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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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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.
September 16, 2014
11:16 EDTCSCOVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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08:18 EDTCSCOFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:19 EDTCSCOCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 12, 2014
06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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