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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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September 18, 2014
07:25 EDTIBMActuate to hold a webinar
Database Trends & Applications Webinar will be held on September 18 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
September 17, 2014
12:17 EDTIBMIBM cuts pay by 10% for some employees, ComputerWorld reports
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08:23 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting
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September 16, 2014
14:46 EDTIBMIBM launches 'Watson Analytics' tools for businesses
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07:19 EDTIBMCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:28 EDTLNVGYLenovo, Huawei look to pose threat in high-end smartphone segment, DigiTimes says
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September 15, 2014
12:00 EDTIBMIBM, Yonyou announce collaboration
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07:22 EDTIBMAir Force Association to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTIBMSNIA to hold a conference
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September 12, 2014
06:30 EDTLNVGYGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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September 9, 2014
08:03 EDTIBMAspera, EVS and Elemental deploy HD live video streaming cloud system
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September 5, 2014
11:39 EDTLNVGYIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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06:29 EDTLNVGY$30 to be competitive price for sapphire covers in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
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September 4, 2014
06:30 EDTLNVGYIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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