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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 14, 2014
07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTAAPLEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:28 EDTAAPL, IBMBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:02 EDTIBMIBM signs 10-year, large-scale services agreement with WOOX Innovations
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11:13 EDTAAPLApple hits 52-week high after Bernstein says margins could climb
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:01 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $110 at Bernstein
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08:01 EDTAAPLCalpian says deploys Apple Pay for merchants
Calpian, Inc. (CLPI) has successfully enabled Apple Pay (AAPL) for its merchant customers as they respond to growing consumer interest in the new mobile payment service.
06:39 EDTAAPLApple's rumored iPad Pro delayed to 2Q15, AppleInsider reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLChipmakers in Apple Watch supply chain to start production, DigiTimes reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLApple paying little in iTunes taxes outside North America, AFR reports
According to a report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, more than two-thirds of the money Apple’s iTunes makes outside North America goes through the group’s Luxembourg holding company where it is not taxable. Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
07:48 EDTIBMWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:13 EDTIBMIBM data solutions selected by Kenya Power
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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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