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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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August 31, 2014
13:27 EDTIBMAT&T to hold a conference
16th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference will be held in New York on September 3-4 with webcast availability on September 4 at 9 am; Webcast Link
August 29, 2014
06:38 EDTIBMFord, IBM 12-year apartheid case granted dismissal, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin granted Ford (F) and IBM (IBM) dismissal of a 12-year case which accused the companies of backing human rights abuses in South Africa during the apartheid-era, according to Reuters, citing comments from Scheindlin. The judge decided that the lawsuit does not belong in the U.S. court system. Reference Link
August 28, 2014
06:37 EDTLNVGYSamsung, Lenovo China supplier rejects child labor claims, Reuters says
HEG Technology, a China-based supplier for Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY), denied that it employed child workers and rejected claims from watchdog China Labor Watch which alleged that the supplier hired over 10 children under the age of 16 to work at its factory, according to Reuters, citing comments from an employee at HEG Technology's human resources department. Reference Link
06:32 EDTLNVGYSamsung, Lenovo hit with child labor allegations in China, FT says
Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up against new child labor claims after a supplier in China, HEG Electronics, had supposedly employed over 10 children under the age of 16, according to the Financial Times, citing remarks from China Labor Watch. The news comes only one month after activists discovered evidence of child employees at another Chinese contractor used by Samsung. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
08:01 EDTIBMIBM, Monitise form global go-to-market and resourcing alliance
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August 26, 2014
09:07 EDTIBMIBM launches first SoftLayer data center in Australia
IBM announced that SoftLayer, an IBM company, plans to launch its first Australian data center in Melbourne in September. It will be the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2B dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud services in Asia Pacific and around the world. .
08:12 EDTIBMIBM selected by Davich Optical to expand global business
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07:20 EDTLNVGYTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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August 22, 2014
07:08 EDTIBMIBM says China bank server business still alive, China Daily reports
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August 21, 2014
11:44 EDTIBM, LNVGYHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM cloud technology selected by Wespac
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09:02 EDTIBMIBM's private cloud resilence services selected by Ujjivan Financial
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09:01 EDTIBMIBM partners with Veda
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August 20, 2014
06:12 EDTLNVGYLenovo to decrease notebook production outsourcing, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo plans to reduce notebook outsourcing as it raises in-house notebook production in 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers based on Lenovo's requests for quotation for 2015, total outsourcing orders will decrease by over 3M units on year and the correpsonding proportion of targets is expected to slip to 40% from 50%. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTIBMImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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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.

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