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May 12, 2014
06:19 EDTCSCOCisco's Guido Jouret resigns to pursue new opportunity, WSJ reports
Guido Jouret, the VP and general manager of Cisco's Internet of Things unit, has resigned to pursue a new opportunity, the Wall Street Journal reports. His last day at the company is May 16. Rob Soderbery, a senior VP who oversees Cisco¹s enterprise networking and Internet of Things groups, will assume direct leadership of the latter group. Reference Link
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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.
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 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
February 12, 2015
16:57 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, thanks in part to the ceasefire brokered between Russia and Ukraine as well as the ongoing debt discussions between Greece and Eurozone leaders. Another contributor may have been oil prices, which continues to rally from their low point of a couple of weeks ago. The move in stocks was broad based, though the tech-heavy Nasdaq led the way with a gain of about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. When autos and gas components are removed, the core reading was up 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7, versus expectations for 287K first-time claims. Business inventories edged up 0.1% in December, versus expectations for them to grow 0.2%. In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. In Greece, yesterday's Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) dropped $5.53, or 6.43%, to $80.48 after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. American Express CEO Ken Chenault said in a call about the news that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Expedia (EXPE) rose $11.35, or 14.51%, to $89.57 after it agreed to acquire rival Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) for $12 per share. Orbitz shares surged $2.10, or 21.83%, to $11.72 after the deal was announced, while Priceline (PCLN), which be the last big global online travel agency left standing next to Expedia if the deal is approved, advanced $31.89, or 3.01%, to $1,091.95. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was TripAdvisor (TRIP), which rose $15.13, or 22.49%, to $82.40 amid the big deal in its industry and after its own fourth quarter revenue beat analysts' expectations. Also higher after its quarterly report was networking products giant Cisco Systems (CSCO), which rallied $2.53, or 9.39%, to $29.46. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were NetApp (NTAP), which fell $2.90, or 7.28%, to $36.90, and Kellogg (K), which dropped $3.00, or 4.52%, to $63.30. Also lower were shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA), which declined $9.92, or 4.66%, to $202.88 after the electric car maker unexpectedly reported losses for its fourth quarter, delivered fewer vehicles than expected and guided toward a significant increase in spending for the coming year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 110.24, or 0.62%, to 17,972.38, the Nasdaq gained 56.43, or 1.18%, to 4,857.61, and the S&P 500 advanced 19.95, or 0.96%, to 2,088.48.
11:49 EDTCSCOCisco hits 52-week high after Q2 results beat expectations, dividend raised 11%
Shares of networking products company Cisco Systems (CSCO) are rallying after the company's second quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Cisco reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 53c and revenue of $11.94B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 51c and $11.8B, respectively. Cash flows from operations were $2.9B in Q2 versus $2.5B in the prior quarter. The company repurchased about 44M shares of stock in the quarter at an average price of $27.63 per share. John Chambers, Cisco's chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said the company grew revenues 7% and delivered strong EPS growth despite a volatile economic environment. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to the third quarter, Cisco forecast EPS of 51c-53c and revenue growth of 3%-5%, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of of 52c and $12.01B, respectively. On the earnings conference call, Chambers said it is "too early to call a turn" in emerging markets. In addition to the better than expected quarterly earnings, Cisco raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 21c from 19c per share. Chief Financial Officer Kelly Kramer said the company is committed to returning at least 50% of its free cash flow annually. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jaffray said this morning that it sees little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remain fully priced at current levels. Citi continues to view Cisco as a "very low" single-digit grower with no upside to operating margin and tough comps ahead. The firm raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Cisco rose $2.32 or 8.61% to $29.25 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $29.58. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 27% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Cisco’s main competitor in the networking space, Juniper Networks (JNPR), is up 1.5%.
09:22 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), up 13.5%... Cisco Systems (CSCO), up 7.2%... FireEye (FEYE), up 7.7%... GNC (GNC), up 4.8%... NVIDIA (NVDA), up 5.5%... Whole Foods (WFM), up 2.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), up 21.6% after agreeing to be acquired by Expedia (EXPE). Expedia is up 11%... Ballard Power (BLDP), up 8.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street... Verastem (VSTM), up 4.7% after receiving orphan drug designation from FDA VS-5584 in mesothelioma. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Zulily (ZU), down 25.4%... Cabelas (CAB), down 9%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 5.9%.... Baidu (BIDU), down 4.8%... NetApp (NTAP), down 6.5%... Avon Products (AVP), down 3.6%... Tesla (TSLA), down 8.9%... Kellogg (K), down 5.1%... Amber Road (AMBR), down 16%. ALSO LOWER: Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 4.5% after 12M share Secondary priced at $10.25.
07:27 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $34, remains a top pick at SunTrust
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06:29 EDTCSCOFacebook designing own network equipment, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTCSCOCisco shares remain fully priced, says Citigroup
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06:03 EDTCSCOCisco shares have little downside risk, says Piper Jaffray
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