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November 27, 2012
12:52 EDTSTX, WDC, HPQ, DELLPC sector stocks retreat after firm warns on emerging markets
A number of stocks related to PCs are sliding after research firm CSLA warned that PC sales in emerging markets are slowing more than it had previously expected. In a note to investors this morning, CLSA analyst Nicolas Baratte reported that sales of computer notebooks and netbooks in emerging markets dropped 1% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2011. Sales of PCs to emerging market companies sank 7%, and worldwide sales of desktops tumbled 10% in the third quarter, the analyst added. Furthermore, the analyst expects PC sales in developed markets to decline by 9% in 2012 and continue dropping in coming years. On a positive note, Baratte expects PC sales in emerging markets to begin growing again during the current quarter, before jumping 9% in 2013. The analyst continues to have a cautious view of Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), Seagate Technology (STX), and Western Digital (WDC), and he added that Dell and Hewlett Packard seem to be unable to recover from sizable share losses in the PC market. Baratte maintains Underperform ratings on Seagate, Western Digital, and Hewlett-Packard, and an Outperform rating on Dell. Meanwhile, a decision by Seagate CFO Patrick O'Malley to sell 57,280 shares of the company's stock may also be weighing on Seagate in particular and the sector in general. O'Malley sold the shares on November 21, but the transaction was revealed in an SEC filing last night. In early afternoon trading, Seagate fell 4.59% to $26.09, Western Digital gave back 2.67% to $34.85, Dell slid 1.61% to $9.78, and Hewlett-Packard dropped 1.65% to $12.53.
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16:23 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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16:21 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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11:13 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Oppenheimer
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11:05 EDTWDC, STXSeagate court win net-neutral to Western Digital, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Seagate's (STX) $800M arbitration appeal victory over Western Digital (WDC) was not entirely unexpected. The firm sees the ruling as an incremental positive for Seagate and believes it will have no impact to Western Digital's operations or capital allocation, noting that the company had already accrued liability of $758M and that its intends to make payment using foreign-based cash. Brean reiterates its Buy ratings on both stocks.
08:53 EDTHPQAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:11 EDTWDCWestern Digital and Gobbler partner for cloud collaboration platform
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07:34 EDTHPQHP has room to grow, gave conservative guidance, says Brean Capital
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06:55 EDTHPQAnalyst says PC company likely to get much of HP debt, Re/code reports
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06:52 EDTHPQTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:29 EDTHPQIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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14:30 EDTSTX, WDCSeagate confirms court affirms arbitration award from Western Digital
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13:08 EDTSTX, WDCWestern Digital to pay $630.4M award to Seagate after court ruling
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12:46 EDTSTXSeagate mentioned positively regarding a contract win at Craig-Hallum
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11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:46 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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06:13 EDTHPQNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
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