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January 17, 2014
08:46 EDTTMUS, DTEGY, TGT, IBM, S, BEAM, AAPL, BA, TYC, YHOO, MDLZ, CHL, FBOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Yahoo's (YHOO) pitch to Madison Avenue falls short...Sprint (S) gets bank proposals on financing T-Mobile (TMUS) bid...Tyco (TYC) has shortlist of private equity firms for Caps unit...REUTERS: IBM (IBM) expanding cloud services worldwide... Facebook (FB) increases bid for Hollywood, media relationships...BLOOMBERG: Norwegian Air blames Boeing (BA) for 787 short-circuit...OTHER NEWS: Report says Target (TGT) breach could be part of broader scam, AP reports...Response to China Mobile (CHL) iPhone (AAPL) launch 'muted,' NY Times reports...Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) denied itís rushing to unload T-Mobile (TMUS) onto Sprint (S), BGR reports...Mondelez (MDLZ) proxy fight weighed by Peltz, NY Post reports...Most analysts see competing bid for Beam (BEAM) unlikely, FT reports.
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April 20, 2015
15:05 EDTIBMEarnings Watch: IBM rumored to be concerned about becoming activist target
International Business Machines (IBM) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Monday, April 20, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. IBM, a global information technology services and software company, is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.82 on revenue of $19.73B. The consensus range is $2.57-$3.01 for EPS on revenue of $19.31B-$20.49B, according to First Call. During its investor day meeting on February 26, IBM backed its FY15 EPS view of $15.75-$16.50, which compared to consensus at the time of $16.02 and current consensus of $15.89. Based on February 25 spot rates, the company said it expected currency to impact revenue growth by over 7 points for Q1, and over 6 points for the full year. This was greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. In addition, the company said it continued to expect a 4 point impact to revenue growth in each of the first three quarters of 2015 due to the divestiture of the System x business. LAST QUARTER: IBM reported Q4 EPS of $5.81, topping the consensus estimate of $5.41. Revenue came in at $24.1B, which was below the consensus $24.77B projection. IBM said at that time that it had a services backlog of $128B. NEWS: On February 17, IBM unveiled IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies, according to the company. To accelerate the development of next-generation storage software, IBM also announced plans to invest more than $1B in its storage software portfolio over the next five years. During its analyst day meeting a bit over a week later, IBM said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security. On March 31, IBM announced that it will invest $3B over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things, or IoT, unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. On April 2, CNBC reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that IBM had hired two investment banks to "formulate a defense plan" since the company was concerned about a potential attack by activist hedge funds. The sources also noted that activist investors in IBM had already tried and failed to get Bill Ackman's Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben's ValueAct involved in shaking up the company. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180. Meanwhile, Jefferies said that day that IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 was "very weak" and that the company had yet to reach a bottom. The firm continued to believe the risk/reward for shares was skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform rating and $130 price target on IBM shares at that time. On March 2, Atlantic Equities downgraded IBM to Underweight from Neutral. The firm said IBM faces long-term structural issues and it was unconvinced management's strategic plan will change the direction. The firm, which foresees further room for disappointment around consensus expectations of 8% earnings growth in 2016-2017, lowered its price target to $140 from $150 on the stock. On April 15, Credit Suisse lowered its estimates on IBM ahead of the company's Q1 report and reiterated its Underperform rating and $125 price target on the stock. Credit Suisse said then that its concerns remain a weak order book and a reduction in industry-wide deal sizes, margin dilution from the cloud despite any revenue growth, less effective restructuring, and internal turmoil and underinvestment. PRICE ACTION: Shares of IBM fell $4.86, or 3.1%, to $152.09 on the first day of trading after its Q4 report. Despite that drop on the day after the report, IBM shares have risen nearly 5% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, IBM is up 3% to $165.49 per share.
12:57 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:10 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; TWC YAHOO
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10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTYHOOYahoo names Sharon Carty as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Autos digital magazine
Yahoo (YHOO) announced that Sharon Carty is the new Editor-in-Chief of the recently launched digital magazine, Yahoo Autos. Sharon will lead a talented group of automotive experts including Managing Editor Justin Hyde, Editor-at-Large Alex Lloyd and Road Test Editor Aki Sugawara. Sharon joins Yahoo Autos from AOLís (AOL) Autoblog where she was the Editor-in-Chief overseeing a staff of reporters and videographers.
08:42 EDTAAPLApple May weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple Q2 EPS estimate raised above consensus at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest raised its Q2 EPS estimate for Apple to $2.17 from $2.15, putting it above the consensus estimate of $2.14. The firm raised its Q2 estimate based on an increase in its iPhone unit outlook, and raised its fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates for the company based on higher iPhone and Apple Watch estimates. Nonetheless the firm expects the company to face growth challenges in fiscal 2016, and it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:30 EDTAAPLApple Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:29 EDTIBMIBM April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
IBM April weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, May is at 25, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 21.
06:18 EDTAAPLAnalyst sees Apple Watch as company's 'most profitable product ever,' BI reports
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05:51 EDTFBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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05:44 EDTAAPLApple cuts orders to upstream partners to reduce risks, DigiTimes reports
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05:22 launches first booking travel app for Apple Watch
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April 19, 2015
19:57 EDTIBMIBM project in China causes some U.S. concern, NY Times says
IBM has in the past 16 months agreed and received U.S. permission to provide a Beijing company, Teamsun, with partial plans of its higher end servers and the software that runs on them but the U.S. tech giant's activities in China are now becoming a sensitive issue for the Obama administration which is trying to get Beijing to drop new policies requiring American companies to share technology in exchange for market access, says the New York Times. Reference Link
17:28 EDTTGTTarget website overwhelmed by rush from Lilly Pulitzer shoppers, WSJ says
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14:17 EDTAAPLSony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
13:36 EDTIBMIBM stock could move towards $195 in intermediate term, Barron's says
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