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April 11, 2013
12:23 EDTMSFT, HPQ, INTC, RAD, ACAD, FTNT, FIRE, PANWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims pulled back to fall below the 350K level. The Nasdaq was the weakest of the major averages, as declines in some of its most notable members, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), weighed on the index... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 42K from the prior week to 346K, versus an expectation for them to decline more modestly to 360K. Import prices declined 0.5% in March compared to the prior month, which was in-line with expectations, while export prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for a 0.1% gain... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of big-name tech companies were weaker after research firms International Data Corporation and Gartner both estimated that PC sales declined by double-digits in the first three months of the year. IDC estimated PC sales fell 14%, while Gartner said they'd fallen 11% from the prior year. Microsoft, which was also downgraded by at least three firms, declined 5%, while Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) fell over 6% and Intel slid more than 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), which surged 50% after the FDA approved its filing of a New Drug Application for a Parkinson's drug candidate and its shares were upgraded at Piper Jaffray. Also higher was Rite Aid (RAD), which gained 19% after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Fortinet (FTNT), which declined 15% after reporting weaker than expected first quarter results. Fortinet's report also weighed on several of its Internet security peers, with Sourcefire (FIRE) sliding 2% to $53 and Palo Alto (PANW) down 1%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 49.04, or 0.33%, to 14,851.28; the Nasdaq was up 0.70, or 0.02%, to 3,297.95; and the S&P 500 was up 5.14, or 0.32%, to 1,592.87.
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July 15, 2014
12:55 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:31 EDTMSFTSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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09:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy cybersecurity start-up Aorato, WSJ says
Microsoft is in talks to buy Israel-based cybersecurity start-up Aorato in a deal worth around $200M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter who noted that the pact could close within the next two months. Reference Link
09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Nomura
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09:03 EDTACADACADIA names Stephen Davis as EVP, CFO, Chief Business Officer
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08:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto outlook has improved, says JMP Securities
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08:35 EDTMSFTCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) 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 will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTMSFT, INTCFortune to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EAís Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoftís transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
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