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June 13, 2014
10:37 EDTMSFT, WDC, HPQ, STX, INTCPC names climb following positive Intel preannouncement
Shares of a number of companies that benefit from higher PC sales are rising after Intel (INTC) raised its guidance, citing strong demand for business PCs. WHAT'S NEW: Last night chip maker Intel said that it now expects some revenue growth this fiscal year, versus its previous guidance for "mostly flat" revenue growth. Intel now expects its revenue to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, in the second quarter, as compared to its previous range of $12.5B-$13.5B. Additionally, the company said that its full-year gross profit margins would be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points. The higher revenue growth guidance was driven mostly by strong demand for business PCs, while the increased margin guidance was spurred mostly by expected increases in unit sales and reduced costs, Intel reported. ANALYST REACTION: Several research firms reacted positively to the news, with Morgan Stanley upgrading the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raising its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upping its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) rose 4%, Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 2%, and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC) advanced 2% and 3%, respectively. Intel gained 6.76% to $29.85.
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January 22, 2015
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
08:01 EDTSTX, MSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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07:56 EDTWDC, STXBullish stance continues for Western Digital, Seagate, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said it maintains its bullish stance on hard disk-drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX), citing continued growth, margin expansion and ongoing multiple expansion. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating on both Western Digital and Seagate shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
January 20, 2015
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
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