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March 18, 2014
10:00 EDTAF, IMO, SINA, UBSH, KIOR, UMPQ, FSM, EJ, CSCO, SFLYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Astoria Financial (AF) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Union First Market (UBSH) downgraded at Sterne Agee... KiOR (KIOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... SINA (SINA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Imperial Oil (IMO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded at Cowen.
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October 22, 2014
08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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07:33 EDTUBSHUnion Bankshares reports Q3 EPS 35c, consensus 43c
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
October 17, 2014
09:31 EDTCSCOCisco namnes Bernadette Wightman President of Cisco Cananda
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco, Sensity Systems announce strategic relationship
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05:55 EDTEJE-House upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded E-House to Buy citing the recent pullback in shares and the company's total solution strength. The firm keeps a $14.10 price target for shares.
October 15, 2014
16:38 EDTAFAstoria Financial CEO says company on track to goal of 80% core deposits
Mr. Redman stated, "Business banking deposits have grown $265.4M year-to-date and we remain well on our way to our stated goal of having core deposits, which currently represent 70% of total deposits, reach 80% of total deposits by year-end 2015. We are pleased that the MF/CRE pipeline grew by more than $156M during Q3 and we remain on track toward our stated goal of having this portfolio represent 45-50% of total loans by year-end 2015."
16:35 EDTAFAstoria Financial reports Q3 EPS 17c, consensus 16c
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16:21 EDTUMPQUmpqua Holdings reports Q3 adjusted EPS 30c, consensus 29c
The provision for non-covered loan losses was $14.4M for Q3, down from $15.4M for Q2. The allowance for non-covered loan losses was $107.8M, or 0.72% of non-covered loans and leases, as of September 30. As of September 30, the company’s tangible book value per common share was $8.78.
15:28 EDTUMPQ, AFNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
06:15 EDTCSCOCisco lays off 900 in San Jose area, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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October 14, 2014
09:32 EDTAFAstoria Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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October 13, 2014
09:21 EDTSFLYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTSINAQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:01 EDTSFLYShutterfly volatility elevated into Silver Lake said to shelve effort to buy
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
17:29 EDTSFLYSilver Lake said to shelve effort to buy Shutterfly, Snapfish, Bloomberg says
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16:59 EDTSFLYShutterfly down 6% after report Silver Lake shelved acquisition attempt
16:58 EDTSFLYSilver Lake said to shelve effort to buy Shutterfly, Snapfish, Bloomberg says
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