobile devices analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTWBMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Berry Plastics (BERY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PT Indosat (IIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Silvercorp Metals (SVM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Toro Company (TTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein.
08:22 EDTWBMDWebMD downgraded at SunTrust
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07:28 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $45 from $40 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for HP shares to $45 ahead of the company's Q4 results on November 25. The firm expects an in-line quarter with the potential for higher earnings due to buybacks. To reflect higher buybacks, Deutsche raised its earnings estimates and it keeps a Buy rating on HP.
07:12 EDTWBMDWebMD downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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06:44 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, December is at 30, January is at 23, February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
06:37 EDTARUNAruba Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Aruba Networks to Outperform with a $25 price target following Friday's sell-off in shares and an improving WLAN industry.
November 23, 2014
14:29 EDTHPQ3D printing draws regulatory scrutiny as its applications spread, FT says
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November 21, 2014
14:53 EDTARUNAruba Networks falls sharply, bearish pattern in progress
The shares are down over 13% at time of writing to $18.92. At that price next support is at $18.62. There is a bearish double top pattern in progress that has its midpoint at the support level noted. On a breakdown below that level the pattern would have potential to the $13 area over time. Next support below $18.62 is at $17.83. Resistance is at $19.49.
12:08 EDTHPQHP December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, December is at 32, January is at 23, February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
11:29 EDTARUNFollow-up: Aruba Networks downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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10:25 EDTARUNAruba Networks tumbles after results, outlook
The stock is down over 10% at time of writing to $19.52 following a beat on its Q1, but offered an outlook for Q2 that disappointed. At current price next support is at $19. Resistance is at $19.99.
09:58 EDTARUNAruba Networks downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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09:17 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:16 EDTARUNAruba Networks guidance appears conservative, says Stephens
Stephens believes Aruba Networks' Q2 guidance, which missed consensus estimates, appears conservative relative to the company's historical growth and that management comments suggest the company included a "healthy dose of caution" in the outlook. The firm reiterates its $25 price target and Overweight rating on Aruba.
08:18 EDTARUNAruba Networks outlook still positive, says JMP Securities
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07:53 EDTARUNAruba Networks shares should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
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07:31 EDTARUNAruba Networks should be bought on any weakness, says Pacific Crest
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05:58 EDTARUNAruba Networks pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray recommends using the weakness in shares of Aruba Networks after the company's guidance missed expectations by 1% as a buying opportunity. Piper views the outlook as more a reflection of macro trends than the underlying business and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $26 from $28.
November 20, 2014
18:21 EDTARUNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:55 EDTARUNAruba Networks sees Q2 adjusted EPS 26c-27c, consensus 27c
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16:12 EDTARUNAruba Networks reports Q1 EPS 26c, consensus 25c
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15:28 EDTARUNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:44 EDTARUNAruba Networks volatility elevated into Q1 an outlook
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12:00 EDTHPQAnalyst sees new competition shaking up 3D printing market
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09:44 EDTARUNAruba Networks Q1 EPS should beat consensus, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said its reseller checks show good demand for 802.11ac products and the firm believes Aruba Networks should deliver Q1 earnings that top consensus. However, the firm continues to expect Aruba's competition will intensify in early 2015 and maintains its $24 fair value estimate and Neutral rating on the stock.
08:04 EDTHPQHP December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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November 19, 2014
16:32 EDTHPQStratasys appoints ex-Hewlett-Packard Chris Morgan as CMO
Stratasys (SSYS) appointed Chris Morgan as Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Stratasys. Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP (HPQ).
10:15 EDTMMSIMerit Medical management to meet with Sidoti
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07:46 EDTHPQSymantec, Hewlett-Packard announce DRaaS solution partnership
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November 17, 2014
11:28 EDTARUNAruba Networks Q1 sales likely ahead of expectations, says Piper Jaffray
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07:49 EDTARUNAruba Networks estimates appear achievable, says UBS
UBS remains a buyer of Aruba Networks ahead of its Q1 results, as the firm sees improving operational discipline and cost cutting, continuation of its product cycle, free cash flow, and new partnerships. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $25 price target on Aruba Networks shares.
November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAIGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:58 EDTAIGThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
November 13, 2014
09:40 EDTARUNActive equity options trading
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November 12, 2014
15:08 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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08:37 EDTARUNAruba Networks shares should be bought into earnings, says Pacific Crest
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