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May 22, 2015
16:41 EDTCRMStocks end week little changed despite weaker than expected domestic data
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16:20 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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13:23 EDTCRMsalesforce.com calls active on report held significant talks with Microsoft
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13:10 EDTCRMMicrosoft offered $55B to acquire Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
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13:05 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO continued upping price on Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:05 EDTCRMSalesforce spikes higher, levels to watch
The stock has spiked in the last 5 minutes, now up to $73.97. At that price next resistance is at $76.18.
13:04 EDTCRMMicrosoft, Salesforce ended talks in early May, CNBC's Faber reports
13:04 EDTCRMSalesforce wanted as much as $70B from Microsoft, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTCRMMicrosoft, Salesforce no longer talking about a merger, CNBC reports
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13:03 EDTCRMMicrosoft offered $55B for Salesforce, CNBC's Faber reports
13:02 EDTCRMMicrosoft, Salesforce held significant talks, CNBC's Faber reports
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May 21, 2015
14:06 EDTCRMSalesforce appears unlikely to sell, WSJ says
Salesforce "likely doesn't feel pressure to sell" and the chance of a deal looks "questionable," reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal believes that the firm's premium multiple and recent rumor downplaying from CEO Mark Benioff make a sale unlikely. Reference Link
10:12 EDTCRMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:58 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTCRMActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:15 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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09:03 EDTCRMOptions expected to be active
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09:01 EDTCRMWorkday Veeva have positive read throughs from Salesforce, says Pacific Crest
After Salesforce (CRM) reported stronger than expected Q1 results, Pacific Crest says Salesforce's strength in enterprises make it more confident in Workday (WDAY) and Veeva (VEEV). The firm says that its checks for both Workday and Veeva are positive. It notes that both companies are due to report their results next week and recommends buying theit shares.
08:15 EDTCRMSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:28 EDTCRMSalesforce should be a 'structural' long, says Canaccord
Canaccord called Salesforce.com a "structural" long in that a core position should be traded around by adding when the price pulls back and selling when it moves higher. The firm noted the company's strong Q1 results and increased guidance and remains bullish on its long-term prospects. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $85 from $80 on Salesforce.com shares.
07:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $85 from $80 at UBS
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07:18 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $90-$95 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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05:57 EDTCRMSalesforce Q1 contained 'big artificial boost' to billings, says Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
19:02 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: salesforce.com (CRM), up 6.6%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 4%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 42% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xunlei (XNET), down 14.9%... NetApp (NTAP), down 8%... Open Text (OTEX), down 7.7%.... Rexnord (RXN), down 7.1%... Synopsys (SNPS), down 1.5%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 8.5% after filing to sell Class A common stock and warrants... OXiGENE (OXGN), down 5.1% after filing mixed securities shelf.
18:47 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO says company will serve all shareholders, sees value beyond EPS
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18:42 EDTCRMSalesforce CEO sees company revenue reaching $10B in future
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says will be excited when the time comes that he can announce Salesforce has been the fastest software company to reach $10B in revenue. Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
17:58 EDTCRMSalesforce now up over 7% in after hours trading
17:56 EDTCRMSalesforce says not commenting on M&A rumors
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17:55 EDTCRMSalesforce says longer term target of $10B in annual revenue
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17:36 EDTCRMSalesforce says looking to surpass SAP
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16:25 EDTCRMSalesforce up almost 5% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce raises FY16 EPS view to 69c-71c from 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce sees Q2 EPS 17c-18c, consensus 17c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce reports Q1 EPS 16c, consensus 14c
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15:00 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:55 EDTCRMSalesforce May 71.5 weekly straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q1
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13:39 EDTCRMSalesforce technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:14 EDTCRMJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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05:57 EDTCRMSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTCRMSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:59 EDTCRMSalesforce drops after dealReporter says potential sale may take time
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07:03 EDTCRMSalesforce.com volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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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
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
07:14 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital
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07:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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May 14, 2015
16:19 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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12:55 EDTJCPBulls, bears debate J.C. Penney after earnings report
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08:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $87 from $78 at Goldman
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08:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 encouraging, but cash flow remains tough, says Baird
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07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 beats on EBITDA despite sluggish sales, says UBS
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07:11 EDTJCPOptions expected to be active
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06:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney target upped to $15 after Q1 results at Piper Jaffray
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06:21 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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May 13, 2015
16:39 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney gross margin helped by penetration of private brands
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16:34 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney saw slowdown in late April versus its expectations
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16:28 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 free cash flow breakeven
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16:26 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 gross margin 36.4%
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16:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney narrows FY15 SSS view to up 4%-5% from up 3%-5%
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16:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q1 EPS (57c), consensus (77c)
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15:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May 9 straddle priced for 8.2% movement into Q1
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15:04 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: J.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (77c) on revenue of $2.87B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (96c)-(61c) on revenue of $2.78B-$2.92B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported fourth adjusted earnings per share of breakeven against estimates for 11c, on revenue of $3.89B against estimates for $3.87B. Comparable store sales were up 4.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 SSS up 3%-5% and said it expected gross margin to improve 50 to 100 basis points versus 2014 and free cash flow to be flat. On its Q4 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected Q1 sales to be impacted less than 1% due to the West Coast port slowdown. NEWS: On March 17, AdAge said Chief Marketing Officer Debra Berman would leave the company immediately. Later that day, Bloomberg reported that General Cousnel Janet Dhillon would also leave the company, which was confirmed by J.C. Penney on March 20. On April 28, J.C. Penney appointed Mary Beth West as executive vice president and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, effective June 1. In an April regulatory filing, J.C. Penney said it became aware that a senior company official "inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%." The company said it expects Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%, which takes into account the shift of Easter into March. The retailer said it would introduce Sephora to 25 additional stores starting on May 1. In April, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters warning J.C. Penney and other retailers that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of J.C. Penney's Q4 results, Deutsche Bank said J.C. Penney remained a "show me story" until liquidity is improved. Craig-Hallum said J.C. Penney's 2015 gross margin outlook supports its view the company's 2017 financial targets are "unattainable." In March, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8 and said management expressed confidence in the company’s ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Baird said J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing," but believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are up over 7.45%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, J. C. Penney is down 2.5% to $8.66.
May 12, 2015
16:33 EDTCRMSalesforce, Sage announce strategic partnership, new small business platform
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16:01 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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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%.
11:37 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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06:02 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 64 at upper end of index
May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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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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