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February 14, 2014
11:05 EDTLOGM, CTXS, VMWLogMeIn soars to 52-week high after results, guidance top expectations
Shares of cloud-based solutions company LogMeIn (LOGM) are soaring after the company’s fourth quarter results and full year guidance surpassed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, LogMeIn reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 16c and revenue of $45.2M, compared to expectations of 15c and $43.99M, respectively. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company’s first quarter and fiscal 2014 guidance easily topped expectations. For Q1, the company forecast adjusted EPS of 20c-21c and revenue of $46.8M-$47.3M, compared to consensus of 17c and $44.27M, respectively. For FY14, adjusted EPS was guided to 86c-96c, while revenue was seen at $198M-$202M. FY14 estimates were 77c and $190.31M, respectively. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, three firms -- RBC Capital, Maxim, and Northland Securities -- all raised their respective price targets on LogMeIn. Another firm, Needham, upgraded the shares to Buy from Hold with a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, LogMeIn jumped $8.79, or 26.4%, to $42.06 on nearly nine times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock reached a 52-week high of $42.74. Over the past twelve months, the stock has gained approximately 77%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that offer cloud-based solutions include Citrix Systems (CTXS) and VMware (VMW).
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September 16, 2014
15:32 EDTCTXSCitrix acquires Android and iOS virtualization start-up, TechCrunch reports
Citrix has acquired a start-up, Virtual, that claims to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS well enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation, reported TechCrunch, citing "a reliable source." Reference Link
September 15, 2014
08:13 EDTCTXSCitrix price target raised ot $80 from $70 at Mizuho
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September 11, 2014
13:37 EDTVMWEMC not considering VMware stake sale, Reuters says
EMC (EMC) is not exploring a sale of its majority stake in VMware (VMW), a source familiar with the parent company's thinking told Reuters, refuting an earlier New York Post report that EMC had relented to pressure from Paul Singer's Elliott Management and was weighing an exit from its VMware stake. Reference Link
13:36 EDTVMWEMC sale of VMware stake would be sub-optimal, says Wells Fargo
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13:20 EDTVMWEMC not considering selling VMware stake, Reuters reports
11:17 EDTVMWEMC 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.
10:30 EDTVMWUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
09:20 EDTVMWVMware to host conference call
Management discusses what's new at the company on a conference call to be held on September 11 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:07 EDTVMWEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:22 EDTCTXSCitrix coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $85.
September 9, 2014
19:39 EDTVMWVMware initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Target $120.00.
05:36 EDTVMWVMware, Capgemini announce strategic partnership
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September 4, 2014
11:20 EDTVMWStocks with increasing options volume
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09:04 EDTLOGMLogMeln acquires Meldium for about $15M cash
LogMeIn announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based Meldium, incorporated as BBA, Inc., a provider of intuitive single-sign-on, or SSO, password management, and identity and access management, or IAM, solutions. The acquisition immediately expands LogMeIn's popular IT portfolio with an elegant SSO offering, while introducing a natural extension of the identity, cloud app, and device management capabilities in its other IT management products. As a result, the deal is expected to build upon and accelerate LogMeIn's strategic initiative of empowering IT professionals to embrace, manage, and secure today's cloud-centric, consumerized, workplace. Under the terms of the transaction, LogMeIn acquired BBA, Inc. for approximately $15M in cash, a portion of which is performance and retention based and is expected to be paid over time.

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