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February 4, 2013
10:10 EDTBSFT, SONS, AUDC, RVBD, JNPR, APKT, ORCLIP traffic optimizers rise after Oracle buys Acme Packet
Several companies whose products enable voice and data to be conducted over Internet Protocol, or IP, networks are climbing after Acme Packet (APKT) agreed to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL) for $29.25 per share. Acme Packet's stock closed at $23.93 per share on Friday. Acme Packet, which announced the deal earlier this morning, develops network products that enable voice and data to be delivered over IP networks. Among the IP optimizers advancing in early trading are Broadsoft (BSFT), which rose 7% to $37.44, Sonus Networks (SONS), which climbed 14% to $2.60, and AudioCodes (AUDC), which added 3% to $4.14. Riverbed (RVBD), which has products that free up bandwidth for voice over IP traffic, added 2.6% to $19.84, and Juniper (JNPR), which offers IP routing products, climbed 2.3% to $22.83.
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August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTJNPRImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTJNPRImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
August 18, 2014
16:02 EDTRVBDRiverbed names Paul Mountford as Chief Sales Officer
Riverbed Technology announced that Paul Mountford has joined the company as senior vice president and Chief Sales Officer. He was most recently CEO of Sentillian, a New York-based web intelligence startup.
August 17, 2014
17:56 EDTJNPRBB&T, Juniper, two others look discounted, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
08:11 EDTORCLOracle checks showing signs of improvement, says FBR Capital
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August 14, 2014
18:28 EDTORCLCourt finds Rimini Street infringed Oracle copyrights, stole IP
On August 14, the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas entered an order granting Oracle's motion for partial summary judgment in its case against Rimini Street, and its CEO, Seth Ravin. Oracle moved for summary judgment on Rimini's counterclaims for defamation and unfair competition. In those counterclaims, Rimini challenged Oracle's public statements that Rimini had engaged in massive theft of Oracle's intellectual property. The Court dismissed those counterclaims finding that Oracle's statements "that Rimini had engaged in 'massive theft' of Oracle's intellectual property are true." The Court explained that "It is undisputed that Rimini engaged in theft of Oracle's intellectual property." The Court also found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's copyrights. In February, the Court found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's PeopleSoft copyrights and that Oracle had proved prima facie copyright infringement as to its JD Edwards and Siebel copyrights. The Court ruled that Rimini Street also infringed Oracle Database copyrights. The Court found that Rimini Street had downloaded 25 copies of Oracle's Database software and possessed over 200 copies of this software even though Rimini's downloading, possession, and use of this software all was unlicensed. The Court ordered the parties to submit a pre-trial order within sixty days.
12:58 EDTJNPRJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
12:31 EDTJNPRCisco shares trade lower as company announces 6,000 job cuts
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August 13, 2014
16:03 EDTORCLOracle extends tender offer for MICROS to September 2
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14:54 EDTJNPREarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
10:14 EDTJNPREZchip sees Q3 revenue ex-items in $22M range, consensus $22.07M
EZchip (EZCH) will continue to see some level of revenue from Juniper (JNPR) for the remainder of FY14 and beyond. Comments taken from the company's Q2 earnings conference call
August 12, 2014
10:59 EDTRVBDRiverbed: ADC solution market growing slower than expected
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09:19 EDTJNPRJuniper CFO says seeing 'good, healthy demand' in many areas
Denholm repeats that some customers, mainly in North America, have slowed their CapEx plans. Denholm says its "a little bit early" to talk about the company's FY15 revenue outlook, but noted that the company is "pretty constructive" on growth in 2015. Juniper Networks CFO/COO Robyn Denholm continues speaking at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference.
09:06 EDTJNPRJuniper sees reaching $2B in share repurchases by year-end
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August 11, 2014
15:22 EDTAUDCOppenheimer to hold a conference
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August 9, 2014
16:26 EDTORCLOracle sues Oregon over dispute with state's health-insurance exchange, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
15:37 EDTJNPRJuniper management to meet with SunTrust
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10:00 EDTSONSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
07:56 EDTSONSSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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August 7, 2014
09:25 EDTAUDCAudioCodes announces authorization of $3M share repurchase program
AudioCodes announced that its board of Directors has approved a program to repurchase up to $3M of its Ordinary Shares. As of July 31, AudioCodes had approximately 43.3M Ordinary Shares outstanding.

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