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August 14, 2014
11:45 EDTNTAP, EMC, HILL, NMBLNetApp 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).
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September 23, 2014
07:57 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy on takeout potential at Summit Research
Summit Research upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold on potential takeout potential. The firm said NetApp's business remains sluggish and that the company will have no choice but to find a buyer now that EMC (EMC) has been considering a merger with other leading OEMS. Summit Research believes NetApp integration would be easier for an acquirer given most of its revenue is derived from ONTAP software and notes shares trade at relative discount to the group. Price target raised to $55 from $34.
07:19 EDTEMCEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:33 EDTEMCHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
06:10 EDTEMCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD EMC
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September 22, 2014
13:02 EDTEMCEMC exploring options ahead of CEO retirement, Bloomberg reports
EMC (EMC) is exploring strategic options ahead of the 2015 retirement of its CEO Joseph Tucci, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the discussions. The options could include a full or partial sale, or a spinoff of VMware (VMW), Bloomberg added, citing sources.
12:50 EDTEMCEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:34 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems sees strong growth starting in 2015 with new product launches
The company cites several new customers and products launching in 2H14. Adds that Vertical Markets may decline in gross margin due to customer and product mix, but will likely be offset by growth in higher margin Vertical Markets business.
12:32 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems backs FY14 EPS approximatley 18c, two estimates 17c
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12:30 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems backs Q3 EPS 1c-6c, two estimates 3c
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12:26 EDTEMCEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
09:20 EDTEMCEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTEMCHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTEMCEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
07:54 EDTEMCEMC volatility expected to move on explores merger reports
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07:19 EDTHILLSingular Research to hold a conference
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06:11 EDTEMCEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
05:58 EDTEMCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; EMC BWP
Stocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; EMC (EMC) 22, Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) 35 according to iVolatility.
September 18, 2014
12:58 EDTEMCEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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10:24 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems management to meet with Lake Street
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