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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTCSCO, ANET, JNPR, 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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October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTMSFT, CSCOCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
06:08 EDTANETArista Networks expands leaf switch product portfolio
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:31 EDTCSCOCisco namnes Bernadette Wightman President of Cisco Cananda
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco, Sensity Systems announce strategic relationship
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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