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June 13, 2014
10:37 EDTWDC, HPQ, STX, INTC, MSFTPC 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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April 14, 2015
16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
Reports Q1 revenue $12.8B, consensus $12.9B.
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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15:34 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTINTCIntel April 31.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q1
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:01 EDTSTX, WDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:47 EDTHPQHP announces new $190M Medicaid contract in Arkansas
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06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Western Digital to Buy and maintained its $117 price target. The firm believes fundamentals have bottomed and valuation is attractive at current levels. BofA/Merrill lowered estimates on further PC weakness but said pricing is holding up and the mix shift to capacity HDDs is driving ASP and margin improvement.
06:25 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
19:43 EDTHPQHP reaffirms commitment to the public cloud
In a blog post on HP's website, senior VP Bill Hilf said, "In the past week, a quote of mine in the media was interpreted as HP is exiting the public cloud, which is not the case." Reference Link
19:18 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
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16:48 EDTINTCAltera up 1.4% following Bloomberg report of holders pushing for sale to Intel
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16:45 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
14:18 EDTINTCIntel April option elevated into Q1 and outlook
Intel April call option implied volatility is at 51, May is at 27, June is at 22, October is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the release of Q1 results today on April 14.
13:37 EDTINTCIntel technical notes ahead of results
The key technical feature on the 1-year chart is the potential large-scale bearish head and shoulders. That pattern began forming in October 2014. The neckline is at the $30 level. If the news is more bearish than anticipated and the $30 level is broken on the downside, the pattern will become active. Downside potential for the pattern if it remains active and completes is to the $23 to $22.50 area. On positive news, there is a smaller potential bullish inverted head and shoulders pattern that would become active above the $32.50 level which corresponds to the 50-day moving average. Upside potential for that pattern would be to the $35 to $35.50 level. Resistance above that area would be at $36.45.
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
07:24 EDTWDCWestern Digital added to Franchise Pick List at Jefferies
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