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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTMSFTStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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13:23 EDTMSFTsalesforce.com calls active on report held significant talks with Microsoft
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13:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B to acquire Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
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13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce CEO continued upping price on Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce ended talks in early May, CNBC's Faber reports
13:04 EDTMSFTSalesforce wanted as much as $70B from Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce no longer talking about a merger, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offered $55B for Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
13:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Salesforce held significant talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:08 EDTRADStocks with call strike movement; RAD AAL
Rite Aid (RAD) October 10 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 40, American Airlines (AAL) November 50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 37 according to IVolatility.
11:00 EDTINTCIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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10:59 EDTMSFTBlackBerry advances after second report says Microsoft weighing bid
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10:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
09:25 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTHPQHP CEO says going after 3D printing with proprietary technology
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07:42 EDTHPQHP remains undervalued, says UBS
UBS believes HP shares remain undervalued and they view the stock as attractive based on the company's ultimate earnings power. The firm said Q2 results were not bad despite weakness in the PC hardware sector. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $40 price target on HP shares.
07:40 EDTHPQHP should continue to be accumulated, says Brean Capital
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07:19 EDTHPQHP Q2 solid amid currency headwind, says Citigroup
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06:18 EDTMSFTBlackBerry an acquisition target after return to profitability, Digitimes says
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May 21, 2015
18:49 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Autobytel (ABTL), up 14.1% after acquiring Dealix Corporation and Autotegrity from CDK Global (CDK) for $25M and raising fiscal 2015 guidance... StemCells (STEM), up 2.5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), up 2.3% after a Benefit Assessment by Germany's Federal Joint Committee indicated that Translarna provided a benefit for ambulatory patients... CBOE Holdings (CBOE), up 1.6% after raising share repurchase authorization by $100M... Cypress Semiconductor (CY), up 1.2% after being initiated with a Buy at Mizuho. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 18.5%... Brocade (BRCD), down 2.1%... Marvell Technology (MRVL), down 2.9% after reporting quarterly results and departure of CFO. ALSO LOWER: Otonomy (OTIC), down 17.7% following report of Phase 2b topline data for OTO-104... Viggle (VGGL), down 18.8% after filing to sell common stock... CEL-SCI (CVM),down 2.7% after announcing a proposed offering of common stock and warrants.
17:35 EDTHPQHP backs FY15 free cash flow view $3.5B-$4B
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17:34 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 revenue 'flat to slightly down' in constant currency
Consensus is $105.41B.
17:23 EDTHPQHP says Cathie Lesjak will be CFO at HP Inc
HP announced new future leadership appointments for both companies: Cathie Lesjak will become CFO of HP Inc. The company added, "Lesjak's deep expertise will best serve Dion and his team as they embark on creating a new company." With Lesjak's move to HP Inc., Tim Stonesifer will become CFO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Stonesifer currently serves as CFO of HP's Enterprise Group. Prior to joining HP, Stonesifer served as CFO for General Motors International Operations based in Shanghai, and held a number of finance leadership positions during his twenty-year tenure at General Electric Company. Chris Hsu has been selected to become COO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The company added, "Hsu has proven strength in driving performance optimization across a number of key business areas, including real estate, indirect procurement, and business process improvement." As COO, Hsu will expand his duties to oversee and manage the continued separation execution, as well as HP Financial Services.
17:14 EDTHPQHP CEO says currency impacted Q2 results
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17:08 EDTAMRSAmyris files to sell 105.67M shares of common stock for holders
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16:24 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:22 EDTHPQHP up over 1.4% after Q2 results, guidance
16:14 EDTHPQHP says separation remains on track
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16:12 EDTHPQHP says Q2 Personal Systems revenue was down 5% year over year
Personal Systems revenue was down 5% year over year with a 3.0% operating margin. Commercial revenue decreased 7% and Consumer revenue decreased 2%. Total units were up 2% with Notebooks units up 19% and Desktops units down 14%. Printing revenue was down 7% year over year with an 18.3% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 4% with Commercial hardware units up 1% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%. Enterprise Group revenue was down 1% year over year with a 14.5% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 11%, Storage revenue was down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 15%, Networking revenue was down 16% and Technology Services revenue was down 8%. Additionally, HP closed its acquisition of Aruba in May. Enterprise Services revenue was down 16% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin. Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue was down 20%, and Application and Business Services revenue declined 8%. Software revenue was down 8% year over year with a 17.9% operating margin. License revenue was down 17%, support revenue was down 2%, professional services revenue was down 15% and software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue was down 5%. HP Financial Services revenue was down 7% year over year with a 2% decrease in net portfolio assets and a 1% decrease in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 10.6%.
16:11 EDTHPQHP sees associated dis-synergies of seperation approximately $400M to $450M
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16:07 EDTHPQHP sees Q3 EPS 83c-87c, consensus 87c
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16:07 EDTHPQHP backs FY15 EPS view of $3.53-$3.73 , consensus $3.64
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q2 EPS 87c, consensus 86c
Reports Q2 revenue $25.5B, consensus $25.63B.
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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15:10 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: HP buys Aruba, forms Chinese joint venture with split nearing
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15:01 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:32 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
The key feature on the daily chart is a potential, irregular, inverted bullish head and shoulders pattern. That pattern would not be valid without a breakout above $34. If the pattern triggers following bullish news, upside potential for the pattern would be to the $37 area. If the news is bearish, the pattern would fail to trigger. Downside potential might be a strong as upside, with first major support at the bottom of the head of the pattern at $31. Next support would then be at the $30 area.
14:10 EDTHPQHP May 34 straddle priced for 5.2% movement
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12:49 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:59 EDTHPQHP options active on selling 51% of China unit and into Q2
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08:15 EDTMSFTSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:11 EDTHPQHP to sell 51% of China unit for $2.3B
HP and Tsinghua Holdings jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of Hewlett-Packard and China's prestigious Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure. Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51% stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HP's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, for approximately $2.3B, valuing the total business at $4.5B.
08:06 EDTHPQHP announces partnership with Tsinghua Holdings
HP and Tsinghua Holdings jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of Hewlett-Packard and China's prestigious Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure. Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51% stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HP's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, for approximately $2.3B, valuing the total business at $4.5B. Combining these two entities, the new H3C will be a technology powerhouse in China with a market-leading portfolio that will be #1 in networking and a leader in servers, storage and technology services.
06:06 EDTHPQHP to sell stake in Chinese data-networking operation, WSJ reports
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May 20, 2015
15:55 EDTFTNTCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield confirms cyberattack
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has confirmed that cyberattackers gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database. This was discovered as a part of the company’s ongoing Information Technology security efforts in the wake of recent cyberattacks on health insurers. CareFirst engaged Mandiant, a unit of FireEye (FEYE), to conduct an end-to-end examination of its IT environment. The review determined that in June 2014 cyberattackers gained access to a single database in which CareFirst stores data that members and other individuals enter to access CareFirst’s websites and online services. Approximately 1.1M current and former CareFirst members and individuals who do business with CareFirst online who registered to use CareFirst’s websites prior to June 20, 2014 are affected by this event. All affected members will receive a letter from CareFirst offering two free years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Mandiant completed its review and found no indication of any other prior or subsequent attack or evidence that other personal information was accessed. Other publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).
10:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft considers acquisiton of 6Wunderkinder, manager magazin says
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08:45 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:41 EDTFTNTCisco CFO sees potential for acquistions in security
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08:37 EDTBYDMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:34 EDTMSFTSphere 3D to hold an event
"Technologies to Power the Next Cloud" provides an overview of Sphere 3D’s technologies and solutions for the "Next Cloud" featuring Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery and the latest in virtual storage technology at the Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, California on May 20 at 1 pm.
05:57 EDTMSFTSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:55 EDTMSFT, HPQ, INTCPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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11:15 EDTINTCAnalyst says Intel takeover of Altera more likely than not
Citi, in a note to investors today, said that the chances of Altera (ALTR) being acquired by Intel (INTC) were greater than 50%. The note comes after multiple news outlets reported yesterday that the two companies have resumed talks about Intel buying the smaller chip maker. ANALYST REACTION: News reports suggest that the odds of Intel buying Altera seem to have increased, wrote Citi analyst Christopher Danely. A deal is more likely to occur than not, according to the analyst. However, he does not believe that the transaction is a done deal. Moreover, the analyst kept a Neutral rating on Intel shares, saying that he does not anticipate changing his rating even if a takeover is consummated. In its own note on Altera this morning, Pacific Crest said it views the breakdown in Dennard scaling and Dark Silicon as an underappreciated positive for the maker of field-programmable gate arrays. The firm sees fair value for Altera at $55-$60 and still thinks that an acquisition by Intel makes sense strategically. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Altera added 0.5% to $47.16, while Intel fell 1% to $33.06.
09:17 EDTINTCAltera has 'underappreciated' positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
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08:34 EDTINTCApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTINTC, MSFTMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
07:32 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive signs deal with Dovetail Games for Flight Simulator X
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06:36 EDTHPQHP sued by MicroTech for $16.5M for 'unfairly taking advantage'
In a lawsuit filed Monday with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Virginia technology company MicroTech accuses Hewlett Packard and the software maker it now owns, Autonomy, of unfairly taking advantage by refusing to return $16.5M in cash paid to Autonomy for software never delivered in a fashion where it could be re-sold. During a national telephonic press conference, Lanny J. Davis, a Washington, D.C. attorney advising MicroTech, described the core allegation in the breach of contract case filed against HP: "Regardless of whether HP was defrauded by Autonomy, or whether HP's over-payment for Autonomy was a product of a possible due diligence failure, in my opinion, HP is not entitled to keep both MicroTech's money AND Autonomy's software that MicroTech duly purchased," Davis said.
06:24 EDTHPQHP to sell controlling stake in H3C unit to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports
HP will sell its 51% stake in H3C, its China-based computing unit, to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports, citing comments from a spokesperson for the Chinese private-equity fund's parent company. Terms have not been disclosed, but the spokesperson says he believes the deal will be completed in the coming days. Reference Link
06:10 EDTINTCCiti sees over 50% chance of Intel buying Altera
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06:01 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
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05:50 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD LL
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May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTZUMZUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
19:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new internet browser to be Windows exclusive, TechCrunch says
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16:28 EDTMSFTWindows 10 Mobile devices to feature carrier-free updates, ZDNet says
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:15 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:37 EDTMSFTBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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12:51 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:13 EDTRADRite Aid management to meet with Guggenheim
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10:40 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held principal to principal talks late last week, Faber says
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09:11 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held 'principal to principal' talks last week, CNBC reports
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08:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $105 from $90 at Oppenheimer
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08:11 EDTFTNTFortinet signs CRADA with DHS
Fortinet announced that it has signed a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, with the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. With the CRADA in place, Fortinet can now share and gain access to new threat information in order to help improve threat detection and prevention for users of Fortinet security solutions. The CRADA will allow Fortinet to participate in the Cyber Information and Sharing and Collaboration Program, or CISCP, which entails sharing cyber threat, incident, and vulnerability information in near real-time, drawing on data of observed threat activity submitted by CISCP participants.
07:06 EDTINTCAltera back in talks with Intel about potential takeover, NY Post says
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06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
12:13 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTYUMThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
06:47 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Yum! Brands to Overweight saying it believes a spin-off of China and levering up of the franchise business has moved from a "possibility" to a "probability." After attending the Yum China investor conference, the firm thinks the company is now welcome to ideas that can drive short and long term shareholder value. It raised its price target for the stock to $108 from $83.
06:13 EDTINTCISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:32 EDTINTCCLSA to hold a conference
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
17:07 EDTAMRSAmyris files to sell 15.84M shares of common stock for holders
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12:04 EDTINTCIntel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the Cloud
Intel Corporation announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the “cloud.” The new parts will enable acceleration of up to two times that of a field programmable gate array for workloads like security and big data analytics while also speeding the time to market for custom application specific integrated circuit development by as much as 50 percent.
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
07:51 EDTINTCDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTBYDWells Fargo to hold a conference
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May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $109 from $93 at Bernstein
Bernstein says that Yum's China comps appear to have turned the corner, while worries about the underlying weakness of its China business are contradicted by evidence. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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06:32 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with FBR Capital
Meetings to be held in Boston/New York May 11-14 hosted by FBR Capital.
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
May 10, 2015
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
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