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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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February 26, 2015
11:15 EDTCRMStocks with call strike movement; AAPL CRM
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10:19 EDTCRMHigh option volume stocks
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09:35 EDTCRMActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:55 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $75 at Credit Suisse
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07:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Salesforce.com to $80 from $70 following its Q4 report, citing increased guidance, margin expansion, and an increase in large deal transactions. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Salesforce.com shares.
07:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $79 from $70 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Salesforce.com after the company reported in-line results but higher than expected billings. The firm thinks the company's margins are continuing to expand and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com guidance conservative, says Pacific Crest
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07:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Salesforce.com shares to $80 after the company posted 37% constant currency billings growth in Q4. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
06:38 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $78 from $71 at Citigroup
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February 25, 2015
18:24 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce.com FY16 EPS 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce.com sees Q1 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com reports Q4 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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15:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com technical notes ahead of results
Shares have been trading in a range largely bound between $55 at the low and $65 at the high for the last several months. There is a bullish bias within the range. The two extremes of the range may be helpful for understanding where price could go post-earnings. A move up to and above the high at $65 would mean a potential breakout to the 52-week high and life high at $67. That high was set nearly a year ago to date. A breakout above $67 would set up a run to $70. The $70 area would be the top of the long-term price channel, projected forward in time. If the news is not as bullish as traders appear to expect, a move down to the $55 area would be possible. Support prior to that range low is at $58.92, the 50-day moving average, which could be a downside objective on a less severe disappointment. A breakdown below $55 would see next support at $52.74.
15:05 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
14:52 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly 62 straddle priced for 7.2% movement into Q4
07:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 23, 2015
06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Salesforce.com February weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, March is at 35, April is at 33, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on February 25.
February 19, 2015
17:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com CEO sold 125K shares for $7.39M, Barron's says
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