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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTKNDI, AGN, EZPW, ITRI, VMW, EXTR, VRX, EMCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The focus has been on the events in both Israel and Russia, which have pushed earnings into the background for now. The President spoke this morning and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for the Russian separatists to stop tampering with evidence. The losses remain moderate as investors remain concerned about the world stage but are bracing for a number of huge earnings reports this week, including the latest sales figures from Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Verizon (VZ). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. The index has been in positive territory, reflecting above trend growth, since February. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of EMC (EMC) advanced 4% after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), in which it owns an 80% stake. Shares of VMware were down a bit over 1% following the Journal's report... Allergan (AGN) rose about 2% after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 15% after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI), which gained 10% after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country, though domestically-made ones would. Among the noteworthy losers was EZCORP (EZPW), which dropped 12% after it appointed CFO Mark Kuchenrither as its interim CEO and President and its stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti. Also lower were shares of Itron (ITRI), which fell 8% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy, citing its view that meter deployments will not support the stock's current valuation given continued delays and lower than expected margins. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 72.05, or 0.42%, to 17,028.13, the Nasdaq was down 17.99, or 0.41%, to 4,414.15, and the S&P 500 was down 8.27, or 0.42%, to 1,969.95.
News For EMC;VMW;AGN;VRX;ITRI;KNDI;EXTR;EZPW From The Last 14 Days
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May 27, 2015
16:59 EDTVRXFDA approves Salix-marketed Xifaxan
The FDA approved Viberzi and Xifaxan, two new treatments, manufactured by two different companies, for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D, in adult men and women. Xifaxan is marketed by Salix Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Reference Link
08:48 EDTITRIItron selected by Linea Distribuzione to modernize distrbution system
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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
17:38 EDTEZPWEZCORP announces changes in executive leadership team
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14:08 EDTKNDIKandi sees Hainan Wanning facility beginning production by end of 2015
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10:38 EDTEMC, VMWEMC 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
19:54 EDTVRXValeant to expand Canadian presence in coming years, Globe and Mail says
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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).
May 20, 2015
18:01 EDTEZPWEZCORP receives written notice from NASDAQ
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17:45 EDTEZPWEZCORP sees preliminary Q2 net revenue $312M
The company said, "We anticipate that cash flow from operations and our cash on hand will be adequate to fund our contractual obligations, planned store growth, capital expenditures and working capital requirements during the remainder of the fiscal year. In addition, we expect to continue to obtain local financing to fund Grupo Finmart’s lending growth and our Mexican pawn growth."
16:29 EDTEXTRExtreme Networks expects restructuring charges of $13M-$15 and savings of $40M
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08:48 EDTITRISalzburg AG expands smart grid contract with Itron
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06:37 EDTVRXSources: Valeant in talks to buy Amoun Pharmaceutical, Bloomberg reports
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06:32 EDTVRXValeant CEO sees quintupling in Asia sales by 2020, Reuters reports
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May 18, 2015
10:47 EDTKNDIOptions with increasing implied volatility: KNDI CTRX
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07:27 EDTEMCJPMorgan to hold a conference
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