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October 10, 2012
10:29 EDTAVT, HPQ, FFIV, IBM, NTAPNetApp, F5 fall after Avnet issues profit warning
Avnet (AVT), which distributes various technology components and products, is dropping after the company reported earlier today that its first quarter earnings per share and revenue would be significantly below analysts' consensus estimates. The company blamed several factors for the shortfall, including better than expected sales in Asia where its profit margins are relatively low, and weaker sales in Western regions where its profit margins are higher. Sales at Avnet's Technology Solutions unit also came in below expectations, the company added. In a note earlier today to investors, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that NetApp's (NTAP) shares could be negatively affected by Avnet's weaker than expected results, as Avnet accounted for about 14% of NetApp's revenue from May-July, Oppenheimer reported. Another key Avnet partner is F5 (FFIV), as Avnet is the largest distributor of F5 products and accounts for 15%-20% of F5's revenue, the firm wrote. Oppenheimer believes that most of the weakness in Avnet's Technology Solutions unit was caused by weak server sales. As a result, the firm thinks that Avnet's weakness could bode badly for IBM (IBM) and HP (HPQ), which are both among the top buyers of Avnet's server solutions, according to the firm. In mid-morning trading, Avnet dropped 5.95% to $26.87, NetApp (NTAP) lost 2.27% to $29.52, F5 dropped 2.62% to $99.41, IBM (IBM) inched down 0.22% to $207.53, and HP gave back 0.21% to $14.34.
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February 9, 2016
09:09 EDTFFIVGoldman to hold a conference
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08:08 EDTIBMIBM Consolidated selected by Edison companies as provider
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February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTIBM20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
10:25 EDTNTAP$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
10:20 EDTAVTHigh option volume stocks: EPC DK DNKN TTWO AVT VHC RL ZBH BSX AGCO
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09:30 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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07:07 EDTAVTHMG Strategy is holding a summit
2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit is being held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 4.
February 3, 2016
11:33 EDTHPQCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
09:18 EDTHPQCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:15 EDTIBMIBM acquiring German digital agency exc.io
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07:41 EDTHPQCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
06:48 EDTHPQHP Inc. esimates and price target lowered at Citi
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February 2, 2016
06:09 EDTIBMIBM agrees to acquire Aperto, terms not disclosed
IBM announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aperto, a digital agency with headquarters in Berlin. Upon completion of this transaction, Aperto will to join the IBM Interactive Experience team, supporting IBM's growth in the largest economy in Europe. Aperto's 300-plus employees will continue to serve its roster of clients. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 and is subject to applicable regulatory review and customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.
January 29, 2016
07:10 EDTAVTAvnet remains well positioned despite macro impact, says Brean Capital
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January 28, 2016
15:19 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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15:18 EDTIBMIBM to acquire digital marketing and creative agency Resource/Ammirati
IBM announced its intent to acquire Resource/Ammirati -- a US-based digital marketing and creative agency -- combining the companies' strategic, creative and technology talents to "address rising demand from businesses seeking to reinvent themselves for the digital economy and provide differentiated experiences to their customers." This is IBM's first acquisition of a digital marketing creative agency, the company said. The deal is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews. Financial details were not disclosed.
11:18 EDTAVTOptions with increasing put volume
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07:10 EDTAVTAvnet sees Q3 adjusted EPS 93c-$1.03, consensus $1.12
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07:08 EDTAVTAvnet reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.22, consensus $1.25
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