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August 21, 2014
11:44 EDTMSFT, IBM, AAPL, HPQ, LNVGYHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
Shares of diversified technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after the company delivered year-over-year revenue growth in the third quarter for the first time in three years. The company also received a wealth of positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, HP reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 89c and revenue of $27.6B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 89c and $27.01B, respectively. Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $3.6B, up 36% from the prior-year period. For the quarter, Personal Systems revenue was up 12% year over year, while Printing revenue was down 4% y/y and Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% y/y. Enterprise Services revenue was down 6% y/y and Software revenue was down 5% y/y. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said her confidence in the company's turnaround is growing stronger, adding that she is "very pleased" with the progress the company has made. Looking ahead, HP forecast fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.03-$1.07, compared to consensus of $1.05. Fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS was seen at $3.70-$3.74, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $3.72. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Whitman said HP's product line up is the strongest in years with innovation "alive and well." She said the company expects to end FY14 with $9B in cash flow and will resume share repurchases in Q4. Whitman also noted that mergers and acquisitions will be part of the future, but she would prefer to grow the company organically. In an interview with Reuters, Whitman said that the company is in an improved spot at the moment to pursue acquisition opportunities than it has been in the past year since it now has $4.7B in net cash. Whitman also told CNBC that HP is in a position to "comfortably" do acquisitions. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Morgan Stanley raised its price target on HP to $40 from $36 and believes the return to revenue growth in PC, industry standard server and networking is sustainable and will continue to re-rate shares. The firm has as Overweight rating on the stock. Brean Capital believes if the company can become a consistent earnings grower and have positive normalized revenue growth, the stock could ultimately be a $40-$75 stock. Deutsche Bank, which reiterated a Buy rating and $40 price target on the stock, said HP's Q3 results contained more positive than negatives with the return of revenue growth and a strong performance in PCs. Cantor Fitzgerald raised its 12-month price target on HP to $34.50 from $30.00, though the firm says its long-term trajectory for HP "remains in question." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP rose $1.76, or about 5%, to $36.90 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $36.92. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 44% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other diversified technology companies include IBM (IBM), Lenovo Group (LNVGY), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT).
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December 4, 2014
10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL ALTR P BIDU AMZN TSLA X NFLX TWTR WMT
08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTHPQCarbonite names Mohamad Ali as CEO
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08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:03 EDTIBMCisco and IBM announce availability of integrated solution
Cisco (CSCO) and IBM (IBM) announced the availability of an integrated solution that combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system. The VersaStack solution is designed to deliver high levels of ease, efficiency and versatility for cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments. Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco innovations such as Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure and Cisco Intercloud Fabric. According to IDC1, total worldwide spending on integrated systems is growing at 32.8% annually and will reach approximately $14.37B in 2017.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
07:02 EDTIBMIBM to see positive change in 2015, says Cantor
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December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTMSFTGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTMSFTChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 45c to 26.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX C GILD RIG ABX according to Track Data.
11:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says gaming business is 'thriving'
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10:19 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:23 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $135 at JMP Securities
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07:47 EDTHPQHP, Alcatel-Lucent announce expansion of global alliance
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07:22 EDTIBMEconomics Club of Washington, D.C. to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:20 EDTMSFT2015 PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14M, 11M respectively, DigiTimes says
Sony (SNE) is expected to ship 14M PlayStation 4 consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5M units and Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to ship 11M Xbox One consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 23.7M units in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U shipments in 2015 will be 2M units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29M. Reference Link
06:20 EDTHPQHP, Telecom Italia announce commercial agreement
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