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December 10, 2012
12:20 EDTZGNX, UNXL, HON, MCD, DECK, IN, HPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as some encouraging data from China offset increased worries about Europe fueled by the surprise resignation announcement from Italy's prime minister. Stocks opened quietly amid the international news. No movement was reported on the fiscal cliff negotiations, though the President and House Speaker John Boehner did meet yesterday, and investors may continue to stay on the sidelines until more clarity on that front emerges... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Europe, Italy's benchmark bond yields spiked and its stock market fell sharply after Prime Minister Mario Monti's surprise announcement of his intention to resign, which will likely prompt early elections. In China, industrial output had its best growth rate since March, rising 10.1% in November from a year ago. However, exports slowed sharply last month, rising 2.9% year over year after growing at an 11.6% pace in October. Import growth was unchanged from a year earlier, growing 2.4%... COMPANY NEWS: On the Dow, McDonald's (MCD) reported its global same-store sales rose 2.4% in November, driven mainly by strong results in the U.S. Shares rose about 1.3%, but could not catch up to Dow pacesetter Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which jumped over 3.5% following speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn is building a stake, though CNBC's David Faber disputed those rumors... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Uni-Pixel (UNXL), up 37% after rising over 18% Friday. The company said Friday it reached a deal for its technology to be used by "a large PC manufacturer" and this morning Craig-Hallum raised its price target on shares to $22 from $13. Also higher were shares of Intermec (IN), up 23% after agreeing to be acquired by Honeywell (HON) for $10.00 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Zogenix (ZGNX), down over 46% after an FDA advisory panel voted against recommending approval for its Zohydro ER pain drug. Also lower were shares of Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down more than 5% following cautious comments from Piper Jaffray regarding evidence of higher markdowns of UGG boots... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 33.99, or 0.26%, to 13,189.12; the Nasdaq was up 13.46, or 0.45%, to 2,991.50; and the S&P 500 was up 2.81, or 0.20%, to 1,420.88.
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:46 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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13:35 EDTHPQHP February weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q1
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12:47 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: HP reports with break-up inching closer
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions. In October of last year, HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies: one comprising HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $27.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 88c-95c on revenue of $27.01B-$27.92B. With its last earnings report, the company said it expects Q1 EPS of 89c-93c. HP has an FY15 EPS forecast of $3.83-$4.03, compared to a consensus estimate of $3.96. LAST QUARTER: On November 25, HP reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate, on revenue of $28.4B, against a consensus estimate of $28.76B. HP said its Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% from the prior year period, with total units up 5%, including Desktops units being down 2% and Notebooks units being up 8%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 4% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue down 2%, Storage revenue down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 29%, Networking revenue up 2% and Technology Services revenue down 3%. NEWS: On the day after HP's Q4 report, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview on CNBC that the company will have a moratorium on acquisitions during 2015 as it readies for its split. Whitman also noted that the newly formed companies will have a supply chain agreement to ensure they do not lose leverage after their split. In mid January, research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. Late last month, HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success" and announced Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be headed by Meg Whitman as President and CEO and that HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO. STREET RESEARCH: On December 17, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva contended that sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017. The firm identified HP as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. Suva raised his price target on HP shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Also at that time, Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. On January 13, Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing increased competition and the fact that a number of companies are buying integrated IT stacks and buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products. More recently, Wells Fargo said it believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand. The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that investors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of HP are up almost 2%. Near midday ahead of Tuesday's report, the stock was down fractionally near $38 per share.
06:54 EDTHPQTwo reshuffles in HP's cloud computing unit, Gigaom says
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06:36 EDTHPQHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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February 23, 2015
08:55 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
HP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 61, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
07:40 EDTHPQHP Q1 results could beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that ivnestors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTMCDOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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February 19, 2015
09:35 EDTMCDOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
08:45 EDTHPQHP launches open network switches for web scale cloud data centers
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08:30 EDTHONHoneywell repeats target for double digit earnings growth over 2013-2018 period
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08:28 EDTHONHoneywell CFO says would consider adding leverage for right M&A deal
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08:22 EDTHONHoneywell reaffirms FY15 sales, EPS forecast
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February 18, 2015
10:02 EDTHPQe.Digital Corporation files patent infringement lawsuits against HP, others
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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February 17, 2015
07:24 EDTMCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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