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August 30, 2013
16:42 EDTAPA, LCC, AAMRQ, CRM, SPLK, KKD, PSUNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major indexes finished the month with losses, lead by the Dow and S&P, which each lost more than 3% in August. The averages drifted lower for the beginning of the session, turning more volatile after statements regarding Syria were made by both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama, with the indexes closing off their worst levels of the session. 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 July?s reading of 85.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) rose $7.04, or 8.95%, to $85.68 after the company last night 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, notably RBC Capital, which upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform... A federal judge set a November 25 trial date in the U.S. Justice Department's challenge to the proposed merger between US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was cloud software company salesforce.com (CRM), up $5.48, or 12.55%, to $49.13 after beating second quarter estimates and raising its full year 2014 outlook. Also higher following a better-than-expected earnings report was another software company, Splunk (SPLK), which gained $6.29, or 12.86%, to $55.21, as the stock was also upgraded at FBR Capital. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of doughnut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), down $3.51, or 15.11%, to $19.72 after its earnings and guidance missed expectations. Also lower was teen retailer Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), down 66c, or 16.84%, to $3.26, which reported an in-line second quarter but gave an earnings and revenue outlook for the third quarter that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: The Dow was down 30.64, or 0.21%, to 14,810.31; the S&P 500 was down 5.20, or 0.32%, to 1,632.97; the Nasdaq was down 30.43, or 0.84%, to 3,589.87.
News For APA;LCC;AAMRQ;CRM;SPLK;KKD;PSUN From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
06:02 EDTKKDKrispy Kreme to open first location in South America with Bogotá store
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October 21, 2014
07:45 EDTCRMMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:40 EDTCRMForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 17, 2014
07:44 EDTCRMSalesforce.com moving in right direction in every way, says Canaccord
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October 16, 2014
07:57 EDTCRMSalesforce president lays out vision for quadrupling revenue, WSJ reports
Salesforce (CRM) president and vice chairman Keith Block outlined his plan to grow the company's annual revenue to $20B at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Block specifically said, “We want to be bigger than SAP.” Block's strategy involves expansion in new product areas, adding new packages of software tailored to a handful of high-value industries, and expanding sales efforts outside of North America, the Journal reported. Reference Link
07:23 EDTAPAHart Energy to hold a conference
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October 14, 2014
16:39 EDTAPAApache CEO says continuing to evaluate options for international assets
"As we have previously outlined, Apache is transforming into a leading North America-focused exploration and production company with an extensive resource base, strong production growth and a commitment to maximizing rate of return," CEO Steven Farris said. "We are continuing to evaluate options for our international assets and LNG projects, including the potential separation of these assets through strategic transactions or the capital markets."
16:37 EDTAPAApache announces resignation of CFO Alfonso Leon, appoints interim CFO
Apache announced that Alfonso Leon, executive vice president and CFO, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Leon's departure is not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures, accounting or legal matters. Executive Vice President P. Anthony Lannie will serve as interim CFO as the company conducts a search for a new CFO. Prior to joining Apache as general counsel in 2003, Lannie served as president of Kinder Morgan Power Company and president of Coral Energy Canada, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company.
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTCRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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09:23 EDTSPLKHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
06:04 EDTSPLKSplunk upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair upgraded Splunk to Outperform citing better earnings visibility and more reasonable valuation levels.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRM, SPLKGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
07:23 EDTSPLKSplunk price target raised to $65 from $56 at Deutsche Bank
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