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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 16, 2014
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
July 14, 2014
11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural recommends voting WHITE proxy card
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July 11, 2014
08:49 EDTHPQJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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06:16 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $31 at Citigroup
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
12:23 EDTCLFCasblanca Capital condemns Cliffs Natural's compensation practices in letter
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, issued a letter to shareholders in connection with Casablanca’s campaign for fundamental change at Cliffs and its nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 29. In the letter, Casablanca details escalating management compensation while shareholder returns have plummeted, the opaque nature of the management bonus and review process, and the ways in which bonus compensation metrics have changed from year to year in an apparent effort by the Cliffs Board to justify management bonuses despite severe underperformance. Casablanca reiterates that, in contrast to the current 0.3% of Cliffs shares that the current Board and management team owns, Casablanca has economically aligned itself with the interests of fellow shareholders, with Casablanca owning 5.2% of Cliffs shares and with Lourenco Goncalves’ personal investment of $1.5M in Cliffs’ shares. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca said, “The Cliffs Board and management team have been pursuing their own personal agendas and enrichment at the expense of shareholders for far too long. It is time for the gravy train to end and for the Board to be held accountable. We are confident that on July 29 Cliffs’ shareholders will vote to support a slate of new directors who will reverse the outrageous value destruction and stop the pattern of excessive compensation and self-dealing at Cliffs.”
09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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08:35 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill steel analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Global Steel Analysts review market conditions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and discuss recent price moves in iron ore, met coal and global steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Covered companies AKS, ATI, CLF, CMC, GGB, MTL, NUE, RS, SCHN, SID, STLD, TX and X may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 14 at 10 am.
07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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