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February 14, 2014
11:05 EDTLOGM, VMW, CTXSLogMeIn 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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December 19, 2014
11:54 EDTVMW, LOGMRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
December 16, 2014
13:19 EDTVMWResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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December 15, 2014
16:09 EDTLOGMLogMeln names Edward Herdiech as CFO
LogMeIn announced the promotion of Edward Herdiech to CFO and treasurer, effective January 15th, 2015. Having joined LogMeIn in 2006, Herdiech currently serves as the company's senior vice president of finance and principal accounting officer. Current LogMeIn CFO Jim Kelliher has resigned from his position to pursue an executive role at a Boston-area technology startup. Kelliher, who has served as CFO since May 2006, will assist Herdiech during the transition.
December 12, 2014
12:26 EDTVMWPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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10:01 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
16:26 EDTCTXSCitrix initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Target $63.
07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
December 10, 2014
09:35 EDTCTXSCitrix management to meet with William Blair
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December 9, 2014
07:41 EDTCTXSBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link

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