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October 10, 2012
10:29 EDTIBM, NTAP, AVT, HPQ, FFIVNetApp, 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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May 19, 2015
07:34 EDTIBMIBM invests in WayBlazer and Sellpoints
IBM announced two new investments in WayBlazer and Sellpoints to advance online travel and shopping apps powered by Watson. The announcement is part of IBM's $100M commitment to drive new innovations and business solutions that build on Watson and follows the company's recent investments in Modernizing Medicine and Pathway Genomics. The financial terms of IBM's investments were not disclosed.
07:19 EDTAVTAvnet may be preparing to make acquisition, says SunTrust
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06:36 EDTHPQHP sued by MicroTech for $16.5M for 'unfairly taking advantage'
In a lawsuit filed Monday with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Virginia technology company MicroTech accuses Hewlett Packard and the software maker it now owns, Autonomy, of unfairly taking advantage by refusing to return $16.5M in cash paid to Autonomy for software never delivered in a fashion where it could be re-sold. During a national telephonic press conference, Lanny J. Davis, a Washington, D.C. attorney advising MicroTech, described the core allegation in the breach of contract case filed against HP: "Regardless of whether HP was defrauded by Autonomy, or whether HP's over-payment for Autonomy was a product of a possible due diligence failure, in my opinion, HP is not entitled to keep both MicroTech's money AND Autonomy's software that MicroTech duly purchased," Davis said.
06:24 EDTHPQHP to sell controlling stake in H3C unit to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports
HP will sell its 51% stake in H3C, its China-based computing unit, to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports, citing comments from a spokesperson for the Chinese private-equity fund's parent company. Terms have not been disclosed, but the spokesperson says he believes the deal will be completed in the coming days. Reference Link
May 18, 2015
14:15 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:27 EDTIBMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
May 14, 2015
09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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06:24 EDTNTAPCiti expects 'lukewarm' Q4 results from NetApp
Citigroup expects NetApp to report "lukewarm" Q4 results on Wednesday amid "soft" underlying storage demand and "modest" currency pressure. The company's sales and earnings are likely to be in-line to a slight miss relative to consensus, Citi believes. The firm says that while the stock's valuation "looks interesting," it keeps a Neutral rating on the name with a $39 price target.
06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM partners with Teleflora for large florists network
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May 11, 2015
09:59 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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07:29 EDTNTAPNetApp cut to sell on competition concerns at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Underperform from Sector Perform saying the company's competitive threats are likely to increase this summer with new storage appliances from Nimble (NBML), Pure, Nutanix, Solidfire and Tintri as well as Amazon entering the Cloud network-attached storage space. The assigns a fair value target of $32 for shares. NetApp closed Friday up 8c to $35.65.
06:34 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
06:30 EDTFFIVF5 Networks management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in Seattle on May 11 hosted by SunTrust.
May 10, 2015
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
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