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March 13, 2014
06:15 EDTCMG, EMC, OMC, ESRXOmnicom, Chipotle, EMC sue shareholder activist, WSJ reports
Four firms -- EMC (EMC), Express Scripts (ESRX), Omnicom (OMC) and Chipotle (CMG) -- have sued shareholder activist John Chevedden in recent weeks in a move to block his non-binding proposals from receiving a shareholder vote, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
News For EMC;ESRX;OMC;CMG From The Last 14 Days
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May 28, 2015
07:27 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Buy at Miller Tabak
Miller Tabak upgraded Chipotle to Buy and increased its price target to $725 from $715. The firm said mid-to-high-single-digit same-restaurant sales growth and lower food costs support above-peer earnings growth through 2016 and the recent pullback in shares provides a buying opportunity.
06:20 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak
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May 27, 2015
18:58 EDTCMGChipotle co-CEOs sell 210,075 shares of stock for $132.7M, Barron's says
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07:52 EDTEMCEMC deal has mixed implications, says Oppenheimer
After EMC agreed to buy privately held Virtustream, Oppenheimer says it's positive on Virtustream's high-end cloud workload focus and how it solidifies EMC's hybrid view. However, the firm says that Virtustream is too focused on SAP applications, and it is concerned that the deal could make some of EMC's partners increasingly view it as a competitor. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on EMC.
May 26, 2015
10:38 EDTEMCEMC to expand in cloud with purchase of Virtustream for $1.2B
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08:16 EDTEMCEMC volatility low into acquiring Virtustream in deal valued at $1.2B in cash
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08:15 EDTEMCEMC to host conference call
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08:04 EDTEMCEMC to acquire Virtustream in deal valued at $1.2B in cash
EMC Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC's new managed cloud services business. Virtustream's cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service portfolio will be delivered directly to customers and through partners. EMC Federation service provider partners will receive access to Virtustream's xStream cloud management software platform and be enabled to adopt and deliver their own branded services based upon it. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, is valued at approximately $1.2B, and has been approved by the boards of directors of both EMC and Virtustream and the requisite Virtustream stockholders. The transaction is expected to have no material impact to EMC financial results in 2015 and is expected to be additive to revenues and accretive to EPS in 2016.
08:02 EDTEMCEMC to acquire Virtustream in deal valued at $1.2B in cash
May 21, 2015
11:39 EDTEMCNetApp hits 52-week low after results, outlook miss expectations
Shares of storage company NetApp (NTAP) are falling after the company’s fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday, NetApp reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 65c and revenue of $1.54B, trailing analysts’ consensus estimates of 72c and $1.59B, respectively. The company raised its quarterly dividend 9% to 18c per share. It also announced a “realignment” that will be implemented through the end of 3Q16. As part of the realignment, NetApp expects to reduce worldwide headcount by approximately 500 employees. The company expects to incur aggregate charges of approximately $25M-$35M for employee terminations and other costs associated with the realignment. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q1, NetApp forecast adjusted EPS of 20c-25c and revenue of $1.275B-$1.375B, well below the consensus of 60c and $1.46B, respectively. On the company’s conference call, management said it sees a return to a growth trajectory in second half of FY16. OEM revenue ended at less than 10% of FY15 net revenues and normalized to a level of revenue that the company will no longer discuss separately, management stated, adding that the company is well positioned for the era of cloud computing. They expect to reduce the company’s share count by another 5%, and see operating margins back in range in the second half of the year. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JP Morgan, Cantor, Summit Research and Needham all downgraded NetApp following its Q4 report. JPMorgan went to Underweight on NetApp, citing the "tough" Cluster ONTAP product transition after the company's Q1 revenue guidance missed expectations. The firm cut its price target for shares to $29 from $35. Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White downgraded NetApp to Hold from Buy, citing execution issues with the product transition and secular challenges for the storage market, and cut his price target for shares to $35 from $43. Last night marked the seventh time in eight quarters that NetApp missed estimates, Summit Research noted. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp fell $4.17, or about 12%, to $31.16 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $30.90. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 10% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the in the storage space include EMC Corporation (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
11:08 EDTESRXExpress Scripts management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on May 26 hosted by Jefferies.
09:38 EDTESRXExpress Scripts starting to win some business, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research is hearing Express Scripts won the state of South Carolina business and renewal rates remain strong and on track to achieve guidance of 94%-97%.
May 20, 2015
11:51 EDTESRXExpress Scripts' Medco to pay $7.9M to resolve kickback allegations
Medco Health Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), of Missouri, has agreed to pay the government $7.9M to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced. Medco provides pharmacy benefit management services to clients who receive subsidies under the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy program. The settlement resolves allegations that Medco solicited remuneration from AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, in exchange for identifying Nexium as the “sole and exclusive” proton pump inhibitor on certain of Medco’s prescription drug lists known as formularies. The United States alleged that Medco received some or all of the remuneration from AstraZeneca in the form of reduced prices on the following AstraZeneca drugs: Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil. The United States contended that this kickback arrangement between Medco and AstraZeneca (AZN) violated the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, and thereby caused the submission of false or fraudulent claims for Nexium to the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program. In January 2015, the United States and AstraZeneca reached a $7.9M settlement to resolve kickback allegations arising out of the same conduct. This civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens with knowledge of false claims to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. The lawsuit was filed by former AstraZeneca employees Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, whose share of the settlement has not been determined. The settlement with Medco was the result of a coordinated effort among the Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Delaware and HHS-OIG.
10:00 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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May 19, 2015
16:41 EDTESRXExpress Scripts initiated with a Neutral at Baird
Target $94.
May 18, 2015
07:27 EDTEMCJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTEMCPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTEMCGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:13 EDTEMCThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
11:46 EDTCMGEl Pollo Loco plummets after Q1 comparable restaurant sales growth slows
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