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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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September 9, 2014
06:18 EDTAAPLNXP Semiconductors volatility low into Apple event
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06:15 EDTAAPLSynaptics volatility low into Apple event
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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13:59 EDTAAPLApple tests support ahead of product announcement
The shares are down less than a percent to $98.20 ahead of Tuesday's expected product announcements. At that price the shares are below the 30-week moving average, but above the 50-week moving average at $96.92. So far there appears little in the way of significant technical damage in spite of recent concerns from the sell-side community. A breakdown tomorrow below the 50-day moving average following the announcements would be cause for greater concern. A move below $95 would break the intermediate-term uptrend on a technical basis. Conversely a move back above the $101 area, near the 10-day moving average, would signal an all-clear on a technical basis for higher prices. The life high for the shares is at $103.74.
13:51 EDTAAPLApple may launch both iPhone models on Sept 19, Apple Insider reports
Apple may launch both iPhone 6 models on September 19, reports Apple Insider. Citing rumors from iGen.fr, the larger 5.5-inch model may not lag behind the 4.7-inch model after all although quantities of the larger version could be limited. Reference Link
11:19 EDTAAPLApple begins sending email alerts when iCloud accounts assessed, MacRumors says
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11:15 EDTAAPLApple to unveil a new product
The product launch will be held on September 9 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
09:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced risk profile 'neutral at best' into Apple event, says Canaccord
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09:40 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
09:29 EDTAAPLCraig-Hallum says Integrated Device likely in Apple iWatch
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09:25 EDTAAPLAlleged leaked images of Apple's iWatch show mic, speaker, Siri, 9to5Mac says
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08:40 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into September 9 press event
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07:35 EDTAAPLAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:22 EDTAAPLFormer GT Advanced manager points to sapphire covers at Apple, MacRumors says
While neither Apple (AAPL) nor GT Advanced (GTAT) have confirmed that Apple plans to use sapphire covers for its upcoming iPhones, a former product manager at GT claims on his LinkedIn profile that he played a key role in selling Apple on sapphire display covers for its "mobile devices," according to MacRumors, citing a prior report from TechViking. Reference Link
06:44 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch could have own App Store, will run third-party apps, 9to5Mac says
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06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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06:21 EDTMSFT, AAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
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