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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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August 13, 2014
16:32 EDTCSCOCisco repurchased approximately 61M shares of common stock in Q4
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16:20 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q4 product revenue $9.53B
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16:08 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q4 cash flow from operations $3.6B
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16:06 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 53c
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15:05 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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14:54 EDTJNPR, CSCOEarnings 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.
14:19 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
10:43 EDTCSCOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PSEC CSCO XONE NDLS
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
07:22 EDTCSCOGoldman pushes Cisco head to step-up software, Bloomberg says
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August 12, 2014
15:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks faces rougher road ahead, WSJ says
Arista Networks (ANET) shares have been strong since the company's IPO and its growth prospects make a "good case for a decent premium," but the current valuation gap compared to its peers "seems wide", according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column, which noted that Cisco (CSCO) has the resources and incentive to push back against Arista's attempts to take share in network switches. Reference Link
13:04 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
In the last three months the stock has outperformed the broader averages, rising by nearly 9%. The trend in that time has been up, but with the bulk of gains having been realized near the start of the period. There was one larger bump up in price that was corrected, but that high at $26.08 now becomes an objective for bulls to take out on the upside on good news. The reason for this is that the $26 to $26.50 area forms a big double top when viewed on a 2-year daily chart. The bulls need to break this area of resistance for the stock to become long-term bullish. If they can manage that, next resistance above $26.50 would be at $27.74. If the news disappoints, that potentially bearish double top pattern could asset itself. The $23.50 area on a break lower would be the first test. The middle of the "M" pattern would be at $21.27.
12:49 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
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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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07:42 EDTCSCOCisco August volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:06 EDTCSCOCisco planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports
As part of a worldwide streamlining effort, Cisco is planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
05:55 EDTCSCOCisco expected to report solid Q4 results at Wells Fargo
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August 8, 2014
15:37 EDTJNPRJuniper management to meet with SunTrust
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08:31 EDTCSCOMorgan Stanley expects Cisco to report good results, conservative outlook
Morgan Stanley expects Cisco to report results of 54c/$12.26B vs. consensus of 53c/$12.14B and said checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Shares are Overweight rated with a $30 price target.
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