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Earnings reports continue to outperform, but can this support equity markets at these levels now?
Plus, the market has bad breadth and PC and operating system makers should benefit from virus-inspired home-based schooling.
While some growth stocks have been bid up to extreme valuations, others could look intriguing if markets see a meaningful downturn.
* Market breadth has been shrinking all afternoon (at 3pm less than 100 more advancers over decliners). * Oil up a beaner to $23.72/barrel. * Gold down small. * Bond yields +2 basis points. * and FAANG experiencing some strength - but not impressive...
The maker of PCs and printers is seeing accumulation in its shares based on a key chart.
Rising U.S.-China tensions continue to weigh, but new home sales and stalled continuing jobless claims may be positive catalysts.
Among other things, HP has responded to Xerox's hostile bid by unveiling a $15 billion buyback program and signaling that it's open to other M&A transactions.
What boggles my mind is DocuSign sitting out there at $15 billion that could work well with HPQ - or Xerox - and their strong free cash flow.
I did look out three months to see if there was maybe an intelligent way to play this name through the options market.
HPQ looks constructive into earnings but could weaken with the broader market decline.
A wide variety of tech companies are likely to see their March-quarter sales hurt by the coronavirus outbreak's impact on Chinese demand and/or manufacturing.
Intel CPU shortages and the end of a business PC upgrade cycle are both likely to weigh on near-term PC demand.
AMD's latest notebook processor launches put it on much stronger footing in the market for 15-watt processors going into ultrabooks and other thin-and-light notebooks.
Beijing is intent on reducing its dependence on American hardware, software and chips. But reducing it and eliminating are two very different things.
Let me take a stab at what's going on here.
The PC giants said they now expect Intel CPU shortages to continue into 2020, with Dell indicating costlier CPUs are now also affected. That could spell a bigger opening for AMD.
Xerox or HP or both should consider going after DOCU, and here are two ways for investors to do the same.
Though HP says it's still open to some kind of deal with Xerox, the deal that Xerox proposed would carry major financial risks on top of all the execution and revenue growth risks any kind of merger between the firms would carry.
With Carl Icahn involved on both sides, we can expect him to lean heavily on both Boards to come to an agreement.
If tempted, don't forget HPQ will report the firm's fourth quarter performance next Tuesday.
HP's board of directors has rejected Xerox's takeover bid, but the door has not been closed on a potential combination.
Everywhere I go I hear the smart money is betting on a recession, that earnings will be down, but every day something contradicts these bears.
While U.S. and Chinese firms are trying to fully disengage with each other, many are trying to guarantee that they have options should economic tensions worsen.
It's far from certain that Xerox can digest HP, and it would face plenty of challenges if it did. But with Xerox's core businesses continuing to decline, the company might be feeling desperate.
I'm all in favor of mergers and acquisitions -- the more we get, the higher the stock market goes -- but I am not in favor of making conclusions based on tips about deals.