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May 23, 2014
16:15 EDTHPQ, GME, PTCT, ARO, ARUNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in quiet fashion, though with an upward bias, and proceeded to trade that way throughout the session. The averages drifted higher in a broad based move that saw each of the major averages tack on gains of at least 0.3%. The volume was light, as was to be expected prior to a holiday weekend, and there was little volatility as the market moved in a narrow range once it found its level. Ending the week on a high note, the benchmark S&P 500 managed to close above 1,900 for the first time. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 6.4% in April to a rate of 433K. The percentage increase trailed expectations, but the rate was higher than expected due to upward revisions to last months figures. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) rose $2.00, or 6.1%, to $33.72 after the computer and printer making giant reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share that matched estimates and announced additional job cuts. Following the report, Citigroup said it sees "meaningful upside" to the stock and believes HP's cost savings are underappreciated. After HP's report of roughly in-line results and more layoffs, Wells Fargo noted that HP said it was more confident in its growth outlook. The firm thinks the layoffs may reflect newly discovered cost cutting opportunities, rather than end market pressures, and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which surged $4.71, or 30.74%, to $20.03 after the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion regarding the company's application for a conditional marketing authorization of Translarna for the treatment of nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was video game retailer GameStop (GME), which rose $1.55, or 4.2%, to $38.43 after the company reported better than expected first quarter profits and backed its fiscal 2014 guidance. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell $1.09, or 24.12%, to $3.43, and network solutions provider Aruba Networks (ARUN), which slid $2.17, or 10.82%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow was up 63.19, or 0.38%, to 16,606.27, the Nasdaq was up 31.47, or 0.76%, to 4,185.81, and the S&P 500 was up 8.04, or 0.42%, to 1,900.53.
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August 20, 2014
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.
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
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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11:05 EDTHPQImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:28 EDTGMEGameStop says CEO underwent unexpected surgery for tumor
GameStop disclosed in a regulatory filing that late last week Paul Raines, its CEO, underwent unexpected surgery during which a "very small, cancerous tumor was identified and successfully removed from an easily accessible part of the brain." The company added, "Because it was found very early, his doctors have advised him that his prognosis for a full and complete recovery is very good. The next step is for Paul to undergo preventive chemotherapy. Recovery from this process is expected to take about six weeks. This regimen will restrict his travel during that period, but will not interfere with his continued leadership of the Company." Daniel DeMatteo, Executive Chairman, said, "Speaking for the Board, we have every confidence in Paulís continued leadership and wish him a speedy recovery. While he recovers, our highly-tenured executive team will ensure that our business continues without interruption."
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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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.
06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:11 EDTGMEGameStop FY14 guidance likely in-line, says Piper Jaffray
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