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August 14, 2014
12:31 EDTJNPR, CSCOCisco shares trade lower as company announces 6,000 job cuts
Shares of computer networking and communications company Cisco Systems (CSCO) are trading lower this afternoon after the company announced fourth quarter results, provided first quarter guidanced and announced that it is cutting 8% of its workforce. WHAT'S NEW: Cisco reported better-than-expected Q4 earnings per share of 55c and revenue of $12.4B against estimates of 53c and $12.14B, respectively. Product revenue for the quarter was $9.53B and service revenue came in at $2.8B. The company said cash flow from operations for the quarter was $3.6B compared with $3.2B for the third quarter and $4B for the year-ago period. Looking ahead, Cisco forecast Q1 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c against estimates of 53c and Q1 adjusted operating margin of 27.5%-28.5%. Revenue for the quarter is expected to be flat to up 1%, the company said on its conference call. The revenue consensus estimate for Q1 revenue is $12.08B. Cisco also sees Q1 adjusted gross margin of 61%-62%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chief Executive Officer John Chambers announced a "limited restructuring" across several areas of its business, in which 8% of its workforce, or 6,000 jobs will be cut. The company expects to take a charge of up to $700M in fiscal year 2015 on the restructuring. The company announced in August 2013 that it would cut approximately 4,000 jobs. Chambers said the company said not see emerging markets growth for several quarters. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, Wells Fargo analysts continued to see value in Cisco shares, believing there will be a return to growth likely in Q1 and said that the company's guidance is "conservative." The firm cut its fiscal year 2015 EPS estimate to $2.19 from $2.26, and introduced its fiscal year 2016 EPS estimate of $2.33. Piper Jaffray was also positive on Cisco shares, saying the company is making good strides with cost controls and capital allocation. It seems an attractive dividend yield and a share buyback will provide little downside risk. Citigroup analysts, meanwhile, believes that "at best," Cisco remains a flat to low-single-digit grower with little upside to operating margin and stable GM, although the company is managing the headwinds "as best as it can." The firm also fears that the switch rebound cycle that is driving U.S. enterprise and commercial will have run its course by the time service provider and emerging markets begin to grow. PRICE ACTION: In intra-day trading, shares of Cisco dropped 67c, or 2.62%, to $24.54. OTHERS TO WATCH: Cisco’s competitor Juniper Networks (JNPR) is down almost 2% to $23.15.
News For CSCO;JNPR From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
09:02 EDTCSCOA10 Networks announces collaboration with Cisco
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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.
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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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.
January 15, 2015
13:07 EDTCSCO, JNPRNetworking trends seen as boon for Cisco, others
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06:27 EDTCSCOIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 13, 2015
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:46 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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06:52 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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January 12, 2015
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:21 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded Juniper to Neutral based on valuation and low visibility for service provider spending. Price target remains $23.
06:28 EDTCSCOCisco positioned for better than expected quarter, says Deutsche Bank
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