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June 5, 2014
12:28 EDTHPQ, GM, JOY, AXAS, PVH, VRAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks began the session in quiet fashion as they got little help from the day’s economic reports which included the weekly jobless claims data and the monthly Challenger Job Cuts report. The relatively benign numbers lifted the futures above fair value but gave it little momentum once the market opened. The averages drifted in a narrow range and pushed the S&P to a new all-time high. The market may continue to drift this afternoon as investors move to the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose slightly, up 8,000 to 312,000, in the week of May 31. The Challenger Job-Cut Report for May came in at 52,961, an increase partially caused by a 16,000 employee layoff at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) released the results of an internal investigation into the company’s delayed recall of defective ignition switches, with CEO Mary Barra saying the saga was "riddled with failure, leading to tragic results for many." Fifteen employees were fired for misconduct, incompetence or failure to act. MAJOR MOVERS: Joy Global (JOY) is up 6.31% after reporting Q2 earnings results and backing its FY14 guidance. Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) is up 11.38% after raising its FY14 production guidance last night after the close. Abraxas was also upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust this morning. PVH Corp (PVH) is down 6.66% after reporting Q1 earnings results and lowering its FY14 EPS view. Vera Bradley (VRA) is down 3.6% after reporting Q1 earnings results and giving Q2 and FY15 guidance that did not meet analyst expectations. INDEXES: The Dow is up 97.10, or 0.58%, to 16,834.63; the Nasdaq is up 37.88, or 0.89%, to 4,289.52; and the S&P 500 is up 11.06, or 0.57%, to 1,938.96.
News For HPQ;GM;JOY;AXAS;PVH;VRA From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
10:05 EDTGMKyle Bass says General Motors still largest position
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09:15 EDTHPQEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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06:24 EDTGMNHTSA says over 6M cars involved in Takata airbag recalls
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October 21, 2014
14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
12:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors says supports Michigan House Bill 5606
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10:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
06:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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October 20, 2014
13:10 EDTVRASteve Madden tumbles after providing preliminary Q3 results, FY14 outlook
Shares of shoe and accessory company Steve Madden (SHOO) are tumbling after the company announced preliminary third quarter results that were below analysts' consensus along with a reduction to its fiscal year 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Steve Madden announced that it is anticipating Q3 earnings per share to be approximately 61c-62c and net sales of $392M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 67c and $415.72M, respectively. The company noted that retail comparable store sales for the quarter are anticipated to be down 7.4%. Steve Madden also reduced its FY14 EPS outlook to $1.81-$1.86 from $2.00-$2.10, well below analysts' $2.02 consensus. The company lowered its net sales projection for the year, and now sees net sales up 1%-2% over fiscal year 2013 versus its previous net sales guidance for up 2%-4% over FY13. The new guidance factors in the recent acquisition of Dolce Vita and current expectations for remainder of the year. On August 14, Steve madden acquired Dolce Vita for $60.3M in cash and previously said the deal would be accretive to earnings in FY14 by 2c-3c and be "modestly accretive" in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Steve Madden's Chief Executive Officer Edward Rosenfeld said that the company's Q3 earnings were "disappointing" and were the result of weaker than expected retail segment performance. He believes that retail trends in the footwear space will continue to be difficult through the fourth quarter due to a lack of noteworthy fashion trends in the industry. The CEO said that the company's full-year guidance results from this pattern, along with a lowered reorder outlook in its wholesale segment. Rosenfeld is still confident, however, in the company's business model and believes that its acquisitions of Dolce Vita and its Mexican licensee will fuel the business forward over the long term. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors of Steve Madden include Michael Kors (KORS), Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE), and Vera Bradley. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Steve Madden fell $2.62 or 8.2%, to $29.32. Over the last twelve months, the stock has fallen over 15%.
12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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11:53 EDTGMDeaths tied to faulty GM ignition-switch increases to 29, Reuters says
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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08:22 EDTGMCourt rules GM loan docs valid despite mistake, Reuters reports
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October 17, 2014
18:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin to retire in early 2015
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16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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06:24 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:24 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:21 EDTHPQHP dismisses concerns about drop in global notebook market share, DigiTimes says
HP has dismissed concerns from Taiwan supply chain makers that say the company's global notebook market share may drop significantly following the split, reports DigiTimes. According to makers, HP said it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31M units. Reference Link
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