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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTORCL, DELL, BX, CSCO, HPQ, SVU, ACAD, SCHL, GESOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as Europe's woes continue, though purchasing managers' indexes for the U.S. and China were strong. Amidst the backdrop of ongoing negotiations in Cyprus and a wealth of economic data from around the globe, the major averages slumped at the open and have been range-bound ever since... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 2K from the prior week to 336K, a bit below the forecast for an increase to 340K. The FHFA home price index for January rose 0.6% from the prior month, versus expectations for a 0.7% advance. The leading economic indicators rose 0.5% for February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Existing home sales rose 0.8% in February, versus expectations for a 1.6% monthly increase. The Philly Fed manufacturing survey reading for March came in at +2.0, versus expectations for a -3.0 reading. Markit's preliminary U.S. purchasing managers' index for March came in at 54.9, nearly matching the 54.8 consensus forecast. In China, HSBC's preliminary PMI reading for March was 51.7, which compares to a 50.4 final reading for February. In Europe, Markit's flash composite PMI for services and manufacturing fell to 46.5 in March from 47.9 in February. Also, the European Central Bank said it will cut Cypriot banks off from emergency funds after this Monday, March 25, unless a bailout agreement is struck with the EU and IMF... COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) shares fell 8% and were downgraded at CLSA and Evercore following the company's disappointing earnings report. Oracle may also risk losing its president Mark Hurd, according to a report from Fortune. The publication said Blackstone (BX) is seriously considering a bid for Dell (DELL) and one of the PE firm's top choices to run Dell, assuming it chooses to bid, would be Oracle's Hurd... Cisco (CSCO) was by far the Dow's worst performer, sinking over 3% following Oracle's report and after FBR Capital downgraded Cisco to an Underperform rating in a note to investors earlier today... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) raised its regular dividend by 10% after shareholders failed in an attempt to remove the company's two longest-serving directors at its annual meeting, held last night... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SuperValu (SVU), which rose more than 6% after it completed the sale of several of its chains to a private equity firm consortium in a deal valued at $3.3B, including $100M in cash and $3.2B in debt assumption. Also higher were shares of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up 29% after presenting detailed results from a Phase III study of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Scholastic (SCHL), which fell 14%, and Guess (GES), which declined nearly 5%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 35.83, or 0.25%, to 14,475.90; the Nasdaq was down 20.01, or 0.61%, to 3,234.18; and the S&P 500 was down 4.80, or 0.31%, to 1,553.91.
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October 9, 2014
07:34 EDTHPQHP has room to grow, gave conservative guidance, says Brean Capital
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06:55 EDTHPQAnalyst says PC company likely to get much of HP debt, Re/code reports
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06:52 EDTHPQ, CSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:29 EDTHPQIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
08:34 EDTBXWindy Cove Energy receives up to $700M from Blackstone for U.S. oil assets
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06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
06:13 EDTHPQNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
18:11 EDTBXBlackstone to curb accelerated fee practice, WSJ says
According to a written exchange between the company and one of its fund investors, Blackstone Group will no longer retain additional consulting fees when selling or taking companies that it owns public, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
11:27 EDTHPQHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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08:09 EDTHPQHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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