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December 28, 2012
12:11 EDTOMER, PSO, AEZS, BKS, CALL, HPQOn 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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November 24, 2015
16:11 EDTHPQHP Inc. sees Q1 EPS 33c-38c, consensus 42c
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16:09 EDTHPQHP Inc. reports Q4 EPS 93c, consensus 96c
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15:38 EDTHPQOptions with increasing volume: SUNE HPQ TSM PMCS TSO EPI A DE CREE
15:23 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include HP Enterprise (HPE), consensus 52c... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 45c... Veeva (VEEV), consensus 11c... Guess (GES), consensus 11c... Caleres (CAL), consensus 78c... TiVo (TIVO), consensus 8c.
15:22 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on HP Inc. than HP Enterprise
HP Inc. (HPQ) and HP Enterprise (HPE) are set to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, November 24, with a joint conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. On November 2, following its separation from HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise debuted as a separately traded enterprise technology company with $53B in annual revenue. The call will feature HP Enterprise president and CEO Meg Whitman and CFO Tim Stonesifer as well as HP Inc. president and CEO Dion Weisler and CFO Cathie Lesjak. EXPECTATIONS: For HP Inc., analysts are looking for EPS of 45c on revenue of $12.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 39c-53c on revenue of $11.83B-$13.48B. For HP Enterprise, analysts are looking for EPS of 52c on revenue of $13.5B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 41c-61c on revenue of $13.04B-$13.81B. With its Q3 report, the combined company had expected combined Q4 EPS of 92c-98c. Also at that time, HP had narrowed its combined FY15 EPS forecast to $3.59-$3.65 from $3.53-$3.73. This compares to the current consensus estimate for the combined company of $3.63 per share. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, the combined HP reported Q3 EPS of 88c, topping the consensus estimate of 85c, on revenue of $25.3B, which missed a consensus estimate of $25.44B. HP said its Q3 personal systems revenue was down 13% from the prior year period, with total units down 11%, including Desktops units being down 20% and Notebooks units being down 3%. Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue up 8%, Storage revenue down 2%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 21%, Networking revenue up 22% and Technology Services revenue down 9%. STREET RESEARCH: Among 33 analysts that cover HP Inc., 18 have Buy or equivalent ratings, 14 have Hold or equivalent ratings and one has a Sell or equivalent rating, according to Bloomberg data. Among 29 analysts that cover HP Enterprise, five have Buy or equivalent ratings, 23 have Hold or equivalent ratings and one has a Sell or equivalent rating, Bloomberg data shows. On November 3, Citi analyst Jim Suva downgraded HP Inc. to Neutral from Buy following the spin-out of HP Enterprise, the company's infrastructure business. Increasing competition may result in additional revenue and margin pressures and potential for increased investment, said Suva, who had a $14.50 price target on HP Inc. shares at the time of the note. On November 4, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall downgraded HP Inc. to Neutral, citing the company's exposure to "structurally weak" end-markets following the spinoff of HP Enterprise. Hall would like to see data suggesting stabilization in PC demand before getting more constructive on the stock, he said, while setting a $14 target on the shares. That same day, Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz upgraded HP Inc. to Equal Weight, saying the company's two main segments are "not disappearing" and can drive a "decent yield asset." He similarly set a $14 price target on HP Inc. shares. Moskowitz also started coverage of HP Enterprise with an Underweight rating, his firm's equivalent of a "sell." The company's revenue is at risk due to the cloud's impact on traditional IT, contends Moskowitz, who set a $13 price target on the stock. HP Enterprise could become more acquisitive, which could bring execution and cash flow risks, the analyst added. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Tuesday's report, HP Inc. shares rose over 3.5% to $14.74, while HP Enterprise was nearly flat at $13.84.
14:09 EDTHPQHP Inc. technical notes ahead of results
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13:49 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard November weekly 14.5 straddle priced for 5.7% movement
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) November weekly 14.5 straddle priced for 5.7% movement into Q4
12:59 EDTAEZSGEO Investing says Aeterna Zentaris rally 'totally unwarranted'
GEO Investing tweeted, "We believe $AEZS pump is totally unwarranted and that stock will quickly follow if $KBIO sells off."
11:30 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris says no corporate developments to account for stock movement
Aeterna Zentaris, at the request of IIROC on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange, confirms that as of the date of this news release there are no corporate developments that would cause the recent movements in the company's share price.
11:01 EDTHPQHP Inc. volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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November 23, 2015
10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... Constellation Brands (STZ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... HP Inc. (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Heritage Commerce (HTBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... James River Group (JRVR) upgraded on improved outlook at BMO Capital... Kellogg (K) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Parkway Properties (PKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Synchrony (SYF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Universal Insurance (UVE) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:58 EDTHPQHP Inc. upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $17 at Maxim
As reported previously, Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi upgraded HP Inc. to Buy from Hold, saying there is room for HP to raise its rate of free cash flow return to about 90% from between 50%-75% now. The analyst also sees potential for HP printing supplies to experience a temporary break amid a secular decline, chances for HP to successfully penetrate the multi-function copier market, and for its PC operating margins to expand. Chokshi raised his price target on HP shares to $17 from $14.50.
08:22 EDTHPQHP Inc. volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP Inc. November weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, December is at 34, January is at 31 compared to its 2-week range of 18 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24.
07:27 EDTHPQHP Inc. upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
06:09 EDTHPQHP Inc. adds Titan to Engineered by HP Program
HP Inc. announced the expansion of its Engineered by HP program, collaborating with the world's fifth largest watchmaker, Titan, to infuse technology seamlessly into the way consumers live, providing them with smart accessories that are productive and responsive, but not intrusive.
November 20, 2015
13:00 EDTPSODow Jones, Pearson to sell stakes in Vedomosti
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November 19, 2015
09:00 EDTHPQAerohive sell-off unwarranted, says JMP Securities
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08:32 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris enrolls first patient for Phase 3 trial of Macrilen
Aeterna Zentaris has enrolled the first patient for its confirmatory Phase 3 clinical study to demonstrate the efficacy of Macrilen, a novel orally-active ghrelin agonist for use in evaluating adult growth hormone deficiency. Based on meetings with the FDA as well as the EMA and subsequent written scientific advice, the company believes that the study meets the FDA's and the EMA's study-design expectations allowing US and European approval, if successful.
November 18, 2015
08:34 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris announces share consolidation details for NASDAQ compliance
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November 16, 2015
11:52 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris announces shareholder approval of 100-for-1 share consolidation
Aeterna Zentaris announced that the holders of its issued and outstanding common shares approved a share consolidation and that the company has determined that the consolidation ratio will be 100-for-1. The company intends to implement the consolidation in the coming days and will shortly provide all relevant details regarding the consolidation, including its effective date and the date on which the common shares are expected to commence trading on a post-consolidation basis on the NASDAQ Capital Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange and information for registered and beneficial shareholders to exchange their pre-consolidation for post-consolidation common shares. The company also announces that Marcel Aubut is no longer a member of the Board of Directors effective November 16.
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