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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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November 11, 2014
09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTAAPLAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:35 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $125 from $115 at UBS
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTHPQ, AAPL, LNVGYQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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November 10, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:26 EDTLNVGYBlackBerry CEO meets with Lenovo, seeks partnerships in China, Bloomberg reports
BlackBerry (BBRY) CEO John Chen acknowledged meeting with the heads of Xiaomi and Lenovo (LNVGY) and said his company's strengths in security, encryption and privacy may present opportunities for agreements on technology licensing, distribution or manufacturing in China, reported Bloomberg, citing an interview with Chen at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit. Reference Link
07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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07:23 EDTMSFTRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTIBMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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