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August 22, 2014
11:26 EDTN, CALD, ORCL, CRMSalesforce.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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January 29, 2016
09:10 EDTNNetSuite outlook 'compelling,' says DA Davidson
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07:16 EDTNNetSuite upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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05:09 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM TWTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Salesforce (CRM) 46, Twitter (TWTR) 95 according to iVolatility.
January 28, 2016
17:36 EDTNNetSuite sees FY16 adjusted EPS 40c-45c, consensus 35c
Sees FY16 revenue $950M-$970M, consensus $959.50M.
17:35 EDTNNetSuite sees Q1 adjusted EPS 2c-3c, consensus 8c
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16:20 EDTNNetSuite reports Q4 adjusted EPS 5c, consensus 4c
Reports Q4 revenue $206.2M, consensus $204.63M.
14:29 EDTNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
January 26, 2016
10:34 EDTNBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
10:00 EDTNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
09:01 EDTNNetSuite results should beat expectations, says DA Davidson
DA Davidson predicts that NetSuite's Q4 revenue will come in above the top end of its guidance and ahead of the consensus outlook. The firm expects the company to report Q4 EPs of 5c, versus the consensus estimate of 4c. The firm thinks that the company's fundamentals remain strong, as it can take significant share from mid-market ERP players, according to the firm. DA Davidson reiterates a $130 price target and Buy rating on the stock.
07:36 EDTCRMKKR leads funding round in Jitterbit
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07:11 EDTNNetSuite downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:27 EDTNNetSuite downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
January 25, 2016
10:00 EDTNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:27 EDTNNetSuite downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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05:49 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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January 22, 2016
06:33 EDTORCLApple got $1B from Google to maintain search bar on iPhone, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) paid Apple (AAPL) $1B in 2014 to keep its search bar on the iPhone, Bloomberg reports, citing a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's (ORCL) copyright suit against Google. Google has a pact with Apple that gives the iPHone maker a percentage of the revenue Google brings in through the Apple device, the report says, citing an attorney for Oracle at the hearing. Reference Link
06:13 EDTORCLOracle lawyer: Google's Android brings in $31B in revenue, Bloomberg says
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05:48 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 37 at lower end of index mean range
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05:43 EDTORCLOracle Utilities selected by CLK Enerji to modernize billing systems
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