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November 21, 2012
06:19 EDTWMT, HPQ, NWSAOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Chairman Bernanke suggested that the central bank will continue trying to push down long-term interest rates next year, as federal tax and spending policies become a more substantial headwind to the U.S. economy., the Wall Street Journal reports...In Brussels, euro zone finance ministers and IMF officials ended a 12-hour meeting this morning without a solution to Greece's debt problems, saying the technical details involved are so complex that they will meet again on Monday , the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: The National Labor Relations Board said itís unlikely to make a decision before the Thanksgiving holiday on Wal-Mart Storesís (WMT) move push to end protests and rallies outside its stores, Reuters reports...German financial authorities cleared the way for News Corp. (NWSA) to own a majority in German pay-TV company Sky Deutschland, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: The FBI, responding to an inquiry by the SEC, is looking into Hewlett-Packardís (HPQ) allegations of accounting improprieties at its Autonomy Corp. unit, sources say, Bloomberg reports...U.S. housing starts jumped to a four-year high last month, up 3.6% to a 894,000 annual rate, the fastest since July 2008, according to the Commerce Department, Bloomberg reports.
News For WMT;NWSA;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
09:31 EDTNWSA, NWSANews Corp. upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
February 4, 2016
16:12 EDTNWSANews Corp. reports Q2 Digital Real Estate Services revenue up 35% to $208M
Reports "robust traffic" at realtor.com. Reports News and Information Services revenue down 8% to $1.4B. Reports Book Publishing revenue down 5% to $446M. Reports Cable Network Programming revenue down 5% to $106M.
16:10 EDTNWSANews Corp. says print advertising challenged, developing new ad products
"In our News and Information Services segment, print advertising remained challenged, but we are seeing growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues. We are particularly focused on cost reductions and sharing services around News Corp. to streamline operations at the newspapers in Australia and the U.K. Unruly, the viral digital advertising company acquired late last year, has been swiftly integrated into many of our companies, bringing cutting-edge metrics and a savvy social sensibility. We are developing advertising products for clients keen to benefit from the rise of video and mobile... Macro-economic conditions in most of our markets have not been auspicious," remarked News Corp.
16:08 EDTNWSANews Corp. reports Q2 adjusted EPS 20c, consensus 21c
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14:35 EDTNWSANotable companies reporting after market close
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06:28 EDTNWSANews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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06:14 EDTWMTWalmart sues Puerto Rico over tax increase, NY Times says
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February 3, 2016
20:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart to build own gas stations going forward, WSJ says
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to build and operate its own gas stations going forward, though Murphy USA (MUSA) will continue the operate the 1,000-plus stations it has already built near Wal-Mart locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. A Wal-Mart spokesperson told the publication that, when building new stores, the company will add its own gas stations "to as many as possible." Reference Link
11:33 EDTHPQCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
09:18 EDTHPQCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:41 EDTHPQCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
06:48 EDTHPQHP Inc. esimates and price target lowered at Citi
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February 1, 2016
08:20 EDTNWSATwitter jumps after The Information breaks potential deal
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) are rising in pre-market trading after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen and have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lessin said in her report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal considerations are "active" now with Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake. Silver Lake calls itself "the global leader in technology investing," stating that it has over $26B in combined assets under management. FREQUENT SPECULATION TARGET: Twitter has often been the subject of takeover rumors in the past year. Last April, Re/code's Kurt Wagner reported that Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) had looked at a potential acquisition of Twitter in the past, but noted at that time that neither tech giant was in discussions to acquire the social network owner. On January 20, News Corp. (NWSA) declined comment to CNBC regarding speculation about its potential interest in acquiring Twitter. Speculation also circulated the same day regarding an activist investor taking an interest in Twitter, trading sources told The Fly. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading near 8:15 am ET, Twitter rose 7% to $18 per share.
08:08 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Wal-Mart announce new three-year agreement
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January 29, 2016
06:51 EDTWMTJury says Wal-Mart must by pharmacist $31.22M in gender bias case, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTNWSASky names James Murdoch chairman, WSJ reports
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January 28, 2016
15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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06:30 EDTNWSAYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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January 25, 2016
16:49 EDTWMTMurphy USA announces $500M share buyback, shift in Walmart relationship
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11:41 EDTNWSAStifel downgrades Twitter as firm can't see positive spin for executive exits
Twitter (TWTR) is falling after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. EXECUTIVE EXODUS: The four executives leaving the company are Twitter's head of product, Kevin Weil, head of media, Katie Stanton, head of engineering, Alex Roetter, and head of human resources, Brian "Skip" Schipper. CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departures in a tweet, saying, "Want to set the record straight now: Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I'm addressing this now: I'm sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company... COO Adam Bain will be taking on additional responsibilities, including responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the media team and the HR team on an interim basis. CTO Adam Messinger will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric into one group." Note that due to Twitter's 140 character limit, Dorsey was forced to post his lengthy message in the form of an image of the text. OTHER EXECUTIVE NEWS: Twitter could name Leslie Berland, currently an executive VP at American Express (AXP), as its new Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Dorsey, this week, according to Re/code's Kara Swisher. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal noted that Twitter intends, as part of its shake-up. to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week. At least one of the people is a high-ranking executive in the media industry, the Journal added. STIFEL DOWNGRADE: Twitter was downgraded to Hold from Buy by Stifel analyst Scott Devitt on Sunday. Devitt cited the executive departures, saying, "While we may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, we don't see how the departure of the heads of three major business divisions can be viewed as a positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Twitter shares were down almost 4% to $17.15. Note this decline follows a rise of more than 4% late last week on rumors that News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) and other companies were interested in acquiring Twitter. News Corp. later denied it was building a Twitter stake.

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