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News For APKT;ORCL;SONS From The Last 14 Days
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April 30, 2015
08:04 EDTORCLMorgan Stanley views a potential Oracle acquisition of Salesforce unlikely
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07:07 EDTORCLSalesforce appears to be open to evaluating takeover offers, says Stifel
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06:51 EDTORCLPiper sees Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100/share
Piper Jaffray followed JPMorgan in predicting a Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100 per share. Piper calls Salesforce a "very attractive and unique asset," but admits it has no proprietary information about a potential deal. Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM) and the large Internet centric vendors are the only tech companies likely to afford Salesforce, Piper believes. It points out that while Oracle denied it made an offer, the $10B in debt raised earlier this week by the company is likely to keep it near the top of the potential acquirer list. Piper says Salesforce potentially being in play raises the potential for any pure cloud vendor to be taken over, including Workday (WDAY) and ServiceNow (NOW), as well as "host of smaller pure cloud vendors and fast-growing non-cloud companies" such as Splunk (SPLK). The firm keeps an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:49 EDTORCLOracle has not approached Salesforce, BuzzFeed says
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06:10 EDTORCLJefferies sees 'very low' probability of Salesforce takeover
Jefferies views the 12% rally in Salesforce (CRM) shares yesterday after Bloomberg reported the company is fielding takeover offers as an overreaction. The firm says the probability of a sale is "very low, especially with the stock already trading at an inflated valuation." It views Microsoft (MSFT) as the most likely suitor, with Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) potentially in the mix. Jefferies keeps an Underperform rating on Salesforce with a $49 price target. The stock closed yesterday up $7.76 to $74.65.
05:57 EDTORCLMicrosoft, IBM, Oracle rumored as potential Salesforce.com suitors, Re/code says
Potential suitors for Salesforce.com (CRM), which is said to have hired financial advisers to handle takeover inquiries, may include Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reports. Hesseldahl notes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended a dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday night, ahead of Microsoft's Build conference. Reference Link
05:46 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; CRM ORCL
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Salesforce (CRM) 57, Oracle (ORCL) 21 according to iVolatility.
April 29, 2015
17:16 EDTORCLSalesforce could be worth $100/share in a takeover, says JPMorgan
After Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Salesforce has hired bankers to field takeover inquiries, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy told investors that he believes the stock could be worth $100 in a buyout. Shares closed the trading day up $7.76 to $74.65. A deal would be the largest in software history, and only a short list of companies could pull it off, Murphy wrote. Those companies are Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and SAP (SAP), he believes. After pointing out JPMorgan has "no conclusive evidence to confirm or dispel the speculation," Murphy noted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was sitting in the front row of the Microsoft Build Conference this morning and that Oracle just raised $10B of debt. The analyst calls Salesforce a "rare asset" and the "pioneering leader of the cloud computing." He has an Overweight rating on the shares.
14:58 EDTORCLSalesforce hires bankers after approach by potential buyer, Bloomberg says
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14:48 EDTORCLOracle May weekly volatility elevated
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April 28, 2015
10:40 EDTSONSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: INFN VDSI AMZN PII CREE CMG P SYNA SONS FFIV
April 27, 2015
11:19 EDTSONSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:08 EDTORCLAccenture, Oracle form new business group
Accenture (ACN) and Oracle (ORCL) have launched a new business group to jointly help customers embrace the cloud to achieve their digital transformation goals. Through the group, Accenture and Oracle will deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud to help clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The Accenture Oracle Business Group brings together the leading technology, skills and experience from each company to offer businesses the ability to implement cloud solutions quicker and easier than previously possible.
April 24, 2015
10:22 EDTSONSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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April 23, 2015
10:45 EDTORCLRumor: Salesforce.com active on renewed takeover speculation
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April 22, 2015
07:04 EDTSONSSonus sees Q2 EPS (14c)-(18c), consensus (10c)
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07:04 EDTSONSSonus now sees FY15 EPS (10c)-(15c), consensus (31c)
Now sees FY15 revenue $245M-$250M, consensus $247.49M. Sonus is updating its full year guidance to take into consideration lengthening customer decision cycles and the uncertainty related to the timing and the outcome of those decisions.
07:02 EDTSONSSonus sees $20M of annualized savings from cost reduction program
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07:01 EDTSONSSonus reports Q1 adjusted EPS (27c), consensus (31c)
Reports Q1 revenue $50.1M, consensus $48.33M. The company had 168 new customers in Q1, compared to 173 new customers in the first quarter of 2014.
April 21, 2015
15:28 EDTSONSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 42c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.81... McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.06... EMC (EMC), consensus 36c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 42c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.61... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 59c... TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.01... T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), consensus $1.14... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus 91c... Amphenol (APH), consensus 56c... Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 47c... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), consensus 34c... Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.31... D.R. Horton (DHI), consensus 38c... Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB), consensus 95c... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), consensus 19c... SEI Investments (SEIC), consensus 49c... AutoNation (AN), consensus 89c... Gentex (GNTX), consensus 25c... Ryder System (R), consensus $1.00... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 13c... NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 58c... Six Flags (SIX), consensus (67c)... Tupperware Brands (TUP), consensus 98c... MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX), consensus 64c... Lithia Motors (LAD), consensus $1.22... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 31c... Evercore Partners (EVR), consensus 58c... Potlatch (PCH), consensus 19c... Natus Medical (BABY), consensus 29c... AZZ (AZZ), consensus 59c... United Community Banks (UCBI), consensus 29c... Sonus Networks (SONS), consensus (31c)... Angie's List (ANGI), consensus 0c... Pacific Premier Bancorp (PPBI), consensus 27c.
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