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March 24, 2014
09:14 EDTICLD, NTAP, NUS, YELP, LGF, SOL, SSYS, HLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Mover
HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 7% after agreeing to nominate three additional Icahn designees to board... Nu Skin (NUS), up 33% after the company's China business is penalized only $524K for direct sales of certain products... Lionsgate (LGF), up 6.6% after "Divergent" tops box office with $56M domestic opening weekend... Renesola (SOL), up 10% after earnings report... Stratasys (SSYS), up 3% after upgraded at JPMorgan... Yelp (YELP), up 3.3% following upgrade at JMP Securities... Intercloud Systems (ICLD), up 9% after agreeing to acquire VaultLogix. LOWER: NetApp (NTAP), down 3% after shares downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
News For NUS;HLF;LGF;NTAP;SSYS;YELP;ICLD;SOL From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
06:51 EDTNTAPNetApp product growth still a concern, says Piper Jaffray
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05:55 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NTAP ATML
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August 19, 2015
18:34 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:08 EDTNTAPNetApp advances after Q1 results and current quarter guidance top estimates
Share of computer data software and systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after reporting first quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations and provided better than expected guidance for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: NetApp reported Q1 profit and revenue that surpassed analysts' average estimates. The company reported Q1 earnings per share of 29c on revenue of $1.34B. Analysts were expecting EPS of 23c on revenue of $1.32B. Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects to report EPS of 55c-60c on revenue of $1.4B-$1.5B. Consensus estimates for Q2 were 46c for EPS and $1.39B for revenue at the time of the report. NetApp CEO George Kurian said, "The IT industry as a whole is going through fundamental change as enterprises transform themselves with digital capabilities. Data is at the heart of these transformations and where NetApp has a profoundly important role to play with our differentiated vision for data management." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's Q1 earnings call, the CEO noted the transformation of IT environments. Customers are reducing their spend on traditional storage "which has put pressure on our ONTAP 7 mode business," Kurian noted. The CEO also pointed out that customers are slowing investment in the capacity expansion of their traditional storage environments. These dynamics put pressure on product revenue despite strong growth in other parts of the business, the CEO said. NetApp sees fiscal year 2016 revenue to be lower by 5% year-over-year as FX headwinds continue along with limited top line predictability. ANALYST TAKE: On August 17, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp to Sell, saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury told investors in a research note. PRICE ACTION: Shares of NetApp are up 6.75% in after-hours trading, but off their earlier after-hours high.
17:44 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue to down about 5%
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16:05 EDTNTAPNetApp spikes over 15% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:03 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q2 EPS 55c-60c, consensus 46c
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16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q1 EPS 29c, consensus 23c
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15:53 EDTNTAPNetApp August 29.5 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q1
14:48 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include L Brands (LB), consensus 68c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 23c... Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 59c... Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 44c... Semtech (SMTC), consensus 24c.
14:16 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:30 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing put volume;
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12:53 EDTNTAPEarnings Watch: Analysts mostly bearish on NetApp ahead of Q1 earnings
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06:21 EDTYELPU.S. government to recognize Yelp ratings on federal agencies, WSJ reports
Under an agreement with Yelp, the U.S. government will recognize the public's ratings on its federal agencies, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
13:36 EDTNTAPNetApp August volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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August 17, 2015
13:11 EDTYELPAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
10:09 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:53 EDTICLDIntercloud Systems secures new $9M-$15M professional services contract
InterCloud Systems announced that it has been selected by one of the world's largest Tier 1 communications service providers based in the United States as a prime vendor to deliver outsourced professional services and support for their wireline and wireless next generation voice, data, and transport infrastructure solutions. The selection process was based on delivery capabilities, geographic reach, technology support capabilities, and performance evaluations. The contract term is for three years with two one-year options, and is projected to be worth at least $9M during the base term, with expansion to over $15M. The contract award is effective immediately and transition of services is currently underway.
06:04 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sell from Hold at Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury tells investors in a research note. Further, the analyst believes NetApp continues to lose high sales performers to competitors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL), Pure Storage, Tegile and Tintri. He expects the company's FY16 revenue to decline 6% on top of the 3% decline in FY15, with only modest growth in FY17. Nandury cut his price target for NetApp shares to $28 from $32. The stock closed Friday up 13c to $30.75.
August 14, 2015
07:37 EDTLGFJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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