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August 21, 2014
13:00 EDTHPQ, SHLD, SMTC, ONNNOn 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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September 23, 2014
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 .
07:19 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
06:33 EDTONNNON Semiconductor downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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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 CNBC’s 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
11:26 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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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.
06:59 EDTSHLDSears failed to get 'acceptable' bids for Sears Canada unit, NY Post reports
Sears failed to get any acceptable bids for its Sears Canada unit after potential bidders examined the company’s books, the New York Post reports. Sears was forced last week to take out a $400M loan from CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund. Reference Link
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
17:17 EDTSHLDESL Partners reports 48.5% stake in Sears, provides update on loan talks
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07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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September 18, 2014
18:25 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Concur (CNQR), up 19.5% after SAP (SAP) announced that it will acquire the company for $129 per share... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 9.8% after confirming FDA orphan designation for Lymphoseek... Molycorp (MCP), up 6.1% after Oaktree Capital reported a 9.1% passive stake in the company... JetBlue (JBLU), up 4.6% following CEO transition announcement... Wendy's (WEN), up 2.15% after Trian reported a 24.39% stake in the company... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.6% after Fairholme Capital reported a 24% stake in the company... AMD (AMD), up 1% after announcing that it expanded an IP partnership with Synopsys (SNPS). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), down 3%... Oracle (ORCL), down 2.4% following first quarter earnings miss and CEO transition... Tibco Software (TIBX), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Quest Resource (QRHC), down 13.4% after filing an automatic common stock and warrant shelf... Eagle Rock (EROC), down 4.5% after filing to sell 53.34M common units for limited partners... Chatham Lodging (CLDT), down 3.3% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 2.3% after filing to sell 9.98M shares of common stock for holders... Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT), down 1.6% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock.
17:33 EDTSHLDFairholme Capital reports 24.0% stake in Sears
The St. Joe Company, an affiliate of the Fund and Fairholme, is in discussions with the company regarding the $400M secured short-term loan disclosed on the 8-K filed by the Issuer on September 15. The St. Joe Company may invest up to $100M in participations relating to the Short Term Loan.
10:56 EDTSHLDSears operations erasing $10/share in value each year, says Credit Suisse
In a note titled "Thinking About 'The End,'" Credit Suisse earlier today said events over the past month "had to shake supplier confidence" in Sears. The firm noted that Sears is generating negative operating cash flow of between $1B-$2B in 2014. Credit Suisse concludes that if Sears' real estate assets are worth as much as bulls think they are, then the company should liquidate since its operations are taking over $10 per share of value away every year. It has Underperform rating on Sears with a $20 price target. Shares of the retailer are down 2%, or 66c, to $28.90 in morning trading.
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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