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April 9, 2014
10:33 EDTCTCT, MKTO, ORCLConstant Contact surges after preliminary Q1 revenue beats consensus
Shares of marketing tools maker Constant Contact (CTCT) are surging after the company reported preliminary first quarter revenue that exceeded analysts' projection. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Constant Contact reported that it expected first quarter revenue to be between $78.7M-$78.8M, while analysts consensus view was $77.34M. The company raised its FY14 revenue guidance to approximately $330M, while analysts consensus had been just above $323M. Constant Contact, which had previously seen FY14 revenue growth of more than 13%, said its current revenue guidance of $330M represents more than 15.5% year-over-year revenue growth. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Constant Contact's conference call, the company said that its better-than-expected first quarter revenue growth resulted from a strong performance from each of its growth levers, which include new customer additions, ARPU and retention. The company said it added 50K gross customers and 10K net new customers in the first quarter. Looking ahead to the balance of FY14, Constant Contact said it expects that the gains in the first quarter will flow through the remainder of the year. The company noted that the increase of its FY14 revenue guidance represents a new baseline with opportunities for further gains over the course of the year. In the coming weeks, Constant Contact also said it is planning to launch Toolkit, which is a new integrated business platform offering to small businesses that had previously only been available to larger enterprises. ANALYSTS REACTION: Dougherty upgraded Constant Contact today following the better than anticipated preliminary first quarter results that the company announced yesterday, taking its rating on the shares up to Hold from its prior Sell rating. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Constant Contact rose 27.5% to $27.95. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of marketing software and solutions include Marketo (MKTO) and Responsys, which was recently acquired by Oracle (ORCL).
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October 24, 2014
13:20 EDTCTCTConstant Contact reported strong Q3 results, says Barrington
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October 23, 2014
16:26 EDTCTCTConstant Contact sees approximately 17% revenue growth in FY15
16:26 EDTCTCTConstant Contact raises FY14 EPS view to $1.04-$1.05 from about $1.02
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16:24 EDTCTCTConstant Contact sees Q4 EPS 30c-32c, consensus 32c
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16:23 EDTCTCTConstant Contact reports Q3 EPS 36c, consensus 33c
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTMKTOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:20 EDTMKTOMarketo sees FY14 EPS (74c)-(76c), consensus (91c)
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16:18 EDTMKTOMarketo seees Q4 EPS (24c) -(26c), consensus (30c)
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16:17 EDTMKTOMarketo reports Q3 EPS (14c), consensus (25c)
Reports Q3 revenue $39.3M, consensus $37.45M.
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings 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.
06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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October 17, 2014
08:17 EDTMKTOMarketo should be owned into year end, says JMP Securities
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October 14, 2014
09:12 EDTCTCTConstant Contact partners with vCita
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