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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 16, 2014
10:15 EDTSHLDSears tumbles to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares hit a fresh 52-week low at $30.88 before bouncing slightly higher. WIth price last at $31.18, support is at that new low. A break below $30.88 would see next support at $30.10. Resistance is at $31.71, a pivot low on a closing basis, and then at $32.62.
06:35 EDTSHLDSears borrows $400M from CEO's hedge fund
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September 15, 2014
15:46 EDTHPQCenturyLink said to have lined up financing for Rackspace, says Betaville blog
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10:22 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Oppenheimer
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07:19 EDTHPQSNIA to hold a conference
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September 12, 2014
15:29 EDTHPQHP exploring sale of Snapfish photo service, Reuters reports
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15:26 EDTHPQHP exploring sale of Snapfish photo service, Reuters reports
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September 11, 2014
18:30 EDTHPQHP, Russia plead guilty, sentenced for bribing Russian government officials
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16:10 EDTHPQHP acquires open source cloud software maker Eucalyptus
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11:17 EDTHPQEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTHPQUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:07 EDTHPQEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTSHLDLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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10:00 EDTONNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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06:33 EDTONNNON Semiconductor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
Baird downgraded On Semiconductor to Neutral to reflect expectations for a Q4 slowdown in notebooks, TD-LTE smartphones, and servers and now sees indications where MOSFET and MCU lead times are starting to pull in. The firm sees little upside to Q4 estimates and likely reductions in Q1. Price target lowered to $10 from $11.
September 9, 2014
14:04 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $43 from $40 at Argus
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07:17 EDTHPQThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 5, 2014
11:39 EDTHPQIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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