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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTMSFT, CSCO, JNPR, ANETEarnings 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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March 17, 2015
07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
March 16, 2015
10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
07:32 EDTMSFT, CSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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March 13, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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08:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $48 from $58 at Pacific Crest
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07:49 EDTMSFTVideo game hardware sales up 10% in February, software up 7%, Game Informer says
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06:03 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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05:54 EDTMSFTIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:56 EDTMSFTIDC lowers PC outlook for 2015, says long-term outlook slightly improved
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14:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reiterated as an Underperform following Intel warning at BofA/Merrill
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14:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits session lows following Intel warning, levels to watch
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13:06 EDTMSFTHP rises fractionally despite Barclays downgrade, Intel guidance cut
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12:29 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nationís M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banksí new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinsonís disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft drops after Intel cuts Q1 revenue outlook on PC weakness
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07:51 EDTMSFTAlibaba hiring for cloud computing in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) has begun hiring cloud computing professionals in Seattle and Silicon Valley, reports Reuters, citing postings on LinkedIn. Reuters notes that recruiters in the region suggested Alibaba is "eyeing staff," particularly developers, at Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and Facebook (FB). According to LinkedIn data, Alibaba has already hired 20 former Microsoft employees. Reference Link
07:19 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
U.S. Software Conference is being held in New York on March 12.
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