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May 23, 2014
16:15 EDTARUN, GME, ARO, HPQ, PTCTOn 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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June 29, 2015
10:02 EDTHPQHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
08:08 EDTHPQJefferies sees recent weakness as attractive entry point in PC names
Jefferies analyst James Kisner cut his PC unit expectations for 2015 and 2016, citing recent negative data points including Micron's (MU) commentary and guidance, but added that he believes PC names may be finding a bottom and that the pullback in Western Digital (WDC), Seagate (STX), and HP (HPQ) creates an attractive entry point in all three stocks. Kisner sees the most potential upside in Western Digital, but lowered his price target on its shares to $116, and said HP may have the least potential downside, cutting his price target on the computer maker to $40.50. The firm keeps Buy rating on both HDD makers and on HP.
06:05 EDTHPQNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 26, 2015
09:16 EDTAROStephens encouraged by Aeropostale back-to-school show
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June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTHPQMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
13:31 EDTHPQWi-LAN unit enters into license agreement with Acuity Brands
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June 24, 2015
15:53 EDTGMESunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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11:11 EDTGMEAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:36 EDTGMEElectronic Arts advances after analysts positive on E3 showing
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June 23, 2015
18:00 EDTAROS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
17:22 EDTAROTopBuild to replace Aeropostale in S&P 600 as of 6/30 close
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17:20 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY15 EPS view $3.63-$3.83, consensus $3.87
Backs FY15 revenue growth view on negative 1% to 4%. Full year comparable store sales are still expected to range from +1.0% to +6.0%.
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q2 EPS view 21c-25c, consensus 24c
Backs Q2 revenue growth view of negative 3% to flat; Backs Q2 SSS view of range from flat to +3.0%. Guidance from company slides presentation.
12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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07:49 EDTPTCTPTC Therapeutics risk lowered by symposium, says Oppenheimer
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06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
14:42 EDTAROAeropostale slumps after EVP Emilia Fabricant to leave company
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07:51 EDTGMEGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
June 18, 2015
15:05 EDTHPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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