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August 18, 2014
11:05 EDTTGT, URBN, CRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CRM URBN TGT
News For CRM;URBN;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
13:57 EDTCRMWorkday rises after being called 'better' buyout target for Microsoft
Workday (WDAY) shares are inching higher this afternoon after The Information said the company is "the better [acquisition] choice" for Microsoft (MSFT), were the tech giant to pursue an entry into customer and employee tracking software. WHAT'S NEW: The Information's Steve Nellis today said that while both "Salesforce (CRM) and Workday have enough revenue momentum to help Microsoft become a major seller" in the customer relationship/human capital management space, Workday is the "better choice for several reasons, including the fact that Salesforce’s products feel dated." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's report from The Information comes after Salesforce was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital. Among other factors, Brean identifies Salesforce's product improvements as a positive for the company. Steve Nellis does not appear convinced, saying Workday has the edge in products. The upward move follows speculative reports and rumors in recent months that Microsoft has eyed a Salesforce takeover. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Workday are up about 1% to $77.41 this afternoon, while Salesforce has risen just under 0.5%.
12:14 EDTCRMWorkday should be bought by Microsoft, The Information's Nellis says
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11:19 EDTCRMBrean Capital ups Salesforce citing improved revenue outlook
Research firm Brean Capital upgraded Salesforce.com (CRM) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors today, saying that the company is poised to obtain more revenue from its marketing and services products. Additionally, Salesforce should benefit from its newer products and the increased integration of its offerings, the firm contended. WHAT'S NEW: Pent-up demand for better ad management tools will drive sales of Salesforce's marketing products, according to Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian. Meanwhile, the company's service cloud offerings will generate more revenue due to changes in customer service trends, Hindlian believes. Additionally, Salesforce's new products and the increased integration of its clouds will enable it sell all of its offerings more effectively, boosting its overall revenue and margins, she contended. Following the release of its newer products, Salesforce provides better coverage of the entire customer lifecycle, increasing its ability to sell all of its systems together, the analyst explained. Hindlian raised her fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 estimates for the company slightly above consensus levels, and set an $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), Zendesk (ZEN) and LivePerson (LPSN). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Salesforce dropped 0.7% to $68.69.
10:00 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:30 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital
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July 1, 2015
09:46 EDTTGTCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
June 30, 2015
12:59 EDTCRMSalesforce management to meet with UBS
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June 28, 2015
16:00 EDTCRMFormer Salesforce CFO Graham Smith to depart June 30
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12:47 EDTCRMTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apogee Enterprises (APOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... China Cord Blood (CO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Citizens Financial (CFG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Insight Enterprises (NSIT) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Target (TGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
07:40 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital downgraded Target to Market Perform citing near-term leadership uncertainty at a time when shares are trading near 52 week and all-time highs. BMO Capital's analyst said it was surprised by the announcement that Kathee Tesija, EPV and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer will transition into an advisory role but does not view it as a disagreement in strategic direction.
June 25, 2015
09:03 EDTTGTTarget: Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer to move to advisory role
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08:26 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Evercore ISI
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Minneapolis on June 29 hosted by Evercore ISI.

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