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February 22, 2013
14:40 EDTPAY, SPLS, OMX, HPQ, ODPMarket poised to end week lower amid QE worries
Stocks are set to end the week slightly lower after the minutes of the Fed's Open Market Committee indicated that the central bank could look to slow its asset purchases in the foreseeable future... MACRO NEWS: The minutes from the committee's last meeting noted that several committee members favored adjusting the central bank's asset purchases in response to the economy's outlook. Other members warned that continued asset purchases could damage the economy... Also dragging down stocks was data from Europe. A euro zone purchasing managers' index for February fell compared with January. Economists had expected the index to increase... In the U.S., members of Congress did not appear to make progress toward averting the automatic government spending cuts set to go into effect on March 1... COMPANY NEWS: Office Depot (ODP) and Office Max (OMX) announced that they had agreed to merge. Some analysts believe that Staples (SPLS) will benefit from the merger... VeriFone (PAY) pre-announced much weaker than expected results and its stock plunged... On a more positive note, Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) results beat expectations and its stock rallied.
News For ODP;OMX;PAY;HPQ;SPLS From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
11:16 EDTSPLSParty City enters into e-commerce relationship with Staples
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February 4, 2016
11:21 EDTPAYOptions with increasing call volume; FMC HST XME RIO BHP PAY DNDK BSX ALLY SWFT
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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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
16:02 EDTODP, SPLSStaples, Office Depot finalize merger agreement extension
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11:10 EDTSPLSStocks with call strike movement; NFLX SPLS
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January 29, 2016
05:26 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility movement; CCL ODP
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January 28, 2016
15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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05:20 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ODP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 63, Office Depot (ODP) 94 according to iVolatility.
January 27, 2016
10:23 EDTODPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 25, 2016
16:04 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples announces leadership changes as it streamlines structure
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06:47 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples offers to boost payment for loan to back Office Depot deal, Reuters says
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