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November 20, 2012
16:24 EDTHTWR, BBY, CLF, HPQ, KKDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed after pre-open news of a $8.8B write-down at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and midday comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dented the averages. Better than expected housing data provided a counter point to Bernanke's warnings about the potential impact of the fiscal cliff and a late day recovery brought the indices back to being nearly unchanged on the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts increased 3.6% in October from the prior month, to an annual rate of 894K, versus expectations for a decline of 3.7%. Building permits declined 2.7%, to an 866K annual rate, versus expectations for a decline of 2.9%. In Europe, Moody's downgraded France's government bond rating to Aa1 from Aaa... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard shares plunged $1.59, or 11.95%, to $11.71, closing near 10-year lows after the company disclosed "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” related to its purchase of U.K. software company Autonomy. In addition to the scandal, H-P's quarterly earnings beat expectations but its view for profit next quarter trailed Street estimates... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD), up $1.77, or 23.47%, to $9.31 after the company's Q3 earnings beat consensus estimates and Wedbush raised their price target on the shares to $11 from $9. Also higher were shares of HeartWare (HTWR), which rose $7.53, or 9.18%, to $89.54 after the company received FDA approval for a heart failure pump. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which slid $1.79, or 13.02%, to $11.96 after its earnings fell short of lowered expectations and its same store sales declined 4.3%. Also lower were shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), down $4.19, or 12.07%, to $30.48 following a downgrade to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... INDICES: The Dow was down 7.45, or 0.06%, to 12,788.51; the Nasdaq was up 0.61, or 0.02%, to 2,916.68; and the S&P 500 was up 0.93, or 0.07%, to 1,387.82.
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July 21, 2014
10:43 EDTHPQFormer Autonomy CFO challenges proposed HP settlement, Re/code reports
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08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
07:15 EDTHPQO'Reilly to hold a conference
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July 18, 2014
10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
July 17, 2014
16:13 EDTHPQHP appoints Whitman Chairman, Alcoa's Kleinfeld joins board
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09:50 EDTCLFEgan-Jones recommends Cliffs Natural investors vote for director nominees
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06:28 EDTHPQHP increasing fire-safety audits in China, WSJ reports
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTHPQBarclays tech hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:05 EDTHPQHP has positive read through from Intel results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest has an upward bias on its estimates for HP (HPQ) following Intel's (INTC) positive comments on the PC market. The firm thinks that HP's stock could jump another 20% if enterprise PC fundamentals continue to improve. It keeps an Outperform rating on HP.
July 15, 2014
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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