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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. WHAT’S 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 today’s 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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July 11, 2014
08:25 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $112 from $102 at Canaccord
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPLAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: iWatch to enter mass production in November, 9to5Mac says
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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14:14 EDTAAPLChinese telecom companies to cut marketing spending, WantChinaTimes says
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10:27 EDTAAPLInvenSense likely won designs across Apple product lines, says Rosenblatt
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10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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09:56 EDTAAPLApple reportedly orders 68M iPhone 6 units, Mac Rumors reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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08:10 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:54 EDTAAPLTSMC begins shipping microprocessors to Apple, WSJ reports
TSMC (TSM) has begun shipping microprocessors to Apple (AAPL) for use in smartphones and tablets, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, TSMC began shipping the microprocessors in Q2 and agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year. Reference Link
07:47 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTAAPL, MSFT, HPQ, LNVGYTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTLNVGY, AAPL, MSFT, HPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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