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December 28, 2012
12:11 EDTCALL, HPQ, OMER, PSO, AEZS, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday on continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff. Headlines around mid-morning said that President Obama will propose a scaled-back budget in his meeting with Congressional Leaders this afternoon, and this news briefly sent the averages higher though they remained below the flatline and these gains had been largely pared around midday... ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the December Chicago PMI came in at 51.6 vs. expectations for a 51.0 reading. November Pending Home Sales were up 1.7% against the previous month, against expectations for a 1.8% rise. Crude Oil Inventories came in at a 586k draw vs. expectations for a 1.75M draw, and gasoline inventories increased 3.78M barrels vs. expectations for an 850k barrel increase. The weekly EIA natural gas report reported a 72Bcf draw, which was in-line with expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) disclosed in its 10k filing last night that the Department of Justice has begun an investigation into the company's acquisition of Autonomy, and shares of HP were down about 2% at midday... Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that Pearson (PSO) had signed an agreement with its NOOK unit to invest $89.5M in cash in the unit. Barnes & Noble also said that its holiday sales results would fall short of expectations, but shares of the bookseller opened higher and were trading up over 6% near midday... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was magicJack (CALL), up about 10% after naming a new CEO and saying that it expects its FY12 results to exceed expectations. Also higher were shares of Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS), up 15% after it announced an agreement with the FDA regarding a Special Protocol Assessment for an upcoming phase 3 trial. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Omeros (OMER), down over 10% after the company reported last night that a phase 3 clinical trial did not meet all endpoints, though shares were defended at Wedbush... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 59.47, or 0.45%, to 13,036.84; the S&P was down 5.94, or 0.42%, to 1,412.16; the Nasdaq was down 7.31, or 0.24%, to 2,978.60.
News For HPQ;BKS;PSO;CALL;AEZS;OMER From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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January 20, 2015
16:09 EDTCALLmagicJack announces beta testing on U.S. texting APP and America/Mexico APP
magicJack VocalTec announced that it is in beta testing on two APPs in the U.S. and Mexico, respectively. The magicJack U.S. texting APP is currently in beta testing on iOS by several thousand users and is expected to be made available to customers as soon as testing is completed. In Mexico, the "magicJack America" APP is also currently in beta testing on iOS and Android and is being used by several thousand users.
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
17:11 EDTOMEROmeros files automatic mixed securities shelf
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17:05 EDTOMEROmeros requests withdrawal of registration statement
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06:10 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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January 15, 2015
06:55 EDTHPQHP removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTPSOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:14 EDTHPQMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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05:37 EDTPSOPearson upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
January 13, 2015
12:48 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:57 EDTHPQHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:44 EDTHPQHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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11:41 EDTPSOPearson downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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