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November 14, 2012
16:43 EDTMDLZ, NXY, SYMC, WCC, ADSKThird Point reports new stakes in Mondelez, Nexen, Symantec, WESCO, Autodesk
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September 17, 2014
12:01 EDTADSKAdobe falls after Q4 revenue outlook trails consensus
Shares of creative software maker Adobe Systems (ADBE) are falling after it guided to fourth quarter revenue below analysts' consensus view. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Adobe reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 28c and revenue of $1.005B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 26c and 1.02B, respectively. Adobe exited Q3 with 2.81M creative cloud subscriptions, a sequential increase of 502,000. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Adobe forecast Q4 adjusted EPS of 26c-32c, versus consensus of 31c. The company sees Q4 revenue of $1.025B-$1.075B, below the consensus forecast of $1.09B. The company expects net new creative cloud subscriptions to grow sequentially in Q4 to slightly exceed its target of 1M. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive, with several firms recommending buying shares of Adobe on any weakness. Research firm Stern Agee was among them, stating that Adobe's revenue miss was driven by a shift of perpetual licenses to term contracts. Sterne Agee said that Adobe's deferred revenue outperformed, which should give long-term investors confidence in the name. It believes the long-term transition story is intact, and expects upside to revenues in FY15. The firm kept a Buy rating on the shares with a price target of $85. Two other firms, JMP Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch also recommended buying Adobe amid its post-earnings weakness. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Adobe fell $2.74, or nearly 4%, to $68. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have gained about 40% over the past 12 months. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Autodesk, (ADSK), which also serves software customers in the digital media and entertainment industries, is down fractionally to $54.54.
11:11 EDTMDLZGeneral Mills crumbles after earnings miss, downgrade
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10:00 EDTMDLZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:00 EDTMDLZMondelez exec aiming for more beverage offerings, Reuters says
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06:27 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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05:25 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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September 16, 2014
07:49 EDTMDLZBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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September 15, 2014
18:25 EDTSYMCFinjan Holdings provides update on Federal Circuit Ruling in patent case
Finjan Holdings (FNJN) provides an update on the case Finjan, Inc. v. Symantec Corp. (SYMC), Websense (WBSN), Inc., Sophos. This patent infringement suit dates back to a legacy litigation filed on July 12, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Symantec Corp., Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc., et al. During this time, two of the five defendants settled; for the three remaining defendants, Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc., and Symantec Corp., the verdict resulted in a finding of invalidity of certain asserted claims of Finjan's patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,092,194 and 6,480,962, and non-infringement of same, against the three parties. Finjan's Appeal Brief was filed on December 10, 2013, and the Oral Argument was heard on September 9, 2014. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision, affirming the District Court's prior ruling with no opinion, citing Federal Circuit Rule 36. Rule 36 findings by the Court do not provide any additional insight or context into the Court's decision in the case. This CAFC ruling was the most recent outcome in the process to reverse the lower Court's finding of invalidity on claims in the two patents. The two patents in question are not at issue in any of six currently pending cases in the Northern District of California, including three separate actions involving the three remaining parties in the appeal, noted previously. "While we are disappointed with the Panel's finding, we continue to believe in the Court's ability to adjudicate complicated issues in patent cases," commented Julie Mar-Spinola, VP Legal Operations of Finjan. "The two patents in question represent a small number – two of twenty –currently involved in our licensing and enforcement program related to Finjan's pioneering cybersecurity related technologies." Finjan has also filed patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye, Inc., Blue Coat, Inc., Websense, Inc., Sophos Inc. and Symantec Corp. relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. The company will continue to provide timely updates of important events relating to these matters on an on-going basis.
09:59 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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September 12, 2014
09:37 EDTMDLZActive equity options trading on open
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September 11, 2014
14:16 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
10:49 EDTADSKHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTWCCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:32 EDTWCCWESCO upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:09 EDTWCCWESCO upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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September 10, 2014
07:24 EDTSYMCSymantec coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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