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June 2, 2014
12:33 EDTIBM, ORCL, EMC, YHOOChinese banks adopting Alibaba cloud solution, WantChinaTimes says
Nearly 100 Chinese financial institutions have adopted Alibaba's cloud services solution amid concerns about the security of U.S. cloud offerings, WantChinaTimes reported, citing an article in its sister newspaper, Commercial Times. China's financial sector is looking to get rid of cloud solutions from IBM (IBM), Oracle (ORCL), and EMC (EMC), WantChinaTimes indicated.Yahoo (YHOO) owns a 24% stake in Alibaba, which filed papers to launch a $1B IPO in the U.S. Reference Link
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October 8, 2014
07:22 EDTIBMIBM to make renewed push around 'Watson' AI system, FT reports
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06:19 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off 400 employees in India, WSJ reports
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October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of one-year range
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09:40 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off up to 2,000 employees in India, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo has laid off up to 2,000 employees in India as a result of a move to consolidate into fewer offices, TechCrunch reports, citing local blog The Next Big What. Yahoo has confirmed the consolidation, but did not confirm how many people are affected by the effort. Reference Link
09:24 EDTYHOOFormer Yahoo CFO says AOL merger makes 'little sense,' CNBC reports
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08:09 EDTEMCHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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07:48 EDTIBMU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:03 EDTEMCEMC valuation of $39 per share achievable, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital valued each of EMC's business lines separately following recent spin-offs in the tech space and concluded that fair valuation of $39 per share is achievable. RBC believes shares are positioned to break out of a long held trading range and that now is an appropriate time for the company to look at strategic alternatives with CEO Joe Tucci retiring in February 2015. The firm has an Outperform rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
06:29 EDTIBMIBM, Globalfoundries reignite discussions for chip division, Bloomberg says
IBM and Globalfoundries have restarted discussions for IBM to sell its unprofitable chip production division, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. The source said that IBM could pay Globalfoundries more than $1B to take over the unit. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms compromised servers
In an email to cyber security expert Jonathan Hall, Yahoo confirmed that Hall had discovered the process that a group of Romanian hackers used to infiltrate the website. Hall had also found the hackers' methods for their breach of the websites of WinZip and Lycos. The email written by Yahoo's Ricky Connell who is involved with the company's paranoids, threat response, intelligence said, "We've found the tracks mentioned in your email and are working through our IR process." Reference Link
12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms breach, says hack didn't disclose customer data, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites an emailed statement from Yahoo about a breach of its servers related to the "shellshock" bug.
11:02 EDTEMCHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:39 EDTEMCHP price target raised to $39 from $34.50 at Cantor
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10:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTIBMArrow Electronics says now authorized distributor of Lenovo enterprise products
Arrow Electronics (RW) announced it is now an authorized North American Lenovo distributor System X and related solutions following the transition of IBM’s (IBM) System X server business to Lenovo (LNVGY) effective Oct. 1. Additionally, Lenovo’s ThinkServer rack servers, tower servers and enterprise storage product lines are available through Arrow. Future offerings from Lenovo through Arrow will include the low-end storage and associated networking products to be announced in the coming weeks.
07:53 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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06:38 EDTEMCSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:37 EDTYHOOYahoo planning big brand marketing push, AdAge says
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06:19 EDTIBMHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to invest in Snapchat, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is reportedly in talks to invest in Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The deal discussions come on the heels of Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO, the Journal says. According to sources, Yahoo has committed to an investment in Snapchat at a $10B valuation, and one source says Yahoo could invest around $20M. Reference Link
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