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News For MSFT;HPQ;INTC;ACAD;FTNT;YUM;RAD;AMRS;BYD;ZUMZ;PIR From The Last 14 Days
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September 25, 2014
07:30 EDTHPQCalPERS asks judge to reject HP settlement regarding Autonomy, Reuters says
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06:07 EDTMSFTGlobal tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:02 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD WLT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Rite Aid (RAD) 59, Walter Energy (WLT) 131 according to iVolatility.
September 24, 2014
11:04 EDTPIR, RADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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11:00 EDTPIRBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
09:34 EDTRADActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTINTCIntel rumored to take 20% stake in Spreadtrum, Marbridge Daily says
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September 23, 2014
10:17 EDTAMRSAmyris rises after reporting KLM plans use of renewable jet fuel
Shares of Amyris (AMRS) are rising in early trading after the company stated on its corporate Twitter account last night that KLM intends to use a renewable jet fuel from Amyris and Total (TOT). Shares of Amyris are up 4% to $4.10 in early trading following last night's Tweet from the company. Reference Link
09:03 EDTHPQ, HPQEMC would be a good fit for Hewlett-Packard , says CLSA
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08:45 EDTBYDBofA/Merrill China and U.S. auto analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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08:38 EDTMSFTePlus becomes authorized Surface reseller in Microsoft Devices Program
ePlus (PLUS) announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, has joined an exclusive group of partners in the Microsoft Devices Program (MSFT), which allows customers to purchase Surface through authorized resellers. In addition to offering Microsoft's extended warranty and accidental damage, ePlus brings a variety of value-added services to the Surface family, including asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling, and data protection.
08:16 EDTHPQBloomberg Government to hold a briefing
Briefing provides an update on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals within their corporate strategies. Participants include Vice President Glazer of Hewlett-Packard and Vice President Veiga-Pestana of Unilever in the briefing being held in New York on September 23 at 5 pm.
08:02 EDTHPQHP announces new emission reduction goal of 40% by 2020
HP announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40% percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for all three parts of its value chain .
07:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One console in China on September 29, Reuters says
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07:19 EDTHPQEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:33 EDTHPQHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
12:52 EDTINTCIntel receives approval from Israel to invest $6B in chip plant, Reuters says
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12:50 EDTHPQEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTHPQEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
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