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March 7, 2014
08:49 EDTLO, BTI, ITYBY, BX, F, TWX, TWC, RAI, IBM, CS, EMC, CMCSA, FB, TWTR, ANF, CVX, TOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: AT&T (T) CEO: Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) a 'redefining' industry deal...Oil industry (CVX) facing rising production costs...EMC (EMC) transforms itself, fears no rivals...Warner Bros. (TWX) to lead $18M investment in Machinima...Abercrombie & Fitch's (ANF) Hollister to take on H&M, Forever 21...REUTERS: Atlanta Fed's Lockhart: Keep reducing policy accommodation...BLOOMBERG: U.S. clients of Credit Suisse (CS) face uncertainty over probe...Ford's (F) Mulally awarded $13.8M in stock for 2013 results...Twitter (TWTR) paid IBM (IBM) $36M for 900 patents to end dispute...OTHER NEWS: Blackstone's (BX) Studzinski questions Facebook's (FB) WhatsApp deal, CNBC reports...Cigarette manufacturers (RAI, LO, ITYBY, BTI) surge on deal discussions, FT reports.
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January 27, 2016
13:47 EDTEMCVMware tanks after providing lower guidance amid Cloud transition
Shares of virtualization software maker VMware (VMW) are falling after providing guidance, confirming layoffs and announcing executive changes. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, the software company that is 80% owned by EMC (EMC) and provides software for corporate data centers, announced fourth quarter financial results while confirming earlier reports of layoffs and announcing a new chief financial officer. VMware, along with parent company EMC, is in the midst of a proposed acquisition by Dell. The company's Q4 earnings per share and revenue came in at $1.26 and $1.87B, respectively, slightly better than analysts were expecting; however, the company's view for fiscal year 2016 EPS and revenue of $4.07-$4.16 and $6.8B-$6.9B, respectively, were well below the $4.20 and $7.21B analysts are expecting. VMware also guided first quarter EPS to 83c-85c, also below analysts' 92c consensus. Along with its results, the company confirmed earlier reports that it intended to reduce its workforce by 800 and plans to take a charge of between $55M-$65M related to this action over the course of the first half of 2016. The company also announced that its CFO Jonathan Chadwick is leaving and will be replaced by EMC CFO Zane Rowe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call discussing its earnings, VMware company referred to its growth in "emerging" products and businesses including NSX and User Computing and Virtual SAN, all of which grew strongly over the quarter. The company said it hopes its newer products are picking up the slack due to the declining growth in its mature "compute products." Pat Gelsinger, VMware's chief executive officer, "We recognize that our blockbuster compute products are reaching maturity and will represent a decreasing portion of our business going forward." The company is upgrading its Cloud strategy to better compete with leaders like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), which provide Cloud services via the internet and make the corporate data center that VMware focuses on less necessary. ANALYSTS' VIEWS: Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded VMware to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $40 from $80 following the company's quarterly results. The company's business will get worse before it gets better, Nandury told investors in a research note. Another downgrade came from research firm Baird's analyst Jayson Noland, who cut his rating on VMware to Neutral and lowered his price target to $60 from $80. Noland said the core vSphere business is facing incremental public cloud headwinds and substantial uncertainty related to the Class V common stock being issued to finance the EMC acquisition. Providing a more constructive view was UBS who said the current valuation levels of VMware offer a significant opportunity for patient investors. The firm noted the company will temper spending and focus on leveraging public clouds, which should provide a tailwind to both capital and operating expenditures. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $72 price target on VMware. PRICE ACTION: Shares of VMware are down approximately 40% since the Dell-EMC deal was announced last October and are down over 9% to $44.84 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH. Other companies in the cloud computing space include Amazon, Microsoft and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
13:17 EDTFFord volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Ford January weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, February is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
12:44 EDTFEarnings Watch: Ford sees record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, January 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $36.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-53c on revenue of $34.03B-$38.82B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 45c against estimates for 47c, on revenue of $38.1B against estimates for $35.07B. Ford reconfirmed fiscal 2015 pre-tax profit guidance to range from $8.5B-$9.5B, with higher automotive revenue, operating margin, and operating-related cash flow compared with 2014. Ford expects North America 2015 pretax profit to exceed last year's result with an operating margin at the upper end of the company's guidance of 8.5%-9.5%. For Europe, Ford continues to expect pre-tax loss for 2015 to improve compared with 2014 as the company continues towards a return to profitability in the region. On the company's conference call, management said it was on track to deliver a "breakthrough" year and expected a stronger second half, driven by Q4. On January 6, Ford announced a $1B supplemental cash dividend reflecting the company's strong financial performance in 2015 and robust cash and liquidity levels. It also announced that it expects to deliver record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items and sees FY16 operating EPS to be about equal to or higher than FY15. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: October U.S. sales up 13% to 213,938 vehicles; November U.S. sales up 0.4% to 187,794 units; and December U.S. sales up 8% to 239,242 vehicles. On January 5, Ford reported total 2015 U.S. sales of 2.61M vehicles, up 5%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q4 earnings report. On October 28, UBS said the weakness in Ford shares following the company's Q3 tax related miss was a buying opportunity. The firm believed guidance was conservative and the company was setting up for a solid 2016. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $22 from $23 on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 23% since its Q3 report and have lost about 19% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q4 report, Ford shares are up just over 1% to around $12.
12:36 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to report strong Q4 results
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:29 EDTFB, IBM, T, EMCFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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09:15 EDTEMCEMC says 'highly confident' in contractual terms of Dell deal
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09:01 EDTFFord Ohio Assembly Plant adds Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab
Ford announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab. Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
08:56 EDTEMCEMC CEO says 'very committed' to partnership with Cisco
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07:07 EDTEMCEMC says not providing 2016 outlook given pending merger
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07:07 EDTEMCEMC CFO says confident in exceeding cost reduction goal
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07:06 EDTEMCEMC CEO says progress on closing Dell transaction on track
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07:05 EDTEMCEMC reports Q4 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
Reports Q4 revenue $7B, consensus $7.12B. EMC generated $1.9B in operating cash flow and $1.5B in free cash flow in the fourth quarter, and ended the quarter with $14.8B in cash and investments.
06:59 EDTT, FBOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:41 EDTBXSunEdison shops Vivint rooftop assets before closing takeover, Bloomberg says
SunEdison (SUNE) has yet to close its $1.9B acquisition of Vivint Solar (VSLR) and is already shopping come of the company's rooftop solar assets, Bloomberg reports. The purchase from Blackstone (BX) was announced in July and altered in December, and SunEdison might have difficulty completed the deal if it can't find a buyer for some assets, the report says, citing comments from an interview Credit Suisse analyst Patrick Jobin. Reference Link
06:32 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 46, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
06:01 EDTF, IBMIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
05:47 EDTTWTRTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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05:44 EDTTWTR, FBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
05:06 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; VMW TWTR
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