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October 10, 2012
10:29 EDTAVT, HPQ, FFIV, IBM, NTAPNetApp, F5 fall after Avnet issues profit warning
Avnet (AVT), which distributes various technology components and products, is dropping after the company reported earlier today that its first quarter earnings per share and revenue would be significantly below analysts' consensus estimates. The company blamed several factors for the shortfall, including better than expected sales in Asia where its profit margins are relatively low, and weaker sales in Western regions where its profit margins are higher. Sales at Avnet's Technology Solutions unit also came in below expectations, the company added. In a note earlier today to investors, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that NetApp's (NTAP) shares could be negatively affected by Avnet's weaker than expected results, as Avnet accounted for about 14% of NetApp's revenue from May-July, Oppenheimer reported. Another key Avnet partner is F5 (FFIV), as Avnet is the largest distributor of F5 products and accounts for 15%-20% of F5's revenue, the firm wrote. Oppenheimer believes that most of the weakness in Avnet's Technology Solutions unit was caused by weak server sales. As a result, the firm thinks that Avnet's weakness could bode badly for IBM (IBM) and HP (HPQ), which are both among the top buyers of Avnet's server solutions, according to the firm. In mid-morning trading, Avnet dropped 5.95% to $26.87, NetApp (NTAP) lost 2.27% to $29.52, F5 dropped 2.62% to $99.41, IBM (IBM) inched down 0.22% to $207.53, and HP gave back 0.21% to $14.34.
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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTNTAPNimble Storage plummets to 52-week low after results, guidance trail estimates
Shares of Nimble Storage (NMBL), a flash storage solutions provider, are plunging after the company's third quarter results and fourth quarter outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday night after the close, Nimble Storage reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of (14c) and revenue of $80.7M, well below the consensus of (8c) and $87.44M, respectively. Q3 non-GAAP gross margin was 66.9% compared to 67.1% in the prior year period. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q4, Nimble Storage forecast adjusted EPS of (13c)-(11c) and revenue of $87M-$90M, far below the estimates of 0c and $99.2M respectively. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: Suresh Vasudevan, Chief Executive Officer of Nimble Storage, noted that the company's enterprise investments were "taking longer to become fully productive" and that the shift in investment from commercial to enterprise business "impacted its commercial revenue growth more than they anticipated." Chief Financial Officer Anup Singh said, "We plan to make some key investments to drive growth that will constrain short-term profitability. We believe our planned investments will improve revenue growth as well as operating leverage over time. We expect that it will take several quarters to realize the impact of these investments and have factored that into our guidance for Q4 FY16." ANALYST REACTION: Friday morning there was a wealth of analyst commentary, with eleven separate firms downgrading Nimble Storage. Conversely, Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said Nimble Storage was oversold following the company's Q3 miss and push out of its break-even point beyond 2016. Estimates and the stock's valuation have been de-risked, Nowinski told investors in a post-earnings research note. He kept an Overweight rating on the name and lowered his price target for Nimble to $20 from $37. Jefferies analyst James Kisner recommended using the significant pullback in shares of Nimble Storage as a buying opportunity. Despite the missed Q3 revenue and disappointing Q4 guidance, Nimble's hybrid storage technology remains well differentiated and the total addressable market is large, Kisner told investors in a post-earnings research note. He cut his price target for shares to $20 from $33 and kept a Buy rating on the name. After Nimble reported weaker than expected results, Sterne Agee CRT still believes that the company has "a healthy franchise" in the $75,000-$125,000 price range. The firm continues to believe that the company's Hybrid product is differentiated from competing systems. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Nimble Storage fell $10.37, or over 50%, to $10.02 on more than seven times its average daily trading volume. As the session unfolds, the stock continues to hit fresh 52-week lows. Over the past 12 months, the stock is down approximately 62%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other flash storage solutions providers include Pure Storage (PSTG), down 13%, NetApp (NTAP), up fractionally, SanDisk (SNDK), down fractionally, and Violin Memory (VMEM) down over 6%.
10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acceleron (XLRN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CSRA (CSRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... HP Enterprise (HPE) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Needham... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Sucampo (SCMP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
07:13 EDTIBMIBM initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities
JMP Securities analyst Greg McDowell initiated IBM with an Outperform rating and $167 price target on shares. McDowell believes sentiment is too negative and investors do not appreciate its leadership position in multiple technology categories and sticky customer base, the potential for a crossover point within the next two years, when the fast-growing revenue components of the business will offset declines in the more mature businesses, its revenue diversity, with software now a significant portion of revenue and hardware less, and its capacity for self-renewal.
November 19, 2015
13:45 EDTIBMIBM mulling 3,000 job cuts in Germany, Reuters says
IBM is weighing cutting 3,000 jobs in Germany over the next two years, Reuters reports, citing Wirschafts Woche magazine. The magazine was quoting a union leader who sits on the firm's supervisory board, the report says. Reference Link
09:00 EDTHPQAerohive sell-off unwarranted, says JMP Securities
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07:00 EDTNTAPCiti sees key unanswered questions after NetApp results
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05:06 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM NTAP
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Qualcomm (QCOM) 36, NetApp (NTAP) 48 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
19:15 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), up 16.3%... (CRM), up 5.2%... SINA (SINA), up 2.3%... NetApp (NTAP), up marginally. ALSO HIGHER: KaloBios (KBIO), up 721.3% after the disclosure of purchases by Martin Shkreli and Anthion Partners... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 23.3% after reporting top-line results from its Phase 1 trial of VTP-43742... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Semtech (SMTC), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 10.8% after Reuters reports that Blackstone is not interested in SunEdison investment.
17:34 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue down just over 5%
Sees FY16 gross margin to be down 1-2 points from FY15 and operating margin to be down about 2 points for the year.
17:10 EDTNTAPNetApp says IT spending enviroment continues to be 'constrained'
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16:03 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q3 EPS 66c-71c, consensus 70c
Sees Q3 revenue $1.4B-$1.5B, consensus $1.48B.
16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q2 EPS 61c, consensus 57c
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14:47 EDTNTAPNetApp November 31 straddle priced for 8.6% movement into Q2
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14:38 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Salesforce (CRM), consensus 19c... L Brands (LB), consensus 52c... (CTRP), consensus 9c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 57c... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), consensus 71c.
14:13 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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November 17, 2015
13:22 EDTNTAPJPMorgan cautious on NetApp into earnings, cuts target to $25
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06:31 EDTIBMBerkshire buys more IBM shares, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
08:12 EDTNTAPNetApp volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
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