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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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May 15, 2015
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTLNVGYLenovo interested in acquiring Micro-Star gaming notebook unit, DigiTimes says
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May 14, 2015
19:11 EDTAAPLApple job listing hints at map service overhaul
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19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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18:39 EDTAAPLApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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17:36 EDTAAPLApple responds to rumored HomeKit delay, says first device next month, WSJ says
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17:17 EDTAAPLApple submits patent application to expand 'home button' features
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:37 EDTLNVGYLenovo rumored to plan Smart TV venture with Alibaba, Marbridge Daily says
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14:04 EDTAAPLApple delays launch of HomeKit to early fall, Fortune reports
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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09:34 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple search volume continues to surge in China, says UBS
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple Music to have deep social integration for artists, 9to5Mac reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple plans expansion of key Irish plant, Irish Independent reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple and A123 prepare to settle employee-poaching lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
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