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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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November 12, 2014
06:36 EDTAAPLOrder visibility highest for Apple, Lenovo shipments in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:03 EDTIBMAcacia Research enters into settlement and patent license agreement with IBM
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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13:09 EDTAAPLApple to face lawsuit on failed texts when switching to Android, Reuters says
Apple must face a U.S. federal lawsuit for failing to alert consumers that text messages may be interrupted after switching to an Android-based phone from an iPhone, says Reuters. Reference Link
13:08 EDTIBMIBM CFO says not looking for big, transformative acquisitions
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09:55 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Apple working out details on partnership in China, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTAAPLAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:35 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $125 from $115 at UBS
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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07:12 EDTIBMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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