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April 9, 2014
10:33 EDTCTCT, ORCL, MKTOConstant 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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May 28, 2015
11:17 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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05:53 EDTORCLObama administration urges justices not to hear Google-Oracle case, WSJ says
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May 27, 2015
14:47 EDTORCLAnalysts debate Workday after post-earnings selloff
Last night's results and guidance from Workday (WDAY) prompted a selloff in the stock a several cautious notes from research firms. However, multiple analysts remain bullish on the company and see strong prospects hidden behind the "relatively conservative" guidance. WHAT'S NEW: After the market close on Tuesday, Workday reported first quarter losses per share of (2c) on revenues of $251M, both of which beat consensus estimates. However, the company's second quarter revenue guidance of $270M-$274M bracketed the consensus forecast of about $272M. ANALYST REACTIONS: Brean Capital's Sarah Hindlian noted that traders were likely disappointed by the lack of major client announcements for Workday's FMS product, but said she believes FMS will be successful in the long term. Hindlian added that she expects Workday to become a "clear winner" eventually, but warned of a significant correction in the stock and noted that "significant" R&D spending is required before the company can capture the full market and she reiterates a Hold rating on the stock. Jefferies' John DiFucci and Brad Zelnick were less hopeful, saying the company's 31% billings growth versus 69% last year reflects "very aggressive" competition from Oracle (ORCL) and SAP (SAP), which could signal lessened momentum for Workday. The firm believes renewals may be a bright spot for the company going forward, but kept a Hold rating on the stock and cut its price target to $92 from $99 on the shares. Wells Fargo's Jason Maynard said the company's "relatively conservative" guidance is likely due to some lag in large deal signings as well as a relatively slow acceleration in Europe. The firm lowered its price target to $105-$110 from $110-$120, but remained optimistic on Workday, citing "extremely strong" renewals, new client wins in human capital management, and a maturing financial product. Richard Davis and David Hynes from Canaccord lowered Workday's price target to $100 from $110, but nevertheless said they believe the company faces a "decade of growth." The firm was not surprised at the recent selloff and recommended using weakness in the stock price to fill out investment positions in Workday. PRICE ACTION: Workday is down over 10% to about $83 per share in afternoon trading. Oracle and SAP are up roughly 1.8% and 1%, respectively.
06:27 EDTORCLUS administration backs Oracle in Google case, Financial Times reports
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05:20 EDTORCLJefferies cuts Workday price target on moderating growth
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May 26, 2015
20:47 EDTMKTODA Davidson to hold a conference
7th Annual 1:1 Technology Forum is being held in New York on May 27 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 8:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:38 EDTORCLMicrosoft buying Salesforce 'makes a lot of sense,' says Piper Jaffray
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May 21, 2015
08:15 EDTORCLSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:37 EDTORCLOracle to cut 40% of industry solutions team, Business Insider reports
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May 20, 2015
09:14 EDTCTCTJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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05:57 EDTORCLSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTORCLSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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May 17, 2015
16:50 EDTORCLWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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