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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.
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October 27, 2014
07:38 EDTCSCOCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:30 EDTCSCOInternational Economic Forum of the Americas to hold a forum
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October 24, 2014
11:25 EDTCSCOJuniper falls after Q4 profit outlook trails consensus
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October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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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.
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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