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January 24, 2014
10:53 EDTJNPR, CSCOJuniper 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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October 1, 2014
08:05 EDTCSCOCisco trades at 'meaningful' discount to market, says Deutsche Bank
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07:29 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities
Target $31.
September 30, 2014
18:08 EDTCSCOCisco could jump 50% with spin off, Barron's says
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September 29, 2014
16:10 EDTCSCOCisco closes acquisition of Metacloud, 30 companies added support to Intercloud
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12:31 EDTCSCOIntel hires Christopher Young as general manager of Intel Security
Intel (INTC) introduced cybersecurity executive Christopher Young as Intelís newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young will join Intelís management committee and report to Intel President Renťe James. Young comes to Intel from Cisco (CSCO), where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the companyís security product business.
08:02 EDTCSCOCisco announces partnership with Equinix
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07:25 EDTCSCOOracle to hold a conference
Open World 2014 to be held in San Francisco on September 28-October 2.
September 28, 2014
20:10 EDTCSCOEMC buyout rumors could be good for VMware, Barron's says
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September 24, 2014
10:58 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not potential acquirer of EMC, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not in merger talks with EMC, Reuters reports
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09:29 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a virtual news conference
Rob Lloyd, President of Cisco's Development & Sales, addresses customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform in Media & Analyst Virtual News Conference to be held on September 29 at 10:30 am. Webcast Link
September 23, 2014
09:28 EDTJNPRJuniper views raised to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global
07:23 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in New York on September 23 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTCSCOEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
September 22, 2014
12:50 EDTCSCOEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBCís David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTCSCOEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 25 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
07:23 EDTJNPRFCC to hold a roundtable
Open Internet Roundtable: Technological Aspects will consider the technical aspects of ensuring an Open Internet, including questions of scope, transparency, blocking, mobile networks, and reasonable network management and is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on September 19 at 1:30 pm. Webcast Link
September 17, 2014
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.
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