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August 14, 2014
12:31 EDTCSCO, JNPRCisco 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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October 13, 2014
07:23 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
10:09 EDTJNPRJuniper falls after earnings warning, levels to watch
Shares are down over 6% to $19.68 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $19 and then at $18.56. Resistance is at $20.49.
09:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTJNPRJuniper results could rebound in 2015, says Wells Fargo
After Juniper negatively preannounced its Q3 results, Wells Fargo thinks improved carrier spending, continued enterprise share gains and restructuring efforts could enable the company's results to improve in 2015. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $25-$27 from $28-$30. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:27 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $27 from $29 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Juniper to $27 from $29 following the company's negative pre-announcement. The company cited lower than anticipated U.S. demand and UBS believes the downside earnings risk is limited by lower operating expenses and lower variable compensation. UBS maintains its Buy rating on Juniper.
07:03 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $25 from $29.50 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Juniper after the company lowered its Q3 guidance. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
October 9, 2014
18:47 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Helen of Troy (HELE), up 3%... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up marginally after reporting second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP), up 19.2% after announcing settlement agreement resolving patent litigation on AMITIZA... Civeo (CVEO), up 15% after Greenlight Capital reported a 9.99% stake in the company... EXCO Resources (XCO), up 10.6% after T. Boone Pickens says that company approached by buyers, reported by Bloomberg... EXACT Sciences (EXAS), up 3.7% after announcing final national coverage determination for Cologuard... US Ecology (ECOL), up 2.5% following announcement that it will replace Measurement Specialties (MEAS) in S&P 600. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Procera Networks (PKT), down 19.3%... Sizmek (SZMK), down 13.9% following third quarter revenue guidance... VOXX International (VOXX), down 12.5%... Knowles (KN), down 8.1% after lowering third quarter guidance... Microchip (MCHP), down 8.2% after lowering second quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 3.6% after lowering third quarter outlook. ALSO LOWER: GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), down 23.3% following a Bloomberg report that it will as to wind down sapphire operations.
16:20 EDTJNPRJuniper down 5% after lowering Q3 outlook
16:17 EDTJNPRJuniper reports preliminary Q3 adjusted EPS 34c-36c, consensus 38c
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13:39 EDTCSCOCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTCSCOCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
07:38 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
As noted earlier, MKM Partners downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy. The firm thinks that the bull case on the stock is too centered on cost cuts and low valuation, and not enough on the company's growth outlook. MM Partners also believes that the service provider router market faces numerous overhangs. Target $24.
07:10 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
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