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January 7, 2013
18:26 EDTIBM, BX, DELLDell corporate strategy VP leaves company for Blackstone, Reuters reports
David Johnson, senior VP for corporate strategy at Dell (DELL), is leaving the company for a position at Blackstone Group (BX), according to a Reuters report. The report notes Johnson oversaw $10B in acquisitions at Dell after joining the company from IBM (IBM) in 2009. Reference Link
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October 7, 2015
14:01 EDTBXBlackstone in $39M settlement pact with SEC over fee disclosure
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39M to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers obtained from accelerated monitoring fees and discounts on legal fees. Nearly $29M of the settlement will be distributed to affected fund investors. Reference Link
06:10 EDTBXBlackstone says 'bullish' on New York and Miami, The Independent reports
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October 6, 2015
15:25 EDTIBMAmazon cloud announcement unlikely to sink Splunk, analysts say
Amazon (AMZN) appears to be signaling an expanded presence in cloud-based data analytics, sending shares of incumbents in the space lower and prompting several analysts to weigh in on the e-commerce giant's potential impact. AMAZON CLOUD: Amazon is expected to announce a new "big data" analytics addition to Amazon Web Services, according to an October 4 Wall Street Journal report. The article follows the launch last week of Amazon Elasticsearch, adding further data crunching capabilities to the company's cloud computing platform. Commenting on the news, William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri said that Splunk (SPLK) investor concerns over Amazon are overblown. Elasticsearch is likely to remain primarily a document search platform rather than a direct competitor to Splunk's offerings, while Amazon's expected analytics announcement looks more likely to challenge Tableau (DATA) and Qlik (QLIK), the analyst argues. Meanwhile, FBR analyst Daniel Ives said that a tangential move into the data analytics space "makes a ton of strategic and financial sense" for Amazon, as the market is only about 10% penetrated despite aggressive expansion from Microstrategy (MSTR), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP), and others. That said, Ives cautioned that Amazon's ability to again disrupt the cloud space with this latest entry appear limited in the near term, with many companies already showing preference for pure-play analytics firms. Amazon may ultimately have to make a larger acquisition by picking up a Qlik, Tableau, or Splunk to gain traction, the analyst contended. PRICE ACTION: Splunk shares are down fractionally in afternoon trading after some earlier volatility, while Tableau and Qlik are showing respective losses of roughly 3.14% and 1.86%.
07:24 EDTBXbloomberg to hold a summit
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October 5, 2015
09:36 EDTIBMIBM agrees to acquire Cleversafe
IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe, a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. The acquisition aims to strengthen IBM's leadership positions in storage and hybrid cloud and support clients' drive to next generation mobile, social and analytics applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Once the deal closes, IBM will integrate the Cleversafe portfolio into its IBM Cloud business unit to give clients strategic data flexibility, simplified management, and consistency with on-premise, cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment options.
07:19 EDTIBMOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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October 2, 2015
09:38 EDTIBMIBM set to test 52-week low
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07:15 EDTBXBlackstone's Gray: Bearish market to lead to REIT takeovers, Bloomberg says
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October 1, 2015
19:15 EDTBXJPMorgan preparing $18B bid for U.K. mortgage pool, Bloomberg says
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13:37 EDTBXBerry Plastics completes purchase of AVINTIV for $2.45B
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08:03 EDTBXBlackstone completes spin-off of PJT Partners
Blackstone (BX) and PJT Partners (PJT) announced the successful completion of the previously announced spin-off of Blackstone's financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization advisory services and Park Hill Group businesses, which have been combined with PJT Capital LP, a global independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman, to form an independent, publicly traded company called PJT Partners. Blackstone common unitholders of record as of the close of business on September 22, 2015 received one share of Class A common stock of PJT Partners for every 40 common units of Blackstone held on the record date. The spin-off has been structured to be tax-free to Blackstone's common unitholders for U.S. Federal income tax purposes, except to the extent of any gain or loss recognized by a common unitholder as a result of any cash received in lieu of fractional shares. Common unitholders are urged to consult their tax advisors with respect to U.S. federal, state, local and non-U.S. tax consequences of the spin-off.
September 30, 2015
13:17 EDTIBMIBM, Box announce four solutions under strategic partnership.
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11:29 EDTIBMAnalyst says key tech trend positive for EMC, negative for IBM
The adoption of platform-as-a-service will accelerate, creating more positive opportunities for EMC (EMC) and posing challenges for IBM (IBM), research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The growth of PaaS will accelerate because the technology enables faster and cheaper development of apps, while the proliferation of mobile apps and the increased digitization of businesses will lead to greater adoption, Jefferies analyst James Kisner stated. PaaS usage will "explode" as companies leverage apps, becoming software makers in some ways, predicted Kisner, who noted that tech research firm IDC expects the number of apps to jump 1000% in three years. EMC's Pivotal business, which enables enterprises to analyze data produced by cloud infrastructure, could be significant as app usage surges, according to Kisner. Conversely, 50% of IBM's profits are generated by middleware that "is likely to be somewhat cannibalized by PaaS," the analyst believes. The Street's revenue estimates for IBM, which call for a decline of 2% in 2016 and little change in 2017, are overly optimistic, according to Kisner, who kept a Buy rating on EMC and an Underperform rating on IBM. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, EMC rose 2.6% to $23.74 and IBM advanced 2% to $145.34.
09:25 EDTIBMJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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08:03 EDTIBMWest Pharmaceutical appoints Annette Favorite to Chief Human Resources Officer
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September 29, 2015
13:32 EDTIBMIBM to create 120 positions across Ireland, Independent says
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September 28, 2015
16:05 EDTIBMIBM annnounces plans to buy Workday services partner Meteorix
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05:30 EDTIBMIBM expands portfolio of cloud business solutions
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTIBMCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
10:58 EDTBXBlackstone management to meet with Jefferies
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