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March 18, 2014
10:00 EDTLPI, INFA, UHS, PAAS, NOA, NBR, MKTO, LLL, HPQ, FIG, FLO, CMFN, CACI, AFOP, VNETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
21Vianet (VNET) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... CACI International (CACI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... CM Finance (CMFN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Flowers Foods (FLO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Fortress (FIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... HP (HPQ) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Marketo (MKTO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... North American Energy (NOA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Sector Performer from Underperformer at CIBC... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group.
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October 9, 2014
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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08:53 EDTHPQAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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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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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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08:35 EDTMKTOMarketo and Preact partner for customer behavior prediction
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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
October 7, 2014
11:27 EDTHPQHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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10:43 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:09 EDTHPQHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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07:36 EDTMKTOMarketo pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities recommends using yesterday's 8% pullback in shares of Marketo as a buying opportunity. The firm raised its Q3 billings estimate to $39M from $38.2M and believes the tone of the business is strong. It keep an Outperform rating on the stock with a $50 price target.
06:03 EDTUHSCMS readmission penalties increase in 2015, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says CMS released the final 2015 IPPS payment penalties for hospital readmissions, with incremental earnings Impact of down 0.2% to down 1.9% at for-profit hospitals. The firm estimates Community Health Systems (CYH) and Tenet Health (THC) will see the largest incremental reimbursement reduction in 2015, equal to down 1.9% and down 1.4%, respectively. It notes 2015 is the third year of hospital readmission penalties with a maximum penalty of 3%, up from 2% in 2014 and 1% in 2013. Wells has Outperform ratings on Community Health and HCA Holdings (HCA), and Market Perform ratings on LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet and Universal Health (UHS).
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