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May 22, 2014
11:56 EDTHPQ, NTAPEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q2 earnings report
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, May 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is a diversified IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions to personal and corporate customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings of 88c per share on revenue of $27.41B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-91c on revenue of $26.94B-$28.17B. In its Q1 earnings release, HP said it sees Q2 adjusted EPS 85c-89c and FY14 adjusted EPS $3.60-$3.75, both of which were in-line with expectations. LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q1 EPS of 90c against estimates for 84c on revenue of $28.2B against estimates for $27.19B. HP reported personal systems revenue rose 4% during the quarter against the prior year, while enterprise Group revenue rose 1% over the prior year. HP also reported $3B in cash flow from operations in the first quarter and exited the quarter with $16.4B in gross cash. COMPANY NEWS: HP raised its quarterly dividend by 10.2% to 16c per share on March 20. The company said that the increase in the dividend would be effective when the company's board declares HP's next dividend, which was expected to occur in May. The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Manpower Data Center awarded a five-year task order worth up to $548M to HP Enterprise on March 5. On April 9, HP announced a resolution of a U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. SEC investigation of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. HP said it would pay approximately $108M to these two U.S. government agencies and that it agreed to undertake certain compliance, reporting and cooperation obligations. HP Enterprise announced on April 22 that the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing signed a $116.9M contract for the company to implement a new Medicaid Management system. On May 7, Reuters reported that HP was planning to invest over $1B over the next two years to create and offer cloud-computing products and services and cited statements from the company's Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research was generally positive on HP during the quarter, with firms positively receiving the company with upgrades. On February 20, Argus upgraded HP to Buy from Hold based on what it sees as the company's strong cash generation trends and signs that the company's positive top-line and bottom-line comparisons can be sustained going forward. Barclays upgraded HP to Overweight from Equal Weight citing the company's improved free cash flow and expectations it will gain market share in x86 servers over the next several quarters. The firm raised its price target for shares to $38 from $33. On April 29, Pacific Crest upgraded HP to Outperform from Sector Perform citing increased confidence in the company's profit recovery due to expanding margins, enterprise share gains and stabilizing PC trends. The firm set a $37 price target for shares. Brean Capital raised its price target on Hewlett-Packard to $40 from $34 on May 19 as they feel guidance is achievable, the company can find additional cost savings and the company will still use its free cash flow to buy back stock. Brean Capital maintained its Buy rating on the shares. On May 20, however, Citigroup believed that both NetApp (NTAP) and HP "will be challenged" to meet April quarter revenue expectations, but may be able to reach earnings projections due to cost controls. Citi expects HP to reiterate its FY15 earnings outlook and has a Buy rating on HP. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trading following HPís first quarter report on February 20, shares have risen approximately 8.5%. Over the past year, shares have increased over 55%. During late morning trading, shares of HP are up 1.57% to $33.03.
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September 29, 2014
07:11 EDTHPQJudge questions HP stakeholder agreement in Autonomy situation, Reuters says
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September 28, 2014
20:10 EDTHPQEMC buyout rumors could be good for VMware, Barron's says
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September 25, 2014
07:33 EDTHPQCanadian government could ban HP as supplier for 10 years, Globe and Mail says
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07:30 EDTHPQCalPERS asks judge to reject HP settlement regarding Autonomy, Reuters says
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September 23, 2014
10:02 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTHPQ, HPQEMC would be a good fit for Hewlett-Packard , says CLSA
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08:16 EDTHPQBloomberg Government to hold a briefing
Briefing provides an update on the United Nationís Millennium Development Goals within their corporate strategies. Participants include Vice President Glazer of Hewlett-Packard and Vice President Veiga-Pestana of Unilever in the briefing being held in New York on September 23 at 5 pm.
08:02 EDTHPQHP announces new emission reduction goal of 40% by 2020
HP announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40% percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for all three parts of its value chain .
07:57 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy on takeout potential at Summit Research
Summit Research upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold on potential takeout potential. The firm said NetApp's business remains sluggish and that the company will have no choice but to find a buyer now that EMC (EMC) has been considering a merger with other leading OEMS. Summit Research believes NetApp integration would be easier for an acquirer given most of its revenue is derived from ONTAP software and notes shares trade at relative discount to the group. Price target raised to $55 from $34.
07:19 EDTHPQEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:33 EDTHPQHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
12:50 EDTHPQEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBCís David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTHPQEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
09:38 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTHPQHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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