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April 11, 2013
10:28 EDTDELL, LNKD, STX, HPQ, FB, WDC, MSFT, GOOGWall Street sours on Microsoft following weak PC data
Microsoft (MSFT) is sinking after two research firms slashed their ratings on the stock following an industry report that said PC shipments had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Goldman Sachs downgraded Microsoft's shares to Sell from Neutral. The company will be hurt by accelerating market share losses for PCs, along with its lack of gains in the tablet and smartphone market, Goldman believes. The firm set a $27 price target on the shares. Also today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund downgraded the software maker to Neutral from Buy, citing declining PC sales last quarter. "Sluggish" sales of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system and its lack of "compelling" new hardware products are disappointing, the analyst added. He set a $30 price target on the shares, which he believes remain attractive for value-oriented investors. Both analysts cited research from International Data Corporation as a reason for the downgrade. The firm reported last night that shipments of PCs had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter of the year versus the same period in 2012. The decline was the largest drop since IDC began collecting data in 1994. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microsoft dropped $1.40, or 4.6%, to $28.90. PC makers also fell on the PC sales data, with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) sinking 5.5% to $21.10 and Dell losing 0.5% to $14.14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Western Digital (WDC), which makes hard disk drives, declined 2.6% to $51.83 and its competitor, Seagate (STX), gave back 2.75% to $36.70.
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:44 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; FSLR LNKD
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:49 EDTGOOGMotorola Mobility names Osterloh COO
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
06:29 EDTGOOGAT&T in talks to bring ultrafast internet to North Carolina, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTHPQ, MSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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