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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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October 10, 2014
09:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTJNPRJuniper results could rebound in 2015, says Wells Fargo
After Juniper negatively preannounced its Q3 results, Wells Fargo thinks improved carrier spending, continued enterprise share gains and restructuring efforts could enable the company's results to improve in 2015. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $25-$27 from $28-$30. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:27 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $27 from $29 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Juniper to $27 from $29 following the company's negative pre-announcement. The company cited lower than anticipated U.S. demand and UBS believes the downside earnings risk is limited by lower operating expenses and lower variable compensation. UBS maintains its Buy rating on Juniper.
07:03 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $25 from $29.50 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Juniper after the company lowered its Q3 guidance. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
October 9, 2014
18:47 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Helen of Troy (HELE), up 3%... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up marginally after reporting second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP), up 19.2% after announcing settlement agreement resolving patent litigation on AMITIZA... Civeo (CVEO), up 15% after Greenlight Capital reported a 9.99% stake in the company... EXCO Resources (XCO), up 10.6% after T. Boone Pickens says that company approached by buyers, reported by Bloomberg... EXACT Sciences (EXAS), up 3.7% after announcing final national coverage determination for Cologuard... US Ecology (ECOL), up 2.5% following announcement that it will replace Measurement Specialties (MEAS) in S&P 600. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Procera Networks (PKT), down 19.3%... Sizmek (SZMK), down 13.9% following third quarter revenue guidance... VOXX International (VOXX), down 12.5%... Knowles (KN), down 8.1% after lowering third quarter guidance... Microchip (MCHP), down 8.2% after lowering second quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 3.6% after lowering third quarter outlook. ALSO LOWER: GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), down 23.3% following a Bloomberg report that it will as to wind down sapphire operations.
16:49 EDTORCLOracle hires former director of engineering from Google, Re/code reports
Oracle (ORCL) hired Peter Magnusson, former director of engineering at Google (GOOG) and VP of engineering at Snapchat, two weeks ago in a move to improve its cloud computing business, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the move. Reference Link
16:20 EDTJNPRJuniper down 5% after lowering Q3 outlook
16:17 EDTJNPRJuniper reports preliminary Q3 adjusted EPS 34c-36c, consensus 38c
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12:07 EDTRVBDRiverbed downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Riverbed to Neutral citing the Q3 top-line shortfall.
10:44 EDTRVBDRiverbed miss increases likelihood of Elliot deal, says Wells Fargo
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10:19 EDTRVBDFollow-up: Riverbed downgraded at William Blair
As previously reported, William Blair downgraded Riverbed to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing disappointing preliminary Q3 results, survey feedback that indicates lack of excitement around Riverbed's non-WAN optimization portfolio of products, and neutral risk/reward.
10:11 EDTRVBDRiverbed downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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09:43 EDTRVBDElliott 'commends' Riverbed board for initiating strategic review
Elliott Management Corporation commented on Riverbed Technology’s announcement of preliminary earnings and other actions: “We commend the Board for initiating a strategic review and believe that Riverbed is a great company with products customers value,” said Jesse Cohn, portfolio manager at Elliott Management. “We have made a $21 bid for the company, and our team and advisors look forward to completing our confirmatory diligence in an expedited fashion.”
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed to undertake comprehensive review of stratetgic, financial alternatives
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed initiates restructuring plan to reduce annual costs by $20M-$25M
The company announced that it has initiated a restructuring plan in order to reduce annual costs by $20 million to $25 million and improve annual operating margins by 1% to 2%. The company expects these restructuring efforts to be substantially complete by the end of calendar 2014. “In light of current business conditions, we are taking decisive steps to improve our cost structure in order to drive enhanced operating performance,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. “We believe these actions enable us to deliver increased value to our shareholders while continuing to deliver the products and support expected by our customers.” In addition to these restructuring initiatives, Riverbed's Board of Directors has determined to undertake a comprehensive review, with the assistance of its advisors, of strategic and financial alternatives to enhance shareholder value. There is no set timetable for the review process. The company does not intend to disclose or comment on further developments unless and until its Board approves a specific action or it otherwise concludes its review of alternatives.
08:31 EDTRVBDRiverbed narrows Q3 adjusted EPS view to 30c-31c from 30c-32c
Consensus is 31c. Cuts Q3 revenue view to $276M-$277M from $285M-$291M, consensus $286.75M. The revised guidance primarily reflects lower than expected growth in the company’s WAN Optimization and virtual ADC businesses.
October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
As noted earlier, MKM Partners downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy. The firm thinks that the bull case on the stock is too centered on cost cuts and low valuation, and not enough on the company's growth outlook. MM Partners also believes that the service provider router market faces numerous overhangs. Target $24.
07:10 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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