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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCAJ, MSFT, SAP, CSCO, CRMEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its fourth fiscal quarter after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Nokia branded smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 60c on revenue of $23.0B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-66c on revenue of $22.24B-$23.5B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q4 devices & consumer licensing revenue $4.1B-$4.3B, Q4 commercial licensing revenue $13.1B-$13.3B, Q4 operating expenses of $8.4B-$8.6B and Q4 capital expenditures of $1.5B. LAST QUARTER: On April 24, Microsoft reported third quarter EPS of 68c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 63c. It's revenue came in at $20.4B, nearly matching estimates for $20.39B. Microsoft reported that Q3 its devices and consumer revenue grew 12% to $8.3B, commercial revenue rose 7% to $12.23B, that Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11% and that Office 365 revenue grew over 100% and that commercial seats nearly doubled. NEWS: Less than a week ago, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company's overall strategy. The steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year, with about 12,500 of those potential job eliminations coming in the Nokia business acquired by Microsoft in April. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1B-$1.6B over the next four quarters, including $750M-$800M for severance and related benefit costs, and $350M-$800M of asset-related charges, but has not yet laid out what it expects to save as a result of the restructuring. Throughout this quarter, Microsoft has announced new or expanded deals or partnerships with SAP (SAP), Salesforce.com (CRM), Canon (CAJ) and Cisco (CSCO). STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Microsoft's last quarterly report, Bernstein said it believes that Microsoft's Q3 results indicate that the company is performing well. The firm thinks the company's cloud initiatives are starting to positively impact its results and it expects investors to start to focus on the company's cloud business. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $49 from $47 at that time and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Similarly, Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating on Microsoft that day and raised its price target to $47.50 following the Q3 report. The firm said the key takeaway was Office 365 momentum, which it viewed as a major positive. On June 5, FBR Capital upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Market Perform, citing confidence in new CEO Satya Nadella's plan for the future and the company's "strong" cloud offerings. FBR raised its price target for shares to $49 from $43 to reflect its sum-of-the-parts analysis. On July 15, two days before Microsoft detailed the specifics of its restructuring, Nomura raised its price target on Microsoft to $50 from $45, saying at the time that it expects "bold organizational changes" to restore a culture of innovation. The firm cited the cultural change, combined with potential share buybacks and a headcount reduction, in reiterating its Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last report, Microsoft has advanced about 12%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft shares are fractionally lower near $44.67.
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May 12, 2015
06:02 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 64 at upper end of index
06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
10:03 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a press event
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10:00 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a meeting
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09:59 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:37 EDTMSFT, CSCOActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform saying improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. The firm believes the upcoming April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. It set a $36 price target for shares. Cisco closed Friday up 42c to $29.23.
07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce.com from the Best Ideas List and maintained its Buy ratting and $80 price target. The firm said Salesforce.com's secular growth and margin expansion remain in place but shares are trading on an acquisition premium and risk/reward is balanced near-term. The firm views an acquisition as unlikely and said the sheer size would make it extremely complicated, with few bidders.
06:34 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:05 EDTCSCOSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
06:04 EDTCRMSalesforce removed from Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley removed Salesforce from its Best Ideas list saying the near-term risk/reward is more balanced with shares trading at an "acquisition premium." The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the name with an $80 price target.
May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTCRM, MSFT, CSCOStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open:
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08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
06:27 EDTCRM, MSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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06:04 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 29 at upper end of index
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