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May 23, 2014
11:07 EDTHPQ, IBM, LNVGY, AAPL, MSFTHP rallies after announcing additional job cuts, positive analyst commentary
Shares of diversified technology company Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are advancing after the company announced additional job cuts, and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Hewlett-Packard reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 88c and revenue of $27.3B, against consensus views of 88c and $27.4B, respectively. Q2 cash flow from operations was $3.0B. The company forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 86c-90c, versus consensus of 89c. For FY14, adjusted EPS was seen at $3.63-$3.75, compared to consensus of $3.71. WHATíS NOTABLE: Hewlett-Packard announced it would add 11,000-16,000 employees to its workforce reduction plan. Established in 2012, the restructuring effort originally called for 34,000 lay-offs. 41,000 total employees are slated to leave by the end of FY14, with the remainder departing by the end of FY15. The job cuts will be made across almost all of the company's business units and across all geographies. CEO Meg Whitman said she was, "not at all disappointed," and that it was, "the natural course of what makes sense in a turnaround of this size and scale." She does not anticipate additional job cuts when this program is finished. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive. Deutsche Bank recommended using any weakness in shares of HP following the company's Q2 results and additional job cuts announcement as a buying opportunity. The firm believed HP is seeing demand stabilization and that the job cuts will drive improved operational efficiencies. Deutsche kept a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target. Citigroup believed HP's cost savings will drive further upside to its earnings outlook. The firm sees "meaningful upside" to the stock and believes HP's cost savings are underappreciated. Citi kept a Buy rating on the name with a $40 price target. Morgan Stanley said HP's additional restructuring addressed weaker Enterprise Services results and provides additional investment. The firm's FY15 EPS of $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.85 assumes a strong Q4 and a margin rebound in Enterprise Services. Shares were Overweight rated with a $36 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Hewlett-Packard rose $1.97, or about 6.2%, to $33.75 on heavy trading volume. Including todayís advance, the stock has gained over 35% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other diversified technology companies include IBM (IBM), Lenovo Group (LNVGY), Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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September 18, 2014
05:40 EDTAAPLApple says will never allow government access to servers
Apple launched a website dedicated to privacy with a message from its CEO Tim Cook. The message stated in part, "We donít build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We donít Ďmonetizeí the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we donít read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple...Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
16:46 EDTAAPLApple says HealthKit apps not available until end of month
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple using own CDN, not Akamai, Level 3, for iOS 8, StreamingMediaBlog says
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13:57 EDTAAPLiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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12:27 EDTAAPLNet Element shares higher by over 29% after integrating Apple services
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12:17 EDTIBMIBM cuts pay by 10% for some employees, ComputerWorld reports
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11:42 EDTAAPLVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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10:15 EDTAAPLDiscover calls active, rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple could announce new products at October event, Apple Insider says
Apple is said to be planning an event for the second half of October where it will unveil more gadgets, a source tells Apple Insider. The company may unveil a next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini which is rumored to feature the company's Tough ID fingerprint sensor. Reference Link
10:04 EDTAAPLDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
08:23 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple iPhone prices could rise, says RBC Capital
After conducting a survey of consumers, RBC Capital believes that average sales prices for Apple's iPhone could rise $90 quarter-over-quarter and $65 year-over-year, while gross margins could increase as a result of higher average memory per device. The firm raised its price target on the name to $114 from $110 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTAAPLEarly reviews point to iPhone 6 battery life similar to iPhone 5s, BI says
After analyzing the first round of major tech publications' reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Business Insider said critics have "mixed" opinion's on the battery life of the 6 and that it "seems like" the smaller phone's battery life won't be radically different from the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 products sell out fast in Taiwan market, DigiTimes says
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple supplier reportedly struggling to meet iPhone demand, WSJ reports
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