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August 22, 2014
11:26 EDTCRM, CALD, N, ORCLSalesforce.com rallies following beat and raise quarter
Shares of cloud computing solutions provider Salesforce.com (CRM) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2015 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Salesforce.com reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 13c and revenue of $1.32B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 12c and $1.29B, respectively. Q2 operating cash flow came in at $246M, up 34% year-over-year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY15, Salesforce.com raised its EPS view to 50c-52c from 49c-51c, compared to consensus of 51c. It also boosted its FY15 revenue outlook to $5.34B-$5.37B from $5.3B- $5.34B, versus consensus of $5.34B. CEO Marc Benioff said, "Salesforce.com continues to be the fastest growing top 10 software company with 38% year-over-year growth in revenue, and more than 30% year-over-year growth in deferred revenue and operating cash flow in the second quarter." On the company’s Q2 earnings conference call, Benioff noted that Europe was performing "beyond expectations," and that the company was just now beginning to realize the enormous potential of international opportunities. The company plans to introduce a "major new product" at the upcoming Dreamforce event. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Salesforce.com shares to $70 from $65, saying the company's set-up for the second half looks better following its Q2 results. The firm reiterated its Buy rating on the stock. Another firm, UBS, also raised its price target on the shares to $76 from $73. The firm sees stronger tailwinds in the second half including its large enterprise deal pipeline, upcoming event catalysts, and deals in SMB. UBS has a Buy rating on the stock. Oppenheimer thinks the company's guidance for the remainder of the year can still rise further. The firm believes that the company's success in marketing and platform products could enable its revenue to beat expectations going forward. It kept a $71 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Salesforce.com rose $4.60, or about 8.25%, to $60.31 on over three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 37% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the cloud-based solutions space include Callidus Software (CALD), NetSuite (N), and Oracle (ORCL).
News For CRM;CALD;N;ORCL From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:39 EDTNNetSuite sees FY14 EPS 31c-33c, consensus 26c
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17:38 EDTNNetSuite sees FY14 revenue $552M-$554M, consensus $548.54M
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17:33 EDTNNetSuite sees FY15 revenue $715M-$725M, consensus $706.82M
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17:33 EDTNNetSuite sees Q4 EPS 8c-10c, consensus 10c
Sees Q4 revenue $154M-$156M, consensus $152.25M.
16:26 EDTNNetSuite reports Q3 EPS 11c, consensus 4c
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15:30 EDTNNotable companies reporting after market close
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October 22, 2014
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
07:45 EDTCRMMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:40 EDTCRM, ORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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October 17, 2014
07:44 EDTCRMSalesforce.com moving in right direction in every way, says Canaccord
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October 16, 2014
09:01 EDTNNetSuite, Coupa announce strategic partnership
Coupa announced a strategic partnership with NetSuite to jointly promote and market the Coupa Cloud Procurement and Expense Management SuiteApp built for NetSuite to businesses seeking to transform their procurement and expense management processes.
07:57 EDTCRMSalesforce president lays out vision for quadrupling revenue, WSJ reports
Salesforce (CRM) president and vice chairman Keith Block outlined his plan to grow the company's annual revenue to $20B at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Block specifically said, “We want to be bigger than SAP.” Block's strategy involves expansion in new product areas, adding new packages of software tailored to a handful of high-value industries, and expanding sales efforts outside of North America, the Journal reported. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTCRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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