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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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February 1, 2016
16:13 EDTNMBLNimble Storage surpasses 7,500 customers worldwide
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January 28, 2016
10:04 EDTNMBLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
06:44 EDTNMBLNimble Storage upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
06:26 EDTEMCEMC upgraded to Buy on arbitrage opportunity at Mizuho
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January 27, 2016
16:10 EDTEMCEMC upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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13:47 EDTEMCVMware tanks after providing lower guidance amid Cloud transition
Shares of virtualization software maker VMware (VMW) are falling after providing guidance, confirming layoffs and announcing executive changes. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, the software company that is 80% owned by EMC (EMC) and provides software for corporate data centers, announced fourth quarter financial results while confirming earlier reports of layoffs and announcing a new chief financial officer. VMware, along with parent company EMC, is in the midst of a proposed acquisition by Dell. The company's Q4 earnings per share and revenue came in at $1.26 and $1.87B, respectively, slightly better than analysts were expecting; however, the company's view for fiscal year 2016 EPS and revenue of $4.07-$4.16 and $6.8B-$6.9B, respectively, were well below the $4.20 and $7.21B analysts are expecting. VMware also guided first quarter EPS to 83c-85c, also below analysts' 92c consensus. Along with its results, the company confirmed earlier reports that it intended to reduce its workforce by 800 and plans to take a charge of between $55M-$65M related to this action over the course of the first half of 2016. The company also announced that its CFO Jonathan Chadwick is leaving and will be replaced by EMC CFO Zane Rowe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call discussing its earnings, VMware company referred to its growth in "emerging" products and businesses including NSX and User Computing and Virtual SAN, all of which grew strongly over the quarter. The company said it hopes its newer products are picking up the slack due to the declining growth in its mature "compute products." Pat Gelsinger, VMware's chief executive officer, "We recognize that our blockbuster compute products are reaching maturity and will represent a decreasing portion of our business going forward." The company is upgrading its Cloud strategy to better compete with leaders like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), which provide Cloud services via the internet and make the corporate data center that VMware focuses on less necessary. ANALYSTS' VIEWS: Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded VMware to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $40 from $80 following the company's quarterly results. The company's business will get worse before it gets better, Nandury told investors in a research note. Another downgrade came from research firm Baird's analyst Jayson Noland, who cut his rating on VMware to Neutral and lowered his price target to $60 from $80. Noland said the core vSphere business is facing incremental public cloud headwinds and substantial uncertainty related to the Class V common stock being issued to finance the EMC acquisition. Providing a more constructive view was UBS who said the current valuation levels of VMware offer a significant opportunity for patient investors. The firm noted the company will temper spending and focus on leveraging public clouds, which should provide a tailwind to both capital and operating expenditures. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $72 price target on VMware. PRICE ACTION: Shares of VMware are down approximately 40% since the Dell-EMC deal was announced last October and are down over 9% to $44.84 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH. Other companies in the cloud computing space include Amazon, Microsoft and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
09:29 EDTEMCFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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09:15 EDTEMCEMC says 'highly confident' in contractual terms of Dell deal
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08:56 EDTEMCEMC CEO says 'very committed' to partnership with Cisco
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07:07 EDTEMCEMC says not providing 2016 outlook given pending merger
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07:07 EDTEMCEMC CFO says confident in exceeding cost reduction goal
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07:06 EDTEMCEMC CEO says progress on closing Dell transaction on track
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07:05 EDTEMCEMC reports Q4 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
Reports Q4 revenue $7B, consensus $7.12B. EMC generated $1.9B in operating cash flow and $1.5B in free cash flow in the fourth quarter, and ended the quarter with $14.8B in cash and investments.
January 26, 2016
16:25 EDTEMCEMC names Denis Cashman CFO
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16:24 EDTEMCVMware appoints Zane Rowe as CFO
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15:20 EDTEMCEarnings Watch: EMC reports as questions linger on Dell deal
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14:32 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
13:41 EDTEMCEMC volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:00 EDTEMCEU to decide on Dell, EMC deal by February 29, Reuters reports
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January 24, 2016
14:40 EDTEMCCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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