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June 16, 2014
04:55 EDTPEP, PEP, F, F, PRGO, PRGO, ROC, ROC, SYMC, SYMC, MS, MS, FRX, FRX, TWC, TWC, JNPR, JNPR, HD, HD, GILD, GILD, CSCO, CSCO, SI, SIWall Street Journal to hold annual meeting
Wall Street Journal CFO Network Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17.
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October 22, 2014
06:24 EDTFNHTSA says over 6M cars involved in Takata airbag recalls
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:41 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may sell natural gas export business, FT says
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
13:32 EDTFFord lowers price of Focus Electric to $29,995 to spur interest, HybridCars says
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11:15 EDTTWCHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable rolls out Enhanced DVR set-top box
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10:00 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTGILDGilead Hep C drug barely used in California prisons due to cost, SFGate reports
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08:18 EDTMSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
08:03 EDTFFord announces actions with respect to senior convertible notes due 2016
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06:44 EDTPRGOActavis among bidders for Omega Pharma, Bloomberg reports
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06:25 EDTFFord initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:22 EDTHDStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 20, 2014
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:21 EDTMSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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07:12 EDTSICongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTSIAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
06:09 EDTFFord expected to add over 300 new jobs at Dagenham plant, Guardian reports
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