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January 15, 2014
11:36 EDTSYMC, EMC, NTAP, DTLKDatalink 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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January 26, 2015
11:43 EDTEMCEMC to release Q4 results on January 29
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January 22, 2015
09:46 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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08:57 EDTEMCIxia slides after Oracle unveils Virtual Compute Appliance X5
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January 21, 2015
09:02 EDTEMCSciQuest names Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer
SciQuest (SQI) announced that EMC (EMC) executive Beth Hendriks will be joining the company as its new chief technology officer. In this role, she will be responsible for enhancing the breadth and depth of the SciQuest Spend Management Suite while accelerating technology and user experience innovation. Hendriks joins SciQuest from EMC, where she served as senior director of engineering.
January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTNTAPHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:44 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTNTAPHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
January 12, 2015
18:24 EDTSYMCSymantec acquires staff, licenses from Boeing's Narus, WSJ reports
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11:08 EDTEMCEMC says Elliott agrees to certain limited standstill provisions through Sept.
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