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February 22, 2013
14:40 EDTODP, OMX, PAY, HPQ, SPLSMarket 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.
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September 11, 2014
18:30 EDTHPQHP, Russia plead guilty, sentenced for bribing Russian government officials
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16:10 EDTHPQHP acquires open source cloud software maker Eucalyptus
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11:17 EDTHPQEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTHPQUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:07 EDTHPQEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
11:22 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:19 EDTPAYOn Track, USA Technologies rise after Apple Pay seen as positive
Shares of On Track Innovations (OTIV) and USA Technologies (USAT) are moving higher after research firm Northland Capital predicted that both companies would benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) mobile payment system which is based on NFC technology. On Track Innovations sells contactless/NFC readers, while USA Technologies provides products that facilitate electronic payment transactions. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors today, Northland Capital analyst Michael Latimore wrote that his discussions with vending operators indicate that Apple Pay will likely provide a major impetus to upgrade payment terminals, benefiting On Track Innovations and USA Technologies. On Track Innovations has gained share in the contactless/NFC reader market and now sells these readers to most of the vending operators in the U.S., Latimore stated. Accelerated adoption of contactless/NFC technology will help increase the number of contactless/NFC readers that are sold, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, US Technologies' cloud services revenue could accelerate as more vending operators deploy NFC readers, Latimore added. The analyst kept Outperform ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, On Track Innovations soared 42% to $4.70, while USA Technologies advanced 7% to $2.20. VeriFone (PAY), which sells point of sale electronic payment devices, gained 4% to $36.
08:34 EDTODPOffice Depot announces resignation of Starboard's Jeffrey Smith from board
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08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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September 9, 2014
15:07 EDTPAYPanera Bread announces integration With Apple Pay
Panera Bread (PNRA) announced an integration with Apple Pay, Apple's (AAPL) new mobile payment system for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or Apple Watch. Panera Bread will accept Apple Pay in all participating bakery-cafes in the United States once Apple Pay hits the market this fall. In preparation for the rollout, Panera will integrate Apple Pay into the Panera Bread iOS App and install VeriFone (PAY) payment terminals in company owned and franchise bakery-cafes across the United States to support contactless and Near Field Communication payments.
14:54 EDTSPLSApple announces Apple Pay
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14:47 EDTSPLSStaples to support Apple Pay in stores this fall
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14:04 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $43 from $40 at Argus
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13:52 EDTPAYVeriFone rises after Apple confirms new 'Apple Pay' mobile payment service
VeriFone Systems (PAY), which is engaged in secure electronic payment solutions, is up 1.4% as the Apple (AAPL) event continues.
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09:12 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTHPQThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
14:19 EDTPAYAlex Meruelo Living Trust reports 5.45% stake in VeriFone
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05:54 EDTSPLSStaples Canada expands Bullfrog Power partnership
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