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July 10, 2014
09:13 EDTHPQ, WDC, STXHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
After Gartner estimated that PC sales were flat year-over-year in Q2, RBC Capital believes that PC shipments are rebounding and predicts that PC demand will continue to improve going forward. The firm says that HP (HPQ), Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are the most notable beneficiaries of this trend. It keeps Outperform ratings on Seagate and Western Digital and a Sector Perform rating on Hewlett-Packard.
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October 28, 2014
06:29 EDTSTXSeagate guidance better than feared, says Citigroup
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06:25 EDTHPQLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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05:57 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; SLB HPQ
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October 27, 2014
09:02 EDTSTXSysorex unit announces reseller partner agreements with Seagate,Basho
Lilien Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global (SYRX), announced new strategic reseller partner agreements with Seagate (STX) Technology’s Cloud Systems and Solutions and Basho Technologies to address the emerging and growing market of object storage solutions, which IDC Marketscape estimates to be a $21.7B market by 2017. The company said it believes the combination of technologies and services from Basho, Seagate and Lilien, respectively, form a synergistic foundation for delivering reliable, scalable object storage solutions and services to enterprise customers. Forthcoming object storage solutions resulting from the partnership will target on-premises or private cloud environments for medium to large enterprises.
08:07 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q1 EPS ex-items $1.34, consensus $1.25
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October 24, 2014
16:25 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, WSJ reports
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16:08 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, DJ reports
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10:43 EDTSTXSeagate technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:09 EDTHPQHP calls amid speculation Icahn has taken a stake
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09:48 EDTHPQRumor: HP moves up amid spculation Icahn has taken a stake
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October 23, 2014
12:43 EDTSTXSeagate weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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October 22, 2014
16:46 EDTSTXSeagate increases targeted annual dividend 26% to $2.16
Seagate Technology announced that its board of directors has approved a 26% increase in the company’s targeted regular cash dividend. The targeted annual dividend will increase from $1.72 to $2.16 per share and will continue to be paid quarterly. The first payment at the new quarterly rate of 54c per share is scheduled to be paid on November 25 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 11. The declaration and payment of any future quarterly dividends will continue to be at the discretion of the board of directors and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the board
13:11 EDTHPQFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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09:15 EDTHPQEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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October 21, 2014
14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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October 19, 2014
12:14 EDTWDCWestern Digital looks like inexpensive big data play, Barron's says
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