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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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October 23, 2014
08:17 EDTSYMCIDC says IBM should look at Symantec info-management unit, Bloomberg reports
Analysts have said acquisitions would be a better use of IBM's (IBM) cash than share repurchases and IDC Corp. pointed to Symantecís (SYMC) information-management division and cloud-storage provider Box as two logical options, reported Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTNTAP, EMCCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
09:15 EDTEMCEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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08:42 EDTEMCEMC says approach to shareholders returns in FY15 will be 'aggressive'
Comment from Q3 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTEMCVCE to become an EMC company
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07:12 EDTDTLKDatalink coverage assumed with a Buy at Needham
Target $14.
06:59 EDTEMCEMC expects to repurchase aggregate of $3B in FY14
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06:58 EDTEMCEMC sees FY14 EPS $1.90, consensus $1.91
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06:55 EDTEMCEMC reports Q3 EPS 44c, consensus 46c
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06:44 EDTSYMCU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTEMCEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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18:06 EDTEMCEMC to hold press conference on 'new' development tomorrow, Bloomberg says
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16:02 EDTDTLKDatalink sees Q4 adjusted EPS 27c-32c, consensus 32c
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16:02 EDTDTLKDatalink reports Q3 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus 19c
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15:35 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:37 EDTEMCEMC October weekly 27.5 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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14:34 EDTEMCEarnings 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 EMCís 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 EMCís 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.
October 20, 2014
09:59 EDTEMCEMC weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 29, December is at 26, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
08:34 EDTDTLKDatalink sees Q3 EPS 18c-19c, consensus 19c
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08:32 EDTDTLKDatalink acquires Bear Data Solutions for $18.5M
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