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May 15, 2014
11:53 EDTCSCO, FLEX, JBL, AVGO, BRCM, CAVM, APH, TELCisco rallies after results top expectations
Shares of networking equipment giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) are advancing after the company's third quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Cisco reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 51c and revenue of $11.5B, topping expectations of 48c and $11.38B, respectively. The company forecast Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c, compared to consensus of 51c. Q4 revenue was seen decreasing 1%-3% from the prior year, which represents sequential growth of 4%-6%, versus consensus $11.77B. For FY14, adjusted EPS was forecast at the high end of the $1.95-$2.05 range, versus consensus $1.99. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jafray raised its price target on Cisco to $26 from $24 and kept an Overweight rating on the shares, saying it expected little downside risk in Cisco shares after the company's Q3 results beat expectations. Another firm, Bernstein, said the bear case on Cisco appears to be wrong, saying that the company is already showing signs of recovery. The firm expects the stock to be boosted by a pronounced recovery in IT spending and improved sentiment towards the name, with both likely occurring in the second half. Bernstein reiterated its $30 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. On the contrary, Citigroup said Cisco continues to have long-term structural issues despite its "strong" Q3 results. Citi still believes Cisco will lose market share in data center switching and routing amid mounting competitive pressures and kept a Sell rating on the stock with an $18 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: RBC Capital said it believes that Cisco's results and guidance bode well for the company's key supply chain partners, such as Flextronics (FLEX), Jabil Circuit (JBL), Amphenol (APH) and TE Connectivity (TEL). Oppenheimer thinks that Cisco's strong enterprise results have positive implications for Avago (AVGO), Broadcom (BRCM), and Cavium (CAVM). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Cisco rose $1.52, or 6.7%, to $24.33 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up about 15% over the past twelve months.
News For CSCO;FLEX;JBL;AVGO;BRCM;CAVM;APH;TEL From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
16:52 EDTBRCMBroadcom reports Q3 adjusted product gross margin 54.3%
16:39 EDTBRCMBroadcom sees Q4 GAAP revenue about $2B-$2.15B, consensus $2.11B
Sees Q4 non-GAAP gross margin 55%, plus or minus 75bps.
16:28 EDTJBLJabil Circuit files automatic mixed securities shelf
16:27 EDTBRCMBroadcom up over 4% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
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16:09 EDTBRCMBroadcom sees Q4 GAAP product gross margin 53% plus or minus 75bps
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16:08 EDTBRCMBroadcom CEO says delivered record quarterly revenue in Q3
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16:05 EDTBRCMBroadcom reports Q3 adjusted EPS 91c, consensus 84c
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15:35 EDTAPHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTBRCMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
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.
14:19 EDTBRCMBroadcom volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Broadcom October weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, November is at 28, December is at 27, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
14:04 EDTBRCM, AVGOEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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09:07 EDTFLEXFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
07:05 EDTBRCMMicrosemi introduced its new RPF technology
Microsemi (MSCC) introduced at the Broadband World Forum, or BBWF, 2014 its new reverse power feed, or RPF, technology, a critical technology for FTTdp and G.fast deployments. G.fast, the new xDSL standard for 1gbps over copper, has a maximum expected range of 250 meters. Microsemi's RPF for DSL applications demonstrated at BBWF, are designed to be used in conjunction with the VDSL2 and G.fast chipsets from Broadcom (BRCM).
October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:22 EDTAVGOSkyworks Solutions, Cirrus Logic, others higher after Apple reports Q4 results
The following stocks are moving higher in the after hours following Apple's Q4 results: ARM Holdings (ARMH) is up 1.1%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) is higher by 2.2% ,NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.28%,Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is up 2%, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) gains 1.53% and Avago Technologies (AVGO) is up 1.17%.
October 17, 2014
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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October 16, 2014
14:18 EDTAVGOAvago upgraded to Buy with $87 target at Brean Capital
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14:16 EDTAVGOAvago upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital
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