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March 11, 2013
07:06 EDTVMW, EMCEMC may have difficulty outperforming due to VMWare pressures, says Bernstein
Bernstein reports that EMC's (EMC) stock performance has historically been somewhat correlated with the performance of VMWare's (VMW) shares. The firm is cautious on EMC due to upcoming hurdles that it expects VMWare to face. Bernstein maintains Market Perform ratings on both EMC and VMWare.
News For EMC;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
08:03 EDTEMCEMC downgraded at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest downgraded EMC to Sector Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited checks indicating weak Q1 enterprise storage demand, the company's desire to consolidate which could increase near-term execution risks, margin risks due to aggressive pricing, and changes in technology with which the company may not be able to cope.
05:56 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
March 26, 2015
10:56 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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March 25, 2015
10:51 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CLDN CMG CREE AMZN ISRG MAC UA VMW SLXP
10:31 EDTVMWUBS software analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:54 EDTEMCNetApp Arista among potential takeover targets for EMC, says RBC Capital
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March 24, 2015
14:53 EDTVMWVMware volatility at low end of historic range
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March 23, 2015
15:36 EDTEMC, VMWEMC announces the Federation Business Data Lake.
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10:00 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
March 18, 2015
07:49 EDTEMCSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTVMWVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTVMWVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
07:12 EDTVMWDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.

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