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News For MSFT;HPQ;DELL;WDC;STX;GOOG;FB;LNKD From The Last 14 Days
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February 4, 2016
14:35 EDTLNKDNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn technical comments ahead of earnings
The $200 level on the upside from current price is an important one for the shares. With a few notable exceptions, that level has held as support since the summer of 2014. If the news is positive, retaking the $200 level would be highly probable. Next resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $209.60, $223.40, and $239.58. If the news is a bearish disappointment, a continued drift below $200 would be probable. This would be a negative for future price, turning the short and intermediate-term trends to bearish. Support below the current price of $190 would be at $185.05, $171.68, and the 52-week low at $165.57. If the 52-week low were taken out on the downside, next support would be at $160.09 and $151.28.
13:30 EDTGOOGGoogle's U.K. tax deal may have been weaker than feared, Bloomberg says
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13:02 EDTLNKDLinkedIn February weekly 192.5 straddle priced for 11.4% movement into Q4
11:46 EDTSTXOptions with increasing put volume
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11:44 EDTLNKDEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on LinkedIn revenue ahead of Q4 report
LinkedIn (LNKD) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, February 4 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm EDT. LinkedIn operates a social networking service that connects members that create, manage and share their professional identity. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $857.59M. The consensus range is 69c-90c for EPS, and $842.0M-$886.35M for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: LinkedIn reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates of 46c on revenue of $780M against estimates of $755.64M. LinkedIn reported Q3 Talent Solutions revenue of $502M, Marketing Solutions products revenue of $140M, and Premium Subscriptions products revenue of $138M. The company gave Q4 EPS guidance of approximately 74c and Q4 revenue guidance of $845M-$850M. It also raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $2.63 and FY15 revenue to $2.975B-$2.98B. STREET RESEARCH: In mid-December, ITG Research said LinkedIn's Q4 revenue is tracking above consensus to $880M. The company was also mentioned positively at RBC Capital and Cantor. PRICE ACTION: LinkedIn shares have lost nearly 24% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's earnings report, LinkedIn is trading up 0.7% to $192.58.
10:25 EDTWDC, GOOG, MSFT$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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08:59 EDTMSFT, GOOGAmazon.com Alphabet Microsoft should get huge cloud boost, says Pacific Crest
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08:43 EDTWDCEuropean Commission clears acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK) by rival Western Digital (WDC) after concluding the takeover would not adversely affect competition in Europe. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, stated: "I am pleased that we have been able to ensure that this multi-billion dollar deal in a fast-developing industry can go ahead without delay. We have worked efficiently, in cooperation with our US counterparts, to scrutinise this takeover in the strategically important IT sector and concluded that there would be no adverse effects on either retail or commercial customers."
05:52 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing free gigabit internet to public housing across the U.S.
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05:49 EDTLNKDLinkedIn volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:09 EDTFBStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; KORS FB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Michael Kors (KORS) 45, Facebook (FB) 33 according to iVolatility.
05:04 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE LNKD
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February 3, 2016
16:00 EDTMSFT, FBOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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13:43 EDTGOOGGoogle to start testing autonomous cars near Seattle, WSJ reports
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13:31 EDTGOOGJohn Giannandrea to become Google's new search chief, Bloomberg reports
John Giannandrea, an executive who has worked on machine intelligence efforts at Google, will become the company's new search chief, Bloomberg reports. Earlier today, current head of search Amit Singhal announced his retirement. Reference Link
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle's head of search Singhal to leave company, effective February 26
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12:24 EDTGOOGYouTube Red to premiere original content February 10
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11:33 EDTHPQ, MSFTCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
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