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February 4, 2013
09:20 EDTHUM, CLX, RCL, PC, MOBI, RMTI, PKT, BTH, NUS, HLF, SONS, ORCL, APKTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER ACQUISITION: Acme Packet (APKT), up 22.9% after Oracle (ORCL) agrees to acquire company for $29.25 per share. Oracle shares down 1.2% following announcement... ALSO HIGHER: Sonus Networks (SONS), up 10.5%, following Oracle/Acme Packet deal announcement... Procera Networks (PKT), up 2.9%, initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rockwell Medical (RMTI), up 21.7% after stating iron delivery SFP met primary endpoint of trial... BlackBerry (BBRY), up 6% after upgrade to Outperform at Bernstein, first day of trading with new name and ticker... UP AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Sky-mobi (MOBI), up 21.5%... Panasonic (PC), up 13.7% after quarterly report and guidance late Friday... Clorox (CLX), up 0.9%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), up 0.8%... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Humana (HUM), down 0.5%... ALSO LOWER: Herbalife (HLF), down 10.7% after NY Post says company is subject of a law enforcement investigation... Nu Skin (NUS), down 5.5%, Blyth (BTH), down 3.8% following report of probe into Herbalife... Credit Suisse (CS), down 4.2%, initiated with a Hold at Canaccord.
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September 14, 2014
20:25 EDTORCLOracle buys Front Porch Digital, terms undisclosed
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital's big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content.
16:17 EDTHLFHerbalife near settlement with former distributors, NY Post says
Herbalife is close to reaching a settlement with five former distributors that allege the nutrition company is a pyramid scheme and has victimized thousands, says the NY Post. Reference Link
September 12, 2014
15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, 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.
12:04 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with Jefferies
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07:47 EDTSONSSonus shares should be bought on recent weakness, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the adoption of VoLTE will provide Sonus with incremental revenue opportunities for both voice and video solutions. The firm warns that the bulk of the opportunity from this catalyst is in 2015, but keeps a $6 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
09:57 EDTRMTISummer Street chief scientific officer holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:14 EDTRMTIRockwell Medical mentioned positively by Seeking Alpha contributor
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September 10, 2014
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.
08:42 EDTHUMHumana says all 2015 Medicare Advantage, PDP offerings approved
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07:27 EDTSONSARRIS, Sonus pullbacks bring compelling entry points, says Jefferies
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
16:40 EDTRCLRoyal Caribbean raises quarterly dividend 20% to 30c
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14:03 EDTSONSSonus Networks SBCs added to U.S. DoD approved products list
Sonus Networks announced that the Sonus SBC 5110 and Sonus SBC 5210 Session Border Controllers have completed the interoperability testing and information assurance certification for the Defense Information Systems Agency UCR2013 requirements and are posted on the JITC’s Approved Products List. The JITC APL provides a list of certified technology products for deployment in the U.S. DoD. The SBC 5110 and the SBC 5210 join the Sonus NX 1000 IP Access Switch, Promina 800 Multiplexor and VX 900, which are currently listed on the JITC’s APL.
13:33 EDTSONSSonus Networks shares jumps during Apple event
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12:57 EDTPKTProcera Networks mentioned cautiously at Deutsche Bank
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07:26 EDTPKTDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 9 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:17 EDTORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
10:25 EDTSONSHigh option volume stocks:
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