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February 12, 2014
10:42 EDTNTAP, CSOD, CRM, WDAYCornerstone OnDemand weak after results, analysts remain upbeat
Shares of cloud computing company Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) are dropping after the company reported in-line revenue and lower than expected profit. A number of analysts, however, were upbeat about the company following its results. WHAT'S NEW: Cornerstone OnDemand, which provides cloud-based management talent management solutions, reported a fourth quarter earnings per share loss, excluding some items, of 3c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 0c. The company provided slightly lower than expected first quarter revenue guidance, and its fiscal 2014 profit guidance came in significantly below expectations. On the other hand, the company's fiscal 2014 revenue guidance was ahead of the consensus outlook. Cornerstone stated that its momentum remains strong, noting that its bookings jumped 51% last quarter, versus the same period a year earlier. The company added that it had been able to significantly grow its sales to midmarket companies last year, while expanding its service into new industries, such as automotive, energy, and consumer products. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Pacific Crest analyst Brendan Barnicle wrote that Cornerstone's billing growth should enable the company to grow over the long-term. Moreover, the company's decision to increase investments in its business seem warranted, added the analyst. He increased his price target on the stock to $60 from $55 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Also upbeat on Cornerstone was JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens. Cornerstone's revenue guidance was "solid," and its "rapid growth" can continue, wrote the analyst, who hiked his price target on the shares to $70 from $56 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that provide cloud-based solutions include Workday (WDAY), (CRM), and NetApp (NTAP). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Cornerstone fell 64c, or 1.1%, to $57.70.
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November 18, 2015
16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q2 EPS 61c, consensus 57c
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14:49 EDTCRMEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
14:47 EDTNTAPNetApp November 31 straddle priced for 8.6% movement into Q2
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14:38 EDTNTAP, CRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Salesforce (CRM), consensus 19c... L Brands (LB), consensus 52c... (CTRP), consensus 9c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 57c... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), consensus 71c.
14:23 EDTCRMSalesforce technical comments ahead of earnings
The stock is trading relatively close to lifetime highs ahead of earnings. The trend has been strongly bullish since January 2012, with price having recently tested near the $80 area, the life high is at $79.82. If the news is a positive surprise, a breakout above the $80 area seems probable, opening up a run to the $85 level. If the news is a bearish disappointment, there is significant support at the $75 area. If that breaks, next support below would be at $73.08 and then at $71.05.
14:13 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:47 EDTCRMSalesforce November 77 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q3
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08:16 EDTCRMSalesforce volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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05:37 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM BBY
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November 17, 2015
15:43 EDTCRMStutz leaving Microsoft to join Salesforce, Re/code reports
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13:22 EDTNTAPJPMorgan cautious on NetApp into earnings, cuts target to $25
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10:00 EDTCSODKronos and Cornerstone OnDemand announce strategic global alliance
Kronos Incorporated and Cornerstone OnDemand nnounced that the companies have formed a strategic global alliance. As part of a strategic global alliance, Kronos and Cornerstone will collaborate on new business opportunities involving Cornerstone's unified talent management platform and Kronos' global workforce management solutions as well as develop integrations to create a seamless experience for customers while enabling the sharing of data and valuable insights between systems.
05:24 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM HD
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November 16, 2015
08:12 EDTNTAPNetApp volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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05:30 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
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November 13, 2015
08:37 EDTCRMSalesforce volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Salesforce November call option implied volatility is at 74, December is at 45, January is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 60, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
08:00 EDTWDAYWorkday price target raised to $90 ahead of earnings at Stephens
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05:24 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ODP CRM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Office Depot (ODP) 108, Salesforce (CRM) 48 according to iVolatility.
November 12, 2015
11:17 EDTWDAYWorkday volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 11, 2015
11:57 EDTCRMStocks with call strike movement; CRM HAL
Salesforce (CRM) February 90 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 34, Halliburton (HAL) March 42 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 34 according to iVolatility.
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