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February 13, 2013
13:04 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Expectations high ahead of Cisco's Q2 report
Cisco (CSCO) is set to report Q2 earnings after the market closes on Wednesday, February 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco manufactures and sells IP-based networking products and services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 48c on revenue of $12.06B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 47c-50c on revenue of $11.96B-$12.2B... LAST QUARTER: Cisco reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 48c against estimates for 46c on revenue of $11.9B against estimates for $11.77B. On its Q2 conference call, Cisco said it sees Q2 adjusted EPS 47c-48c on revenue growth of approximately 3.5%-5.5% vs. the same quarter a year ago. In January, Cisco announced it was launching a home security service with AT&T (T) called AT&T Digital Life that will be available in March. On January 23, the company signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Intucell, a mobile network software company, for $475M. On January 24, Cisco announced it was selling its home networking business unit, including the Linksys brand, to Belkin, and terms of the deal were not disclosed... STREET RESEARCH: Street research on Cisco has been generally positive during the quarter, though shares of Cisco were downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan in January. The stock received several positive mentions the day after its Q1 results, including an upgrade to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest. Most recently, Piper Jaffray raised its price target on Cisco yesterday morning to $25 from $22, reiterating their Overweight rating on shares. Piper Jaffray said that it is expecting the company to report solid Q2 results, with its Overweight recommendation centering on an attractive valuation, tight cost controls, and a 3% dividend yield. Stifel Nicolaus also said this week saying that it expects Cisco to report stronger than expected results for Q2, and the firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Cisco have gained more than 24% since the first day of trading following its Q1 report. Shares of Cisco are nearly unchanged in early afternoon trading today ahead of its Q2 report.
News For CSCO From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
18:08 EDTCSCOCisco could jump 50% with spin off, Barron's says
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September 29, 2014
16:10 EDTCSCOCisco closes acquisition of Metacloud, 30 companies added support to Intercloud
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12:31 EDTCSCOIntel hires Christopher Young as general manager of Intel Security
Intel (INTC) introduced cybersecurity executive Christopher Young as Intel’s newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young will join Intel’s management committee and report to Intel President Renée James. Young comes to Intel from Cisco (CSCO), where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the company’s security product business.
08:02 EDTCSCOCisco announces partnership with Equinix
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07:25 EDTCSCOOracle to hold a conference
Open World 2014 to be held in San Francisco on September 28-October 2.
September 28, 2014
20:10 EDTCSCOEMC buyout rumors could be good for VMware, Barron's says
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September 24, 2014
10:58 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not potential acquirer of EMC, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not in merger talks with EMC, Reuters reports
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09:29 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a virtual news conference
Rob Lloyd, President of Cisco's Development & Sales, addresses customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform in Media & Analyst Virtual News Conference to be held on September 29 at 10:30 am. Webcast Link
September 23, 2014
07:23 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in New York on September 23 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTCSCOEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
September 22, 2014
12:50 EDTCSCOEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTCSCOEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 25 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 17, 2014
08:05 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Metacloud
Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in 1Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.

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