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January 3, 2013
06:49 EDTCSCO, MSFT, GOOGGroups say R&D tax credit will help U.S. tech, The Hill reports
Trade groups that represent large tech companies including Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Cisco (CSCO) praised Congress' decision to include an R&D tax credit in its fiscal cliff deal, The Hill reported last night. The credit is key to enabling the U.S. to remain a leader in global technology, the website quoted the Information Technology Industry Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association as saying. Reference Link
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February 3, 2016
16:40 EDTCSCOCisco and Jasper Technologies hold a joint conference call
Cisco Vice President Salvagno and Jasper Technologies CEO Mohammed discuss Cisco's intent to acquire Jasper Technologies on a joint conference call to be held on February 3 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
16:19 EDTCSCOCisco to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4B
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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14:36 EDTCSCOArista shares jump as analysts encouraged patent issues can be overcome
Shares of Arista Networks (ANET) jumped Wednesday after the U.S. International Trade Commission reached an initial determination in the first of the company's ongoing patent disputes with Cisco (CSCO). The findings, though not entirely in Arista's favor, were cheered by several Wall Street analysts, who foresee little to no impact on Arista's business from the patent fight. NO BUSINESS IMPACT: Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron argued today that, while the ITC's early ruling found Arista in violation of three of the five Cisco patents in question, the company already has workarounds for two of the disputed patents and is working on a third. That last workaround is scheduled for a second quarter rollout and could potentially miss the final determination deadline, but Kidron explained that Arista would simply work with U.S. Customs on the matter at that point. The analyst expects Arista to take the necessary steps to preempt any disruption and foresees zero impact to its business, leading him to keep an Outperform rating on the shares and recommends buying them on any weakness. Kidron noted, however, that the stock could be volatile surrounding the final determination in early June and the rulings for the second ITC investigation, due late April and August. ARISTA ATTRACTIVE: Wells Fargo analyst Jess Lubert echoed Kidron's bullish outlook, saying the ITC findings were largely as expected and "more than priced into" the shares. Arista's story remains attractive, customer sentiment is unlikely to be affected, and securing approval for the Q2 software workaround is "unlikely to be a problem," said the analyst, adding that the additional engineering costs associated with the fix appear already embedded in Arista's financial model. Lubert kept an Outperform rating on the shares, though he too noted potential volatility surrounding future legal findings. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Arista Networks have jumped 5.4% to $60.83, while Cisco has edged up nearly 1%.
13:43 EDTGOOGGoogle to start testing autonomous cars near Seattle, WSJ reports
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13:31 EDTGOOGJohn Giannandrea to become Google's new search chief, Bloomberg reports
John Giannandrea, an executive who has worked on machine intelligence efforts at Google, will become the company's new search chief, Bloomberg reports. Earlier today, current head of search Amit Singhal announced his retirement. Reference Link
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle's head of search Singhal to leave company, effective February 26
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12:24 EDTGOOGYouTube Red to premiere original content February 10
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11:33 EDTMSFTCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
11:09 EDTMSFTMaxim says sell Tableau before it goes the way of Netscape
Shares of Tableau Software (DATA) are declining in late morning trading after Maxim initiated coverage with a Sell rating. NEXT NETSCAPE: Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Tableau Software with a Sell rating and $70 price target, saying his channel checks indicated that Microsoft (MSFT) "has the pieces in place to render Tableau the next Netscape." Chokshi doesn't see Tableau's effective $400/year/user average selling price as sustainable, considering Microsoft's Power BI "matches the ease of use and functionality of Tableau" at an average selling price of $123/user/year. Further, since Tableau threatens Microsoft's cash cow, Office, Microsoft and its CEO, Satya Nadella, will be "highly motivated" to execute and leave Tableau as a "casualty." PRICE ACTION: Tableau is off its lows of the day, but is still trading down over 2% near $77 per share. The stock fell as low at $73.37 earlier in the session.
09:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to support early Qualcomm server chips, Bloomberg says
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09:18 EDTMSFTCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:58 EDTMSFTTableau initiated with a Sell at Maxim
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07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms purchase of SwiftKey in blog post
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07:41 EDTMSFTCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
07:37 EDTCSCOArista Networks infringement 'largely priced into shares,' says Wells Fargo
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07:17 EDTCSCOArista Networks should be bought o nany weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:30 EDTGOOGYouTube developing 360-degree livestream service, BuzzFeed says
Google's YouTube is developing the ability to livestream 360-degree video on its service, BuzzFeed reports, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. The streaming service site has met with 360-degree camera makers about adding support for its livestream broadcasts, the report says. There is no clear launch timeline, the report says. Reference Link
06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's SwiftKey buy more to do with AI, Re/code reports
Microsoft's acquisition of the U.K.'s SwiftKey was less about the mechanics of entering text on a touchscreen and more about the increasing role that context is playing in artificial intelligence, Re/code reports. The company has been looking more deeply into AI, including with Cortana, the report says. Reference Link
06:04 EDTCSCOCisco says ITC ruling 'beginning of the end' for Arista's copying
Cisco's (CSCO) Mark Chandler in a blog post last night commented on the International Trade Commission's ruling in the first of their investigations into Arista Networks (ANET). The judge found violations of three Cisco patents, foreshadowed an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches and installed a challenging ITC review process for any new designs, Chandler wrote. "The details of the Judge's determination will be published within 30 days, but this notice marks the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying of our intellectual property," he added. He listed four options for Arista: Withdraw the products, modify the products so that they no longer infringe, face an exclusion order or evade the ITC exclusion order. Chandler continued, "And this is just the beginning. In April we will see a ruling in the second ITC investigation, which may confirm more violations and import bans. Arista will also face two District Court juries with these rulings on their record. The judges and juries in those trials will note this day as the day that Arista no longer can pretend that its products aren't tainted by misconduct. This will be important as they consider injunctions to remove infringing Arista product from the market." Shares of Arista closed yesterday down $1.56 to $57.70. Cisco closed down 65c to $22.83. Reference Link
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