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April 5, 2013
10:24 EDTFFIV, RVBD, FNSR, JDSU, JNPRF5 plummets nearly 20% after results miss expectations
F5 Networks (FFIV), which develops networking technology, is tumbling after the company last night announced preliminary second quarter results that were significantly below analysts' expectations. WHAT’S NEW: F5 said that its second quarter earnings per share would be $1.06-$1.07, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.23. The technology company's preliminary revenue was also meaningfully below analysts' outlook. Telecom sales and sales to the federal government fell sharply during the quarter, F5 explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to clients today, Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen responded to the company's announcement by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that sales of F5's products have dropped, and the company is losing market share, Jensen wrote. Moreover, the analyst stated that he is concerned about the outlook of F5's core Application Delivery Controller market. Jensen slashed his target on the shares to $82 from $107. On the other hand, Wells Fargo was more upbeat about the company's outlook, as it believes that the results probably reflect uneven spending by telecom carriers. F5 has a number of attractive upcoming opportunities, and today's sell-off is probably a good opportunity to buy shares, wrote the firm, which lowered its target on the shares to $97-$103 from $110-$120 but maintained an Outperform rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Several other network infrastructure companies, such as Juniper (JNPR) and Riverbed (RVBD), are trading significantly lower in the wake of F5's announcement. Also declining are companies such as JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and Finisar (FNSR) that sell optical products to telecom companies, and Radware (RDWR), which develops networking solutions and also reported preliminary results that missed expectations. In a note to clients today, Needham analyst Alex Henderson wrote that F5's lower than expected results were caused by timing issues specific to that company, and do not reflect on the outlook of companies that make similar products. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, F5 sank nearly 20% to $72.70, and Radware also tumbled nearly 20% to $30.20, while Juniper slid 6% to $17 and JDS Uniphase gave back 3% to $12.70.
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January 21, 2015
16:09 EDTFFIVF5 Networks sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.48-$1.51, consensus $1.53
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16:08 EDTFFIVF5 Networks reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.55, consensus $1.49
Reports Q1 revenue $462.8M, consensus $467.25M.
15:33 EDTFFIVF5 Networks technical notes before results
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15:27 EDTFFIVNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
January 20, 2015
16:54 EDTRVBDRiverbed board recommends holders vote for adoption of merger with Thoma Bravo
On December 15, 2014, Riverbed Technology announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
15:15 EDTFFIVF5 Networks January volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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January 15, 2015
16:03 EDTJDSUJDSU issues statement in response to Sandell Asset Management
JDSU ssued the following statement: "The JDSU Board of Directors remains committed to acting in the best interest of all shareholders and to strong corporate governance. Consistent with the Board's historical approach of regularly reviewing corporate governance best practices, and after discussions with many of the company's shareholders both before and after the December 2014 Annual Meeting, the company undertook an evaluation of potential changes to the advance notice provisions of the company's bylaws. The Board expects to finalize its decision on any such changes in this calendar quarter following additional shareholder outreach. As JDSU continues to execute on its previously announced separation, the Board remains committed to evaluating all opportunities for additional or greater value creation. Goldman Sachs and Centerview Partners are serving as financial advisors and DLA Piper is serving as legal counsel to JDSU."
13:07 EDTFFIV, JNPRNetworking trends seen as boon for Cisco, others
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07:02 EDTFFIVTrends positive for data networking names, says Bernstein
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:03 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTFFIVHP 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 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTJDSUSandell reiterates need for JDSU to pursue strategic actions to maximize value
Sandell Asset Management, a shareholder of JDS Uniphase Corporation, has publicly released the following letter to the Board of Directors of JDSU. In such letter, Sandell calls for the immediate amendment of the Company’s Bylaws to remedy changes made in May 2014 that were detrimental to shareholder rights. Additionally, Sandell reiterates the need for JDSU to pursue further strategic actions to maximize shareholder value.
07:46 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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07:04 EDTFFIVTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:52 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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06:44 EDTFFIVHP 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
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:21 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded Juniper to Neutral based on valuation and low visibility for service provider spending. Price target remains $23.
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