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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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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.
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
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.
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
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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September 4, 2014
15:26 EDTCSCOCisco UCS update further strengthens portfolio, says Cantor
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15:20 EDTCSCOCisco expands Unified Computing System portfolio
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10:32 EDTCSCOCisco, Red Hat expand relationship, launch solution for OpenStack
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