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August 30, 2013
12:24 EDTKKD, SPLK, LCC, CRM, OVTI, AAMRQ, APAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as the worst month for the market in some time looks set to have a fitting last day of trading. Investors received data on personal spending, a regional business barometer and a final confidence reading for the month, but given the risks of a possible weekend military action in Syria investors did not appear ready to add to their stock exposure ahead of the long holiday weekend. The Nasdaq, which was within striking distance of ending the week in positive territory early in the session, has dropped along with the other averages, making it look as if it will suffer its fourth consecutive weekly decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending rose less than forecast in July as income growth slowed. Personal income in the month rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%, while personal spending rose 0.1%, versus an expected 0.3% increase. The Chicago ISM rose 0.7 points to 53.0 in August, matching the forecast of analysts. The final August reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey was revised up to 82.1, which was higher than the preliminary August estimate of 80.0, but lower than Julyís reading of 85.1. In Asia, Japanís consumer prices increased at the fastest pace since 2008 in July, a sign Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's steps to pull the nation's economy out of 15 years of deflation have made progress. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) rose after the company announced a deal to sell a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to China's Sinopec for $3.1B in cash. A number of analysts reacted positively to the news and Apache's stock advanced about 7% near noon... A judge sided with US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) and set a November date for a trial to rule on the Department of Justice's challenge to the airlines' proposed merger. Shares of US Air rose 4% and AMR shares were up nearly 9% following the ruling. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was enterprise cloud computing provider Salesforce.com (CRM), which rose 14% after the company beat second quarter estimates and raised its full year 2014 outlook. Also higher following its earning report was another tech name, Splunk (SPLK), which was upgraded at FBR Capital and gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was image-sensor devices company OmniVision Technologies (OVTI), which fell over 15% after the company's first quarter revenue fell shy of consensus estimates and it issued disappointing guidance. Also lower following its earnings report was donut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), which saw its stock drop 14%. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was down 39.84, or 0.27%, to 14,801.11; the Nasdaq was down 24.24, or 0.67%, to 3,596.06; and the S&P 500 was down 4.55, or 0.28%, to 1,633.62.
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February 5, 2016
12:12 EDTCRM, SPLKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the day lower and have seen little in the way of buying since the open. As the market digested the monthly jobs data and watched the price of oil turn negative, the selling that had taken a two day break was renewed. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, falling over 2%, while the Dow is down about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. A report on Consumer Credit growth in December is due out at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged 40% after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock... Also tumbling in the wake of its quarterly report was "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA), which fell 47% after its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends, as well as competition, and a number of other companies that sell software to businesses also fell following its report, including peer Splunk (SPLK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cempra (CEMP), which gained about 5% after it said that its solithromycin drug met primary and secondary objectives in its Phase 3 study. Also higher were Tyson Foods (TSN) and Post Holdings (POST), which gained 10% and 11.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Vertex (VRTX), which fell 5% after the FDA said that it cannot currently approve a label expansion for Kalydeco in children with residual function mutations. Also lower were Lion's Gate (LGF), YRC Worldwide (YRCW), and Redbox-parent Outerwall (OUTR), which were down 33%, 30%, and 17%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 171.21, or 1.04%, to 16,245.37, the Nasdaq was down 110.39, or 2.45%, to 4,399.17, and the S&P 500 was down 27.10, or 1.41%, to 1,888.35.
11:23 EDTSPLKOptions with increasing put volume
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11:21 EDTSPLKTableau guidance weighs down enterprise software space
The shares of Tableau (DATA) are tumbling after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter earnings and revenue, but its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. A number of analysts responded to the news by cutting their price targets on the developer of software used to analyze data. WHAT'S NEW: Tableau reported Q4 earnings per share of 33c, versus the consensus outlook of 16c, and the company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, the company provided fiscal 2016 EPS guidance of 22c-35c, versus the consensus outlook of 62c. Moreover, its 2016 revenue guidance came in at $830M-$850M ,versus the consensus outlook of $871M. Tableau said it expects 2016 to be "another investment year," adding that the productivity of its sales force declined last year. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends and competition. ANALYST REACTION: Tableau's Q4 results missed the expectations of some investors, wrote Jefferies analyst John DiFucci, who cut his price target on the name to $65 from $92. Qlik Sense, a free desktop product offered by Tableau's competitor, Qlik Technologies (QLIK), may be negatively impacting Tableau, DiFucci believes. Meanwhile, Tableau's execution risk is increasing as the size of its deals rise, added the analyst, who kept a Hold rating on the shares. DiFucci noted that a softening spend environment was given as a reason for Tableau's disappointing guidance, but said he continues to hear of a decent spending environment in the field. However, Stifel analyst Tom Roderick wrote that Tableau's results show that the global economic slowdown has begun to negatively impact IT spending. Calling the company a victim of the large growth it has generated in the past, the analyst believes that the company's competitive position is still strong. He cut his price target on the name to $100 from $145 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tableau tumbled 46% to $44.41. Other companies that sell software to businesses also fell, with "Big Data" peer Splunk (SPLK) plunging 24% to $35.84, Qlik falling 18% to $20.51, NetSuite declining 12.5% to $61.40 and Workday (WDAY) dropping 14.5% to $55.47.
February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTSPLKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:50 EDTSPLKSplunk drops 10% after peer Tableau reports
Shares of Splunk (SPLK) are down 10% in after-hours trading to $42.54 after big data peer Tableau's (DATA) Q4 earnings report disappointed investors.
February 3, 2016
09:01 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Splunk with a Buy rating and $67 price target.
08:42 EDTCRMSalesforce should be bought at current levels, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its checks indicate that Salesforce had a strong Q4, leaving the company poised to deliver strong fiscal 2017 results. The firm adds that the promotion of Keith Block, who headed all customer-facing activities, to COO suggests that the company's business momentum is strong. It keeps a $90 price target and Outperform rating.
08:09 EDTCRMSalesforce shares will eventually reflect top tier position, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Salesforce remains a top tier company and its shares will eventually reflect it with a much higher stock price. The firm continues to believe the company can grow revenues more than 20% and earnings more than 25% per year. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $95 price target on Salesforce shares.
February 2, 2016
16:52 EDTCRMSalesforce announces new core Salesforce editions for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud
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15:16 EDTAPAS&P takes rating actions on U.S. investment-grade E&P companies
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14:28 EDTCRMSpeculation of Salesforce customer loss likely inaccurate, says JPMorgan
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14:14 EDTCRMSalesforce shares defended at JPMorgan
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09:46 EDTCRMSalesforce puts active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:41 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:02 EDTCRMSalesforce names Keith Block as COO
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February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTCRMEarnings Watch: Alphabet to report Q4 results under new corporate structure
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, and Nest Labs. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $8.09 on revenue of $20.77B. The consensus range is $7.32-$8.59 for EPS, and $20.33B-$21.68B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Alphabet reported third quarter EPS of $7.35 against estimates of $7.21, on revenue of $18.7B against estimates of $18.53B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 23%, paid clicks on Google websites down 5%, aggregate cost-per-clicks down 11%, and cost-per-click on Google websites down 4%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue up 16% to $13.08B and Q3 Total advertising revenue up 13% to $26.78B. During its Q3 earnings report, the company said it will begin to disclose the Google business as a single segment in Q4. It also announced that the board authorized the company to repurchase $5.1B of Class C shares in Q4. GOOGLE SEGMENT: Alphabet announced that it will report Google as a single segment within its company beginning in Q4. It stated, "The new operating structure is being introduced in phases. For financial reporting purposes, we expect the reorganization will result in disclosing our Google business as a single segment and all other Alphabet businesses combined as Other Bets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015." Within Alphabet, the Google segment now has 6 products with over 1B users, including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Play. Gmail is also closing in on the mark with its 900M user base. RBC Capital believes that the disclosure of segment results by Google in conjunction with its Q4 results will cause the stock to rerate. The firm believes that the segment results will highlight the high profits of core Google, supporting an increase in the stocks' sum of the parts valuation. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Alphabet had a strong holiday season with ChannelAdvisor reporting Google Shopping was up 31.7% over the entire holiday period. Specifically, Google Shopping was up 35.9% on Thanksgiving, up 40.3% on Black Friday, up 25.7% on Cyber Saturday, and up 18.6% on Cyber Monday. Alphabet announced the redesigned launch of Google+ in November, the exploration of Fiber in Chicago and Los Angeles, and announced plans to open its first retail store in New York City. The company also targets the China launch of the Google Play app store in 2016, according to multiple reports. Lenovo (LNVGY) CEO Chen Xudong confirmed that Google Play is expected to come to China at some point this year. The company is expected to make its self-driving car company under the Alphabet structure as a stand-alone business. Ford (F) and Google are in discussions over self-driving cars, with the currently negotiated contract likely to "last a long time." According to a Reuters report, Google expects fewer software failiures in self-driving cars as it learns from its mistakes. Google tested solar-powered Internet drones and expects consumer package delivery via drone to begin in 2017. Google is also in talks with the NFL for streaming rights for London games next year. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer said cloud providers like Alphabet may have a huge opportunity in the coming years. The firm said Alphabet may look for a major partner like Salesforce (CRM) to drive its cloud business. Cantor said Google ad revenue growth should continue to be strong and BMO Capital said Alphabet's outlook has improved as valuation has become more reasonable. Bernstein said the Street continues to underestimate the resilience and growth potential of Alphabet's search ad business and YouTube. Barron's, in particular, was extremely positive on YouTube, saying its revenue per viewer could potentially double in five years. It added it could be twice as valuable as Netflix (NFLX). JMP Securities was also bullish on the company, saying Alphabet benefitted from a relatively strong holiday season for online advertising. Ahead of its Q4 earnings report, JMP Securities expects the company to report "relatively strong" results. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have gained about 6% over the last three months. In Monday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Google shares are up almost 2%
08:08 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a company event
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January 29, 2016
10:16 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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07:36 EDTAPAAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
05:09 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM TWTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Salesforce (CRM) 46, Twitter (TWTR) 95 according to iVolatility.
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