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January 21, 2014
05:46 EDTIBM, LNVGYLenovo again eyes IBM server unit, Reuters reports
Lenovo Group (LNVGY) has begun talks again to buy IBM's (IBM) low-end server unit, sources say, reports Reuters.Reference Link
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February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTIBM20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 3, 2016
09:15 EDTIBMIBM acquiring German digital agency exc.io
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07:41 EDTLNVGYCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
05:14 EDTLNVGYLenovo reports Q3 EPS $2.70 vs. $2.30 last year
Reports Q3 revenue $12.91B vs. $14.09B last year. Lenovo achieved its stated goals of achieving breakeven in its mobile business 4-6 quarters after the close of the Motorola deal, and remains on track to reach US$5 billion in Enterprise revenue, on a constant currency basis.
February 2, 2016
06:48 EDTLNVGYTablet market continued to decline in Q4, VentureBeat says
The tablet market continues to see a decline, with 4Q15 representing the fifth straight quarter to see a year-over-year decrease in shipments, VentureBeat reports, citing market research firm IDC. 65.9M tablet units shipped in Q4, a decline of 13.7% from 76.4M units in the same period last year, the report says. Shipments for FY15 were down 10.1% year over year to 206.8M, the report says. In Q4, top five vendors Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN), Lenovo (LNVGY), and Huawei accounted for 54.2% of the market, up from 51% last year, though only Amazon and Huawei grew their own market share year over year, the report says. Reference Link
06:09 EDTIBMIBM agrees to acquire Aperto, terms not disclosed
IBM announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aperto, a digital agency with headquarters in Berlin. Upon completion of this transaction, Aperto will to join the IBM Interactive Experience team, supporting IBM's growth in the largest economy in Europe. Aperto's 300-plus employees will continue to serve its roster of clients. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 and is subject to applicable regulatory review and customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.
February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTLNVGYEarnings Watch: Alphabet to report Q4 results under new corporate structure
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, and Nest Labs. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $8.09 on revenue of $20.77B. The consensus range is $7.32-$8.59 for EPS, and $20.33B-$21.68B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Alphabet reported third quarter EPS of $7.35 against estimates of $7.21, on revenue of $18.7B against estimates of $18.53B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 23%, paid clicks on Google websites down 5%, aggregate cost-per-clicks down 11%, and cost-per-click on Google websites down 4%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue up 16% to $13.08B and Q3 Total advertising revenue up 13% to $26.78B. During its Q3 earnings report, the company said it will begin to disclose the Google business as a single segment in Q4. It also announced that the board authorized the company to repurchase $5.1B of Class C shares in Q4. GOOGLE SEGMENT: Alphabet announced that it will report Google as a single segment within its company beginning in Q4. It stated, "The new operating structure is being introduced in phases. For financial reporting purposes, we expect the reorganization will result in disclosing our Google business as a single segment and all other Alphabet businesses combined as Other Bets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015." Within Alphabet, the Google segment now has 6 products with over 1B users, including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Play. Gmail is also closing in on the mark with its 900M user base. RBC Capital believes that the disclosure of segment results by Google in conjunction with its Q4 results will cause the stock to rerate. The firm believes that the segment results will highlight the high profits of core Google, supporting an increase in the stocks' sum of the parts valuation. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Alphabet had a strong holiday season with ChannelAdvisor reporting Google Shopping was up 31.7% over the entire holiday period. Specifically, Google Shopping was up 35.9% on Thanksgiving, up 40.3% on Black Friday, up 25.7% on Cyber Saturday, and up 18.6% on Cyber Monday. Alphabet announced the redesigned launch of Google+ in November, the exploration of Fiber in Chicago and Los Angeles, and announced plans to open its first retail store in New York City. The company also targets the China launch of the Google Play app store in 2016, according to multiple reports. Lenovo (LNVGY) CEO Chen Xudong confirmed that Google Play is expected to come to China at some point this year. The company is expected to make its self-driving car company under the Alphabet structure as a stand-alone business. Ford (F) and Google are in discussions over self-driving cars, with the currently negotiated contract likely to "last a long time." According to a Reuters report, Google expects fewer software failiures in self-driving cars as it learns from its mistakes. Google tested solar-powered Internet drones and expects consumer package delivery via drone to begin in 2017. Google is also in talks with the NFL for streaming rights for London games next year. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer said cloud providers like Alphabet may have a huge opportunity in the coming years. The firm said Alphabet may look for a major partner like Salesforce (CRM) to drive its cloud business. Cantor said Google ad revenue growth should continue to be strong and BMO Capital said Alphabet's outlook has improved as valuation has become more reasonable. Bernstein said the Street continues to underestimate the resilience and growth potential of Alphabet's search ad business and YouTube. Barron's, in particular, was extremely positive on YouTube, saying its revenue per viewer could potentially double in five years. It added it could be twice as valuable as Netflix (NFLX). JMP Securities was also bullish on the company, saying Alphabet benefitted from a relatively strong holiday season for online advertising. Ahead of its Q4 earnings report, JMP Securities expects the company to report "relatively strong" results. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have gained about 6% over the last three months. In Monday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Google shares are up almost 2%
January 28, 2016
15:19 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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15:18 EDTIBMIBM to acquire digital marketing and creative agency Resource/Ammirati
IBM announced its intent to acquire Resource/Ammirati -- a US-based digital marketing and creative agency -- combining the companies' strategic, creative and technology talents to "address rising demand from businesses seeking to reinvent themselves for the digital economy and provide differentiated experiences to their customers." This is IBM's first acquisition of a digital marketing creative agency, the company said. The deal is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews. Financial details were not disclosed.
January 27, 2016
09:29 EDTIBMFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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06:01 EDTIBMIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
January 26, 2016
10:06 EDTIBMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:03 EDTLNVGYSAP and Lenovo sign agreement to develop cloud solutions in China
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07:06 EDTLNVGYCitigroup to hold a conference
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January 25, 2016
08:11 EDTIBMWestern Digital acquires over a hundred patents from IBM
Western Digital (WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.
07:32 EDTIBMTMC to hold a conference
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January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTIBMStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
January 22, 2016
11:18 EDTIBMSplunk outperforms after analyst predicts major deal with IBM
Shares of Splunk (SPLK) are rising in Friday morning trading after Northland opined that the "Big Data" software products company and tech giant IBM (IBM) may be close to a meaningful partnership. WHAT'S NEW: Northland analyst Tim Klasell heard from a "few industry sources" that Splunk and IBM are "moving closer together" and could agree to a meaningful partnership over time. The analyst told investors in a research note that IBM is getting close to a "big move to improve its ties" with Splunk. While Klasell did not know the financial details, he believes such a partnership could be a "nice tailwind" for Splunk to sign larger deals. The analyst has an Outperform rating on Splunk with an $80 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: IBM, which reported earnings on January 19, said on its quarterly conference call that it was making "significant progress" in transitioning to a cloud company. "In 2015, our strategic imperatives of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security grew 26% to $29B and now represent 35% of our total revenue," said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. "As we transform to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company, we are well positioned to continue delivering greater value to our clients and returning capital to our shareholders." Two days after IBM's fourth quarter earnings report, on January 21, the company acquired Ustream, a provider of cloud-based live video streaming services, in a move designed to extend the IBM Cloud platform to help enterprise clients unlock the value of video. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Splunk are higher by 2.9% to $49.88 in Friday morning trading, while shares of IBM are down fractionally.
06:59 EDTIBMSplunk, IBM may be close to meaningful partnership, says Northland
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06:50 EDTIBMMarket selloff may lead to business technology takeovers, WSJ says
The recent market selloff is hitting the business technology sector, but may come with an opportunity for the top companies in the sector to acquire smaller companies, the Wall Street Journal says. Companies such as Box (BOX), Hortonworks (HDP), Workday (WDAY), and others may become takeover targets for groups such as IBM (IBM), HP Enterprise (HPE), Cisco (CSCO), and SAP (SAP), the report says. Reference Link

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