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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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January 20, 2015
16:15 EDTIBMIBM reports $128B services backlog
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16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Hardware down 39%
Revenues from continuing operations for the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B for the quarter, down 39% (down 12 percent, adjusting for the impact of the divested System x business and currency) from the fourth-quarter of 2013. Systems and Technology pre-tax income increased 12% and pre-tax margin increased to 15.5%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from Power Systems were down 13% (down 11 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the 2013 period. Revenues from System z mainframe server products decreased 26% (down 23 percent, adjusting for currency). Revenues from System Storage decreased 8 percent (down 5 percent, adjusting for currency).
16:11 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Software Segment revenue down 7%
Revenues from the Software segment were $7.6B, down 7% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the fourth-quarter of 2013. Software pre-tax income decreased 11% and pre-tax margin decreased to 44.7%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from IBM’s key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $5.4B, down 6% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) versus the fourth-quarter of 2013. Operating systems revenues of $557M were down 19% (down 16 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the prior-year quarter.
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 Global Services segment revenue down 8%
Global Services segment revenues decreased 8% to $13.5B. Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 8 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and for currency) to $9.2B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 8% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.3B. Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 26% and pre-tax margin decreased to 15.6%. Global Business Services pre-tax income decreased 22% and pre-tax margin decreased to 16.4%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. The estimated services backlog at December 31, 2014 was $128B, flat year to year adjusting for the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and currency.
16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 EPS $5.81, consensus $5.41
Reports Q4 revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.77B.
15:24 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM estimates cut by Jefferies, BofA ahead of report
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15:21 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:28 EDTIBMIBM January weekly 155 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
January 16, 2015
06:10 EDTLNVGYGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTLNVGYLenovo announces a strategic alliance with Zenoss
Lenovo announced a strategic alliance with Zenoss to help enterprises and service providers improve IT service reliability, responsiveness and operational efficiency. With this agreement, Lenovo and Zenoss will extend the Zenoss Resource platform by adding the ZenPack plug-in to Lenovo’s lineup of x86 servers.
08:58 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated at 39 into Q4 and outlook
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January 14, 2015
08:34 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at BofA/Merrill
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06:14 EDTLNVGYMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
17:55 EDTIBMIBM launches the z13 mainframe after $1B investment
IBM announced the z13 mainframe system, capable of processing 2.5B transactions per day and it is the first system to make real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale. z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience. The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions. The system culminates a $1B investment and five years of development.
07:49 EDTLNVGYLenovo weighs IPO for small device unit, Bloomberg reports
Lenovo, whose new small device unit to be called Shenqi could be worth “a couple of billion dollars” when it begins selling smartphones and smart-home devices under its own brand, is considering taking the new unit public, reported Bloomberg, citing an interview with Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing in Beijing. Reference Link
07:04 EDTIBMFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:33 EDTIBMTeradata set to acquire Appoxee for about $20M, WSJ reports
Teradata (TDC) will buy Appoxee, a Tel Aviv-based mobile-marketing-automation startup, for around $20M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. Teradata rival IBM (IBM) acquired Xtify, a mobile-marketing company, in 2013. Reference Link
06:30 EDTIBMCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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