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April 8, 2014
08:18 EDTWDAY, CSOD, PANW, CRM, NOWDeclines in high growth IT stocks create opportunities, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest's survey of resellers indicates that demand for IT among enterprises exceeded expectations in Q1, while resellers' feedback on the Q2 pipeline was "very positive," according to the firm. The strongest demand was in the applications, security, and storage markets, according to the firm. Pacific Crest recommends that investors buy its top picks:, Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), ServiceNow (NOW), Palo Alto (PANW), and Workday (WDAY).
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October 1, 2015
10:45 EDTCRMSalesforce calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Salesforce October weekly 70, 70.5, 71 and 71.5 calls are active on total call volume of 9,900 contracts (720 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October call option implied volatility is at 43, October is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 26 to 60. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:26 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce moves up on renewed takeover chatter
10:00 EDTWDAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMFW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded on valuation, catlysts at Bernstein... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... (JD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Kirby (KEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Outperform ahead of earnings turn at Telsey Advisory... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at CL King... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded on transaction, valuation, momentum at Argus... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:27 EDTWDAYWorkday upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
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08:01 EDTWDAYWorkday upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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05:56 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 35 at lower end of index mean range
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTPANWBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:37 EDTCSOD, WDAYCornerstone wont see major impact from Workday move, says JMP Securities
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08:17 EDTWDAYWorkday among highest quality names in its sector, says Canaccord
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08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
07:14 EDTWDAYWorkday should be bought at current levels, says RBC Capital
After attending Workday's user event and speaking with four partners there, RBC Capital says that the feedback on product innovation, partner checks, financials, TAM and customer unit economics was positive. The firm warns that changes the company may make to its billings terms could cause billings to appear to drop in the short-term, pressuring the stock. However, the firm expects any such pressure to dissipate i nthe longer term. It keeps an $83 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
05:52 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range
September 29, 2015
14:40 EDTWDAYWorkday unveils Workday Learning application
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September 28, 2015
16:05 EDTWDAYIBM annnounces plans to buy Workday services partner Meteorix
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10:08 EDTCRMTableau price target lowered to $75 at Summit Research on competition concerns
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury said the firm's channel checks indicate that Tableau's (DATA) software competition will intensify from Salesforce (CRM), Qlik (QLIK) and PowerBI. The analyst thinks Tableau's string of large "beat and raise" quarters will come to an end since most of the "low-hanging fruit" seems to have been picked and the company will need to work harder to acquire new customers. Nandury keeps a Hold rating on Tableau and cut the firm's price target on the stock to $75 from $80.
September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANWCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
12:48 EDTCRMSalesforce says does not support CISA
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08:59 EDTWDAYAutodesk, Workday, Veeva weakness present buying opportunities, says Canaccord
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08:24 EDTCRMSalesforce checks positive, says Oppenheimer
After attending Salesforce's conference, Oppenheimer says that more enterprises were represented, indicating that the company's share of that market could be increasing, according to the firm. Oppenheimer adds that the company's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers, and could enable it to monetize its large installed base. The firm reiterates an $80 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
05:40 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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