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February 24, 2015
12:47 EDTSTXEarnings Preview: HP reports with break-up inching closer
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions. In October of last year, HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies: one comprising HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $27.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 88c-95c on revenue of $27.01B-$27.92B. With its last earnings report, the company said it expects Q1 EPS of 89c-93c. HP has an FY15 EPS forecast of $3.83-$4.03, compared to a consensus estimate of $3.96. LAST QUARTER: On November 25, HP reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate, on revenue of $28.4B, against a consensus estimate of $28.76B. HP said its Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% from the prior year period, with total units up 5%, including Desktops units being down 2% and Notebooks units being up 8%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 4% year over year, with Industry Standard Servers revenue down 2%, Storage revenue down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue down 29%, Networking revenue up 2% and Technology Services revenue down 3%. NEWS: On the day after HP's Q4 report, HP CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview on CNBC that the company will have a moratorium on acquisitions during 2015 as it readies for its split. Whitman also noted that the newly formed companies will have a supply chain agreement to ensure they do not lose leverage after their split. In mid January, research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. Late last month, HP said it has been "working diligently to ensure that both HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are set up for success" and announced Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be headed by Meg Whitman as President and CEO and that HP Inc. will be led by Dion Weisler as President and CEO. STREET RESEARCH: On December 17, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva contended that sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017. The firm identified HP as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. Suva raised his price target on HP shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Also at that time, Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. On January 13, Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing increased competition and the fact that a number of companies are buying integrated IT stacks and buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products. More recently, Wells Fargo said it believes that HP's Q1 results could exceed the consensus outlook, driven by PC share gains, strong server demand, and solid printing demand. The firm believes that currency issues may pressure the company's outlook, but it thinks that investors expect such a scenario. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of HP are up almost 2%. Near midday ahead of Tuesday's report, the stock was down fractionally near $38 per share.
10:28 EDTFTNTAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
09:16 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $43 from $37 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill recommends focusing on Fortinet given 2015 revenue growth acceleration and margin improvement. The firm said Fortinet trades significantly below the peer group but is exhibiting accelerating billings and revenue growth and strong demand for new products. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and raised its price target to $43 and views downside as limited.
09:03 EDTOREXUltragenyx adds Orexigen CEO to board
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE) announced the appointment of Michael Narachi to the company's board, effective February 20. Narachi, President and CEO and a director of Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX), will serve as an independent director to Ultragenyx.
08:32 EDTFTNTFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
08:10 EDTOREXOrexigen resumed with an Outperform at Leerink
Target $8.
07:19 EDTSTXSusquehanna to hold a summit
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February 23, 2015
10:15 EDTFTNTCyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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February 19, 2015
10:44 EDTAVPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:45 EDTLLLumber Liquidators volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
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08:19 EDTSTXMicron profitability can improve meaningfully, says Bernstein
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February 17, 2015
17:14 EDTSRPTPoint72 lowers passive stake in Sarepta to 4.4% from 5.2%
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12:50 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 10.9%... VASCO Data Security (VDSI), up 7.1%... Waste Management (WM), up 3.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Starwood Hotels (HOT), up 1.9% after appointing Adam Aron as interim CEO... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 7.3% after being upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 7.5% after publishing results of phase 3 Lymphoseek trial... Campus Crest (CCG), up 7.7% after announcing that it will explore strategic alternatives as well as Clinton Group and Campus Evolution proxy contest... Cyren (CYRN), up 7.1% following distribution agreement with ALSO Deutschland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Helix Energy (HLX), down 13.3%... Walter Energy (WLT), down 10.1%. ALSO LOWER: Celsus Therapeutics (CLTX), down 82.3% after MRX-6 Cream 2% Phase II trial did not meet primary endpoint... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), down 53.2% after reporting that VB-201 Phase 2 studies did not meet primary endpoints and removal of FDA partial clinical hold on VB-111... Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR), down 7.1% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results.
07:43 EDTSRPTSarepta upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Sarepta to Buy from Neutral. The firm has increased confidence that eleplirsen will be approved for treating boys with DMD. Price target raised to $21 from $19.
04:42 EDTMBIStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPK MBI
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPKO Health (OPK) 58, MBIA (MBI) 56 according to iVolatility.
February 15, 2015
17:43 EDTFTNTCybersecurity firm Kaspersky warns of cyber attack on banks, FT says
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