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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTJNPR, ANET, MSFT, CSCOEarnings 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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August 28, 2015
07:17 EDTANET, CSCO, JNPRCoomunication tech stock drop likely a buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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05:52 EDTMSFTTrendforcce expects global tablet shipments to reach 163M units, DigiTimes says
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August 27, 2015
13:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated on wide price movement
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05:53 EDTMSFTIC demand for notebooks picking up, DigiTimes reports
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August 26, 2015
11:12 EDTMSFTNTT Communications launches Multi-Cloud Connect service
Earlier today, NTT Communications Corporation, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT (NTT), announced the launch of Multi-Cloud Connect - an optional feature on NTT Com's Arcstar Universal One that enables enterprises to access third party public cloud services through its high-performance MPLS network for enhanced security and improved connectivity. While enterprise adoption of cloud services continues to accelerate, most of these services are public cloud-based and accessed via the Internet. Inconsistent Internet performance is a major impediment to widespread cloud adoption, especially for MNCs with highly distributed end-users. Multi-Cloud Connect will address these performance issues by connecting the Arcstar Universal One MPLS network directly to public cloud service provider platforms, such as Microsoft (MSFT) Azure and Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, AWS.
11:04 EDTMSFTWindows 10 reaches 75M devices in first month, Bloomberg says
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06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Office for Windows on Sept. 22, Business Insider reports
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August 25, 2015
11:01 EDTMSFTStocks with call strike movement; MSFT BAC
Microsoft (MSFT) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 28, Bank of America (BAC) December 18 call option implied volatility decreased 9% to 29 according to IVolatility.
09:35 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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06:34 EDTMSFTIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2015
12:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland and close Nokia's (NOK) former handset product development unit in Salo, Reuters reports. The cuts are part of Microsoft's plans to cut 7,800 jobs globally. Microsoft will keep open sites in Espoo and Tampere. Reference Link
12:13 EDTCSCO, JNPRBrocade soars after Q3 results top estimates
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10:37 EDTMSFTAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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06:01 EDTMSFTABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTMSFTInterDigital sued by Microsoft for violating antitrust law, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) has filed a lawsuit against InterDigital (IDCC), accusing the company of violating U.S. antitrust law by unfairly licensing its technology, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, is the latest move in the companies' fight over patent licensing. The ITC is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft's smartphones infringe two of InterDigital patents and should be banned from being imported into the U.S. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
14:39 EDTANETEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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13:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could unveil Surface Pro 4 at October event, The Verge reports
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12:32 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up fractionally since last earnings report
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08:02 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
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