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June 18, 2014
12:04 EDTORCL, ADSK, MSFT, CRM, ADBEAdobe 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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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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07:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
14:46 EDTADSKAutodesk March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Autodesk March call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 30, July is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after market close on February 26.
February 23, 2015
08:00 EDTADBEAdobe shares recommended at Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt believes Adobe continues to execute and will report Q1 earnings and revenues slightly ahead of consensus estimates of 40c/1.09B and for new sub adds and Marketing Cloud billing to be above expectations.
06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Salesforce.com February weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, March is at 35, April is at 33, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on February 25.
February 19, 2015
17:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com CEO sold 125K shares for $7.39M, Barron's says
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11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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07:56 EDTADSKAutodesk should beat expectations next week, says Rosenblatt
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
07:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com Q4 closed well, says Oppenheimer
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05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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04:55 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; MO ORCL
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February 17, 2015
09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
07:24 EDTADSKAutodesk checks indicate demand remains healthy, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse's checks indicate demand remains healthy across Autodesk's product lines for the January quarter. The firm expects the upcoming forces migration to subscription will drive a "run on new licenses," driving revenue upside for the year. Credit Suisse does not believe the business model transition is fully reflected in shares and reiterates its Outperform rating and $70 price target.
05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTORCLFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
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