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August 21, 2014
15:15 EDTTFM, NDSN, ROST, CRM, BRCD, MRVL, GPS, NWY, ARO, GME, INTUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 12c; Intuit (INTU), consensus 7c; The Gap (GPS), consensus 69c; Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.08; GameStop (GME), consensus 18c; Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 28c; Nordson (NDSN), consensus $1.13; Aeropostale (ARO), consensus (49c); Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 19c; The Fresh Market (TFM), consensus 35c; New York & Company (NWY), consensus 0c.
News For CRM;INTU;GPS;ROST;GME;MRVL;NDSN;ARO;BRCD;TFM;NWY From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
07:24 EDTCRMSalesforce buyout rumors may cloud earnings focus, says Susquehanna
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May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTMRVLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:43 EDTGMEGameStop May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:52 EDTGMEApril NPD video game software sales rose 13%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes April NPD video game software sales increased 13% year-over-year with next-generation software revenue up 200% versus the prior year. Piper keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
May 14, 2015
08:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $87 from $78 at Goldman
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06:21 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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May 12, 2015
16:33 EDTCRMSalesforce, Sage announce strategic partnership, new small business platform
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11:38 EDTCRMLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
06:24 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:02 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 64 at upper end of index
May 11, 2015
17:55 EDTGPSGap price target lowered to $44 from $47 at Cantor
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16:06 EDTGPSGap down 1.2% after reporting April, Q1 same-store sales
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16:05 EDTGPSGap sees Q1 EPS 55c-56c, consensus 55c
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16:04 EDTGPSGap reports Q1 SSS down 4%
Gap reported Q1 net sales decreased 3% to $3.66B, compared with $3.77B for the first quarter last year. The translation of net sales in foreign currencies into U.S. dollars negatively impacted the company’s reported sales for Q1 by about $90M, primarily due to the weakening Japanese yen and Canadian dollar. On a constant currency basis, net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 decreased 1% compared with last year. Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for Q1 were down 4%, versus negative 1% last year. Comparable sales by global brand for the first quarter were as follows: Gap Global: negative 10%; Banana Republic Global: negative 8%; Old Navy Global: positive 3%.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports April SSS down 12%
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10:03 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a press event
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10:00 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a meeting
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07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce.com from the Best Ideas List and maintained its Buy ratting and $80 price target. The firm said Salesforce.com's secular growth and margin expansion remain in place but shares are trading on an acquisition premium and risk/reward is balanced near-term. The firm views an acquisition as unlikely and said the sheer size would make it extremely complicated, with few bidders.
06:04 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce from its Best Ideas list saying the near-term risk/reward is more balanced with shares trading at an "acquisition premium." The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the name with an $80 price target.
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