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June 17, 2014
14:23 EDTMCRS, ORCL, PAY, NCR, DBDPayment system makers rise after report of imminent MICROS takeover
Shares of companies that sell retail payments systems and point-of-sale hardware are rising after Bloomberg reported that Oracle (ORCL) is nearing a deal to acquire one of the companies in the sector, MICROS (MCRS). WHAT'S NEW: Oracle is close to acquiring MICROS, which makes payment systems, for over $5B, Bloomberg reported earlier today, citing unnamed sources. MICROS sells payment systems, including cash registers, to companies in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality sectors. Its stock was trading this afternoon at a market capitalization of slightly less than $5B, according to Yahoo Finance data. OTHERS TO WATCH: NCR (NCR), Diebold (DBD) and VeriFone (PAY), which provide solutions and services for retail and hospitality clients, are rising in the wake of Bloomberg's report about MICROS. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, MICROS surged 15% to $66.50, NCR climbed 3% to $33.50, VeriFone gained 1.5% to $37.50 and Diebold advanced 1.6% to $39.
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October 23, 2014
16:11 EDTNCRNCR Corp. reports Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 70c
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October 22, 2014
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
13:26 EDTNCRMarcato changes NCR stake to active, seeks board seat
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13:20 EDTNCRMarcato reports 6.5% activist stake in NCR Corp.
06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTNCROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:37 EDTNCROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:28 EDTDBD, NCR, PAYNCR Corp. plummets after guidance lowered
Shares of payment solutions company NCR Corp. (NCR) are sinking after the firm’s third quarter forecasts missed analysts’ consensus estimates and it lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, NCR Corp. forecast Q3 EPS of 67c and revenue of $1.647B, below analysts' consensus estimates of 71c and $1.66B, respectively. Q3 free cash flow is seen at $132M, which includes the previously announced recovery of $93M related to the Fox River environmental matter. The company cited a challenging retail market as well as difficult global macroeconomic conditions, including foreign currency headwinds, for the weak outlook. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NCR Corp. lowered its FY14 EPS view to $2.60-$2.70 from $3.00-$3.10, compared to consensus of $3.00. It also cut its FY14 revenue outlook to $6.575B- $6.625B from $6.75B-$6.85B, versus consensus of $6.74B. The company said, “While we are disappointed by these results, our Financial Services business remains a bright spot, Q3 free cash flow improvement was strong, and our previously announced restructuring program is on track to deliver annual run-rate savings of approximately $90M by 2016. While we continue to be faced with challenging and uncertain market dynamics, we remain confident in the actions we are taking to address these challenges, including strengthening our Retail Solutions team and talent, as well as utilizing our restructuring program to allocate more resources to our highest growth, highest margin opportunities to drive long-term profitable growth.” PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, NCR Corp. fell $6.43, or about 21.5%, to $23.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $23.32. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 41% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the payment solutions business include VeriFone Systems (PAY) and Diebold (DBD).
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:38 EDTNCRHigh option volume stocks
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09:22 EDTNCROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:12 EDTNCRNCR Corp. sees FY14 NPOI $810M-$830M
In regards to FY14, says software-related revenue is expected to be $1.7B-$1.725B compared to previous guidance of $1.775B-$1.825B. Free cash flow, which includes the $93M Fox River environmental recovery, is expected to be approximately $225M-$275M versus our previous guidance of $250M-$300M.
07:10 EDTNCRNCR says restructuring program on track for $90M run-rate savings by 2016
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07:03 EDTNCRNCR Corp. now sees FY14 EPS $2.60-$2.70, consensus $3.00
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07:02 EDTNCRNCR Corp. expects Q3 free cash flow $132M
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07:01 EDTNCRNCR Corp. expects Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 71c
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October 17, 2014
11:25 EDTPAYVeriFone wins appeal of patent ruling in favor of CardSoft
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08:00 EDTPAYVeriFone fundamentals unchanged despite sell-off, says Jefferies
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October 15, 2014
11:02 EDTNCRIntel introduces transaction data protection technology in partnership with NCR
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