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May 20, 2014
12:59 EDTCRMEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Salesforce.com to beat Q1 expectations
Salesforce.com (CRM) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, May 20 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce.com is a provider of enterprise cloud computer and social enterprise solutions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 10c on revenue of $1.21B. The consensus range is 9c-12c for EPS, and $1.16B-$1.23B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Salesforce.com reported fourth quarter EPS 7c against estimates of 6c on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.13B. The company gave Q1 EPS guidance of 9c-10c and Q1 revenue guidance of $1.21B, as well as fiscal year 2015 EPS guidance of 48c-50c and fiscal year 2015 revenue guidance of $5.25B-$5.3B. Salesforce.com also said its CFO Graham Smith will retire in March 2015. STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Salesforce.com announces new investments in Europe after posting revenue growth of 41% in the continent in FY14. It plans to add more than 500 new jobs across Europe during FY15. The company also announced a new industries strategy aimed at accelerating the company's growth. In recommendations, Pacific Crest said the company's shares should be bought ahead of its Q1 results due to strong sales for the Salesforce 1 platform. The firm added that its Q1 results and guidance are likely to beat expectations. Wedbush also said that Salesforce.com shares are not too high to attract growth-oriented buyers. The company was upgraded at Deutsche Bank, citing recent pullback in shares. Stephens and Oppenheimer said its checks were off to a strong start in FY15 and the company's results are expected to beat consensus expectations. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce.com shares have lost more than 19.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q4 report. In Tuesday afternoon trading ahead of the Q1 report, Salesforce.com shares are trading down fractionally to $52.98.
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October 21, 2014
07:45 EDTCRMMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:40 EDTCRMForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 17, 2014
07:44 EDTCRMSalesforce.com moving in right direction in every way, says Canaccord
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October 16, 2014
07:57 EDTCRMSalesforce president lays out vision for quadrupling revenue, WSJ reports
Salesforce (CRM) president and vice chairman Keith Block outlined his plan to grow the company's annual revenue to $20B at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Block specifically said, “We want to be bigger than SAP.” Block's strategy involves expansion in new product areas, adding new packages of software tailored to a handful of high-value industries, and expanding sales efforts outside of North America, the Journal reported. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTCRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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