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December 28, 2012
16:28 EDTHPQ, BKS, PSO, FB, CALL, AEZS, OMEROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower on the day after news out of Washington late in the session said that President Obama did not make a new offer in fiscal cliff talks. The averages opened the session lower, and briefly ticked higher following reports that Obama would offer a scaled-back budget package, but the markets then drifted lower through the session before a late session selloff that saw the averages close at their lows... 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 was in-line with expectations for a 72Bcf draw... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) disclosed in its 10k filing last night that the Department of Justice has begun an investgiation into the company's acquisition of Autonomy, and shares of HP lost 36c, or 2.56%, to $13.68... 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 gained 62c, or 4.32%, to $14.97... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower after a report by data analytics firm AppData said that the company-owned app Instagram lost 25% of its users following a change in its terms of service. An Instagram spokesperson later said the report's data was inaccurate, and shares of Facebook pared most of their losses to close down 14c, or 0.54%, to $25.91... MOVERS: Among notable gainers was magicJack (CALL), up $1.67, or 10.26%, to $17.95 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 30c, or 13.82%, to $2.47 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 Corporation (OMER), down 52c, or 8.9%, to $5.32 after the company reported last night that a phase 3 clinical trial did not meet all endpoints, though shares were defended at Wedbush... INDICES: The Dow was down 158.2, or 1.21%, to 12,938.11; the Nasdaq was down 25.60, or 0.86%, to 2,960.31; the S&P was down 15.67, or 1.1%, to 1,402.43.
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August 20, 2014
16:07 EDTHPQHP CEO Whitman says 'very pleased with progress'
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," said Meg Whitman, chairman, president and CEO, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."
16:07 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 Personal Systems revenue up 12% YoY
Personal Systems revenue was up 12% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin Commercial revenue increased 14% and Consumer revenue increased 8%. Total units were up 13% with Desktops units up 9% and Notebooks units up 18%. Printing revenue was down 4% year over year with an 18.4% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 5% with Commercial hardware units down 2% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%. Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% year over year with a 14.0% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 9%, Storage revenue was down 4%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 18%, Networking revenue was up 4% and Technology Services revenue was down 3%. Enterprise Services revenue was down 6% year over year with a 4.1% operating margin. Application and Business Services revenue was down 4% and Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue declined 8%. Software revenue was down 5% year over year with a 21.2% operating margin. License revenue was down 16%, support revenue was flat, professional services revenue was down 3% and software-as-a-service revenue was up 8%. HP Financial Services revenue was down 3% year over year with a 1% increase in net portfolio assets and a 14% increase in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 9.2%.
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.72
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.03-$1.07, consensus $1.05
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16:04 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 adjusted EPS 89c, consensus 89c
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16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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15:56 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August weekly 35 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q3
15:26 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
13:42 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
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11:54 EDTHPQHP technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed the broader averages, rising by more than 8%. The trend has had a decidedly bullish slant, with $36 at the high and $33 at the low. These bounds give us some guidance as to how price might behave depending on earnings and guidance. A breakout above $36 and notably the 52-week high at $36.21, would appear very probable if the news is better than already high expectations. Next major resistance would be at $38, a level not seen since early 2011. An extreme upside reaction could push the stock to $40.34. Given the strong bullish sentiment in the name, the risk may be more to the downside on a disappointment. The key level to watch on the downside if news or guidance is worse than expected is at the 50-day moving average, last at $34.57. A breakdown below the 50-day would break the intermediate-term uptrend and that would have bearish implications for future price. The $33 level would become the next important zone following such a break. A snap below $33 on an extreme disappointment would see $31.48 as next support.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTBKSSamsung, Barnes & Noble announce new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
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08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:49 EDTHPQHP shares have dropped in August over past four years, Re/code reports
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August 19, 2014
15:48 EDTBKSCNET to hold a live blog
CNET holds a live blog of the unveiling of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet in New York on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
13:40 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to start selling new Samsung tablet tomorrow, Digital Reader says
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11:05 EDTHPQImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:42 EDTHPQImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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