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August 20, 2014
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.
08:11 EDTEMCVMware promotes Betsy Sutter to SVP, Chief People Officer
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08:09 EDTEMCVMware updates executive responsibilities
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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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17:27 EDTQCOMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:24 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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14:13 EDTQCOMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:45 EDTEMCNetApp rises after earnings beat, Needham upgrade
Shares of storage systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after the company posted better than expected first quarter results and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NetApp reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 60c and revenue of $1.49B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 57c and $1.47B, respectively. Q1 adjusted gross margin was 64.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NetApp forecast second quarter adjusted EPS of 66c-71c and revenue of $1.49B-$1.59B, compared to consensus of 69c and $1.53B, respectively. For fiscal 2015, the company sees EPS growth just under 10% and revenue growth in the mid-single digits. FY15 adjusted gross margin is seen at 63%-64%. On NetApp's Q1 conference call, management said it was seeing a rebound in enterprise spending in the U.S. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Needham upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold following its strong Q1 report, citing better enterprise spending. Their price target was $49. Two firms, Piper Jaffray and Brean Capital, raised their respective price targets on NetApp and Pacific Crest said NetApp is "'undervalued and underappreciated," noting that the company's Q1 results included 13% earnings growth year-over-year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp rose $1.47, or 3.7%, to $40.77 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the storage space include: EMC (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
11:36 EDTEMCEMC executive say 'Virtual Isilon' coming, IT Wire reports
EMC's Isilon storage product has proved popular in Australia with customers that need large amounts of storage and EMC CTO John Roese told a customer event in Melbourne this month that "Virtual Isilon" is coming this year, reported IT Wire. Reference Link
09:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm discloses 4.1M share stake in Globalstar
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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.
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
13:36 EDTSTXSeagate sees strong enterprise demand in 2H, says Pacific Crest
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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10:07 EDTQCOMCirrus Logic losing China OEM market share to Qualcomm, says Rosenblatt
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07:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm's subsidiary enters into collaboration to develop health solutions
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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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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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12:01 EDTINTCAltisource names Juneja Chief Technology Officer
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11:51 EDTINTC, QCOMNVIDIA 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 EDTMSFT, EMCVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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August 7, 2014
06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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06:04 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 19, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
August 6, 2014
10:37 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3
Hewlett-Packard August call option implied volatility is at 23, August is at 39, September is at 29, January is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 20.
06:38 EDTMSFTAccenture says complying with SAIC in Microsoft probe, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTMSFTSAIC enacts fresh raids on Accenture, Microsoft, Reuters says
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its website that it conducted fresh raids on Microsoft (MSFT) and Accenture (ACN) after the firm noted last week that Microsoft is being probed for anti-trust crimes, according to Reuters, citing an e-mail statement from a Beijing-based Microsoft spokeswoman. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 19, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
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