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August 20, 2014
13:42 EDTHPQ, AUTNFEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is a diversified IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions to personal and corporate customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings of 89c per share on revenue of $27.01B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-90c on revenue of $26.50B-$27.49B. In its second quarter earnings release, HP said it sees Q3 adjusted EPS 86c-90c and FY14 adjusted EPS $3.63-$3.75, both of which were in-line with expectations. LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q2 EPS of 88c against estimates for 88c on revenue of $27.3B against estimates for $27.4B. Personal Systems revenue was up 7% year-over-year with a 3.5% operating margin. Enterprise Group revenue for the quarter was down 2% year-over-year with a 14.4% operating margin. HP also reported Q2 cash flow from operations of $3.0B. COMPANY NEWS: On May 31, HP announced that it reached an agreement to settle shareholder derivative litigation arising from the acquisition of Autonomy (AUTNF). The company announced on July 15 that its interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, resigned from its board of directors to focus on his health. The next day, HP named CEO Meg Whitman chairman. The Justice Department announced on August 1 that HP agreed to pay $32.5M to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that HP overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products between October 2001 and December 2010. The U.S. alleged that under a contract between HP and the USPS, HP overcharged USPS by "failing to comply with pricing terms of the contract, including a requirement that HP provide prices that were no greater than those offered to HP customers with comparable contracts." STREET RESEARCH: After HP announced more layoffs, Wells Fargo noted on May 23 that HP said it was more confident in its growth outlook, and the firm thought the layoffs could reflect newly discovered cost cutting opportunities, rather than end market pressures. Wells continued to expect the company to grow in FY15 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On June 12, Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on HP to Neutral from Sell saying the company's management executed a turnaround far more effectively than it anticipated. Goldman was more positive on HP's turnaround following the company's Discover event in Las Vegas and it raised its price target for shares to $32 from $25. Deutsche Bank said on July 8 that shares of HP were adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche noted HP's new product introductions were up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm viewed the stock as attractively valued and reiterated a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target. Monness Crespi upgraded HP from Buy to Neutral on August 18. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trading following HP’s Q2 report on May 22, shares have risen approximately 8.5%. Over the past year, shares have increased over 33%. During late morning trading, shares of HP were down 32c, or 0.9%, to $35.16.
News For HPQ;AUTNF From The Last 14 Days
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August 3, 2015
14:00 EDTHPQVMware rises after Re/code makes case for EMC buyout
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05:59 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF HPQ
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July 31, 2015
11:47 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; LNKD HPQ
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July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
05:51 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company’s more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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12:02 EDTHPQMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTHPQAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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