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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTCSCO, JNPR, ANET, MSFTEarnings 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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January 23, 2015
08:07 EDTMSFTU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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January 22, 2015
17:25 EDTJNPRStarbucks names Kevin Johnson as COO
On January 22, Starbucks (SBUX) announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and COO. Johnson ceased membership on all Starbucks board committees prior to his appointment as president and COO. He will remain a member of the Starbucks board of directors, which he joined in March 2009, and is expected to start in his new role effective March 1. Johnson, currently a non-employee director of the company, served as CEO of Juniper Networks (JNPR) from September 2008 to December 2013.
14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
11:32 EDTCSCO, JNPRF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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08:57 EDTCSCOIxia slides after Oracle unveils Virtual Compute Appliance X5
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08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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05:53 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $33 from $26 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Cisco to $33 saying it is more positive on shares after its 2015 survey of chief investment officers indicated managements expect to increase their budgets on Switching, Routing, WLAN and Security. Piper believes Cisco is well positioned for increased spending and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. The networking giant closed yesterday down 23c to $27.84.
January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
17:00 EDTCSCOCisco down 1.4% after Oracle's Ellison says VCA cheaper than Cisco product
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16:58 EDTCSCOOracle introduces Virtual Compute Appliance, Bloomberg reports
Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison says Virtual Compute Appliance is half the price of equivalent Cisco (CSCO) hardware, added Bloomberg, citing comments from an event at Oracle headquarters.
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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