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February 4, 2014
16:39 EDTBRO, KORS, DNB, TTWO, YUM, JCP, MSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, bouncing back a bit following yesterday's sharp sell-off. The averages opened higher, led by gains in the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which added nearly 1% for the session. Despite gains, the averages recouped less than half of yesterday's decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders dropped 1.5% in December, versus expectations for a 1.8% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) shares fell 13c, or 0.36%, to $36.35 after the company promoted the head of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, to Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella's promotion, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, make him the tech giant's third CEO. Bill Gates, one of the company's founders and formerly chairman of its board, will assume a new role as Technology Advisor and devote more time to the company, with lead independent director John Thompson taking over as chairman... Embattled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) fell 60c, or 10.56%, to $5.08 despite reporting comparable store sales that grew 3.1% during the Holiday period. Deutsche Bank said it believes investors were expecting a positive low-single digit gain in same-store sales and it does not view today's press release as material to the J.C. Penney story, while Sterne Agee cut its price target on the retailer's shares to $3 from $9. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS), which advanced $13.24, or 17.27%, to $89.91 after the company's third quarter results soundly beat analysts' expectations and several analyst firms raised their price targets on the stock. Also higher following their quarterly report was Yum! Brands (YUM), up $5.90, or 8.92%, to $72.06 after the Taco Bell and KFC owner reported adjusted profit that beat estimates and affirmed its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following disappointing earnings reports were Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), down $10.88, or 10.22%, to $95.58, and Brown & Brown (BRO), down $2.40, or 7.82%, to $28.28. Also lower was Take-Two (TTWO), which fell $1.84, or 9.74%, to $17.06. The video game maker reported better-than-expected results though issued guidance for the current quarter that missed expectations and analysts were generally downbeat about the company's outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 72.44, or 0.47%, to 15,445.24, the Nasdaq was up 34.56, or 0.86%, to 4,031.52, and the S&P 500 was up 13.31, or 0.76%, to 1,755.20.
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February 26, 2015
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 20, 2015
13:08 EDTTTWOTake-Two management to meet with MKM Partners
Meeting to be held in New York on February 27 hosted by MKM Partners.
February 19, 2015
14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 17, 2015
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 13, 2015
09:25 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Microsoft expert, author and blogger Mary Jo Foley, discuss Microsoft and whether the commercial slowdown is permanent, with AWS (Amazon Web Services) dropping prices and Microsoft matching, how will they make money in the cloud on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 13 at 11 am.
07:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility at historic lows
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05:45 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:36 EDTTTWOJanuary NPD video game software sales rose 6%, says Piper Jaffray
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