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August 21, 2014
13:00 EDTSMTC, SHLD, ONNN, HPQOn 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.
News For HPQ;SHLD;SMTC;ONNN From The Last 14 Days
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October 7, 2015
08:06 EDTSMTCSemtech's LoRa selected by Orange
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04:59 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; WFT HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Weatherford (WFT) 81, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
October 1, 2015
11:15 EDTHPQAutonomy's Mike Lynch sues HP for $150M in damages, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTHPQHP board approves separation
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September 30, 2015
15:39 EDTHPQHP announces transactions to retire up to $8.85B of debt securities
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10:49 EDTHPQWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:25 EDTHPQJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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09:12 EDTSHLDSears volatility at low end of 52-week range
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September 29, 2015
09:03 EDTHPQHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
September 28, 2015
16:10 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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10:18 EDTSHLDJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
September 25, 2015
18:19 EDTHPQFormer HP Chairman Ray Lane tried to stop Autonomy acquisition, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTSMTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Atlas Air (AAWW) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Emerge Energy (EMES) downgraded after guidance withdrawal at Stifel... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Internap (INAP) downgraded on earnings miss, negative outlook at Oppenheimer... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Superconductor Technologies (SCON) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:04 EDTHPQHP management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:38 EDTSMTCSemtech downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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September 24, 2015
09:36 EDTHPQGabelli continues to believe Stratasys is a strategic fit for Hewlett-Packard
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September 23, 2015
06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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