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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.
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February 26, 2015
10:20 EDTCSCORuckus Wireless will be in play if HP acquires Aruba, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum said Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) remains a likely takeout target following reports Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) may acquire competitor Aruba Networks (ARUN). Analyst Tony Stoss said if Hewlett is looking at Aruba, it should absolutely look at Buy rated Ruckus, which would also pressure Cisco (CSCO) to take a hard look at the company. Stoss says Ruckus has superior technology and exposure to the high growth service provider market with numerous catalysts ahead to drive shares higher.
09:04 EDTJNPRJuniper, Canonical form partnership for OpenStack-based cloud solutions
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February 25, 2015
09:53 EDTCSCOCredit Suisse technology analysts hold an analyst/indusr
Analysts provide takeaways from Qualcomm, Cisco and Arista Networks on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
09:25 EDTCSCOCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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February 24, 2015
16:20 EDTJNPRVMware appoints Bask Iyer as Chief Information Officer
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15:46 EDTJNPRJuniper CIO leaving company for same role at VMware, Business Insider says
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15:28 EDTJNPRJuniper to hold an analyst and investor update
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09:02 EDTJNPRJuniper adds 2 directors to board, announces agreement with Elliott
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07:14 EDTJNPRCantor to hold a conference
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February 22, 2015
18:09 EDTCSCOArista Networks shares could be a bargain, Barron's says
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February 17, 2015
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco partners with France to invest $100M in French startups, TechCrunch says
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Monday a partnership with Cisco that will see the company investing $100M in French startups in coming years, reports TechCrunch, citing government statements and remarks by Cisco CEO John Chambers. The partnership also involves collaborating on cybersecurity, "smart" networks and cities, and an education initiative aimed at teaching network infrastructure to 200,000 people. Reference Link
05:52 EDTCSCOSony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link

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