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May 23, 2014
11:07 EDTAAPL, HPQ, LNVGY, MSFT, IBMHP 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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07:42 EDTAAPLBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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07:12 EDTIBM, HPQ, MSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTAAPLChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:24 EDTAAPLCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
14:43 EDTLNVGYAnalyst sees Himax facing headwinds, risks in near-term
The shares of Himax Technologies (HIMX) are falling sharply after research firm Northland Securities warned that the company's March revenues could come in at the lower end of its guidance. Himax develops semiconductors used in thin film transistor-liquid crystal displays and displays using other technologies. WHAT'S NEW: The Chinese sales of smartphones made by a number of Himax's customers, including Samsung, Lenovo (LNVGY), and ZTE, have been weak, Northland analyst Tom Sepenzis wrote in a note to investors today. Additionally, Samsung's new smartphones will probably ship with OLED displays, rather than TFT displays, the analyst stated. These developments create risks for Himax in the March-June time period, according to Sepenzis. Meanwhile, January and February data reported by a number of Taiwanese vendors, including HTC and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), do not bode well for Himax, as their sales were down 26.5% in February versus January. Additionally, Sepenzis is now more pessimistic on the near-term outlook for sales of augmented reality headsets, leading him to believe that Himax's revenue from these products will be lower than he previously estimated in the near-term. The analyst kept a $110 price target and Outperform rating on the shares, as he remains upbeat on the company's longer term outlook. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Himax dropped 51c, or 6.5% to $7.47.
14:13 EDTAAPLApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
10:44 EDTAAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
09:37 EDTAAPL, HPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
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