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May 23, 2014
16:15 EDTPTCT, ARUN, GME, ARO, HPQOn 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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February 24, 2015
16:08 EDTHPQHP lowers FY15 EPS view to $3.53-$3.73 from $3.83.-$4.03, consensus $3.95
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q1 EPS 92c, consensus 91c
Reports Q1 revenue $26.8B, consensus $27.34B.
15:21 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:46 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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13:35 EDTHPQHP February weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q1
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12:47 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: HP reports with break-up inching closer
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions. In October of last year, HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies: one comprising HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $27.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 88c-95c on revenue of $27.01B-$27.92B. With its last earnings report, the company said it expects Q1 EPS of 89c-93c. HP has an FY15 EPS forecast of $3.83-$4.03, compared to a consensus estimate of $3.96. LAST QUARTER: On November 25, HP reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate, on revenue of $28.4B, against a consensus estimate of $28.76B. HP said its Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% from the prior year period, with total units up 5%, including Desktops units being down 2% and Notebooks units being up 8%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 4% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue down 2%, Storage revenue down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 29%, Networking revenue up 2% and Technology Services revenue down 3%. NEWS: On the day after HP's Q4 report, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview on CNBC that the company will have a moratorium on acquisitions during 2015 as it readies for its split. Whitman also noted that the newly formed companies will have a supply chain agreement to ensure they do not lose leverage after their split. In mid January, research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. Late last month, HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success" and announced Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be headed by Meg Whitman as President and CEO and that HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO. STREET RESEARCH: On December 17, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva contended that sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017. The firm identified HP as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. Suva raised his price target on HP shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Also at that time, Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. On January 13, Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing increased competition and the fact that a number of companies are buying integrated IT stacks and buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products. More recently, Wells Fargo said it believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand. The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that investors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of HP are up almost 2%. Near midday ahead of Tuesday's report, the stock was down fractionally near $38 per share.
06:54 EDTHPQTwo reshuffles in HP's cloud computing unit, Gigaom says
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06:36 EDTHPQHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTPTCTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:30 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics call active after report on exploring options
PTC Therapeutics March 60 and 70 calls are active on total call volume of 230 contracts (25 puts) on exploring sale amid interest from large peers, Reuters says. March call option implied volatility is at 99, April is at 78, June is at 67; compared to its 14-week average of 68 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
12:29 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
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12:02 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics jumps 14% after Reuters report on exploring options
12:01 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics exploring sale amid interest from large peers, Reuters says
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08:55 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
HP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
07:40 EDTHPQHP Q1 results could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that ivnestors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
February 20, 2015
07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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February 19, 2015
08:45 EDTHPQHP launches open network switches for web scale cloud data centers
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February 18, 2015
10:02 EDTHPQe.Digital Corporation files patent infringement lawsuits against HP, others
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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February 17, 2015
09:19 EDTGMEDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
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