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January 15, 2014
11:36 EDTEMC, NTAP, DTLK, SYMCDatalink soars after raising fourth quarter outlook
Datalink (DTLK), a designer of servers, storage and networks, is one of today's winners after the company raised its fourth quarter outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Datalink raised its fourth quarter profit and revenue outlook. The company raised its Q4 adjusted EPS view to 33c-37c from 24c-30c, compared to consensus of 25c. It also increased its guidance for Q4 revenue to approximately $174M from $160M-$170M, versus expectations of $164.86M. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, research firm Canaccord said Datalink's better than expected results were likely due to a combination of large deals that slipped from the third quarter getting completed this quarter, as well as a recovery for product gross margins. Canaccord also said its believe's Datalink management is focused on making an accretive acquisition in the near term. The firm raised their price target on the stock to $17 from $16 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Datalink soared nearly 27% to $13.80 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up approximately 55%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other stocks in the storage and networks space include EMC Corporation (EMC), Symantec (SYMC), and NetApp (NTAP), all of which are trading higher this morning.
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October 8, 2015
09:03 EDTEMCDell in talks to acquire EMC above $27/share, CNBC's Faber reports
08:40 EDTEMCJPMorgan says EMC buying Dell more likely than reverse
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08:31 EDTNTAP, EMCDell buying EMC not likely, but merger makes sense, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst James Kisner thinks a Dell/EMC combination makes sense with EMC buying Dell or a Dell/EMC merger. However, he thinks EMC going private or Dell buying EMC is not likely given EMC's size and his view that a VMware (VMW) spin out is not likely. If EMC and Dell were to merge, HP Enterprises (HP) could be the "odd man out" and an EMC acquisition of NetApp (NTAP) would be less likely, Kisner tells investors in a research note.
08:14 EDTEMCDell probably can't buy EMC, says Bernstein
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07:53 EDTEMCDell purchase of EMC storage business may be logical, says Oppenheimer
Following media reports that EMC (EMC) and Dell are in talks about a potential deal that could involve Dell buying all of EMC or just its storage business, Oppenheimer says that the latter scenario could be logical. Oppenheimer believes that EMC could use the cash from such a deal to spur the growth of its data and security businesses. The firm is cautious about a full merger between the companies, partly because it believes that such a deal would be difficult to execute, add the low-margin consumer business to EMC, and create more conflicts between EMC and Cisco (CSCO). The firm keeps a $30 price target and Outperform rating on EMC.
07:36 EDTEMCEMC looking to sell VNX data storage business to Dell, Re/code reports
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06:59 EDTEMC, NTAPEMC, Dell deal could boost infrastructure valuations, says William Blair
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06:09 EDTEMCEMC volatility up into report of merger talks with Dell
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05:58 EDTEMCOptions expected to be active: EMC VMW IBM HPQ ORCL AA DB LL
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05:35 EDTEMCMesosphere and EMC announce collaboration to expand DCOS storage
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October 7, 2015
19:22 EDTEMCEMC in merger talks with Dell, WSJ says
Dell and EMC are engaged in merger discussions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. It is unclear if the companies are considering a partial or full takeover of EMC, the Journal adds. Reference Link
19:11 EDTEMCEMC jumps after hours, levels to watch
Shares were last at $28 on light volume, with next resistance at $28.70. The 52-week high is at $30.92. Support is at $27.64. Dow Jones reported that Dell is in merger talks with EMC.
18:59 EDTEMCDell in merger talks with EMC, Dow Jones reports
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October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTSYMCAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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October 1, 2015
13:23 EDTEMCElliott plans to give EMC most of October to respond to demands, Reuters says
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September 30, 2015
11:29 EDTEMCAnalyst 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.
10:33 EDTSYMCBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
09:25 EDTEMCJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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06:12 EDTEMCEMC's Goulden: Breaking off VMware 'wrong thing to do,' Re/code reports
EMC (EMC) president David Goulden said his firm will try to maintain its complex corporate structure amid pressure to spin off its stake in VMware (VMW), Re/code reports. "We believe strongly that breaking up is the wrong thing to do," Goulden said in an interview at Re/code's Code/Enterprise Series event. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
09:31 EDTEMCRe/code to hold a discussion
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