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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTHPQMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
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16:20 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:40 EDTHPQRackspace off highs after Re/code says HP has no bid interest
The shares hit an intraday high at $34.75 and have moved lower after a report from Re/code said that HP (HPQ) has no interest in acquiring the company. Shares had moved up on a presumption of that interest. At the current price of $34.01 next support is at $33.17, the session low.
13:12 EDTHPQHP has no interest in acquiring Rackspace, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) continues to have no interest in acquiring Rackspace (RAX), Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of HP's plans. The move higher today in shares of Rackspace is being attributed to potential takeover interest from HP. Shares are off their highs, but remain up 2% to $33.90 in afternoon trading. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHPQHP has no interest in buying Rackspace, Re/code reports
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11:59 EDTMSFTGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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10:55 EDTHPQRackspace rallies 3%, or 86c, to $34.24
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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17:02 EDTHPQIxia appoints Bethany Mayer as CEO
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13:32 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities
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13:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTMSFT, HPQHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:02 EDTHPQActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTHPQHP CEO says in position to 'comfortably' do M&A
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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08:44 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $40 from $36 at Morgan Stanley
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08:08 EDTHPQHP outlook still positive after results, says Wells Fargo
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07:51 EDTHPQHP bullish thesis remains intact, says Brean Capital
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06:35 EDTHPQHP CEO says firm in better place for future acquisitions, Reuters says
HP CEO Meg Whitman said that the company is in an improved spot at the moment to pursue acquisition opportunities than it has been in the past year since it now has $4.7B in net cash, according to Reuters, citing Whitman. Reference Link
06:27 EDTHPQHP results had more positive than negatives, says Deutsche Bank
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06:17 EDTHPQHP shares can continue to trade higher, says Citigroup
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August 20, 2014
18:35 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTHPQHP says delivered YoY revenue growth for first time in three years in Q3
Says product line up is strongest in years with innovation "alive and well." Says product portfolio shifting to SaaS. Says the company is more nimble and better prepared than ever to respond to business conditions. Says can continue to gain market share in PC's. Expects to exit FY14 with $9B in cash flow and will resume share repurchases in Q4. Says M&A will be part of the future, but would prefer to grow organically. Comments from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:12 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTHPQHP CEO Whitman says 'very pleased with progress'
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," said Meg Whitman, chairman, president and CEO, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."
16:07 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 Personal Systems revenue up 12% YoY
Personal Systems revenue was up 12% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin Commercial revenue increased 14% and Consumer revenue increased 8%. Total units were up 13% with Desktops units up 9% and Notebooks units up 18%. Printing revenue was down 4% year over year with an 18.4% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 5% with Commercial hardware units down 2% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%. Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% year over year with a 14.0% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 9%, Storage revenue was down 4%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 18%, Networking revenue was up 4% and Technology Services revenue was down 3%. Enterprise Services revenue was down 6% year over year with a 4.1% operating margin. Application and Business Services revenue was down 4% and Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue declined 8%. Software revenue was down 5% year over year with a 21.2% operating margin. License revenue was down 16%, support revenue was flat, professional services revenue was down 3% and software-as-a-service revenue was up 8%. HP Financial Services revenue was down 3% year over year with a 1% increase in net portfolio assets and a 14% increase in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 9.2%.
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.72
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.03-$1.07, consensus $1.05
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16:04 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 adjusted EPS 89c, consensus 89c
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16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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15:56 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August weekly 35 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q3
15:26 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
13:42 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
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13:05 EDTINTCIntel and Unity collaborate to extend Android support across Intel-based devices
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11:54 EDTHPQHP technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed the broader averages, rising by more than 8%. The trend has had a decidedly bullish slant, with $36 at the high and $33 at the low. These bounds give us some guidance as to how price might behave depending on earnings and guidance. A breakout above $36 and notably the 52-week high at $36.21, would appear very probable if the news is better than already high expectations. Next major resistance would be at $38, a level not seen since early 2011. An extreme upside reaction could push the stock to $40.34. Given the strong bullish sentiment in the name, the risk may be more to the downside on a disappointment. The key level to watch on the downside if news or guidance is worse than expected is at the 50-day moving average, last at $34.57. A breakdown below the 50-day would break the intermediate-term uptrend and that would have bearish implications for future price. The $33 level would become the next important zone following such a break. A snap below $33 on an extreme disappointment would see $31.48 as next support.
08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:49 EDTHPQHP shares have dropped in August over past four years, Re/code reports
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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11:05 EDTHPQImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:42 EDTHPQImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:02 EDTYUMTaco Bell introducing dollar menu, LA Times reports
Taco Bell (YUM) is introducing its new Dollar Cravings menu, which features 11 items, the LA Times reports. McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN) both offer dollar menus. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFT, HPQMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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10:29 EDTINTCGoldman cuts sector view on semiconductors to Cautious
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10:01 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Equity Residential (EQR) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... HMS Holdings (HMSY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... HP (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... KapStone (KS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH) upgraded at RW Baird... Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
08:04 EDTINTCSemiconductors sector downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Semiconductors sector to Cautious given signs the cycle is turning based on expectations for a slowdown in semiconductor revenue growth, above trend semi unit shipments that should normalize, and stretching lead times. As a result, the analyst sees risk to Q4 estimates and sees further downside of 10%-25% for the SOX (SOX) and downgraded NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral, InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy, and removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the Conviction Buy List.
07:41 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi
07:39 EDTHPQHP remains a top pick ahead of Q3 results at Deutsche Bank
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August 15, 2014
09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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06:23 EDTINTCIntel teaming with SMS Audio for biometric earbuds, WSJ reports
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August 14, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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17:46 EDTYUMRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Whole Foods Market (WFM). INCREASED STAKES: Clean Harbors (CLH), Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), Manitowoc (MTW), Esterline Technologies (ESL), and Yum! Brands (YUM). DECREASED STAKES: Bunge (BG), and Hologic (HOLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: W.R. Grace & Co (GRA), and First American Financial (FAF).
17:00 EDTRADGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:24 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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06:09 EDTHPQGoogle, HP in talks to collaborate on 'virtual assistant,' The Information says
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August 13, 2014
17:38 EDTINTCAvago to sell Axxia Networking Business to Intel for $650M
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 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 $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
13:57 EDTBYDNJ reports Atlantic City July gaming win down 7.7% to $274.3M
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10:01 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:55 EDTHPQHP free cash flow upside thesis intact, says Brean Capital
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05:59 EDTINTCIntel could invest up to $100B in Oregon over 30 year period
Washington County, a political subdivision of the State of Oregon, the City of Hillsboro, a municipal corporation, and Intel have entered into a strategic investment program agreement. The SIP application requested that Intel and the County enter into a SIP Agreement to provide a framework for potential additional Intel investment in Oregon of up to $100B over a 30 year period commencing around the time when the current SIP agreement between Intel and the County approaches or reaches the limits of its current investment ceiling. In general terms, Intelís investment will consist primarily of proposed investments in semiconductor manufacturing equipment and facilities to promote job retention of its semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor technology development work force. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
16:26 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
10:31 EDTHPQEx-Autonomy CFO accuses HP of agreement cover-up, Re/code says
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August 11, 2014
15:24 EDTHPQBloomberg to hold a summit
Silicon Valley 2014 Cybersecurity Summit to be held in Palo Alto, California on August 12.
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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07:05 EDTPIRDeutsche Bank discusses LBO chatter in Retail space
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06:46 EDTYUM Yum! Brands shares remain attractive, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Yum! Brands' China comp estimates to recover and does not view the brand as permanently impaired. The believes shares are attractive and sees potential upside from re-franchising or a breakup. The firm rates Yum! an Outperform with an $87 price target.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 10, 2014
18:44 EDTINTCIntel should see more gains, Barron's says
As Intel's revenues are expected to climb 5% this year, investors should expect more gains by the company's stock, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
16:51 EDTINTCCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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August 8, 2014
16:16 EDTINTCU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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12:53 EDTFTNTProofpoint jumps after analyst starts with Outperform rating
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12:01 EDTINTCAltisource names Juneja Chief Technology Officer
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11:51 EDTINTCNVIDIA rallies after Q2 quarter profit, Q3 revenue outlook top estimates
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08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTYUMOSI withdraws products made in Shanghai in response to food scandal
After dealing with a food scandal, OSI China, parent company of Shanghai Husi Food, announced the withdrawal of products produced in Shanghai. The company said, "Husi is the subject of company and government investigations and it is proceeding smoothly. While there have been no reported illnesses linked to any Shanghai Husi products, recovering this production is an important step in facilitating the investigations and rebuilding the respect and trust of our customers, the government and the people of China. With assistances and guidance provided by Shanghai FDA, we have started the recovery process of products in question in a comprehensive and orderly." Worldwide brands such Yum! Brands (YUM) McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the scandal in China. Reference Link
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