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July 17, 2014
15:05 EDTAAPL, IBMEarnings 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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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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14:54 EDTAAPLApple CEO may have broken SEC rules with email, MarketWatch says
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13:42 EDTAAPLApple goes negative on the session, levels to watch
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12:17 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:46 EDTAAPLApple turns positive on the session
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11:05 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; FB AAPL
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10:23 EDTAAPLApple continues to edge up off earlier lows
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10:12 EDTAAPLApple China concerns 'way overblown,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White attributes the slide in Apple shares to growing fears regarding China, but White believes those concerns have been "way overblown" and have pushed the stock to a "severely depressed" valuation. Even if EPS estimates for calendar year 2016 are only 50% of the firm's current projection, the stock is trading at a multiple of "just 14.5x" that projection, notes White, who "highly" doubts that even a global recession would drive Apple's results to slide that far. White reiterates a Buy rating and $195 price target on shares of Apple, which are down 2% to $103.65 in early trading this morning.
09:44 EDTAAPLApple drops sharply, cuts losses
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
09:27 EDTAAPLApple CEO says business in China strong through July, August
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09:18 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple drops in pre-market
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08:27 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated
Apple August weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, September is at 45, October is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36; suggesting large near term price movement.
06:27 EDTAAPLRoku tops Google in streaming media device sales, Parks Associates says
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06:22 EDTAAPLTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple announces repair program for blurry iPhone 6 Plus cameras
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05:45 EDTAAPLStocks with implied volatility movement; AAPL EFA
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August 23, 2015
19:03 EDTAAPLApple hires Tesla engineer for 'special projects' division
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14:23 EDTAAPLApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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