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February 21, 2013
14:02 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: HP shares recover after $8.8B charge related to Autonomy deal
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Thursday, February 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 71c on revenue of $27.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-82c on revenue of $26.3B-$28.72B... LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q4 EPS of $1.16 against estimates for $1.14 on revenue of $29.96B against estimates for $30.34B. HP said it sees Q1 EPS ex-items 68c-71c against then estimates for 85c. HP affirmed its FY13 EPS view of $3.40-$3.60 against then estimates for $3.52; current FY13 EPS consensus is $3.49. In its Q4 report, HP said it was taking an $8.8B charge primarily related to its acquisition of UK-based software company Autonomy. The company said a majority of this charge was related to "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations...that occurred prior to HP's acquisition of Autonomy." On December 27, HP said the Department of Justice had opened an investigation related to Autonomy, and on February 11 the Financial Reporting Council, the UK's accounting regulator, confirmed it was investigating Autonomy. Following Dell's (DELL) February 5 announcement that it was being taken private, HP released a statement saying it plans to take "full advantage" of any opportunities presented to the company as a result of Dell's deal. Since its Q4 report, reports of activist involvement in HP or a possible breakup of the company have circulated, though none of these reports have been publicly confirmed or denied... STREET RESEARCH: In the days following HP's Q4 results, shares were downgraded by at least four analyst firms. Following Dell's deal to be taken private, Jefferies said a takeover of HP is unlikely, and the firm maintains an Underperform rating on shares with a $10 price target. Wells Fargo issued a note in response to a story from Quartz that said HP's board was studying a breakup of the company, that said the firm thinks HP may spin off smaller units of the company, but that the PC or printer businesses are unlikely candidates to be spun off; Wells Fargo maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock. In a note earlier today, Sterne Agee maintained its Neutral rating on HP shares, saying that though shares remain inexpensive, continued pressure on HP's core businesses may reveal further downside in the stock... PRICE ACTION: Shares of HP are up over 26% since the first day of trading following its Q4 report. Shares of HP are up 0.6% in early afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report.
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September 22, 2014
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.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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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
08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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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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