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June 9, 2014
08:41 EDTATEN, SNDK, INTC, FFIV, WDC, HPQ, STXSeveral companies could benefit from data center upgrade, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Intel's (INTC) Grantley microporcessor, due to ship later this year, and the discontinuation of Windows Server 2003, could spark a data center upgrade cycle. The firm says that a data center revival would be most positive for Intel, Seagate (STX), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), F-5 Networks ( FFIV), and A10 Networks (ATEN). The firm keeps Outperform ratings on all the stocks named.
News For INTC;STX;WDC;SNDK;HPQ;FFIV;ATEN From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
14:21 EDTFFIVJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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06:34 EDTINTCIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 23, 2015
14:23 EDTINTCApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTSTXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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12:43 EDTHPQJim Chanos says still long Apple, short HP
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12:43 EDTHPQJim Chanos says still short shares of HP
Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates is speaking on CNBC
12:04 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:37 EDTHPQ, INTCAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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09:40 EDTWDCWestern Digital Q3 TAM tracking ahead of guidance, says Cleveland Research
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09:22 EDTHPQHP CEO says both companies will have over 50% shareholder return
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel price target lowered to $25 from $32 at Baird
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07:47 EDTHPQHP should be bought at current levels, says Bernstein
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07:43 EDTHPQHP risk/reward remains favorable, says UBS
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07:32 EDTHPQHP guidance will likely leave stock flattish, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted HP beat Q2 earnings estimates but believes its guidance will likely leave the stock flattish. The firm expects ongoing PC consolidation, continued cost savings, and for HP to gain incremental traction in its go-forward Enterprises solutions and Services strategy. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $45 price target on HP shares.
07:26 EDTHPQHP results 'a net positive,' says Stifel
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07:16 EDTHPQHP didn't deliver bad news for first time in several quarters, says Citi
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06:49 EDTHPQHP enterprise portfolio being underappreciated, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says HP's Q3 results beat expectations while a shift in some earnings into the quarter from Q4 drove "modestly disappointing" guidance. While PCs are weak, HP's Enterprise Group "significantly outperformed expectations," Scribner tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst believes the company's enterprise portfolio is being underappreciated by investors and that the upcoming split should be a positive for shares. She views HP's valuation as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $45 price target.
06:01 EDTHPQABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index
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