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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTANET, MSFT, CSCO, JNPREarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
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November 20, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTJefferies says new Microsoft looks like old, starts with Underperform
Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating after the closing bell, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributes the 30% rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock. Microsoft closed the trading day up 48c to $48.70.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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13:28 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not interested in large deals, breaking up company
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06:28 EDTMSFTBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
06:07 EDTCSCOSpherix comments on pending settlement between Cisco, Rockstar Consortium
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November 19, 2014
07:40 EDTMSFT, JNPR, CSCOUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft U.S. suit against Samsung over royalties can proceed, Reuters reports
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07:19 EDTMSFTServer replacement seen coming as Microsoft ends 2003 support, DigiTimes says
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06:31 EDTMSFTISS recommends invsetors vote against Microsoft CEO pay package, WSJ says
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, is recommending shareholders vote against the pay package for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a nonbinding vote at the software company’s December annual meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. ISS criticized a "mega" grant of restricted stock to Nadella, which the firm values at $65M, and said iti s "concerning" that Microsoft plans to grant Nadella additional shares annually. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
12:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid announce alliance
Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology. This alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the experience enjoyed by members and supporters of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices.
07:36 EDTANETUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could spin off Nokia MixRadio, TechCrunch reports
According to sources, Microsoft (MSFT) is considering spinning off Nokia MixRadio, the music streaming service it acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia's (NOK) Devices and Services unit, TechCrunch reports. Microsoft is reportedly seeking investors for Nokia MIxRadio, and the potential spin-off is said to be making "good progress." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid to announce 'significant' partnership, Re/code reports
Microsoft is expected to today announce a "significant" tie-up with Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, Re/code reports. The partnership is likely to be a technology and sponsorship deal. Reference Link
05:49 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MSFT UNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Microsoft (MSFT) 19, United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 57 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 16, 2014
17:10 EDTANETArista Networks growth could slow, Barron's says
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November 14, 2014
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
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