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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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January 26, 2016
11:13 EDTAAPLActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:06 EDTIBMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
07:49 EDTAAPLApple remains a long-term attractively priced asset, says Brean Capital
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 42. March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today after the market close.
06:03 EDTAAPLVirnetX seeks $532M from Apple for alleged patent infringement, Bloomberg report
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January 25, 2016
19:48 EDTAAPLApple design chief Jony Ive not unhappy with car project, CNET says
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19:20 EDTAAPLApple reshuffles India operations after 'deep discounting' in quarter, ET says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:18 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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14:17 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL +3% to 39.17 into Q1 & outlook
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple technical comments ahead of earnings, potential bearish pattern
There is a potential bearish head and shoulders top, which is most easily seen on a 3-year chart. The neckline for the pattern is at the $100 area on a closing basis, and in recent sessions the pattern has been both active and inactive as price crossed that line. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $100 would see the pattern become active. Downside potential for the pattern would be to the $70 to $66 area. If the news is a bullish surprise, and sentiment has turned negative on the name which could add to short-cover demand, the counter-reaction up may be as large as pattern suggests is possible on the downside. It could mean in time a retaking of the $130 area or higher. The life high for the shares is at $134.54.
12:59 EDTAAPLApple executives unsatisfied with progress of 'Project Titan,' AppleInsider says
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10:03 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 5se to likely come with faster A9/M9 chips, 9to5Mac reports
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09:32 EDTAAPLApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTIBMWestern Digital acquires over a hundred patents from IBM
Western Digital (WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.
07:32 EDTIBMTMC to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 57, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 26.
06:44 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPhone, iPad Air 3 in 1H16, AppleInsider says
Apple is planning to launch a 4-inch iPhone as well as the iPad Air 3 in the first half of the year, AppleInsider reports, citing KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAAPLOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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