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August 22, 2014
11:26 EDTCALD, ORCL, CRM, NSalesforce.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).
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December 15, 2014
09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
07:33 EDTCRMSusquehanna to hold a tour
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06:43 EDTNNetSuite initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $105.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:04 EDTNNetSuite initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $105.
December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:38 EDTNNetSuite resumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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06:36 EDTCRMSalesforce.com resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Price target lowered to $64 from $74.
December 11, 2014
07:28 EDTCALDCallidus Software outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
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December 10, 2014
13:10 EDTCRMSalesforce.com management to meet with FBR Capital
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10:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:05 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce.com moves up on activist investor speculation
December 9, 2014
06:00 EDTCRMSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTCRMFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 5, 2014
07:17 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and margin outlook
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