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May 16, 2014
08:33 EDTRAX, T, IBM, EMC, HPQ, VMWRackspace may be worth $54 per share in takeout, says William Blair
William Blair believes Rackspace (RAX) could be a strategic asset to other companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, such as AT&T (T), IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC), HP (HPQ) and VMware (VMW). The firm says recent deals in the data center space would imply a $54 per share valuation for Rackspace in a takeout scenario. William Blair has an Outperform rating on Rackspace.
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July 10, 2014
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTHPQHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
18:10 EDTHPQ, RAXHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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15:54 EDTTDISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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15:20 EDTRAXRackspace mentioned positively at Cowen
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11:00 EDTVMW, EMCWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
09:23 EDTTAT&T exec sees connectivity, healthcare at forefront of wearables, Re/code says
Glenn Lurie, who heads AT&T’s (T) emerging-business efforts, said at the MobileBeat conference that he sees wearables devices needing their own Internet connectivity to take off and that he believes healthcare-focused devices, especially those serving the aging population, as a logical starting place for such devices, according to Re/code. Lurie also predicted that wearables will explode, “just like tablets," when a device maker cracks the code to making them easier to use. Reference Link
08:31 EDTEMC, VMWVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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08:09 EDTEMCEMC product refresh addressed TCO issues, says Credit Suisse
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07:25 EDTVMWVMware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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July 8, 2014
09:03 EDTIBMIBM begins major collaboration with China's education ecosystem
IBM announced it has embarked on a major collaboration with China's education ecosystem focused on addressing the Big Data and Analytics skills opportunity in China. Dubbed IBM U-100, IBM will donate a range of IBM BD&A software worth $100M and provide expertise to support 100 universities in China.
07:00 EDTTSprint tests discounted versions of Framily, individual plans, CNet reports
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06:59 EDTTMobile payments company Isis to change name
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06:34 EDTHPQHP shares attractively valued at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of HP are not adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche notes HP's new product introductions are up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm views the stock as attractively valued and reiterates a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
06:06 EDTEMCEMC acquires TwinStrata, terms not disclosed
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