News For MSFT;HPQ;INTC;ACAD;FTNT;YUM;RAD;AMRS;BYD;ZUMZ;PIR From The Last 14 Days
|November 30, 2015|
|14:40 EDT||MSFT||Worldwide tablet market forecast to decline more than 8% in 2015, IDC says|
Worldwide tablet shipments will reach 211.3M units in 2015, down -8.1% from 2014, according to a new International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast. The new forecast follows three consecutive quarters of declining worldwide tablet shipments in 2015. Despite the challenges facing the overall market, IDC expects detachable tablets will continue to represent a growing portion of total shipments. Reference Link
|14:33 EDT||AMRS||EPA said to plan boost to biofuel mandate, Bloomberg reports|
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|11:01 EDT||MSFT||Microsoft rises after analyst gets more bullish on cloud prospects|
Research firm Raymond James upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Raymond James analyst Michael Turits. Furthermore, Microsoft's decision to make its cloud business open to other platforms should boost its growth, Turits believes. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating ,despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Recent initiatives by Google involving its cloud business could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect Microsoft, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote on November 20. Although Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's Azure offering, Sandler contended in his previous note to investors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Microsoft gained nearly 1% to $54.50.
|10:00 EDT||MSFT||On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... C&J Energy (CJES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Dril-Quip (DRQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... FMC Technologies (FTI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Fitbit (FIT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Forum Energy (FET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... National Oilwell (NOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nissan (NSANY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Noble Corp. (NE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Oceaneering (OII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Oil States (OIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PNM Resources (PNM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pacific Drilling (PACD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Sage Group (SGPYY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Superior Energy (SPN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Synchrony (SYF) upgraded on expected technical factors at BMO Capital... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Wright Medical (WMGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
|09:40 EDT||BYD||Nevada reports October statewide gaming win down 2.85% to $887.58M|
Reports October Las Vegas Strip gaming win down 5.12% to $493.63M. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesars (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
|09:35 EDT||MSFT||Active equity options trading on open|
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|07:56 EDT||MSFT||Microsoft upgraded to Strong Buy on Cloud strength at Raymond James|
As previously reported, Raymond James analyst Michael Turits upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) two notches to Strong Buy from Market Perform, saying he views it as one of the only "hyperscale" hybrid cloud vendors with the ability to integrate Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. Turits also noted that despite the challenge from Google Apps (GOOG), Office appears to be accelerating several years into the transition to cloud and he believes 365 offers enough cross platform value to keep consumers loyal. The analyst set a $62 price target on Microsoft, which he sees as joining Google and Amazon (AMZN) as the only "hyperscale" cloud vendors across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
|07:36 EDT||MSFT||Microsoft upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James|
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|07:31 EDT||MSFT||Microsoft Azure margin can jump, says Bernstein|
Bernstein estimates that the operating margin of Microsoft's cloud business, Azure, can surge to 20% in fiscal 2018 from an estimated -50% in fiscal 2018. The firm estimates that the business' growth could increase Microsoft's EPS by 16c by fiscal 2018 from fiscal 2015 levels. Bernstein keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on Microsoft.
|05:57 EDT||INTC||Intel unveils 2016 tablet processor road map, DigiTimes reports|
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|November 29, 2015|
|12:57 EDT||HPQ||High-yield tech stocks could offer significant returns, Barron's says|
Growth-focused investors have piled into Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Salesforce (CRM), and others, but if the "current situation" changes, high-yield stocks with compelling valuations could grab some of the spotlight, Barron's contends in a feature story. The publication names Seagate (STX), Garmin (GRMN), Qualcomm (QCOM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM), and Western Digital (WDC) as attractive plays, noting that their dividends -- ranging 3.2% to 7.3% -- look secure and offer nice rewards for those willing to wait for potential turnarounds or strategic transactions. Reference Link
|November 27, 2015|
|09:36 EDT||MSFT||Active equity options trading on open|
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|November 25, 2015|
|16:49 EDT||MSFT, HPQ||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks began Wednesday in positive territory and remained higher for much of the day before dipping slightly near close. The averages moved in a narrow range as investors digested a host of economic data, including reports on consumer confidence, jobless claims and housing, none of which moved the market in any discernible way ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., several days of economic reports were compressed into a single, busy morning. Jobless claims for the week ended November 21 fell to 260,000 against expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. Personal income rose 0.4% in October, matching expectations, while spending rose 0.1% versus estimates for a 0.3% increase. Meanwhile, durable goods orders were up 3% last month versus expectations for up 1.7%. Removing transportation items showed a core reading of up 0.5% against estimates for 0.3%. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% in September to 226.5, while Markit's services index improved to 56.5 in the flash reading for November, topping the 55.1 forecast. New home sales rose 10.7% to a 495,000 rate in October. Consumer sentiment rose to 91.3 in the final November print of the University of Michigan survey, up from October's 90.0 reading but down from the preliminary November reading of 93.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HP Inc. (HPQ) and HP Enterprise (HPE) headed in opposite directions following the final combined earnings report of the recently-split companies. HP Inc., which was downgraded to Hold at research firm Needham following last night's report, ended the session down 13.63% to $12.65. Meanwhile, HP Enterprise, which also announced a cloud partnership with Microsoft (MSFT), gained 3.14% to $14.12... Deere (DE), which reported better than expected earnings and issued a 2016 sales outlook matching estimates, gained 4.79% to $80 following its quarterly report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tesla (TSLA), which advanced $11.39, or 5.22%, to $229.64 after research firm Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating and $325 price target on the shares, saying the carmaker's January volume report should positively address investor fears over its fourth-quarter performance and Model X production ramp. Also higher was American Capital (ACAS), which gained $1.32, or 9.50%, to $15.22 after expanding its stock buyback program and announcing a strategic review of the company, including a possible sale. Additionally, Veeva (VEEV) jumped 5.01% to $28.73 following its quarterly numbers, which prompted analysts at both JPMorgan and Canaccord to raise their price targets on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which declined $2.23, or 7.02%, to $29.52 after Jefferies analyst Gena Wang downgraded the stock to Underperform, saying yesterday's FDA panel for BioMarin's (BMRN) competing muscular dystrophy drug is a negative for PTC. BioMarin, meanwhile, slipped 1.78% to $96.06 for the day, while Sarepta (SRPT), also competing in the same therapeutic space, was up fractionally to $37.49. Also lower were SunEdison (SUNE) and TerraForm Power (TERP), which crashed a respective 21.6% and 17.67% after research firm UBS downgraded both stocks on "considerable" risks suggested by recent management changes at Terraform. TerraForm Global (GLBL), meanwhile, plunged 21.26% to $4.11. Separately, Dow Chemical (DOW) slipped 2.72% to $51.93 after the EPA withdrew approval for the company's Enlist Duo herbicide. INDEXES: The Dow rose 1.20, or 0.01%, to 17,813.39, the Nasdaq gained 13.33, or 0.26%, to 5,116.14, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.27, or 0.01%, to 2,088.87.
|14:12 EDT||HPQ||HP Inc. initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities|
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|12:58 EDT||MSFT, HPQ||Shares of HP companies diverge following last combined report|
Shares of the two newly created public companies from the Hewlett-Packard split diverged after reporting quarterly results. WHAT'S NEW: Shares of HP Inc (HPQ), which focuses on personal computers and printers, fell, while shares of its counterpart Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which sells equipment, services, and software to businesses, rose after reporting fourth quarter results after the close on Tuesday. This was their last report as a combined company. HP INC: HP Inc reported Q4 earnings per share of 93c, below average analyst estimates of 96c on revenue of $25.7B, also below analyst estimates of $26.6B. Looking ahead, HP Inc forecast its first quarter profit to be 33c to 38c per share, well below the average analyst estimate of 42c per share. Personal Systems revenue was down 14% in the quarter, as consumers turned away from personal computers and rely more on mobile devices. The company also reported that Q4 printing revenue was down 14%. On the Q4 conference call, the CEO of the newly created HP Inc, Dion Weisler said that Q4 was a "difficult" quarter and "somewhat weaker than we expected." Weisler anticipates the PC market to remain "challenged." The printing division also saw accelerated revenue declines in the quarter with currency movements that have accelerated pricing pressures more than the company anticipated. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE, reported Q4 revenue of 14.1B, above the average analyst view of $13.5B. This is the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year, constant currency revenue growth for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise segments. HPE also reaffirmed its fiscal year 2016 profit forecast of $1.85-$1.95 a share. Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said "Hewlett Packard Enterprise is off to a very strong start. The new company's business segments delivered a second consecutive quarter of constant currency revenue growth in Q4, and we believe that momentum will accelerate into FY16." ANALYST VIEWS: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, who reiterated the firms Buy rating and $18.50 price target on HPE, noted that investors may be encouraged that HPE reiterated its FY16 EPS view. The analyst said improving fundamentals make HP Enterprise's stock more attractive. The firm said the company is positioned for more improvements and expects solid near-term results to lift the stock. Another analyst, Richard Kugele of Needham, who maintained a Hold rating on HPE, said the firms opinion remains unchanged on shares. Needham is focused on the storage and server opportunity for HPE. The firm sees the server segment to show slight growth in FY16 but expects the storage situation to be more complicated with a possibility of pricing war breaking out in All Flash Array, or AFA. As far as the Cloud segment, Needham is more optimistic about the company's consulting arrangement with Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure than it is with Cloud directly. As far as HP Inc, Needham analyst David Rold downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying further share upside will require "real improvement in the underlying business." Some of the valuation argument has played out, while the Printing market has turned sharply lower over the past three months, Rold tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes "incremental pressures" will limit the stock's upside. PRICE ACTION: Shares of HP Inc are down over 13% to $12.73, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares are higher by over 2% to $13.99.
|12:14 EDT||HPQ||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning, moving in a narrow range on fairly light volume as expected on a get-away day for many investors ahead of Thanksgiving. The tepid trading comes amid a packed economic calendar, with a number of reports that are usually scheduled for release on other days of the week being accelerated due to the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., there was a very busy slate of economic data as several days of reports were crammed into a single morning. Jobless claims fell to 260,000 in the week ended November 21, versus expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. Personal income rose 0.4% in October, matching expectations, while spending rose 0.1%, versus expectations for spending to rise 0.3%. Durable goods orders were up 3.0% last month, versus expectations of up 1.7%. When transportation items are removed, the core reading was up 0.5%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% in September to a reading of 226.5. Markit's services index improved to 56.5 in the flash reading for November, topping the 55.1 forecast. New home sales rose 10.7% to a 495,000 rate in October. Consumer sentiment rose to 91.3 in the final November print of the University of Michigan survey, up from October's 90.0 reading but down from the preliminary 93.1 November reading. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HP Inc. (HPQ) and HP Enterprise (HPE) moved in opposite directions following their last combined earnings report. HP Inc., which was downgraded by Needham analyst David Rold to Hold following last night report, fell 13% near midday. Meanwhile, HP Enterprise, which announced an Azure cloud partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) in addition to its results, gained about 3%... Deere (DE), which reported better than expected earnings and issued a 2016 sales outlook that met expectations, gained nearly 4% following its quarterly report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pandora (P), which rallied almost 5% after it said that the Register of Copyrights ruled that it couldn't offer an opinion to counter the current "non-differentiated rate structure of licensors." Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 8% after it reported quarterly earnings and provided guidance. Among the noteworthy losers were SunEdison (SUNE) and TerraForm Power (TERP), which fell 14% and 15%, respectively, after an analyst from UBS downgraded both companies' stocks, saying they are facing considerable risk after personnel changes at TerraForm. Also lower was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which lost 5% after Jefferies analyst Gena Wang downgraded its shares to Underperform, saying yesterday's FDA panel for BioMarin's (BMRN) competing muscular dystrophy drug is a negative for PTC. Following yesterday's FDA meeting, BioMarin slipped fractionally and Sarepta (SRPT), which is also competing in the same therapeutic area, was flat. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 23.48, or 0.13%, to 17,835.67, the Nasdaq was up 19.14, or 0.38%, to 5,121.94, and the S&P 500 was up 2.27, or 0.11%, to 2,091.41.
|10:08 EDT||AMRS||EPA announces timeline for issuing 2014, 2015 renewable fuel standards|
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|10:04 EDT||HPQ||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21Vianet (VNET) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Boulder Brands (BDBD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... HP Inc. (HPQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... TerraForm Power (TERP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Valspar (VAL) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
|09:45 EDT||HPQ||HP Inc. falls on earnings, breaks support|
Shares have broken down through support at $13.09 which is now resistance. At the current price of $12.76, next support is at $12.50, and then at $12.24.
|09:24 EDT||HPQ||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers |
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Deere (DE), up 4.7%... TiVo (TIVO), up 4.6%... HP Enterprise (HPE), up 2.9%... Qunar (QUNR), up 2.7%... Guess (GES), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: Aduro BioTech (ADRO), up 6.1% after confirming that all clinical trials are continuing unaltered as planned... American Capital (ACAS), up 6.9% after announcing strategic review of alternatives and expanding its share buyback program to $1B... Pandora (P), up 5.3% after reporting the opinion of the Register of Copyrights. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 21Vianet (VNET), down 2.3%... HP Inc. (HPQ), down 9.1%. ALSO LOWER: TerraForm Power (TERP), down 6.1% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Sunedison (SUNE), down 6.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.9% after FDA panel meeting about its New Drug Application for Kyndrisa.