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June 13, 2014
10:37 EDTINTC, HPQ, MSFT, STX, WDCPC 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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July 15, 2014
06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
16:41 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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16:40 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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16:39 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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13:02 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:21 EDTWDCWestern Digital added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
09:14 EDTINTCSemiconductor top picks at Topeka
Topeka's anticipates strong unit growth in the smartphone, tablet and wearable end markets and recommends exposure to large/mid cap growth names Intel (INTC), Skyworks (SWKS), Atmel and (ATML), small cap growth name, Rambus (RMBS), and value names Freescale (FSL), Spansion (CODE) and Silicon Motion (SIMO).
09:07 EDTINTCMellanox Q3 guidance likely to be conservative, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said it expects Mellanox' (MLNX) Q2 revenue to be in-line and for its Q3 guidance to be conservative, as the firm believes the High Performance Computing market has temporarily slowed ahead of Intel's (INTC) release of its Grantley processors. However, the firm thinks that HPC will recover soon and it maintains its Buy rating and $57 fair value estimate on Mellanox.
08:52 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Intel July call option implied volatility is at 27, August is at 20, October is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 15.
08:46 EDTMSFTItron selects Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud platform
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08:34 EDTMSFT, WDC, STX, HPQ, INTCPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTMSFTQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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06:59 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $118 from $100 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Western Digital shares to $118 on expectations PC market strength will continue and that enterprise will recover in the second half of 2014. Deutsche expects Western Digital to report June quarter results above guidance due to market share gains and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:57 EDTSTXSeagate price target raised to $74 from $64 at Deutsche Bank
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms plans to discontinue MapPoint, Streets & Tips
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to expand coverage of free Windows licensing, DigiTimes reports
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