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March 19, 2014
12:21 EDTJNPR, CSCO, FFIV, RDWR, ALLT, PKT, BRCDJuniper climbs following Wells Fargo upgrade
Shares of Juniper (JNPR) are rising after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. Juniper offers routing and switching products that are used to control and direct network traffic and sells solutions to protect the users, applications and data on customers' networks. WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Juniper's new CEO, Wells Fargo analyst Jess Lubert is more confident that the company is well-positioned to capitalize on what he sees as likely strong spending by carriers this year. Juniper's benefits from strong carrier spending should offset challenges the company could face as it makes changes to capitalize on opportunities presented by cloud and data center trends, Lubert contended. Meanwhile, Juniper is on track to meet its goal of cutting costs and returning a minimum of $3B to shareholders over the next three years through share repurchases and dividends, the analyst believes. As Juniper makes progress towards meeting those goals, its stock could increase significantly, Lubert forecast. The analyst finds Juniper's valuation attractive and upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform while increasing his price target range on the stock to $30-$32 from $28-$30. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that develop solutions for networks include Cisco (CSCO), F5 Networks (FFIV), Radware (RDWR), Allott Communications (ALLT), Procera (PKT), and Brocade (BRCD). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Juniper rose 59c, or 2.3%, to $26.50.
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September 17, 2014
10:00 EDTRDWROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Metacloud
Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in 1Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
06:14 EDTRDWRRadware initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
Target $21.
September 16, 2014
11:16 EDTCSCOVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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08:18 EDTCSCOFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:19 EDTCSCOCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
08:28 EDTFFIVF5 Networks price target raised to $151 from $135 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on F5 Networks as the firm says its checks with resellers suggest that F5 is benefiting from a seasonally strong federal and enterprise rebound and an expanding partner ecosystem. The firm is more confident in the company's earnings and multiple expansion outlook ,and it recommends buying the shares.
08:03 EDTBRCDBrocade acquires Vistapointe in all cash transaction
Brocade announced that it has acquired the network visibility and analytics technology assets in an all cash transaction from privately held Vistapointe, which has offices in the U.S., Ireland, and India. The acquisition enables Brocade to address the emerging opportunities and requirements of its service provider customers, especially global Mobile Network Operators. As part of the transaction, Vistapointe CEO, Ravi Medikonda, has joined Brocade as vice president of the Network Visibility and Analytics product group. Furthermore, Brocade has hired the Vistapointe development team, and they will report into Medikonda as part of the new business unit.
07:22 EDTBRCDAir Force Association to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 12, 2014
06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
06:35 EDTFFIVF5 Networks price target raised to $150 from $135 at Deutsche Bank
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05:53 EDTRDWRRadware management to meet with Needham
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September 10, 2014
07:53 EDTJNPRDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 10 at 10:30; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
September 9, 2014
12:57 EDTPKTProcera Networks mentioned cautiously at Deutsche Bank
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07:26 EDTPKTDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 9 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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06:05 EDTALLTAllot Communications receives expansion order of $15M from Tier-1 operator
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