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February 15, 2013
14:53 EDTCMCSA, GE, BRK.A, HNZ, GM, CSCOMarket set to end week lower after European data disappoints
Stocks are set to end the week slightly lower after bad economic news out of Europe offset positive U.S. economic data and some major developments on the M&A front... MACRO NEWS: GDP in the euro zone and Germany for the fourth quarter dropped and came in below expectations. Japan's Q4 GDP was also worse than expected... Economic data in the U.S. was more upbeat, however, as jobless claims and an index of consumer confidence beat expectations, although industrial production for January was lower than expected... European Central Bank officials indicated that they might impose negative deposit rates on banks' deposits at the central bank... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) agreed to buy the share of NBC it doesn't already own from GE (GE) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and a Brazilian private equity firm agreed to buy H.J. Heinz (HNZ)... In another major deal, Constellation Brands (STZ) announced that it would buy major beer brands, a large brewery in northern Mexico, and other considerations from AB InBev (BUD) for $2.9B. The deal is expected to increase the chances that the Justice Department will allow AB InBev to buy the remaining stake in Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo it doesn't already own... GM (GM) and Cisco (CSCO) both reported stronger than expected quarterly revenues.
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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTCSCOEarnings 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.
14:19 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
10:43 EDTCSCOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PSEC CSCO XONE NDLS
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors invests $174M in new Lansing stamping facility
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07:22 EDTCSCOGoldman pushes Cisco head to step-up software, Bloomberg says
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06:24 EDTGMGM says antitrust regulator approached China division, Reuters says
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06:07 EDTGMOpel CFO expects to be profitable in Europe by mid-decade, Detroit News reports
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06:04 EDTGMGM workers returning to Warren tech center after flooding, Detroit News reports
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August 12, 2014
15:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks faces rougher road ahead, WSJ says
Arista Networks (ANET) shares have been strong since the company's IPO and its growth prospects make a "good case for a decent premium," but the current valuation gap compared to its peers "seems wide", according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column, which noted that Cisco (CSCO) has the resources and incentive to push back against Arista's attempts to take share in network switches. Reference Link
13:04 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
In the last three months the stock has outperformed the broader averages, rising by nearly 9%. The trend in that time has been up, but with the bulk of gains having been realized near the start of the period. There was one larger bump up in price that was corrected, but that high at $26.08 now becomes an objective for bulls to take out on the upside on good news. The reason for this is that the $26 to $26.50 area forms a big double top when viewed on a 2-year daily chart. The bulls need to break this area of resistance for the stock to become long-term bullish. If they can manage that, next resistance above $26.50 would be at $27.74. If the news disappoints, that potentially bearish double top pattern could asset itself. The $23.50 area on a break lower would be the first test. The middle of the "M" pattern would be at $21.27.
12:49 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
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09:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares washed out, says Sterne Agee
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07:42 EDTCSCOCisco August volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors to streamline international business model, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTCSCOCisco planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports
As part of a worldwide streamlining effort, Cisco is planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
15:23 EDTGMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:38 EDTGMGM's ignition switch fund receives 63 death case claims, AP reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM's Lansing plant to halt Cadillac production temporarily, Detroit News reports
General Motors will halt Cadillac production at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for three weeks, effective August 18, the Detroit News reports. According to sources, the halt is due to lower than expected demand for the cars. Reference Link
05:55 EDTCSCOCisco expected to report solid Q4 results at Wells Fargo
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August 9, 2014
15:40 EDTGMGM loses attempt to dismiss revived ignition-death lawsuit, Bloomberg says
A Georgia judge rejected General Motors' attempt to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of woman that precipitated the recall of 2.59M cars over faulty ignition switches, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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