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May 12, 2014
10:17 EDTOVRL, NMBL, NTAP, EMCNimble Storage climbs following two upgrades
Shares of data storage provider Nimble Storage (NMBL) are rallying after two research firms upgraded the stock in notes to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Nimble can offer its systems to more companies as it unveils new products, William Blair analyst Jason Ader wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The new products should also enable it to increase its market share, added the analyst, who also cited the stock's recent pullback as a reason for his upgrade. Ader is impressed with the company's revenue growth outlook, management team, technology, and profit margins and expects Nimble's results to surpass analysts' expectations. He raised his rating on the shares to Outperform from Market Perform. Also upgrading Nimble was Needham analyst Richard Kugele. Nimble can grow 50% or more for the next several years, wrote Kugele, who predicted that companies with high growth rates and high valuations will attract investors once again after the market's profit taking and nervousness are exhausted. He upgraded his rating on the shares to Strong Buy from Buy, but cut his price target on the shares to $35 from $62. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other data storage providers include NetApp (NTAP), EMC (EMC), and Overland Storage (OVRL). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Nimble jumped $2.74, or 13.3%, to $23.33.
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January 27, 2015
09:04 EDTEMCEMC January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
EMC January weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, February is at 24, March is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
January 26, 2015
11:43 EDTEMCEMC to release Q4 results on January 29
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January 22, 2015
09:46 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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08:57 EDTEMCIxia slides after Oracle unveils Virtual Compute Appliance X5
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January 21, 2015
09:02 EDTEMCSciQuest names Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer
SciQuest (SQI) announced that EMC (EMC) executive Beth Hendriks will be joining the company as its new chief technology officer. In this role, she will be responsible for enhancing the breadth and depth of the SciQuest Spend Management Suite while accelerating technology and user experience innovation. Hendriks joins SciQuest from EMC, where she served as senior director of engineering.
January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTNTAP, NMBLHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:04 EDTNMBLTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTNMBL, NTAPHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.

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