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August 21, 2014
11:44 EDTLNVGY, MSFT, IBM, AAPL, HPQHP 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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September 24, 2015
09:59 EDTAAPLOTR Global believes NXP Semiconductors lost sensor gub in new iPhone 6S
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09:36 EDTHPQGabelli continues to believe Stratasys is a strategic fit for Hewlett-Packard
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09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTAAPLSprint to offer iPhone 6s 16GB for $1 per month
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple well positioned to introduce a car, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Sundeep Bajikar says his analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple (AAPL) is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors in a research note. He assumes a $55,000 car price and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited, Bajikar argues. However, he says he could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. Apple closed yesterday up 92c to $114.32.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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06:16 EDTIBMIBM to open second Watson headquarters in San Francisco
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06:08 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay has over $30M in accumulated transaction volume in first month
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFT, AAPLChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTAAPLAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
11:19 EDTAAPLApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:24 EDTAAPLT-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
09:18 EDTAAPL, IBM, MSFT, LNVGYPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
07:28 EDTAAPLApple installment plans may accentuate seasonality, says UBS
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06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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