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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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August 19, 2014
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
11:05 EDTIBMImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
08:42 EDTIBMImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
16:10 EDTIBMIBM issues statement on U.S. regulatory approval of x86 server sale to Lenovo
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
10:09 EDTAAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
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