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January 15, 2014
11:36 EDTDTLK, EMC, SYMC, NTAPDatalink 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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September 19, 2014
05:58 EDTEMCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; EMC BWP
Stocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; EMC (EMC) 22, Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) 35 according to iVolatility.
September 18, 2014
12:58 EDTEMCEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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07:23 EDTDTLKCraig-Hallum to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
09:05 EDTEMCEMC selects ADP for human capital management
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September 15, 2014
18:25 EDTSYMCFinjan Holdings provides update on Federal Circuit Ruling in patent case
Finjan Holdings (FNJN) provides an update on the case Finjan, Inc. v. Symantec Corp. (SYMC), Websense (WBSN), Inc., Sophos. This patent infringement suit dates back to a legacy litigation filed on July 12, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Symantec Corp., Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc., et al. During this time, two of the five defendants settled; for the three remaining defendants, Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc., and Symantec Corp., the verdict resulted in a finding of invalidity of certain asserted claims of Finjan's patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,092,194 and 6,480,962, and non-infringement of same, against the three parties. Finjan's Appeal Brief was filed on December 10, 2013, and the Oral Argument was heard on September 9, 2014. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision, affirming the District Court's prior ruling with no opinion, citing Federal Circuit Rule 36. Rule 36 findings by the Court do not provide any additional insight or context into the Court's decision in the case. This CAFC ruling was the most recent outcome in the process to reverse the lower Court's finding of invalidity on claims in the two patents. The two patents in question are not at issue in any of six currently pending cases in the Northern District of California, including three separate actions involving the three remaining parties in the appeal, noted previously. "While we are disappointed with the Panel's finding, we continue to believe in the Court's ability to adjudicate complicated issues in patent cases," commented Julie Mar-Spinola, VP Legal Operations of Finjan. "The two patents in question represent a small number – two of twenty –currently involved in our licensing and enforcement program related to Finjan's pioneering cybersecurity related technologies." Finjan has also filed patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye, Inc., Blue Coat, Inc., Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc. and Symantec Corp. relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. The company will continue to provide timely updates of important events relating to these matters on an on-going basis.
09:59 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:19 EDTEMC, NTAPSNIA to hold a conference
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06:06 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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September 11, 2014
14:16 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
13:37 EDTEMCEMC not considering VMware stake sale, Reuters says
EMC (EMC) is not exploring a sale of its majority stake in VMware (VMW), a source familiar with the parent company's thinking told Reuters, refuting an earlier New York Post report that EMC had relented to pressure from Paul Singer's Elliott Management and was weighing an exit from its VMware stake. Reference Link
13:36 EDTEMCEMC sale of VMware stake would be sub-optimal, says Wells Fargo
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13:20 EDTEMCEMC not considering selling VMware stake, Reuters reports
11:17 EDTEMCEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:41 EDTEMCEMC volatility at low end of historic range
EMC September call option implied volatility is at 18, October is at 20, November is at 21, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on UBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC.
10:30 EDTEMCUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:07 EDTEMCEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
07:24 EDTSYMCSymantec coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
Target $24.
September 9, 2014
07:05 EDTEMCEMC Corporation to hold a summit
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05:36 EDTEMCVMware, Capgemini announce strategic partnership
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTEMCNimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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