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January 24, 2014
10:53 EDTCSCO, JNPRJuniper hits 52-week high after better than expected results, new operating plan
Shares of network infrastructure provider Juniper Networks (JNPR) are rallying after the company reported better than expected results and announced the pending release of a new operational plan. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Juniper reported preliminary fourth quarter earnings of 43c per share and revenue of $1.27B, exceeding expectations of 37c and $1.22B, respectively. The company gave in-line guidance for the first quarter. On Juniperís fourth quarter earnings conference call, CEO Shaygan Kheradpir said the company will announce a new operational plan within 3-4 weeks, including discrete milestones. WHATíS NOTABLE: Last night, in a letter to Juniper, activist investor Jana Partners backed Elliot Managementís recent plan to unlock significant shareholder value by cost realignment, capital return to shareholders, and the optimization of Juniperís product portfolio. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Three firms -- William Blair, Barclays, and Goldman Sachs -- upgraded Juniper after the companyís better than expected results and announcement of its new operating plan. Another firm, Cantor, raised its price target on the shares to $35 from $30.50. Cantor said the stock's valuation was attractive, and believed the shares could advance meaningfully over the next year. It kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Juniper rose $2.42, or 9.3%, to $28.43 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume in morning trading. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $28.58. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up approximately 33%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Juniperís main competitor in the network space is Cisco Systems (CSCO).
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November 12, 2014
11:55 EDTCSCOCisco November weekly 25 straddle priced for 4.4% move into Q1
11:51 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has underperformed the broader averages in the past three months, falling over 1%. That lower performance would have been far worse if not for the recent uptrend off the mid-October lows. That rally helped to overcome the otherwise bearish head and shoulders that had developed on the daily chart and had completed at mid-October. In a long view, the current price action appears to put the shares either at a double top, or poised for a breakout that would results in four-year highs or more. The key level is at $26, not far from where the stock is currently trading. On better news or guidance, a move above $26 would seem highly probable and that would constitute a technical bullish breakout. Next resistance would be at $27.74 and then at $28.40. If the news is not as bullish as current price action suggests, the recent uptrend would probably be broken. It would only take a move below $24.50 for that to happen. Additional downside objectives might be at the following supports at $23.76, $22.43 and $21.94. A move down to or below $22 would confirm a major top was in place, which would have long-term bearish implications for price.
11:32 EDTJNPREZchip believes growth from ZTE will resume in the coming quarters
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10:13 EDTCSCOEZchip expects revenue from Cisco to grow YoY in 2014
Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:58 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Cisco November weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, November is at 34, December is at 23, January is at 19, February is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on November 12.
November 11, 2014
11:02 EDTJNPRJuniper falls after CEO change but Nomura lauds selection with upgrade
Shares of Juniper (JNPR), which provides network infrastructure products, are sinking after the company abruptly announced last night that it had chosen a new CEO. However, several analysts were upbeat on the company's decision for its new CEO. WHAT'S NEW: Juniper last night announced that its CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, had resigned, effective immediately. The company said the CEO's resignation came in the wake of the board's review of his leadership and of his conduct during talks with a customer. Named as Kheradpir's replacement, effective immediately, was Rami Rahim, who had been serving as the executive VP and general manager of Juniper's Development and Innovation division. ANALYST REACTION: Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey reacted to the news by upgrading his rating on Juniper to Buy from Neutral. Jeffrey wrote that he had previously been worried that the risk facing the company was increasing, and had little confidence that its leadership team could meet its long-term targets. With Rahim at the helm, however, the company has a better chance of generating revenue growth, Jeffrey contended. Unlike his predecessor, Rahim is a Juniper veteran, has demonstrated strong expertise in the company's business during numerous presentations to investors, and has been instrumental in developing products, according to Jeffrey. The analyst raised his price target on the stock to $25 from $19.50. Janney Capital also said the CEO transition at Juniper was unexpected, but that Rami Rahim should have a fairly smooth transition since he has been a big part of creating and implementing the strategy to which the company affirmed its commitment. Janney maintained its Buy rating and $28 fair value estimate on shares of Juniper. Wells Fargo was fairly upbeat on the company's decision. Although Juniper's second CEO change in less than a year is a negative headline, Rahim is a strong choice, as he is highly respected within the organization and has played an integral role in developing the company's current strategy, according to the firm. Moreover, Rahim maintains close relationships with many of Juniper top customers, Wells Fargo reported. As a result, the change will be less disruptive than feared, according to Wells, which noted that Juniper said there would not be any changes in its strategy going forward. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Juniper fell 4.3% to $20.57.
10:25 EDTJNPRJuniper fall, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTCSCOInteractive Intelligence hires Jeff Platon as Chief Marketing Officer
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10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:28 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO transition should be smooth, says Janney Capital
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08:18 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO transition likely to create little disruption, says Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTJNPRJuniper new CEO a strong choice, says Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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November 10, 2014
18:32 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:46 EDTJNPRJuniper says changes today are unrelated to previous statements, outlook
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16:24 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO Kheradpir steps down after board review, Rami Rahim appointed CEO
Juniper Networks announced that Rami Rahim has been named CEO, effective immediately. Rahim has also been appointed to the board. Rahim previously served as executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation. Shaygan Kheradpir has resigned as CEO and director of the company. His resignation follows a review by the board of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer. The board and Kheradpir have different perspectives regarding these matters. The board's review will not result in any adjustments to the company's financial statements. The board and the executive leadership team remain fully committed to the strategy and financial targets Juniper articulated at its October 30, Investor Day including the near- and long-term outlook the company has recently disclosed.
15:29 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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08:22 EDTJNPR, CSCONetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTJNPRAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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07:12 EDTCSCOCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
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