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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLX, FBOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTIBMIBM April weekly 165 straddle priced for 3.5% movement into Q1
15:05 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: IBM rumored to be concerned about becoming activist target
International Business Machines (IBM) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Monday, April 20, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. IBM, a global information technology services and software company, is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.82 on revenue of $19.73B. The consensus range is $2.57-$3.01 for EPS on revenue of $19.31B-$20.49B, according to First Call. During its investor day meeting on February 26, IBM backed its FY15 EPS view of $15.75-$16.50, which compared to consensus at the time of $16.02 and current consensus of $15.89. Based on February 25 spot rates, the company said it expected currency to impact revenue growth by over 7 points for Q1, and over 6 points for the full year. This was greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. In addition, the company said it continued to expect a 4 point impact to revenue growth in each of the first three quarters of 2015 due to the divestiture of the System x business. LAST QUARTER: IBM reported Q4 EPS of $5.81, topping the consensus estimate of $5.41. Revenue came in at $24.1B, which was below the consensus $24.77B projection. IBM said at that time that it had a services backlog of $128B. NEWS: On February 17, IBM unveiled IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies, according to the company. To accelerate the development of next-generation storage software, IBM also announced plans to invest more than $1B in its storage software portfolio over the next five years. During its analyst day meeting a bit over a week later, IBM said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security. On March 31, IBM announced that it will invest $3B over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things, or IoT, unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. On April 2, CNBC reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that IBM had hired two investment banks to "formulate a defense plan" since the company was concerned about a potential attack by activist hedge funds. The sources also noted that activist investors in IBM had already tried and failed to get Bill Ackman's Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben's ValueAct involved in shaking up the company. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180. Meanwhile, Jefferies said that day that IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 was "very weak" and that the company had yet to reach a bottom. The firm continued to believe the risk/reward for shares was skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform rating and $130 price target on IBM shares at that time. On March 2, Atlantic Equities downgraded IBM to Underweight from Neutral. The firm said IBM faces long-term structural issues and it was unconvinced management's strategic plan will change the direction. The firm, which foresees further room for disappointment around consensus expectations of 8% earnings growth in 2016-2017, lowered its price target to $140 from $150 on the stock. On April 15, Credit Suisse lowered its estimates on IBM ahead of the company's Q1 report and reiterated its Underperform rating and $125 price target on the stock. Credit Suisse said then that its concerns remain a weak order book and a reduction in industry-wide deal sizes, margin dilution from the cloud despite any revenue growth, less effective restructuring, and internal turmoil and underinvestment. PRICE ACTION: Shares of IBM fell $4.86, or 3.1%, to $152.09 on the first day of trading after its Q4 report. Despite that drop on the day after the report, IBM shares have risen nearly 5% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, IBM is up 3% to $165.49 per share.
12:57 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:08 EDTNFLXTiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
10:11 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: BPT WETF NFLX BMRN SNDK STX TSM MAT FAST INTC
09:52 EDTNFLXRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTFB, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:30 EDTINTCApplied Materials added to Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
Jefferies added Applied Materials (AMAT) to its Franchise Picks list with the stock down 14% year-to-date. The firm attributes the pullback to concerns around tool reuse, and notes it still expects foundry capital spending to increase amid "increased process complexity and competition." Jefferies' work indicates TSMC's (TSM) and Intel's (INTC) capex cuts were driven by market share losses rather than innovation in tool reuse. It keeps a Buy rating on AMAT with a $29 price target.
07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:29 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
IBM April weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, May is at 25, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 21.
05:51 EDTMSFT, FBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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05:26 EDTINTCEricsson announces collaboration with Intel security
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April 19, 2015
19:57 EDTIBMIBM project in China causes some U.S. concern, NY Times says
IBM has in the past 16 months agreed and received U.S. permission to provide a Beijing company, Teamsun, with partial plans of its higher end servers and the software that runs on them but the U.S. tech giant's activities in China are now becoming a sensitive issue for the Obama administration which is trying to get Beijing to drop new policies requiring American companies to share technology in exchange for market access, says the New York Times. Reference Link
16:51 EDTMSFT, ADBEFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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14:23 EDTNFLXNetflix stock may see pressure as content costs rise, Barron's says
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13:36 EDTIBMIBM stock could move towards $195 in intermediate term, Barron's says
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