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September 1, 2014
14:07 EDTCSCOCowen and Cisco to hold a conference call
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14:00 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a conference call
Vice President and General Manager-Computing Systems Perez discusses Cisco's new UCS innovations and portfolio expansion on a conference call to be held on September 4 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
11:13 EDTCSCOStephens to hold an investor trip
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August 31, 2014
14:04 EDTORCLWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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13:27 EDTCSCOAT&T to hold a conference
16th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference will be held in New York on September 3-4 with webcast availability on September 4 at 9 am; Webcast Link
August 29, 2014
18:19 EDTORCLOracle bid to restore $1.3B SAP verdict denied, Reuters reports
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15:13 EDTBXQuirky drops out of bidding to buy appliance unit from GE, Bloomberg says
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14:16 EDTORCLEuropean Commission approves Oracle acquisition of MICROS
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11:40 EDTORCLVeeva soars following beat and raise quarter
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06:15 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 13 at lower end of index mean range
August 28, 2014
15:30 EDTBXBlackstone planning NYC tower sale for over $2B, Bloomberg says
Blackstone (BX) has hired Eastdil Secured to market 1095 Avenue of the Americas, which will soon be the headquarters of Verizon (VZ), and the NYC building may sell for about $2.25B, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
15:25 EDTBXBlackstone planning NYC tower sale for over $2B, Bloomberg says
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12:34 EDTGESOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as concern over the Ukraine crisis overshadowed an upward revision to the government's estimate of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter. The major averages began the session in negative territory and picked up downside momentum in early trading, but soon after began to drift off their lows and recapture some of their losses. Volume remains light, as is expected ahead of the upcoming long weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Q2 GDP growth was unexpectedly boosted to 4.2% from the first estimate of 4.0%. Personal consumption rose 2.5% during the second quarter, versus estimates for a 2.4% increase. Initial jobless claims ticked down slightly to 298K in the fourth week of August. Pending home sales index increased 3.3% in July, which was better than the 0.5% month-over-month increase that was expected. In Europe, Ukraine president Poroshenko reportedly accused Russia of a "de facto" invasion and canceled a trip to call an urgent meeting of his security and defense council. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) declined 1% after Raymond James lowered its rating on the credit card giant's stock to Market Perform from Outperform. The Dow component faces a number of headwinds, including tougher negotiating tactics by larger international banks looking to win better deals, lower cross-border volume, and loss of processing revenue in Russia, wrote Raymond James analyst Wayne Johnson. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which jumped 20% after the first of two identical pivotal studies comparing Androxal to an FDA approved topical gel and placebo achieved superiority in both co-primary endpoints and Piper Jaffray hiked its price target on the stock to $33 from $26. Also higher was Signet Jewelers (SIG), which rose nearly 7% after reporting Q2 results that analysts at Sterne Agee called "impressive." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of retailers who dropped after reporting results from their most recent fiscal quarters. Shares of home goods retailer William-Sonoma (WSM) dropped 11%, jeans maker Guess (GES) fell 9%, and apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) slipped more than 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.92, or 0.2%, to 17,088.09, the Nasdaq was down 4.52, or 0.1%, to 4,565.11, and the S&P 500 was down 2.04, or 0.1%, to 1,998.08.
12:03 EDTGESGuess hits 52-week low as Q2 results miss estimates, FY15 outlook lowered
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10:25 EDTGESHigh option volume stocks
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09:33 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Brean Capital
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09:01 EDTACADACADIA says FDA provisionally accepts trade name Nuplasid for pimavanserin
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provisionally accepted the trade name “NUPLAZID” for pimavanserin. NUPLAZID is a selective serotonin inverse agonist and, if approved, will represent the first in a new class of drugs to treat psychosis. NUPLAZID has successfully completed a pivotal Phase III trial in Parkinson’s disease psychosis, which the FDA has agreed can serve as the basis, together with supportive data from other studies, for a New Drug Application. ACADIA plans to submit the NUPLAZID NDA to the FDA near the end of this year.
08:55 EDTGESOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Digital Ally (DGLY), up 16% after announcing order from Michigan State Police for over $1.1M... EnteroMedics (ETRM), up 12.4% after reporting three-year data from Maestro RC system... Repros (RPRX), up 0.8% after Androxal achieves superiority in both co-primary endpoints in a study... Synthetic Biologics (SYN), up 2.7% after Pfizer (PFE) was granted FDA Fast Track designation for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate. Synthetic Biologics announced earlier this week that SYN-004, the company's lead anti-infective product candidate for the prevention of the effects of C. difficile, will be presented in October... Signet (SIG), up 3.9% after Q2 revenue tops consensus. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 5.7%... Guess (GES), down 8.3%... Frontline (FRO), down 7%. ALSO LOWER: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 10.9% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley following the company's Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 2% after downgraded at Raymond James... Sungy Mobile (GOMO), down 20.1% following earnings report, CFO resignation, downgrade of stock at Oppenheimer... Genesco (GCO), down 7.7% after cutting fiscal year forecast.
07:15 EDTGESGuess price target lowered to $21 from $25 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray cut its price target on Guess after the company reported weaker than expected Q2 results and lowered its guidance. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on the shares.
August 27, 2014
18:38 EDTGESOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:10 EDTGESGuess drops 8% after Q2 miss, lower than expected guidance
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16:10 EDTGESGuess now sees FY15 EPS $1.05-$1.20, consensus $1.46
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16:08 EDTGESGuess sees Q3 EPS 15c-20c, consensus 37c
Sees Q3 revenue $590M-$600M, consensus $612.98M. Sees Q3 operating margin between 3.5% and 4.5%.
16:07 EDTGESGuess reports Q2 EPS 26c, consensus 29c
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15:27 EDTGESNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Workday (WDAY), consensus (14c); Williams-Sonoma (WSM), consensus 53c; Bally Technologies (BYI), consensus $1.22; Guess (GES), consensus 29c; Lannett (LCI), consensus 58c; Greif (GEF), consensus 84c.
15:08 EDTGESGuess technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed most indexes, trading down by over 4%. The trend since early July has been bearish. Sentiment in the name is strongly bearish, with over 12% of the float short according to the most recent report. On good news that exceeds even bullish expectations, this large short-base could lead to a short-covering squeeze. In that event, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $27.30, $28.45, and $31.55. It would take a move above $35 to turn the longer-term trend bullish again. On bad news that is worse than the most pessimistic estimates, support would be at $24.60 which is the 52-week low. On a breakdown below that low, next supports would be at $22.66 and $19.56 on an extreme move.
13:02 EDTGESGuess September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:13 EDTCSCOAruba Networks climbs after earnings beat prompts upgrades
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09:53 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ASML (ASML) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Concur (CNQR) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... CyrusOne (CONE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Garmin (GRMN) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Oxford Industries (OXM) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kirkland's (KIRK) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington.
08:48 EDTCSCOAruba Networks upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
As previously reported, Stephens upgraded Aruba Networks (ARUN) to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised its price target on the stock to $25 from $22, citing the company's strong Q4 results and the firm's belief that Cisco (CSCO) has become increasingly less competitive over the last several quarters.
August 26, 2014
17:33 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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12:37 EDTHPQHP recalls about 6M power cords due to fire hazard
Hewlett-Packard is recalling around 6M HP and Compaq notebook computer AC power cords. The recall includes 5,577,000 in the U.S. and 446,700 in Canada. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage. Reference Link
07:20 EDTHPQTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:49 EDTHPQHP enters lawsuit against Deloitte regarding Autonomy deal, Reuters says
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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13:31 EDTHPQJudge may not approve HP-shareholder settlement in Autonomy suit, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTSVUU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTHPQMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
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16:20 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:49 EDTORCLOregon sues Oracle over health exchange website
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13:40 EDTHPQRackspace off highs after Re/code says HP has no bid interest
The shares hit an intraday high at $34.75 and have moved lower after a report from Re/code said that HP (HPQ) has no interest in acquiring the company. Shares had moved up on a presumption of that interest. At the current price of $34.01 next support is at $33.17, the session low.
13:12 EDTHPQHP has no interest in acquiring Rackspace, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) continues to have no interest in acquiring Rackspace (RAX), Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of HP's plans. The move higher today in shares of Rackspace is being attributed to potential takeover interest from HP. Shares are off their highs, but remain up 2% to $33.90 in afternoon trading. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHPQHP has no interest in buying Rackspace, Re/code reports
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12:08 EDTGESGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
11:26 EDTORCLSalesforce.com rallies following beat and raise quarter
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10:55 EDTHPQRackspace rallies 3%, or 86c, to $34.24
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10:06 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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06:54 EDTBXBlackstone using loophole in European loan rules, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTBXBlackstone in discussions to back China-based fund, Bloomberg says
Blackstone (BX) is in discussions to possibly back Hong Kong-based distressed fund, Arkkan Capital Management, which was founded by the former global leader of Goldman Sachs' (GS) special situations division Jason Brown, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
17:02 EDTHPQIxia appoints Bethany Mayer as CEO
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13:32 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities
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13:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:44 EDTHPQHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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10:34 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:07 EDTGESGuess falls after Chief Design Officer latest to leave
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10:02 EDTHPQActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTHPQHP CEO says in position to 'comfortably' do M&A
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09:07 EDTGESOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $40 from $36 at Morgan Stanley
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08:08 EDTHPQHP outlook still positive after results, says Wells Fargo
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07:51 EDTHPQHP bullish thesis remains intact, says Brean Capital
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06:43 EDTGESGuess management turnover concerning, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it remains concerned with the continued pattern of management turnover at Guess after the company disclosed the departure of its Chief Design Officer. Piper believes it will take longer to turn around the Guess brand and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
06:40 EDTGESGuess discloses resignation of Chief Design Officer
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06:35 EDTHPQHP CEO says firm in better place for future acquisitions, Reuters says
HP CEO Meg Whitman said that the company is in an improved spot at the moment to pursue acquisition opportunities than it has been in the past year since it now has $4.7B in net cash, according to Reuters, citing Whitman. Reference Link
06:27 EDTHPQHP results had more positive than negatives, says Deutsche Bank
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06:17 EDTHPQHP shares can continue to trade higher, says Citigroup
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August 20, 2014
18:35 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTHPQHP says delivered YoY revenue growth for first time in three years in Q3
Says product line up is strongest in years with innovation "alive and well." Says product portfolio shifting to SaaS. Says the company is more nimble and better prepared than ever to respond to business conditions. Says can continue to gain market share in PC's. Expects to exit FY14 with $9B in cash flow and will resume share repurchases in Q4. Says M&A will be part of the future, but would prefer to grow organically. Comments from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:12 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTHPQHP CEO Whitman says 'very pleased with progress'
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," said Meg Whitman, chairman, president and CEO, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."
16:07 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 Personal Systems revenue up 12% YoY
Personal Systems revenue was up 12% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin Commercial revenue increased 14% and Consumer revenue increased 8%. Total units were up 13% with Desktops units up 9% and Notebooks units up 18%. Printing revenue was down 4% year over year with an 18.4% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 5% with Commercial hardware units down 2% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%. Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% year over year with a 14.0% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 9%, Storage revenue was down 4%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 18%, Networking revenue was up 4% and Technology Services revenue was down 3%. Enterprise Services revenue was down 6% year over year with a 4.1% operating margin. Application and Business Services revenue was down 4% and Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue declined 8%. Software revenue was down 5% year over year with a 21.2% operating margin. License revenue was down 16%, support revenue was flat, professional services revenue was down 3% and software-as-a-service revenue was up 8%. HP Financial Services revenue was down 3% year over year with a 1% increase in net portfolio assets and a 14% increase in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 9.2%.
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.72
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.03-$1.07, consensus $1.05
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16:04 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 adjusted EPS 89c, consensus 89c
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16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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15:56 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August weekly 35 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q3
15:26 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
13:42 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
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11:54 EDTHPQHP technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed the broader averages, rising by more than 8%. The trend has had a decidedly bullish slant, with $36 at the high and $33 at the low. These bounds give us some guidance as to how price might behave depending on earnings and guidance. A breakout above $36 and notably the 52-week high at $36.21, would appear very probable if the news is better than already high expectations. Next major resistance would be at $38, a level not seen since early 2011. An extreme upside reaction could push the stock to $40.34. Given the strong bullish sentiment in the name, the risk may be more to the downside on a disappointment. The key level to watch on the downside if news or guidance is worse than expected is at the 50-day moving average, last at $34.57. A breakdown below the 50-day would break the intermediate-term uptrend and that would have bearish implications for future price. The $33 level would become the next important zone following such a break. A snap below $33 on an extreme disappointment would see $31.48 as next support.
08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:49 EDTHPQHP shares have dropped in August over past four years, Re/code reports
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06:26 EDTCSCOCisco COO says annual layoffs 'wrong way to do it,' Business Insider reports
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August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTHPQ, CSCOImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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10:13 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:42 EDTCSCO, HPQImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:12 EDTGESGuess downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Guess to Neutral saying the company's turnaround could take more time to play out.
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