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May 23, 2014
11:07 EDTMSFT, IBM, AAPL, HPQ, LNVGYHP 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 20, 2015
16:06 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $15.88
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16:04 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 EPS $3.84, consensus $3.78
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16:01 EDTMSFT, IBM, AAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:10 EDTIBMIBM July weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q2
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15:07 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
IBM July weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, August is at 23, September is at 19 compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 20.
15:01 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTLNVGY, AAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPL, IBMEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:45 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Adallom for $320M, Globes says
Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Adallom for roughly $320M, reports Globes, without naming sources. Reference Link
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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