IBM Q3 2011 earnings: small revenue miss $26.2B vs. $26.25B est. Hardware miss 4% vs. 8.8% y/y. Services signings miss $12.3B vs. $12.5B est.
VMW Q3 2011 earnings: in-line license revenue $444M
"We have seen a bit more scrutiny and higher levels of approval required. Particularly with larger deals where they would go for CFO and CEO approval, where in the past we may not have seen those approvals to be necessary," said VMWare Chief Financial Officer Mark Peeking. Link
CROX – fell 37% in after-hours trading as the company lowered its third quarter earnings and revenue guidance. The company said it now expects to post revenue of $273 to $275 million, versus its previous expectations for $280 million. EPS should come in at 31 to 33 cents, against previous guidance for 40 cents, the company said. Link
GS – “CEO and investor confidence as well as asset prices across markets were lower in the third quarter given the uncertain macroeconomic and market conditions.”
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Under the scheme, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) would promise investors who buy Spanish, Italian or other higher-risk euro zone debt at auction that it would cover a portion of any losses they made if the country were to default. Link
Moody’s warned on Monday it may slap a negative outlook on France’s Aaa credit rating in the next three months if the costs for helping to bail out banks and other euro zone members stretch its budget too much Link
Spain’s housing price index in the July to September period fell 5.5% from a year earlier—the fastest pace of decline since 2009 – WSJ
Speaking in Detroit, Charles Evans, the Chicago Fed’s dovish chief, said some temporary increase in inflation may be the price the nation must pay if Fed policy is to reduce joblessness. Link
Some hedge funds, for example, say they’re not trading as much until they know how much money their clients will withdraw at the end of October, a deadline some clients have to inform funds of intentions to redeem money at year-end.
"Any reasonable sized selling is driving individual bond prices down quite a bit," says Jeffrey Kronthal, co-founder of hedge fund KLS Diversified in New York, who says bid-offer spreads in areas such as some residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities have more than doubled in the past month or so. "Really, no dealers are putting up capital. A lot of stuff just doesn’t trade." – WSJ
China’s economy grew 9.1 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the slowest pace since 2009. The gain was less than the median estimate of 9.3 percent in a Bloomberg News survey of 22 economists and followed a 9.5 percent increase in the previous three months. – Bloomberg