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February 22, 2013
16:17 EDTMMSI, AIG, ARUN, HPQ, INT, WBMDOn 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.
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October 8, 2015
08:40 EDTHPQJPMorgan says EMC buying Dell more likely than reverse
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08:32 EDTHPQSanDisk, HP launch partnership for memory driven computing solutions
SanDisk (SNDK) and HP (HPQ) announced a long-term partnership to collaborate on a new technology within the Storage Class Memory category. The partnership will center around HP's Memristor technology and expertise and SanDisk's non-volatile ReRAM memory technology and manufacturing and design expertise to create new enterprise-wide solutions for Memory-driven Computing. The two companies also will partner in enhancing data center solutions with Solid State Drives. The technology is expected to be up to 1,000 times faster than flash storage and offer up to 1,000 times more endurance than flash storage. It also is expected to offer significant cost, power, density and persistence improvements over DRAM technologies. The SCM technology and its characteristics are intended to allow systems to employ tens of terabytes of SCM per server node for applications such as in-memory databases, real-time data analytics, transactional and high-performance computing.
06:59 EDTHPQEMC, Dell deal could boost infrastructure valuations, says William Blair
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05:58 EDTHPQOptions expected to be active: EMC VMW IBM HPQ ORCL AA DB LL
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October 7, 2015
04:59 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; WFT HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Weatherford (WFT) 81, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
October 6, 2015
09:31 EDTMMSIMerit Medical, Sumitomo Bakelite sign distribution deal for microcatheter
Merit Medical Systems announced that it has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement, excluding Japan, with Sumitomo Bakelite to distribute a steerable microcatheter under the proposed trademark of SwiftNINJA. The device, which currently bears the CE mark, is utilized during intravascular procedures to deliver various therapeutic and diagnostic agents, such as embolic materials, coils and contrast media in the peripheral vasculature.
October 2, 2015
10:00 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... AIG (AIG) downgraded to Market Perform with $63 target at FBR Capital... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Astoria Financial (AF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Capstone Turbine (CPST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Fifth Third (FITB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gilead (GILD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Henkel (HENKY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... MYR Group (MYRG) downgraded on electricity outlook at BB&T... Orion Marine (ORN) downgraded on reduced dredging awards at BB&T... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Quanta Services (PWR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Ryanair (RYAAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Telekom Austria (TKAGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Valeant (VRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:26 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Market Perform with $63 target at FBR Capital
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09:13 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6.7% after reports indicate Chinese government may enact new policies to support Macau's economy. Shares of fellow Macau casino operators Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and MGM Resorts (MGM) are also higher in pre-market trading. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Micron (MU), up 3.3%... CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 14.5%. ALSO LOWER: Valeant (VRX), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.4% after disclosing that its president of U.S. sales and marketing resigned... AIG (AIG), down 3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Gilead (GILD), down 2% following a downgrade to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
06:33 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
October 1, 2015
11:15 EDTHPQAutonomy's Mike Lynch sues HP for $150M in damages, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTHPQHP board approves separation
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07:32 EDTWBMDWebMD reaffirms FY15 revenue $625M-$635M, consensus $629.50M
Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA to be at or slightly above previous guidance of $185M-$195M.
September 30, 2015
15:39 EDTHPQHP announces transactions to retire up to $8.85B of debt securities
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10:49 EDTHPQWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:25 EDTHPQJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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September 29, 2015
17:11 EDTWBMDWebMD announces commitment on additional shares for long-term incentive plan
WebMD is making a commitment that none of the 1.7M additional shares to be made available for grant under its 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan will be used for grants to members of WebMD's Board of Directors or to WebMD's executive officers, except in the case of a new hire who joins WebMD as an executive officer.
10:22 EDTWBMDABC clarifies that WebMD doesn't sell identifiable personal information of users
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09:03 EDTHPQHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
September 28, 2015
16:10 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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