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News For ORCL;DELL;BX;CSCO;HPQ;SVU;ACAD;SCHL;GES From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
11:47 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; LNKD HPQ
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08:11 EDTBXBerry Plastics to acquire AVINTIV for $2.45B
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco should report strong July quarter results, says Oppenheimer
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08:06 EDTBXBerry Plastics to acquire AVINTIV for approx. $2.45B in cash
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08:04 EDTBXBerry Plastics to acquire AVINTIV for approx. $2.45B in cash
06:00 EDTORCLOracle implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
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July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTHPQOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:51 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 36 according to iVolatility.
05:29 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analysts John DiFucci and Brad Zelnick upgraded Oracle to Buy and raised their price target for shares to $50 from $41. The software giant closed yesterday up 52c to $39.80. The 12c/Exadata product cycle will keep Oracle relevant in the Cloud, the analysts tell investors in a research note. Further, alternative database technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL "are not a death knell," they write. The analysts believe that some enterprises will continue to require on-premise solutions.
July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
10:36 EDTCSCOLockheed Martin launches healthcare technology alliance
Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced the formation of a new healthcare technology alliance, combining the expertise of health IT providers, medical technology companies, and academic institutions to advance public health. The Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance's founding members include: Cisco (CSCO), Cloudera, Illumina (ILMN), Intel (INTC) and Montgomery College. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance will collaborate on technology solutions that help improve care in rapidly evolving and growing areas of health technology such as those that: secure patient medical information; leverage advances in genomic research; and apply big data solutions to improve public health.
10:01 EDTHPQBox names Paul Chapman as Chief Information Officer
Box (BOX) announced that 25-year IT industry veteran Paul Chapman has joined the company as its Chief Information Officer, responsible for driving a broad range of IT initiatives to support the companyís more than 1,200 employees worldwide and customer base of 47,000 organizations. Chapman was most recently CIO of HP Software for Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).
10:00 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
09:53 EDTSVUSupervalu upgraded to Outperform at Telsey Advisory (pre-open)
Telsey Advisory upgraded Supervalu to Outperform from Market Perform prior to the open after the company reported better than expected first quarter results yesterday and announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business.
09:35 EDTBXActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTSVUSupervalu upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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July 28, 2015
16:24 EDTHPQHP to acquire Stackato business from ActiveState
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12:51 EDTBXExcel Trust shareholders approve acquisition by Blackstone
Excel Trust (EXL) announced that its common stockholders approved the acquisition of Excel Trust by Blackstone (BX) at its special meeting of stockholders held earlier. Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all closing conditions related to the transaction, Excel Trust expects the transaction to close on July 31, 2015, at which time trading of the company's shares on the New York Stock Exchange will cease.
12:31 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
12:02 EDTHPQMicron, Intel to discuss technology similar to HP memristor, Hesseldahl says
Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code said on Twitter: "Intel and Micron are going to disclose technology similar to HP's memristor technology. It will be called: 3D XPoint" Reference Link
08:05 EDTSVUSupervalu reports Q1 adjusted EPS 23c, consensus 20c
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08:04 EDTSVUSupervalu to explore separating Save-A-Lot business
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06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR HPQ
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05:41 EDTORCLOracle FLEXCUBE selected by Maitland Group to deliver transfer agency services
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July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTHPQStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco's new CEO names Biri Singh as CTO, Kevin Brandy as CDO
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11:01 EDTORCLFederal Court increase damages amount Oracle can seek against Rimini Street
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10:40 EDTACADIsis 'most obvious' Biogen takeover target, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
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06:58 EDTORCLOracle using 'nuclear option' to sell its cloud products, Business Insider says
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July 26, 2015
15:07 EDTCSCOCisco CEO to add 'key external hires' to management team, Barron's says
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told Barron's in an interview that "I think itís fair to say I bring the ability to move faster [than predecessor John Chambers] just in how I structure the teams and how I will interact with them," adding that he plans "some key external hires," potentially in cloud computing and security. The publication notes that shares of Cisco could jump "sharply higher" if investors start looking at Cisco's potential strength in the Internet-of-Things space. Reference Link
14:44 EDTCSCO, HPQAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTHPQHP granted approval for shareholder settlement on Autonomy, Bloomberg reports
12:33 EDTBXBlackstone reports CFO Tosi resigns to join Airbnb
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10:00 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:21 EDTBXAirbnb in talks to hire Blackstone's Tosi as CFO, Bloomberg reports
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06:17 EDTCSCOCisco new CEO says to exit Q4 with headcount up
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06:13 EDTSVUSupervalu initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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05:45 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
11:54 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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09:38 EDTBXActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTBXUtility One Source announces partnership with TNT Equipment
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07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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07:25 EDTSCHLScholastic reports Q2 Child's Books Publishing revenue $284.9M
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07:25 EDTSCHLScholastic sees sustained growth in Clubs and Fairs
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07:24 EDTSCHLScholastic expects more demanding standards to drive growth in children's books
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07:24 EDTSCHLScholastic sees FY16 EPS $1.35-$1.55, consensus $1.35
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07:21 EDTSCHLScholastic reports Q4 EPS cont ops 93c, one estimate 89c
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06:32 EDTORCLOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
06:15 EDTCSCOTechnicolor to acquire Cisco's connected devices unit for EUR550M
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July 22, 2015
13:14 EDTBXBlackstone venture agrees to buy 25 NYC apartment buildings, Bloomberg says
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11:46 EDTSCHLScholastic board authorizes additional repurchase of up to $50M in common stock
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July 21, 2015
14:24 EDTHPQ, CSCO, ORCLEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:15 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:19 EDTHPQSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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July 20, 2015
14:41 EDTBXThoma Bravo, Blackstone competing for NCR with final bids due, dealReporter says
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11:21 EDTBXBlackstone, Corsair Capital acquire majority stake in First Eagle
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07:07 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Montreal/Toronto on July 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
July 17, 2015
07:05 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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