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March 28, 2014
11:21 EDTMSFT, IBM, RHT, ORCLRed Hat slides after profit outlook trails estimates
Shares of open source software provider Red Hat (RHT) are falling after the company’s first quarter and fiscal 2015 profit views trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q4 earnings per share of 39c and revenue of $400M, against consensus views of 37c and $398.92M, respectively. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q1 EPS of 32c-33c, trailing estimates of 38c. Q1 revenue was seen at $412M-$415M, compared to consensus of $415.9M. For FY15, Red Hat sees EPS of $1.54-$1.56, versus consensus of $1.63, while FY15 revenue is expected to be $1.73B-$1.755B, compared to consensus $1.76B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, despite the weak profit guidance, analyst commentary was positive. Oppenheimer said that Red Hat reported strong results, and the firm thought that sentiment towards the company had already bottomed. Oppenheimer believed the company has several positive FY15 catalysts, and argued that the company is in "a renaissance." It kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Morgan Stanley said Red Hat's billings growth is accelerating and remained confident in its FY15 growth outlook of 14%. The firm said the April 16 analyst day should provide increased visibility into emerging businesses and remained a buyer of shares The firm rated Red Hat an Overweight with a $69 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Red Hat fell $3.23, or about 5.75%, to $52.90 on heavy volume. Including today’s fall, the stock has gained approximately 5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the software industry include Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), and IBM (IBM).
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February 26, 2015
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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07:27 EDTIBMThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 23, 2015
14:24 EDTIBMIBM signs strategic teaming agreement with Tech Mahindra
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February 20, 2015
11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
February 19, 2015
15:32 EDTIBMIBM to host investor day
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11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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07:12 EDTIBMWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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04:55 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; MO ORCL
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February 17, 2015
17:29 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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12:26 EDTIBMIBM launches new storage software
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09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTORCL, IBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
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