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January 24, 2014
11:23 EDTJNPR, CAM, EQIX, EADSY, BA, AGUJANA reports new stakes in Juniper, Cameron, Equinix, Airbus
In its most recent quarterly letter to investors, JANA Partners reported new stakes in Juniper Networks (JNPR), Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), and Airbus (EADSY). JUNIPER STAKE: JANA's position in Juniper makes it the second noted hedge fund to take an activist stake in the company, joining Elliott Management. JANA says it sees at least $300M of potential savings the company can undertake, adding 40c to EPS, and the firm also says Juniper's balance sheet is overcapitalized. JANA noted it has engaged Juniper on its proposals for increasing shareholder value. OTHER STAKES: JANA also disclosed a new stake in data center operator Equinix. JANA says it "takes comfort" in the fact that 95% of Equinix's revenue is recurring monthly, and says it expects the company will be granted a Private Letter Response by the IRS to convert to a REIT. JANA said it made Cameron International one its largest commitments after the company reported worse-than-expected third quarter earnings in October. The firm expects Cameron to recover margins in 2014, and longer-term sees potential for normalized earning power of more than $5.00 per share. JANA also said it initiated a stake in Airbus, and favorably compared the plane manufacturer to its American-based rival, Boeing (BA). JANA says that at this time a year ago, it took a stake in Boeing, which was one of the firm's most successful investments in 2013, and believes Airbus is now the superior aerospace opportunity. JANA also noted in its letter that its 2013 overall performance of 28.2% fell short of its expectations, primarily due to a drag from an investment in Agrium (AGU), which the firm has now exited. PRICE ACTION: Reports of JANA's stake in Juniper, which broke late last night, coincided with the company's report of better-than-expected earnings. Additionally, no less than three analyst firms have upgraded Juniper's shares, which are up better than 9% in late morning trade. Shares of Equinix jumped following initial reports of JANA's stake and are up about 2% in late morning trade. Following reports of JANA's stake in Cameron, shares jumped, but have since pulled back to be just slightly positive for the session.
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August 14, 2014
14:13 EDTCAMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:39 EDTBABoeing reports 10 new 777 orders in weekly update
Boeing in its weekly update reported 10 new 777 orders for unidentified customers.
12:58 EDTJNPRJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
12:31 EDTJNPRCisco shares trade lower as company announces 6,000 job cuts
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06:32 EDTBABoeing clears way for new 777X wing facility, Reuters says
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August 13, 2014
16:40 EDTBAAir Lease places two new Boeing 777-300ERS wth KLM
Air Lease announced long term lease agreements with KLM for two additional new Boeing (BA) 777-300ER aircraft, scheduled for delivery in 2H16 and early 2017. These aircraft placements are in addition to the two new 777-300ER aircraft scheduled for lease from ALC to KLM in early 2015 and early 2016.
14:54 EDTJNPREarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
10:14 EDTJNPREZchip sees Q3 revenue ex-items in $22M range, consensus $22.07M
EZchip (EZCH) will continue to see some level of revenue from Juniper (JNPR) for the remainder of FY14 and beyond. Comments taken from the company's Q2 earnings conference call
06:09 EDTBABoeing, Sikorsky selected to build Technology Demonstrator
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTX) and Boeing (BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2 coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
09:19 EDTJNPRJuniper CFO says seeing 'good, healthy demand' in many areas
Denholm repeats that some customers, mainly in North America, have slowed their CapEx plans. Denholm says its "a little bit early" to talk about the company's FY15 revenue outlook, but noted that the company is "pretty constructive" on growth in 2015. Juniper Networks CFO/COO Robyn Denholm continues speaking at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference.
09:06 EDTJNPRJuniper sees reaching $2B in share repurchases by year-end
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06:29 EDTBABoeing sees most defense arm reductions from supply chain, Reuters says
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August 11, 2014
16:14 EDTCAMOneSubsea, Helix, Schlumberger to form subsea well intervention alliance
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06:50 EDTBAJason Communications to sponsor a symposium
17th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium to be held in Huntsville, Alabama on August 11-14.
August 10, 2014
20:27 EDTEADSYEngine fire on JetBlue Airbus A321 single aisle jet forces evacuation, WSJ says
A JetBlue (JBLU) Airbus (EADSY) A321 single aisle jet had to land and evacuate its passengers on a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, after its left engine caught on fire, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 8, 2014
18:26 EDTBABoeing 787 production snags re-emerge at assembly plant, Reuters reports
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15:37 EDTJNPRJuniper management to meet with SunTrust
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08:32 EDTEQIXVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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06:43 EDTBAReport says cold weather reason for Boeing battery meltdown, Reuters says
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August 7, 2014
11:18 EDTBABoeing reports 40 new orders in weekly update
Boeing announced 40 new orders in an update of its orders through August 5 to account for its previously announced order for 26 777s and 14 787s from All Nippon Airways. Reference Link
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