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News For TM;AAPL;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
06:48 EDTAAPLApple hiring engineers to work on virtual reality products, 9to5Mac reports
Apple is hiring hardware engineers to work on virtual reality products, according to 9to5Mac, which cites job listings that have appeared this week. According to the ads, Apple is seeking to hire a Senior Display Systems Engineer for "display systems design and development related to VR environments" and a Senior Display Software Engineer to support graphics software engineering efforts for VR environments. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAAPLTexas company sues Apple over additional alleged patent violations, Reuters says
The Texas company that on Tuesday won a $533M patent infringement verdict against Apple (AAPL) is launching another patent lawsuit against the iPhone maker, according to Reuters. Filed Wednesday night, the new lawsuit addresses technology used by Apple devices that were launched after the previous case began, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:32 EDTAAPLCiti sees April 16 launch date for Apple Watch
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05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:26 EDTAAPLEricsson files lawsuits against Apple
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February 26, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 27.78. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR C ZNGA MCD RIG NFLX according to Track Data.
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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12:05 EDTAAPLApple to host event on March 9, Business Insider reports
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11:15 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL CRM
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10:39 EDTTMOrbital ATK selected by 10 automakers to investigate Takata airbags
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10:24 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTAAPLTesla jumps 2% as Chinese language report fuels speculation
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $145 from $120 at Brean Capital
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPLApple pivots lower, levels to watch
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13:14 EDTAAPLFirm says iPad's market share fell sharply, Business Insider reports
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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%.
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