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News For MSFT;BBY;WMT;AAPL;GOOG;INTC;NVDA From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
08:06 EDTINTCIntel DCG growth could add 15c-20c to 2015 EPS, says Jefferies
Jefferies says the bear argument on Intel misses the fact that the company's Data Center Group is expected to growth 15% annually for the foreseeable future. The firm estimates DCG growth could add $1B in free cash flow and 15c-20c in EPS In 2015. If also estimates Intel's PC revenue, which the bears highlight, will increase by 4% in 2014 to $35B, at 45% operating margin and contribute $2.00 in EPS. Jefferies reiterates a Buy rating on Intel with a $45 price target.
07:56 EDTINTCIntel analyst day mixed, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Intel's analyst day as mixed since the company's gross margin and PC guidance came in below its expectations while it also announced a dividend increase and better than expected capex outlook. FBR raised its price target for Intel shares to $40 from $36 saying the cash return story is likely to temp income investors. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:35 EDTINTC, INTCIntel downgraded to Sell from Underperform at CLSA
Price target is $31.
07:29 EDTINTCIntel data center unit forecast beat estimates, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Intel's 2015 guidance for its data center unit surpassed consensus estimates. The firm notes that the unit generates 42% of the company's operating profits, and it thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts. It recommends buying the shares.
06:22 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $43 from $36 at Citigroup
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06:11 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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06:08 EDTGOOGFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel may not reach goal of shipping 70M tablet chips next year, Re/code reports
Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich said in an interview on the sidelines of the company's investor meeting that the company may not ship 70M tablet chips in 2015 as previously predicted, Re/code reports. Krzanich commented, "I donít think our standalone number will be that high." Reference Link
November 20, 2014
17:21 EDTWMTSolarCity announces new power, energy storage projects with Walmart
SolarCity (SCTY) announced it has entered into contract with Walmart (WMT) for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early 2013, and will be incorporating ten additional storage projects in the next year.
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:24 EDTBBY, INTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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15:44 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 20, 2014
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13:59 EDTINTCIntel remains a top pick at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says Intel's outlook for 2015 is "roughly consistent" with its estimates. It expects Intel's competitive strength to profitability and share value over the next several years. The firm views Intel as a top pick and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
12:54 EDTBBYBest Buy strength a selling opportunity, says Evercore ISI
12:46 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analystsí consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analystsí consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
12:34 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 R&D spending approximately $20B, plus or minus $400M
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12:33 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx approximately $10.5B, plus or minus $500M
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12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 gross margin 62%, plus or minus two points
12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $57.78B
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