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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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October 22, 2014
13:11 EDTHPQFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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10:12 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active, reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday’s at Barclays
Best Buy October weekly 32, November 34 calls are active on total call volume of 3K calls (1K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, November is at 44, December is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term upside price movement after reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays.
09:15 EDTHPQEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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08:36 EDTBBYBest Buy reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays
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08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural short side risks have increased, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said risks to the short trade in Cliffs Natural have increased. The analyst rates shares an Underperform with a $10 price target but is bullish into next weeks earnings report given the size of cost cutting efforts, that could be worth $300M in EBITDA, and likely to surprise investors. Longer-term, the Credit Suisse remains cautious on shares.
October 21, 2014
15:00 EDTHTWRUpdate suggests HeartWare CE mark trial on track, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said the clinicaltrials.gov posting for HeartWare's MVAD CE Mark trial, which had not been changed since April 2013, was updated on October 16 and now indicates the trial is scheduled to start in April 2015. Wells expects HeartWare to update on MVAD on its Q3 call next week, but the firm said that it does not expect any major surprises based on the updated posting. Wells Fargo maintains its Market Perform rating on HeartWare.
14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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09:22 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Cliffs Natural to Sell saying the covenant breach and asset writedowns could force the company to cut or eliminate its dividend and stock buyback program. Citi also believes iron ore prices are unlikely to average well above $80/tonne over the next couple of years. The firm lowered its price target for Cliffs shares to $5 from $16.
October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
09:17 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill global steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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06:24 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:24 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:21 EDTHPQHP dismisses concerns about drop in global notebook market share, DigiTimes says
HP has dismissed concerns from Taiwan supply chain makers that say the company's global notebook market share may drop significantly following the split, reports DigiTimes. According to makers, HP said it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31M units. Reference Link
06:09 EDTCLFCliffs Natural expects to record non-cash impairment of about $6B in Q3
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