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July 30, 2014
11:01 EDTHPQAvnet expands distribution relationship with HP into Mexico
Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet (AVT), announced that it will now distribute HPs (HPQ) data center-related products in Mexico, including enterprise technologies and software. Under this new agreement, Avnet will provide channel partners with a wide variety of resources to help them capture analytics, big data, cloud computing and converged infrastructure opportunities. To support this relationship, Avnet has formed an HP Solutions group in Mexico, a dedicated team focused on helping partners increase their data center sales with HP enterprise technologies and software.
09:53 EDTHPQBest Buy CEO Joly says sales of tablets 'crashing,' Re/code reports
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08:49 EDTBXBlackstone has strong momentum across all metrics, says Argus
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July 29, 2014
07:51 EDTORCLOracle extends expiration date of tender offer for MICROS to August 15
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July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Aon plc (AON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DSW (DSW) downgraded at Sterne Agee... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Lear (LEA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Wedbush... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Pfizer (PFE) downgraded at BMO Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Selmer Scientific (SMLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... TransCanada (TRP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
08:49 EDTORCLOracle to benefit over longer term from shift to cloud, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the shift to Oracle's cloud products may result in a drop in the company's maintenance revenue initially. The firm thinks the company will ultimately collect more revenue from its customers, although the margins may decline. Pacific Crest thinks that Oracle is "making solid progress" in the cloud and Big Data. It views the stock's valuation as compelling and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:48 EDTHPQHP awarded $55.8M five-year services contract by Anaheim, CA
HP Enterprise Services announced the city of Anaheim, CA, has signed a $55.8M agreement for HP to continue managing the city's information technology, or IT, environment. Under the five-year contract, which includes a pair of two-year extension options not included in the announced contract value, HP will continue providing a full suite of services for Anaheim's IT infrastructure. HP also will enhance services with an upgraded disaster recovery solution that will ensure business continuity following a catastrophic event. New services also include infrastructure enhancements designed to accelerate hosting service virtualization, lower power consumption with PC power management and enhance IT security.
06:47 EDTBXBlackstone purchases tower from Brookfield for $543M, Bloomberg says
Blackstone (BX) acquired a 330K square-foot office tower in London's financial district for $543M from Brookfield Property Partners (BPY), according to Bloomberg, citing a joint statement from both companies. Reference Link]:[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-28/blackstone-buys-543-million-london-office-tower-from-brookfield.html]
05:46 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco (CSCO) shares to Sector Perform citing valuation and concern the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes shares are fairly valued at $26. Cisco closed Friday up 14c to $25.97.
July 27, 2014
18:57 EDTCSCOAmazon's cloud computing unit AWS faces more rivals, WSJ says
Amazon.com's (AMZN) cloud computing unit AWS has been competing with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) but more company's have launched offerings in the space including Verizon (VZ), Cisco Systems (CSCO), International Business Machines (IBM) and VMware (VMW), which may threaten the profitability plans that Amazon has for AWS, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
11:13 EDTBXBlackstone in discussions to acquire 8 building in Italy, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTORCLEU poised to decide on Oracle, MICROS agreement, Reuters says
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July 24, 2014
08:30 EDTBXCarlyle may be last firm in rigging suit as peers near settlement, NY Post says
Carlyle Group (CG) may soon be the only private equity firm left to settle a suit that accused it and several of its peers of conspiring to hold down deal prices and one source close to the situation said my expectation is there will be a trial, according to The New York Post. Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs (GS) previously settled for a combined $150.5M and KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital are expected to settle for an amount above that "within days," the report said. Reference Link
08:02 EDTSVUSuperValu reports Q1 continuing ops EPS 18c, consensus 17c
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07:50 EDTHPQHP, Hortonworks extend strategic partnership
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07:19 EDTSCHLScholastic sees FY15 EPS $1.80-$2.00, consensus $1.98
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07:17 EDTSCHLScholastic reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.24, one estimate 91c
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July 23, 2014
08:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers
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07:45 EDTBXSEC to approve money fund rules with exemptions for discount brokers, WSJ says
New money-market mutual fund rules that are expected to be approved at a Securities and Exchange Commission meeting on Wednesday will exempt discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW) from some provisions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Under the SEC's planned rules, "prime" money funds that are held by corporations and institutional investors will have to abandon a fixed $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Analysts said Schwab and other large money-fund sponsors, Vanguard and Fidelity, would do well under the plan, according to the report. Blackstone (BX) also offers money-market mutual funds. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
15:49 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, WSJ says
Blackstone's (BX) purchase from Carlyle Group (CG) of the majority stake in the repair chain values the company at about $650M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a source. Reference Link
15:07 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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14:25 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, Dow says
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08:14 EDTCSCOCisco to establish Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona
Cisco and Barcelona City Council announced plans to open a Cisco Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona. The Innovation Center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market opportunities related to the Internet of Everything for smart cities. The new 1,720 SQM Cisco center will be located at Ca l'Alier, a 19th century heritage building at the core of the 22@Barcelona district, as part of the new Smart City Campus. Based on its current plans, from 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30M in the facilities' restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.
07:38 EDTSVUSuperValu shares should be bought on any weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:17 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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05:55 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; NQ HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; NQ Mobile (NQ) 169, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 28 according to iVolatility.
July 21, 2014
10:43 EDTHPQFormer Autonomy CFO challenges proposed HP settlement, Re/code reports
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07:15 EDTHPQO'Reilly to hold a conference
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July 18, 2014
07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
16:13 EDTHPQHP appoints Whitman Chairman, Alcoa's Kleinfeld joins board
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07:27 EDTBXBlackstone buys CatalunyaCaixa loan portfolio
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone reports total assets under management of $279B
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus 71c
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone buys Catalunya Banc mortgage portfolio for $5B, Reuters says
Blackstone has purchased a large mortgage portfolio from Spain's Catalunya Banc for $5B in an agreement backed by fresh state funds as the government aims to sell the firm, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:28 EDTHPQHP increasing fire-safety audits in China, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
11:28 EDTSVULeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
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11:16 EDTSVUCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
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09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTHPQBarclays tech hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:08 EDTORCLOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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08:05 EDTHPQHP has positive read through from Intel results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest has an upward bias on its estimates for HP (HPQ) following Intel's (INTC) positive comments on the PC market. The firm thinks that HP's stock could jump another 20% if enterprise PC fundamentals continue to improve. It keeps an Outperform rating on HP.
07:10 EDTBXBlackstone, Oaktree strive for Catalunya mortgage portfolio, Reuters says
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