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June 18, 2014
12:04 EDTADBE, MSFT, ORCL, CRM, ADSKAdobe hits 52-week high after Q2 results top expectations
Shares of diversified software company Adobe Systems (ADBE) hit a fresh 52-week high after the company's second quarter results exceeded analysts' consensus estimates. In addition, several research firms also raised their respective price targets on the shares. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Adobe reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue of $1.07B, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 30c and $1.03B, respectively. Looking ahead, the company forecast third quarter EPS of 22c-28c and revenue of $975M-$1.025B, compared to consensus estimates of 27c and $1.02B, respectively. The company expects to add approximately $250M of Digital Media ARR in the quarter, with with Digital Media segment revenue declining sequentially. Adobe is targeting Adobe Marketing Cloud revenue to grow approximately 20% year-over-year and expects combined revenue with LiveCycle and Connect to decline sequentially. The company is targeting Print and Publishing segment revenue to be relatively flat. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the second half of fiscal 2014, Adobe expects Creative Cloud adoption to continue to accelerate and expects to add around 1M net new Creative Cloud subsriptions, with sequential growth in each quarter. By year-end, Adobe sees achieving approximately 3.3M creative cloud subscriptions, 300,000 higher than its prior target of approximately 3M. Adobe is targeting Digital Media ARR to grow sequentially in Q4 to a total of $1.925B exiting the year, an increase over its prior annual target of $1.85B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four separate research firms -- Citigroup, UBS, RBC Capital, and RW Baird -- each raised their respective price targets on Adobe following its stronger than expected Q2 results. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Adobe rose $5.13, or about 7.6%, to $72.67 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $74.69. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 68% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Microsoft (MSFT) is down almost 1% this afternoon and Salesforce.com (CRM) is down almost 1.5%. Meanwhile, Autodesk (ADSK) is up nearly 4% and Oracle (ORCL) is up almost 0.5%.
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September 11, 2014
07:35 EDTADBEAntitrust suit over tech giants' hiring pushed back, WSJ reports
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September 10, 2014
14:30 EDTMSFTVirnetX rises after court denies Microsoft motion to stay patent suit
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13:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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05:38 EDTCRMSalesforce.com signs agreement to establish data center in France
Salesforce.com (CRM) announced that it has signed an agreement to establish a new European Data Centre in France, selecting Interxion (INXN) as its service provider. The new data centre in France is one of three planned for Europe and will support the company's growing base of customers across the region. Salesforce.com's European Data Centre in France will be powered 100% by renewable energy sources.
05:28 EDTADBEAdobe, Publicis announce strategic partnership
Publicis Groupe (PUBGY), and Adobe (ADBE) announced a strategic partnership to deliver the Publicis Groupe Always-On Platform, the first end-to-end marketing management platform from Publicis Groupe that automates and connects all components of a client's marketing efforts. This unique platform will standardize on Adobe Marketing Cloud, and for the first time in the industry all agencies across Publicis Groupe will be able to create engaging content, access marketing intelligence, identify and build audience segments, deliver campaigns, and track and measure marketing performance through a unified technology and data structure. Both Adobe and Publicis Groupe will invest in joint sales and marketing, including retaining a dedicated team of strategists and business development specialists to innovate and bring the platform to market.
September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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11:30 EDTCRMSalesforce.com issues security alert on Dyre malware
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07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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September 8, 2014
09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
08:10 EDTCRMSalesforce.com allocates $100M to venture capital fund for app builders
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07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
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