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October 10, 2012
10:29 EDTNTAP, FFIV, AVT, IBM, HPQNetApp, 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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August 14, 2014
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $46 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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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
18:26 EDTNTAPNetApp says seeing rebound in enterprise spending in U.S.
Says seeing momentum in key business areas and expects it to continue through FY15. Says feels "really good" about flash portfolio. Says it has been major part of company's momentum. Says seeing a broader range of products being sold. Expects to continue to generate strong cash flow. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
17:43 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY15 EPS growth just under 10%, consensus $2.96
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16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-71c, consensus 69c
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16:01 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 57c
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15:05 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:20 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
In the prior three months the stock has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 12.8%. The trend has been decidedly bullish in this interval without much volatility. This suggests investors and traders are comfortable with the company's prospects and the absence of a substantial short-base reinforces that outlook. When we look at a longer-term chart, it is apparent that the last three months has been a nearly symmetrical but inverse move of the previous quarter. A level that stands out clearly as a result of this six-month long dip and recovery is at $40. The stock would be back on a more neutral technical basis if it can retake and build on a move above the $40 level. And that would given the current price at $39.26 be an easy move if the fundamental news supports it. Additional resistance levels above $40 are at $41.57 and then at $44.32. Both of those levels are prior pivot points on a closing basis. If the news disappoints there are some well-defined levels from the last six months that could become downside objectives. A risk is that without much of a short-base, downside moves could be more extreme. On a scale of increasing disappointment, supports are at $38.12, $36.38, $35, and $33.72.
07:55 EDTHPQHP free cash flow upside thesis intact, says Brean Capital
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August 12, 2014
10:31 EDTHPQEx-Autonomy CFO accuses HP of agreement cover-up, Re/code says
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07:13 EDTNTAPNetApp shares remain inexpensive, says Cantor
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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.
08:33 EDTIBMIBM acquires Lighthouse Security Group
IBM announced it has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.
August 8, 2014
08:32 EDTNTAPVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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08:04 EDTAVTAvnet raises quarterly dividend 7% to 16c per share
Avnet announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 7% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to 16c per share. The dividend will be paid on September 19 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 8.
06:44 EDTIBMNew IBM chip identifies patterns, NY Times says
IBM has developed a new type of computer chip that tries to imitate the pattern identifying powers of human brains, according to The New York Times. The chip could eventually perform calculations that today's supercomputers are not capable of, the newspaper added. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
18:03 EDTIBMCSC, IBM expand alliance to accelerate customers transition to the cloud
Leading technology companies CSC (CSC) and IBM (IBM) announced they are building on their existing alliance with new ways to help global customers accelerate their transition to the cloud. Both companies will collaborate on consulting, apps modernization tools, big data and analytics, cloud and mobile capabilities, and security to create a single, consumable services framework.
12:02 EDTIBMIBM selected by Shanghai Wind Information
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11:30 EDTNTAPNetApp August volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
NetApp August call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 35, December is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 on August 13.
08:27 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $46 from $41 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its price target on NetApp as the firm thinks the stock will be boosted by improving demand fundamentals and conservative Street expectations. The firm's checks indicate that the company's order pipelines are building, while its fundamentals have improved slightly. Pacific Crest does not think that the improvement is reflected in consensus estimates, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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