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February 22, 2013
16:17 EDTARUN, HPQ, INT, WBMD, MMSI, AIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures were higher during the pre-market trading session following better than expected earnings reports from Dow components AIG (AIG) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and a positive confidence reading out of Germany. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages found an immediate level where they sat for the first half of the session, before finally breaking out a bit toward the upside. The averages closed in positive territory for the eighth consecutive Friday, which includes every Friday in 2013, and the move pushed the Dow into the green for the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no market moving economic data was reported. In Germany, official data confirmed an earlier estimate that the nation's GDP shrank 0.6% 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. 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 surged $2.10, or 12.28%, to $19.20 and led the Dow Jones Industrial Average after its Q1 results topped estimates, as did its earnings guidance... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers following their earnings reports were WebMD (WBMD), which rose $4.14, or 25.4%, to $20.44, and Aruba Networks (ARUN), up $4.60, or 22.13%, to $25.40. Among the noteworthy losers was Merit Medical (MMSI), which fell $2.10, or 15.18%, to $11.73 and was downgraded at Raymond James following its quarterly report. Also lower were shares of World Fuel Services (INT), down $4.47, or 10.16%, to $39.51 after the company reported revenues and profits that disappointed... INDICES: The Dow was up 119.95, or 0.86%, to 14,000.57; the Nasdaq was up 30.33, or 0.97%, to 3,161.82; and the S&P 500 was up 13.18, or 0.88%, to 1,515.60.
News For HPQ;AIG;WBMD;ARUN;MMSI;INT From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
18:54 EDTHPQHP, Autonomy shareholder settlement rejected by Judge, Bloomberg says
This is the second time the settlement was rejected, Bloomberg added.
December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTHPQHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
06:20 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $46 from $40 at Citigroup
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTINTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:26 EDTINTWorld Fuel Services upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
Stephens upgraded World Fuel Services to Overweight from Equal Weight citing the recent volatility in fuels markets, which the firm believes creates the ideal operating environment for World Fuel. Stephens sees the potential for significant upside to estimates in FY15 and raised its price target on the stock to $60 from $48.
December 15, 2014
11:31 EDTHPQHP, NYC Comptroller reach $10.6M settlement to resolve ECTP dispute
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10:05 EDTHPQHP participates in a conference call with Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer hosts Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President & General Manager-Enterprise Group, who discusses HP convergence, servers and networking on a conference call to be held on December 15 at 11 am.
December 12, 2014
08:09 EDTAIGBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
07:12 EDTHPQHP reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $47.
December 11, 2014
06:01 EDTARUNAruba Networks management to meet with Northland
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December 10, 2014
09:33 EDTMMSIMerit Medical announces multiple regulatory approvals
Merit Medical announced that it has received 501k clearance for three products: the ReSolve Biliary Locking Drainage Catheter, the ONE Snare Endovascular Microsnare System and the AEROmini Tracheobronchial Stent System.
08:25 EDTHPQHP capital return potential makes valuation attractive, says Brean Capital
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December 8, 2014
08:07 EDTINTWorld Fuel Services announces sale of interests in crude oil JVs
World Fuel Services Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Petroleum Transport Solutions, LLC, has sold its crude oil joint venture interests, which includes the Pioneer Terminal in New Town, North Dakota, to its joint venture partner for a base sales price of $43M. In addition to the base sales price, PTS will receive future contingent payments equal to 22.5c per barrel for crude oil received at the Pioneer Terminal, up to a limit of 80,000 barrels per day through December 2026. The transaction will result in a one-time after-tax gain of approximately $11M or 15c per diluted share, which will be included in the companyís 2014 fourth quarter results.
08:02 EDTARUNAruba says NHS replaces Cisco network with Aruba wireless infrastructure
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07:28 EDTHPQFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 7, 2014
15:53 EDTHPQHP shares could gain 15%, Barron's says
HP shares could gain 15% to $45.00 per share as the company splits its enterprise business from PCs and printer business, by next October, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link

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