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April 16, 2014
12:30 EDTIBM, LNVGYEarnings 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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July 16, 2014
08:03 EDTIBMApple deal with IBM could drive enterprise sales, says Canaccord
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July 15, 2014
18:29 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 4.1% after reporting second quarter results... AMD (AMD), up 1.6% after Intel reported quarterly results... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.6% after reporting fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: IBM (IBM), up 1.8% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with Apple (AAPL), which is up 1.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), down 2.3% after reversing direction during the company's second quarter earnings conference call. ALSO LOWER: BlackBerry (BBRY), down 3.4% following IBM and Apple partnership announcement.
17:40 EDTIBMBlackBerry slides after Apple, IBM partner on mobile enterprise
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16:51 EDTIBMBlackBerry lower by almost 5% after Apple-IBM pact
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16:50 EDTIBMApple, IBM both higher after announcing enterprise mobile partnership
In after-hours trading, Apple (AAPL) is up 1.5%, while IBM (IBM) is up 2.1%.
16:35 EDTIBMApple, IBM announce announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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16:31 EDTIBMApple, IBM announce partnership to 'transform enterprise mobile'
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11:32 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2 and outlook
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09:33 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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08:03 EDTIBMCajamar and IBM sign 10-year applications management contract
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07:23 EDTIBMFortune to hold a conference
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06:11 EDTLNVGYSamsung, HiSilicon to sell more handset solutions to vendors, DigiTimes says
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July 14, 2014
07:48 EDTIBMQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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06:46 EDTIBMIBM to research smart cities, Xinhua reports
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July 10, 2014
07:47 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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06:26 EDTLNVGYTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTLNVGYIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTLNVGYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTLNVGYHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
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