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August 21, 2014
13:00 EDTONNN, HPQ, SMTC, SHLDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory and drifted throughout the morning session. The Dow was the clear leader, while the Nasdaq lagged and struggled to stay in positive territory. Small cap stocks continued to struggle, as they did yesterday. The S&P is hovering near its all-time highs thanks to strength in countercyclical sectors, while the cyclical groups are showing weakness. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) reported Q3 earnings after the close last night, delivering year-over-year revenue growth for the first time in three years. The stock is trading up 5% to a 52-week high. MAJOR MOVERS: Sears Holding (SHLD) is down over 8% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines... Semtech (SMTC) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN) are rising after Bloomberg reported that they could be the next targets after the acquisition of International Rectifier (IRF) by Infineon (IFNNY). Semtech is up more than 5%, while ON Semiconductor is up over 2%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 67.71, or 0.4%, to 17,046.84, the Nasdaq was up 0.76, or 0.02%, to 4,527.24, and the S&P 500 was up 5.05, or 0.25%, to 1,991.56.
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August 3, 2015
11:04 EDTSHLDAmazon, Wal-Mart, others settle toy gun sales probe in NY, Bloomberg says
Five retailers, including Amazon (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT) have agreed to pay over $300,000 to end an investigation in New York into alleged sales of toy guns that were deemed too realistic, Bloomberg reports. Under an agreement to be officially announced later, the retailers, which also include Kmart, Sears (SHLD), and ACTA, will pay fines and create procedures to ensure that illegal toy guns are not sold in the state of New York, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSHLDSears announces $1B tender offer
Sears announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase for cash up to $1B principal amount of its outstanding 6 5/8% Senior Secured Notes Due 2018. The aggregate principal amount of Notes currently outstanding is $1.238B. The terms and conditions of the Offer are set forth in an Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal, each dated August 3. Holders of Notes are urged to read the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal carefully before making any decision with respect to the Offer. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on August 28. Jefferies is serving as Dealer Manager for the Offer.
06:17 EDTSHLDSears sees Q2 EPS $1.46-$1.92 with items, one estimate ($2.65)
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06:13 EDTSHLDSears sees Q2 adjusted EBITDA ($189M)-($249M)
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05:59 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF HPQ
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July 31, 2015
11:47 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; LNKD HPQ
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July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
05:51 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company’s more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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12:02 EDTHPQMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTHPQAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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July 22, 2015
08:38 EDTSHLDNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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