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July 17, 2014
15:05 EDTIBM, AAPLEarnings Preview: IBM reports after Apple deal, dividend hike
International Business Machines (IBM) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, July 17, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. IBM, an information technology services and software company, is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $4.29 on revenue of $24.13B. The consensus range is $4.07-$4.39 for EPS on revenue of $23.5B-$24.59B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, IBM reported first quarter EPS of $2.54, matching the consensus estimate. Revenue came in at $22.5B, trailing the consensus $22.91B projection. IBM reported Q1 software segment revenue grew 2% to $5.7B and that technology services revenue fell 3% to $9.3B. IBM also said it still sees 2014 EPS of "at least" $18.00, which compared to consensus at the time of $17.84 and current consensus of $17.87. On IBM's Q1 earnings conference call, company management said, "As we look to the balance of 2014, we continue to expect good performance in the key growth areas, though our overall revenue growth will be impacted by the challenges in our hardware business and the customer care divestiture." IBM added that it still expects to deliver "at least" $20.00 in operating EPS in 2015. Current consensus for its FY15 EPS is $19.78. NEWS: On April 23, IBM unveiled new Power Systems servers that the company said would allow data centers to manage large data requirements with unprecedented speed. The new servers culminate a $2.4B investment, three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents, the company stated. Less than a week later, IBM introduced a cloud-based marketplace which it said would be one of the primary channels through which the company will deliver "IBM as a Service." At the end of April, IBM declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.10 per common share, which was an increase of 15c from its prior quarterly dividend. On June 11, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that IBM was close to finalizing an agreement to sell its its chip-making business to Globalfoundries. Two days ago, IBM announced an exclusive partnership with Apple (AAPL) that will bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. As part of the partnership, IBM will introduce a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad, as well as unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS. As part of the agreement, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after IBM's last report, analyst opinion on its results and prospects was lukewarm. Goldman Sachs said IBM reported "another tough quarter" on weakness in emerging markets and increasing competition in application outsourcing. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $173 from $175 and kept a Neutral rating on the name at that time. JPMorgan raised its price target for IBM shares to $197 from $175, despite calling the company's operating metrics in Q1 "weaker than expected." JPMorgan also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Earlier this month, Bernstein noted the press reports that indicated IBM was getting closer to a deal to sell its Microelectronics business to Global Foundries. The firm said reports claimed the business loses up to $1.5B per year, but Bernstein estimates that the unit only loses around $500M per year and that the benefits of potential deal for IBM may have been overstated. The firm kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, IBM is up fractionally over $193 per share. IBM's stock has risen almost 2% over the last three months.
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 13, 2015
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10:25 EDTAAPLGoogle to unveil interactive watch faces next Android Wear, Phandroid says
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09:16 EDTAAPLSusquehanna comfortable buying Apple, NXP Semiconductors ahead of earnings
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09:04 EDTIBMIBM and NVIDIA announces a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing
IBM (IBM) along with NVIDIA (NVDA) and two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories announced a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing. The collaborations are in support of IBM's supercomputing contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. They will enable advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications both for supporting DOE missions, and for the Summit and Sierra supercomputer systems to be delivered respectively to Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore in 2017 and to be operational in 2018.
09:03 EDTIBMSeagate expands relationship with IBM for high performance computing storage
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09:02 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Cantor
Noting that Apple's stock has dropped over the past couple of weeks, Cantor blames the retreat on the sharp sell-off in China's stock market, a sloppy tech tape and concerns regarding Apple Watch. However, the firm thinks the company's momentum in China will not be derailed by the stock market retreat, while supply issues have restrained sales of the Apple Watch. The firm believes that Apple Watch will be the top gift this holiday season. It keeps a $195 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:47 EDTAAPLSkyworks should be bought ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:44 EDTAAPLHSBC to launch Apple Pay in UK on Tuesday, 9to5Mac reports
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07:18 EDTAAPLChina jitters won't impact Apple results yet but long-term test remains, FT says
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07:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch U.S. sales 3.04M through July 10, MacRumors reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLTablet sales plateaued in 2014, TechCrunch reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analyst Andy Perkins upgraded shares of Apple to Buy and maintained its $140. Perkin's upgraded Apple citing recent share weakness, expectations for a successful launch of the new 6s handset in September, and continuing good growth in revenues from the App Store.
06:17 EDTAAPLApple could release updated iPod Touch, Nanos this week, Business Insider says
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05:49 EDTAAPLFoxconn plans to build 10-12 India plants before 2020, DigiTimes reports
Apple supplier Foxconn plans to build 10-12 plants in India before 2020, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, the rise of the domestic market and clients' demand for local production in India has prompted Foxconn to consider building production bases in the country. Reference Link
05:49 EDTAAPLReports: Foxconn investment plan in Vietnam rejected, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTAAPLApple 'cautious' about placing orders for 12.9-inch iPad, DigiTimes reports
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05:49 EDTAAPLUpstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
The upstream supply chain expects weak PC performance in the second half of 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, orders are expected to stay weak in Q3 after it originally expected a bottoming out in Q2. Reference Link
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