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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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June 18, 2015
11:43 EDTIBMIBM, Sogeti partnering on hybrid cloud development
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices secured design win in next iPhone, says Citi
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he believes Analog Devices (ADI) has secured a design win in the next generation Apple (AAPL) iPhone. The win could contribute $160M in revenue and 10c in earnings per share in 2016, Danely tells investors today in a research note. He upped his price target for Analog shares to $66 from $55 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The analyst believes the Apple design win is already priced in with shares trading at 22 times his 2016 earnings estimate. Danely cites valuation for his Neutral rating on the stock.
07:26 EDTIBMImperva price target raised to $75 from $59 at Stephens
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07:09 EDTAAPLAlmost 20% of Apple Watch buyers have purchased spare band, Reuters says
Nearly 20% of Apple Watch buyers have also purchased a spare band for the watch, Reuters reports, citing data from Slice Intelligence. Slice estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M watches as of mid-June, the report says. The data shows that approximately 17% of Apple Watch shoppers have purchased more than one band, with the entry level sports brand as the highest seller at $49, Reuters says. Other popular bands are the quilted leather loop at $149 and the stainless steel link bracelet for $449. Reference Link
June 17, 2015
14:42 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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10:25 EDTAAPLApple iPhone estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMD ADBE TWTR BABA QIHU NFLX BAC
07:29 EDTAAPLApple Music offering high revenue rate to attract indie labels, Billboard says
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07:10 EDTAAPLSoftbank, Foxconn form JV to make robots, Nikkei reports
Softbank (SFTBF) and Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn will set up a joint venture to make robots, The Nikkei reports, citing sources. According to the sources, the JV may first focus on mass production of Pepper, a home robot that can respond to human emotions and requests, and plan to initially make around 10,000 units annually. The JV may also market the robot and potentially other models globally. Reference Link
June 16, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLApple Twitter Facebook Bank of America Yahoo Netflix Alibaba WisdomTree Coca-Cola Goldman Sachs Micron General Electric
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
15:19 EDTAAPLMonster says Apple revoked license folowing Beats lawsuit, WSJ reports
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14:53 EDTAAPLMobileIron up 8% after TechCrunch discloses partnership with Apple
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14:48 EDTAAPLMobileIron working with Apple for iPad applications, TechCrunch says
Apple (AAPL) is working with MobileIron (MOBL) to help deploy applications into the enterprise, TechCrunch reports. Reference Link
09:51 EDTAAPLApple stores begin selling Apple Watch, BGR reports
Apple stores around the country have begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch for sale, reports BGR. According to sources, the stores can sell the device for sale through in-store reservations for personal pickup after an online purchase. There's no word on the product mix at this point. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand holding up better than expected, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says its initial estimates of iPhone component orders for the September quarter indicate that iPhone demand should hold up better than it had previously expected. The firm adds that iPhone demand appears to have remained solid in recent months, which should enable Apple's Q3 EPS to beat expectations. Pacific Crest adds that its more upbeat view on the iPhone is "somewhat offset" by its less positive outlook on Apple Watch sales. Nevertheless the firm thinks that the iPhone's improved outlook reduces the stock's downside risk. However, it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:17 EDTAAPLUber previously had talks with Apple, Starbucks on logistics tie-up, WSJ says
Uber was reportedly in talks “in recent months” with Apple (AAPL) and Starbucks (SBUX) to create partnerships to help build its same-day product delivery program, but both companies instead went with startup courier service Postmates, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber launched its logistics service a year ago with plans to sign up with “dozens” of retailers, yet has announced partnerships with only six, the report says. Eat24, owned by Yelp (YELP), and GrubHub (GRUB) also held discussions with Uber but haven't reached any agreements, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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