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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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September 8, 2014
06:21 EDTMSFT, AAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTAAPLApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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14:10 EDTAAPLApple hires 'renowned' industrial designer Marc Newson, Bloomberg says
Apple has hired "renowned" industrial designer Marc Newson to work on future products, says Bloomberg. Newson will work on the small secretive Apple team that work on designs that give the company's products their physical look and feel, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:40 EDTAAPLApple looks to focus on health with unveiling of smartwatch, WSJ says
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTAAPLMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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12:03 EDTAAPLAvago climbs after Citi predicts surge in iPhone components
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11:39 EDTLNVGY, HPQIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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11:32 EDTAAPLApple, Google, Adobe appeal court's rejection of hiring settlement, Reuters says
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA YHOO WFM SLW ABX GOOG FB BIDU
08:22 EDTAAPLNVIDIA lawsuits likely to have positive outcome, says JMP Securities
After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities thinks there is a good chance that NVIDIA will obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC),. The firm thinks that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), will launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommends buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm is upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterates an Outperform rating.
07:30 EDTAAPLApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
07:05 EDTAAPLApple shares could work going forward, says RBC Capital
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTLNVGY, AAPL$30 to be competitive price for sapphire covers in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple plans to warn users of attempts to hack iCloud, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $100 from $90 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Avago (AVGO) shares to $100 citing increased confidence in the company's wireless content gains after meeting with management. Citi believes Avago will likely double its dollar content in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 when compared to the iPhone 5S. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on Avago, calling the stock its top specialty semi pick. The stock closed yesterday up 70c to $86.09.
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