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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTARO, GPS, CRM, HD, OGXI, TFM, GME, INTU, MRVL, ROSTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 6.3%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 1.4%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 6.3%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 8.1%... Gap (GPS), up 1.2% after reporting second quarter results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015... Marvell Technology (MRVL), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: OncoGenex (OGXI), up 6.4% after Phase 3 ENSPIRIT Trial passes early interim futility analysis. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 6.7%... Intuit (INTU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Home Depot (HD), down fractionally after announcing that Craig Menear will replace Frank Blake as CEO.
News For GME;CRM;ROST;TFM;GPS;MRVL;OGXI;ARO;INTU;HD From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
06:20 EDTMRVLStarboard reports activist stake in Marvell Technology
Jeffrey Smith's Starboard Value disclosed this morning a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell Technology Group. Starboard bought the position on the belief that the shares, when purchased, were "undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity." The hedge fund said it retained Rick Hill, Oleg Khaykin and Jeff McCreary as advisors in connection with its investment given their "unique skill set, industry experience and industry knowledge." The Wall Street Journal last night reported Starboard would take an activist stake in chipmaker as it sees opportunity for cost cuts.
05:56 EDTMRVLStarboard expected to report 6.7% stake in Marvell, WSJ reports
Starboard Value, an activist investor, is expected to report today that it has taken a 6.7% stake in Marvell Technology, a semiconductor company currently facing investigations into its accounting, The Wall Street Journal says, citing sources familiar with the situation. According to the sources, Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
16:52 EDTCRMSalesforce announces new core Salesforce editions for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud
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14:28 EDTCRMSpeculation of Salesforce customer loss likely inaccurate, says JPMorgan
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14:14 EDTCRMSalesforce shares defended at JPMorgan
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09:46 EDTCRMSalesforce puts active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:41 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:35 EDTROSTRoss Stores initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research
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09:02 EDTCRMSalesforce names Keith Block as COO
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February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTCRMEarnings Watch: Alphabet to report Q4 results under new corporate structure
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, and Nest Labs. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $8.09 on revenue of $20.77B. The consensus range is $7.32-$8.59 for EPS, and $20.33B-$21.68B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Alphabet reported third quarter EPS of $7.35 against estimates of $7.21, on revenue of $18.7B against estimates of $18.53B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 23%, paid clicks on Google websites down 5%, aggregate cost-per-clicks down 11%, and cost-per-click on Google websites down 4%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue up 16% to $13.08B and Q3 Total advertising revenue up 13% to $26.78B. During its Q3 earnings report, the company said it will begin to disclose the Google business as a single segment in Q4. It also announced that the board authorized the company to repurchase $5.1B of Class C shares in Q4. GOOGLE SEGMENT: Alphabet announced that it will report Google as a single segment within its company beginning in Q4. It stated, "The new operating structure is being introduced in phases. For financial reporting purposes, we expect the reorganization will result in disclosing our Google business as a single segment and all other Alphabet businesses combined as Other Bets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015." Within Alphabet, the Google segment now has 6 products with over 1B users, including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Play. Gmail is also closing in on the mark with its 900M user base. RBC Capital believes that the disclosure of segment results by Google in conjunction with its Q4 results will cause the stock to rerate. The firm believes that the segment results will highlight the high profits of core Google, supporting an increase in the stocks' sum of the parts valuation. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Alphabet had a strong holiday season with ChannelAdvisor reporting Google Shopping was up 31.7% over the entire holiday period. Specifically, Google Shopping was up 35.9% on Thanksgiving, up 40.3% on Black Friday, up 25.7% on Cyber Saturday, and up 18.6% on Cyber Monday. Alphabet announced the redesigned launch of Google+ in November, the exploration of Fiber in Chicago and Los Angeles, and announced plans to open its first retail store in New York City. The company also targets the China launch of the Google Play app store in 2016, according to multiple reports. Lenovo (LNVGY) CEO Chen Xudong confirmed that Google Play is expected to come to China at some point this year. The company is expected to make its self-driving car company under the Alphabet structure as a stand-alone business. Ford (F) and Google are in discussions over self-driving cars, with the currently negotiated contract likely to "last a long time." According to a Reuters report, Google expects fewer software failiures in self-driving cars as it learns from its mistakes. Google tested solar-powered Internet drones and expects consumer package delivery via drone to begin in 2017. Google is also in talks with the NFL for streaming rights for London games next year. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer said cloud providers like Alphabet may have a huge opportunity in the coming years. The firm said Alphabet may look for a major partner like Salesforce (CRM) to drive its cloud business. Cantor said Google ad revenue growth should continue to be strong and BMO Capital said Alphabet's outlook has improved as valuation has become more reasonable. Bernstein said the Street continues to underestimate the resilience and growth potential of Alphabet's search ad business and YouTube. Barron's, in particular, was extremely positive on YouTube, saying its revenue per viewer could potentially double in five years. It added it could be twice as valuable as Netflix (NFLX). JMP Securities was also bullish on the company, saying Alphabet benefitted from a relatively strong holiday season for online advertising. Ahead of its Q4 earnings report, JMP Securities expects the company to report "relatively strong" results. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have gained about 6% over the last three months. In Monday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Google shares are up almost 2%
11:06 EDTGMENasdaq investigating potentially erroneous transactions in GameStop
NASDAQ MarketWatch announced in a Trading Alert that it is investigating potentially erroneous transactions involving the security Gamestop executed between 09:23:00 and 09:24:00 ET today. Reference Link
08:08 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a company event
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January 29, 2016
14:39 EDTAROAeropostale by-law change suggests potential for 'go-private' deal, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe noted that Aeropostale amended and restated its by-laws earlier this week so that any director, or the entire board, may be removed, with or without cause, by the holders of a majority of the shares, which he believes makes the possibility of the company getting bought out, perhaps in a "go-private" deal led by Sycamore, both easier and more likely. However, Jaffe keeps a Hold rating on shares as he believes the stock is fully valued based on its fundamentals.
10:16 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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05:09 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM TWTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Salesforce (CRM) 46, Twitter (TWTR) 95 according to iVolatility.
January 26, 2016
07:36 EDTCRMKKR leads funding round in Jitterbit
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January 25, 2016
10:00 EDTHDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:44 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on January 28 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:15 EDTHDHome Depot upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker upgraded Home Depot to Buy citing the recent pullback in shares and favorable industry dynamics. The home centers have the best fundamentals in hardline retail, Baker tells investors in a research note. He keeps a $135 price target on shares of Home Depot. The stock closed Friday up $2.55 to $122.77.
05:49 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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