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January 24, 2014
08:31 EDTNTAP, EMC, AVTNetApp EMC have positive read throughs from Avnet results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo reports that Avnet (AVT) said it had benefited from strong year-end enterprise IT demand, particularly in software and storage. The firm thinks the strong storage trends identified by Avnet bode well for NetApp (NTAP), EMC (EMC), and other storage vendors. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on NetApp and an Outperform rating on EMC.
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August 26, 2014
15:04 EDTNTAPNetApp extends alliance with VMware on cloud computing
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12:32 EDTEMCVMware slips after updating 2015 guidance at analyst day
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August 24, 2014
21:59 EDTAVTVMware to hold a conference
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August 19, 2014
08:11 EDTEMCVMware promotes Betsy Sutter to SVP, Chief People Officer
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08:09 EDTEMCVMware updates executive responsibilities
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August 14, 2014
11:45 EDTEMC, NTAPNetApp rises after earnings beat, Needham upgrade
Shares of storage systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after the company posted better than expected first quarter results and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NetApp reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 60c and revenue of $1.49B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 57c and $1.47B, respectively. Q1 adjusted gross margin was 64.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NetApp forecast second quarter adjusted EPS of 66c-71c and revenue of $1.49B-$1.59B, compared to consensus of 69c and $1.53B, respectively. For fiscal 2015, the company sees EPS growth just under 10% and revenue growth in the mid-single digits. FY15 adjusted gross margin is seen at 63%-64%. On NetApp's Q1 conference call, management said it was seeing a rebound in enterprise spending in the U.S. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Needham upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold following its strong Q1 report, citing better enterprise spending. Their price target was $49. Two firms, Piper Jaffray and Brean Capital, raised their respective price targets on NetApp and Pacific Crest said NetApp is "'undervalued and underappreciated," noting that the company's Q1 results included 13% earnings growth year-over-year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp rose $1.47, or 3.7%, to $40.77 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the storage space include: EMC (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
11:36 EDTEMCEMC executive say 'Virtual Isilon' coming, IT Wire reports
EMC's Isilon storage product has proved popular in Australia with customers that need large amounts of storage and EMC CTO John Roese told a customer event in Melbourne this month that "Virtual Isilon" is coming this year, reported IT Wire. Reference Link
10:05 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:44 EDTNTAPNetApp 'undervalued and underappreciated,' says Pacific Crest
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07:33 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $45 from $42 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on NetApp to $45 from $42 following its Q1 results, citing gross margins improvement and higher OEM revenues. The firm keeps its Buy rating on NetApp.
06:47 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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06:39 EDTNTAPNetApp product cycle bottomed in Q4, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald believes NetApp's product cycle bottomed in Q4 after the company reported upside in Q1 and issued a "healthy" outlook for Q2. Cantor sees "excellent execution" by NetApp and a slightly improved spending environment. The firm raised its price target for shares to $47 from $45 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $46 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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