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August 21, 2014
11:44 EDTHPQ, IBM, LNVGY, AAPL, MSFTHP 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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October 6, 2014
07:16 EDTAAPLiOS 8 adoption appear slower than its predecessors, 9to5Mac reports
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07:09 EDTHPQBusiness rationale for HP split not very clear, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTHPQHP up 7.8% after announcing separation transaction
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06:58 EDTHPQHP now sees FY15 revenue growth approx. flat y/y in constant currency
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06:53 EDTHPQHP split is smart move, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 free cash flow $6.5B-$7B
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06:46 EDTHPQHP reports 36K employees left as of Q3 as part of restructuring program
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06:42 EDTHPQHP's former Chairman Ralph Whitwork comments on separation
Ralph Whitworth, founder of Relational Investors and former Chairman of HPs board issued the following statement: HP's board and management have made a brilliant value-enhancing move at the perfect time in the turnaround. Today's announcement sets out bold, logical and highly compelling steps that will align the company's assets within more strategically and operationally focused corporate structures. Shareholders will now be able to invest in the respective asset groups without the fear of cross-subsidies and inefficiencies that invariably plague large business conglomerates. At the same time, management can better design strategic plans, incentives and market initiatives to suit the varying growth rates, capital intensity, and market objectives of these more focused and nimble companies. The new companies will be better positioned to address today's light-speed market dynamics and customer needs, and with distinct and compelling financial profiles and strong leadership teams, accelerate growth and shareholder value creation.
06:39 EDTHPQHP intends separation to be tax-free to holders
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06:38 EDTHPQ, LNVGYSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:35 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 EPS $3.83-$4.03, consensus $3.95
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06:34 EDTHPQHP backs FY14 EPS view of $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.73
06:33 EDTHPQHP confirms separation into two companies
HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one comprising HP's market-leading enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's market-leading personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. and retain the current logo. Immediately following the transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, HP shareholders will own shares of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. The transaction is intended to be tax-free to HP's shareholders for federal income tax purposes. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will build upon HP's leading position in servers, storage, networking, converged systems, services and software as well as its OpenStack Helion cloud platform. Meg Whitman to be president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise; Pat Russo to be chairman of the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise board. Dion Weisler to be president and CEO of HP Inc.; Meg Whitman to be chairman of the HP Inc. board.
06:31 EDTHPQHP confirms separation into two companies
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06:26 EDTHPQHP October volatility elevated, plans to separate into two companies, reports
HP October option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, December is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into reports of plans to separate into two companies.
06:25 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 chip orders to remain high in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
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06:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft 2015 solution may not help suppress Chromebook growth, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTLNVGY, HPQ, IBMHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTHPQHP breakup could drive 40%-90% upside, says Citigroup
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05:29 EDTHPQHP split to be viewed positively by shareholders, says Deutsche Bank
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