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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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October 20, 2014
07:08 EDTIBMIBM expects to request additional share repurchase authorization at Oct. meeting
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07:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 Global Services segment revenue down 3% to $13.7B
Revenues from the Software segment were $5.7B. Revenues from continuing operations from the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B. The company’s total gross profit margin from continuing operations was 48.6 percent in the 2014 third-quarter period compared with 49.0 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period. Total operating gross profit margin from continuing operations was 49.2 percent in the 2014 third-quarter compared with 50.1 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period.
07:06 EDTIBMIBM committed to returning value to shareholders through dividends, repurchases
07:05 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 EPS $3.68, consensus $4.32
Reports Q3 revenue $22.4B, consensus $23.37B. We are disappointed in our performance. We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry. While we did not produce the results we expected to achieve, we again performed well in our strategic growth areas – cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile - where we continue to shift our business. We will accelerate this transformation,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO.
06:15 EDTLNVGYLenovo cuts prices for 7- and 8-inch tablets, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:06 EDTIBMIBM sees $4.7B pre-tax charge for Q3 results
IBM will reflect a pre-tax charge of $4.7B in its financial results for Q3, which includes an asset impairment, estimated costs to sell the IBM microelectronics business, and cash consideration to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Cash consideration of $1.5B is expected to be paid to GLOBALFOUNDRIES by IBM over the next three years. The cash consideration will be adjusted by the amount of working capital which is estimated to be $200M.
06:04 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
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06:02 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
October 19, 2014
19:59 EDTIBMIBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5B to take chip unit, Bloomberg reports
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17:42 EDTIBMIBM to make 'major business announcement'
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:33 EDTIBMIBM reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $200.
06:24 EDTLNVGYGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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October 16, 2014
09:21 EDTIBMIBM volatility elevated into Q3 results
IBM October weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 20.
06:23 EDTLNVGYLenovo puts in orders to supply chains for new tablet products, DigiTimes says
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October 15, 2014
09:19 EDTLNVGYLenovo to establish internet-focused smart device company in China next year
Lenovo Group is announcing that it will create a new company focused on building a leading internet-based smart devices and services business in China. The company will become operational on April 1, 2015. It will operate under a separate name and brand. The objective of this move is to help Lenovo attack the fast growing consumer mobile device market in China, with a focus not only on devices, but also on software and application development and close customer engagement. Currently Lenovo has a leading smartphone business, which sells mainly through open market sales and carrier relationships. While Lenovo has and continues to strengthen its own company-branded online channels as part of its go-to-market strategy, the new company will exclusively focus on direct-to-consumer sales, marketing and product development using an internet-based business model. Effective April 1, Chen Xudong, currently president of Lenovo’s China geography and Asia Pacific – Emerging Markets, will become CEO of this new company. Tong Fuyao, currently vice president of China’s relationship business will become head of Lenovo’s China business.
07:16 EDTLNVGYLenovo CSO 'confident' in Motorola Mobility deal finalization, Bloomberg says
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06:32 EDTLNVGYTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
15:24 EDTIBMIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
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