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April 16, 2014
12:30 EDTLNVGY, IBMEarnings Preview: Cantor more upbeat than Citi on IBM ahead of report
International Business Machines (IBM) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 16, 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 $2.54 on revenue of $22.91B. The consensus range is $2.49-$2.62 for EPS on revenue of $22.21B-$23.19B, according to First Call. In response to a question on its Q4 earnings conference call, IBM said that an analyst's math which put the company's Q1 EPS coming in at $2.50 was "consistent with how we would see it as well." LAST QUARTER: IBM reported Q4 EPS of $6.13, beating the consensus estimate of $5.99. Revenue came in at $27.7B, trailing the consensus $28.25 projection. IBM reported Q4 software segment revenue grew 3% to $8.1B and that technology services revenue fell 4% to $9.9B. IBM also said its sees 2014 EPS of "at least" $18.00, which compared to consensus at the time of $17.97 and current consensus of $17.84. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors this morning, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said that he expects IBM to meet the firm's $2.53 per share earnings estimate for the quarter. White added that he expects all of IBM's segments to decline sequentially due to seasonality, but also said that he believes IBM's profit cycle bottomed out in Q1 and that investors could "warm up" to the stock this year. Cantor has a Buy rating and $220 price target on shares of IBM. Yesterday, Citigroup downgraded its rating on IBM to Neutral from Buy, citing the stock's valuation. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $200 from $235. About a week ago, Deutsche Bank initiated coverage of IBM with a Hold rating and $200 price target. NEWS: On January 23, two days after its last quarterly report, IBM agreed to sell its x86 server business, including System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, to Lenovo (LNVGY) for about $2.3B in cash and stock. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. Within the next week, Re/code reported, citing sources, that IBM was exploring the sale of its product line focused on software defined networking, or SDN, that was not included in the sale to Lenovo. The company may be seeking as much as $1B for the assets, the report claimed. In February, Bloomberg said IBM was focused on finding a joint-venture partner for its chip-making unit after failing to find a buyer for the assets. The next month, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty reportedly stated in a letter to investors that the company is not exiting hardware entirely. Rometty wrote that "IBM will remain a leader in high-performance and high-end systems, storage and cognitive computing, and we will continue to invest in R&D for advanced semiconductor technology," as quoted by The Wall Street Journal. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, IBM is flat near $197 per share. IBM shares have risen 4.5% over the last three months.
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November 24, 2015
05:41 EDTLNVGYReport: Lenovo to phase out Vibe brand smartphones, DigiTimes says
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November 23, 2015
08:20 EDTIBMMerge Healthcare, eviCore partner to streamline medical imaging process
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November 20, 2015
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acceleron (XLRN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CSRA (CSRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... HP Enterprise (HPE) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Needham... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Sucampo (SCMP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
07:13 EDTIBMIBM initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities
JMP Securities analyst Greg McDowell initiated IBM with an Outperform rating and $167 price target on shares. McDowell believes sentiment is too negative and investors do not appreciate its leadership position in multiple technology categories and sticky customer base, the potential for a crossover point within the next two years, when the fast-growing revenue components of the business will offset declines in the more mature businesses, its revenue diversity, with software now a significant portion of revenue and hardware less, and its capacity for self-renewal.
November 19, 2015
13:45 EDTIBMIBM mulling 3,000 job cuts in Germany, Reuters says
IBM is weighing cutting 3,000 jobs in Germany over the next two years, Reuters reports, citing Wirschafts Woche magazine. The magazine was quoting a union leader who sits on the firm's supervisory board, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
06:31 EDTIBMBerkshire buys more IBM shares, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.

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