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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCSCO, CRM, CAJ, MSFT, SAPEarnings 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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June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTMSFTMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
17:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out new mission statement, GeekWire reports
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed a new mission statement to employees companywide on Thursday morning, which was obtained by GeekWire. It reads, in part, "I believe that culture is not static. It evolves every day based on the behaviors of everyone in the organization. We are in an incredible position to seize new growth this year. We will need to innovate in new areas, execute against our plans, make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value." Reference Link
07:23 EDTCSCOHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTMSFTGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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10:36 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts advances after analysts positive on E3 showing
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09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTCSCOInvestors should weigh waiting for better Arista entry point, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Arista's (ANET) new Cloudvision software should have only a minor impact on its 2H15 results. The firm recommends that investors consider waiting for a lower entry point before buying the stock. The firm thinks that such an entry point could materialize during the company's trial versus Cisco (CSCO) this summer. It keeps an $88 price target and Overweight rating on Arista..
06:07 EDTMSFTJefferies says PC market to stay 'lower for longer'
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June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTMSFTPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:41 EDTSAP, CSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTMSFTNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:32 EDTSAPCalypso Technology signs global reseller agreement with SAP
Calypso Technology has entered into a global reseller agreement with SAP. Through this agreement, SAP will resell the Calypso cross-asset, front-to-back treasury and capital markets platform as two solution extensions: the SAP Capital Markets Trading solution by Calypso and the SAP Capital Markets Treasury solution by Calypso.
June 22, 2015
14:42 EDTMSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
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